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Our associates

Working with others to extend our range

South West Growth Service continues to grow by attracting and engaging with the best independent consultants. With experience over multiple sectors, our Associates will work with you to understand your business and develop solutions to the smallest or most complex business requirement.

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Paul Clayton

NED with finance expertise

Paul is an experienced and practical SME director with a focus on strategic business development, building strong culture, and creating effective finance, HR and IT support to underpin commercial success. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC his career has included corporate finance advisory work (exit planning, company sales, refinancing, MBOs), working overseas in Ukraine, and finance leadership roles across manufacturing, legal services and a leading UK fire & security engineering business. His particular passion is communication and relationships between people and teams within business to ensure alignment with the business ambition.

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Miranda Salmon

Leadership and management trainer

Miranda Salmon brings a wealth of experience as a leadership and management trainer working with public groups including CCGs, Councils and Colleges as well as with private sector organisations. Her career spans delivering training courses and events for young people and ex-offenders through personal effectiveness and management skills training for the Unipart Group of Companies – a commercial business renowned for their expertise in L&D – and delivering a wide range of training and facilitation work since 1997. She uses her experience of Transactional Analysis, Action Learning, NLP, Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring to enable people to reflect and build on their own experience and skills to create change that is relevant and effective.

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Andrew Southall

Business growth strategist

Andrew is a business expert with over 35 years’ experience in driving business growth strategies predominantly in the private sector and across a number of geographies. Overseas work experience has largely been across Africa in Mozambique, Egypt and South Africa. Sectoral expertise has been in marine (geophysics), utilities and construction with a long period in the UK water industry which involved the buying and selling of a small number of businesses before successfully building and selling a group of companies to a FTSE plc in November 2010.

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Paul Dalton

Business growth strategist

Paul specialises in creating businesses of value. Schooled in mergers and acquisitions, his unique ability to quickly assess the true value of a business allows him to easily identify opportunities for improvements. Whether for higher personal earnings and a healthy work/life balance or in preparation for a sale down the line, building value into a business is hugely important and Paul's support bakes value into the heart of the business. Paul uses the 80/20 principle to focus on the right things which transforms businesses fast and effectively.

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Nick Scull

Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

Nick is specialist independent business tax consultant and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) who  give tailored advise on practical and tax-efficient solutions.Typically, a business will face three categories of major events during its lifecycle; start up, growing and selling.  Working directly with business owners and in partnership with accountants, Nick will manage high value and complex transactions, helping to achieve the best commercial result.

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Richard Palmer

Sales Director and trainer

Richard is an experienced Sales Director and trainer with 30 years sales experience.  Starting in the retail motor finance industry, he has worked with clients across the country in multiple business sectors. Through extensive analysis and observation, Richard develops the appropriate skill sets, training, management structures and measurement processes required to deliver an uplift in sales results.


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