The Flying Start service provides valuable support and resources to help businesses navigate the challenges of their formative years.
The service is aimed at ambitious future business leaders, with a focus on building business acumen and to acquire and apply the core skills required to establish the business and drive sustainable business growth. If you’re looking to turn a brilliant business idea into reality or take your new business to the next level, Boost’s Flying Start service can help you achieve your personal and business goals.
In partnership with Boost, Selnet are leading the Flying Start service and bring together a team of experienced advisers:
Kerry Stevens | Business Advisor | Beanstalk Business Centre CIC
Kerry’s role involves providing pre-start-up support to entrepreneurs starting a business, and business support to owners of young businesses, under three years old, with aspirations of growth.
Her specialisms include business administration, bookkeeping, community/social enterprises, and food and hospitality.
“Our niche lies in supporting the softer skills crucial for starting a business. This includes overcoming imposter syndrome, building confidence, business communication skills, and effective networking.”
Chris Trickett | Business Advisor | Community CVS
Chris’s role involves assisting organisations to improve and enhance their sustainability through professional business advice, best practice management, leadership consultation and training.
His specialisms include business processes, logistics, media, marketing, tech, leadership and management.
Lynn Trickett | Business Advisor | Community CVS
Lynn’s role involves extensive experience of delivering professional business advice and training, specialising in business set-up, growth, social enterprise, business law, and all areas across the logistics of set up and growth.
Her specialisms are all rooted in leading each client to a reality of business sustainability.
Daniel Fenton | Business Advisor | Practical Performance Coaching
Daniel’s role involves 1:1 coaching and masterclasses, with specialisms in branding, digital marketing, client engagement, pricing, sales, social media, business development, pitching and book-keeping.
His specialisms are rooted in changing lives of entrepreneurs by coaching and upskilling start-ups, and creating lasting & sustainable value & change.
Flying Start’s next workshop led by Daniel is now available to book for 15th February 5:30 – 8:30pm!
Tony Carr | Business Advisor | Social Enterprise Solutions
Tony’s role includes 1:1 coaching to enable business start-up and growth, including for social enterprises. His specialism is enabling creative thinking to inspire and enable entrepreneurs.
Lateef Badat | Business Advisor | Shout Network
Lateef’s role includes 1:1 business advice, mentoring, coaching, peer 2 peer support and masterclasses, specialising in digital, creative, media and professional services.
His ethos is focussed on enabling business growth through entrepreneurs’ empowerment, motivation and inspiration.
Jane Binnion | Business Advisor | The Growing Club
As a business advisor, Jane’s role is focussed on delivering Flying Start business support to female entrepreneurs across Lancashire.
“I love it when women realise how many entrepreneurial skills they already possess and that starting a business is not such a huge leap after all.”
Alistair Clarke MBE | Business Advisor | Tick the Publicity Box
Alistair supports people thinking of starting a company as someone to talk to, ask a million questions of and to inspire their confidence to get out there and make it work.
As an accredited, specialist social enterprise business advisor, Alistair has a wide range of experience from advising private businesses to grow, take on more staff and diversify their products and services, and supporting hundreds of social businesses that want to do good in the community.
“The first 20 years of my career were in broadcast radio so I enjoy advising creative companies and bring lots of skills to clients about marketing, communications and effective use of social media. I’m here to take the worry and stress off clients who want to start a business but don’t know where to start.”
Selnet’s management team
The Flying Start service is led by Selnet, and our team includes:
Nina Cowell | Account Manager | Selnet Ltd
Nina is an excellent ‘networker’ and loves talking to people and finding solutions to help them move forward. Now as an Account Manager on the BOOST Flying Start Programme, she is helping entrepreneurs and businesses get the support to meet their needs.
She recognises the importance for businesses in Lancashire to get the help and support they need and is currently working towards Level 5 CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting.
Her skills include introducing project clients to new links and opportunities that can have a positive impact on their business, their enterprises and their own inspiration.
Yvette Holden | Account Manager | Selnet Ltd
Yvette has been the front face for Selnet members for three years and excels at helping business leaders to market and promote their business. Now as an Account Manager on the BOOST Flying Start Programme, she is helping Entrepreneurs and Businesses get the support to set up and grow their businesses.
Yvette enjoys speaking to people and hearing about their business ideas, ambitions and plans and is now working towards Level 5 CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting.
“It’s really satisfying to support entrepreneurs progress to turn their ambitions into realities”.
Dawn Welham | Marketing and Promotion Manager | Selnet Ltd
Dawn is the marketing and promotion manager for Flying Start. With a background as a business advisor, she also has experience in coordinating cross-sector collaborations, bid writing, reporting, marketing and publicity.
“The scale and diversity of the support available through Flying Start is the most fantastic opportunity to empower entrepreneurs, businesses and enterprises.”
Alison Davies | Programme Manager | Selnet Ltd
Alison is managing the delivery of the Flying Start project, utilising her experience to achieve the project aims and have a positive impact on Lancashire businesses and the economy – all by enabling a partnership approach for entrepreneurs to realise their true potential.
Liz Tapner MBE | Programme Accountability | Selnet Ltd
Liz is a chartered business adviser and business mentor with extensive experience of business support programmes and the driving force behind Selnet. She is responsible for developing Selnet into a major infrastructure organisation and securing over £25m investment into Lancashire enterprises.
Her passion is supporting people to achieve their best and in the main her experience has been gained creating new enterprises and enabling growth. Liz loves to see viable and sustainable businesses operating for social good.
Want to know more?
If you’re starting, growing or scaling a business and want to find out how our funded services can help you, please contact our experienced team today. We’d love to support your growth ambitions.
As part of the Boost partnership, there is a range of services being delivered through partners including the Growth Company, Growth Lancashire and Selnet. Find out more here.