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.

Our Associates allow us to create a team with the perfect balance of experience and expertise to support your business.

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Richard Palmer

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.

His core areas of expertise include:

Sales team motivation

Business planning

Sales technique training 

Negotiation skills


Kären Jamieson

With a 36 year career, Kären is an experienced Coach, Trainer and HR professional. Holding a number of senior HR positions, she provides HR, equality and training support across diverse corporate and public sector organisations. 

Kären is a qualified coach and has been coaching for 13 years at all levels. As Coaching Champion for Exeter City Council, she represented them on the Coaching Champions Group with South West Councils. 

Her core areas of expertise include:

Change management

Equality and diversity

Absence management

Recruitment selection and induction

Stress management

Employee handbooks


Nick Scull

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.

His core areas of expertise for businesses include:

Start ups


Sales and mergers

Demergers and reconstructions

Equity incentive schemes for employees

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Jane McCloskey

Jane has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors including broadcasting, the arts, higher education, local and national government, environmental arenas, the charity sector and the NHS. Jane is currently deepening her coaching practice with an MA in Executive Coaching.  

Jane has worked extensively with SME’s in the tech, environmental and media sectors as a business mentor. She currently Chairs one of the National arts companies in Wales and has served on a wide variety of boards including the Princes Trust South West, the University of Plymouth and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Her core areas of expertise include;

Executive Coaching & Mentoring

Leadership Development

Business Diagnostics & Forward Strategy

Crisis Management

Board Development

Cultural Change: Strategy & Implementation

Internal & External Communication 

Stakeholder Management 

Building Effective Partnerships  

Workshop Facilitation

Miranda Salmon

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.

We listen, we reflect, we resolve