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Is your business between 12 months and 3 years old?  Are you looking to grow your business?

Growing your business requires many facets to come together harmoniously to achieve your business and personal goals.  Whether that is protecting your assets, understanding the financials or expanding your market, we have fantastic speakers who will be sharing their experience on business growth and giving you some guidance that will help you going forward.

Join us at our next event:

Date:              8 November 2017

Venue:           The Bradfield Centre, Cambridge Science Park.

Timings:         08:30 – 12:30

Price:             £25.00 + VAT or free to members of The Bradfield Centre


We will be focussing on:

  • Projecting your Growth, with Peter Howard-Jones
  • Data Protection and Terms of Business, with Liz Hooley
  • Management Accounts and Compliance, with Gary Eves
  • Growing your business through your people, with Sam Sales
  • Marketing and PR, with Claire Elbrow
  • Trade Mark Essentials, with Bill Ward


All our speakers are experts in their field, and have experience of setting up businesses and importantly growing their respective businesss.

All the bios of our speakers our below, take a look.  If you would like to join us at the event, please just drop us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Gary Eves, FCCA - Manager Accounts and Business Tax Team, websters

My role is to manage the team delivering accounts and business tax advice to our clients who are in businesses.  My personal area of specialist is in owner managed businesses.  I enjoy the challenge of being able to help them make improvements in their business not just preparing accounts at the end of the year.

It is very rewarding being able to bring in advice from our in-house specialists to be able to help a client with a complex problem.  This could be specialist tax advice, help drafting a sale agreement or arranging a pension

The majority of my work is about preparing annual accounts for clients and advising them on how to interpret the accounts to understand how well their business is performing.


Peter Howard-Jones MA (Oxon) FCA CF DipPFS - Managing Director, Peter Howard-Jones Ltd

Peter is a science graduate of Oriel College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA). He holds ICAEW’s corporate finance (CF) qualification and was a founding member of the ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty. 

In 1988 Peter set up a Chartered Accountancy practice in Cambridge, building up the practice and implementing a merger with another mid-sized Cambridge firm in 2007. In 2009 Peter established his niche audit practice as Peter Howard-Jones Ltd. Mergers and acquisitions, bank and equity finance and company re-structuring and audit including charities are all specialist areas, where Peter has a proven track record of success. 


Liz Hooley - Solicitor, websters

I provide legal and capital taxes planning advice to clients of the firm and on related matters internally within the firm.

My main area of expertise is advising on inheritance tax issues including the setting up of Wills, trust arrangements, deeds of variation and a full probate service. My expertise also extends to setting up companies together with a full company secretarial service, limited liability partnerships, ordinary partnerships and charities and can provide a full range of legal agreements and contracts for these different entities.


Sam Sales - call hr

Sam Sales established call hr after seeing an opportunity to raise the benchmark for quality HR advice. Sam and her great team provide straightforward advice exactly when you need it.  Covering all aspects of the employee lifecycle from Attraction through to Exit.  We have a niche Talent Search to support businesses in the search for their next great colleague.

With a background across sectors, and previously European HR Director for a FTSE100, Sam’s experience really lends itself to supporting business at any stage in their growth.   Also known as The Fixer in the CIPD's national magazine, People Management where Sam provides honest advice to 140,000 members.


Bill Ward - Operations Director, Ward Trade Marks

With 30 years’ commercial and hands-on experience in a range of dynamic business environments, from start-ups to major corporates, I can offer a portfolio of change and transformation approaches and knowledge that delivers results for clients. 

I have worked for a number of aviation businesses, initially as a pilot of commercial aircraft and then in senior management positions. Employed by Air UK/KLM UK, GB Airways and Qatar Airways I was able to see at first-hand how to deliver value in a fast-moving, competitive sector by combining a total focus on business detail with an awareness of strategic objectives and tactical opportunities.

Based in Cambridge UK, we are one of the UK’s only specialist Trade Marks Attorneys, with an international reach and experience and with a professional ethos – the ‘Ward Way’ – dedicated to delivering bespoke solutions for our clients, rather than an off-the-shelf answer.


Claire Elbrow - Owner, Blue Lizard Marketing

Blue Lizard Marketing is run by Claire Elbrow.  Claire has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and PR and has freelanced for over 12 years.  During this time, she has built up a ‘virtual’ agency, working with other expert freelancers to offer a full service agency experience to clients.  The difference is that each freelancer has the ability to ‘dip in and out’ of each project as needed, therefore reducing costs for clients but ensuring each activity within their project is run by an established expert.

Claire’s experience lies in the strategic marketing planning and public relations.  However, as an agency, we can cover all that you would expect from a conventional agency.  We can help with defining your strategy and your brand right through to actually running each activity for you.  We offer both digital and traditional marketing, covering social media, website design through to advertising and straight PR.