Ongoing Support & Mentoring

Ongoing Business Support & Mentoring

Receiving ongoing support and mentoring is as important, if not more important, than the loan itself when starting your business.

That’s why when you’re approved for a loan you’ll be able to access our range of ongoing business support and mentoring services – whether that’s a quick call for some advice, finding out about relevant events, accessing discounted services from partner organisations, or somebody to run an idea past and brainstorm with.

If you need more specialist support we’ll also provide you with assistance and guidance on finding and approaching a mentor.

Our ongoing business support services are available to Start Up Loan recipients in England and Scotland.

Transmit Start-Ups mentor Richard Myers with loan recipient Hannah Proctor of Aphrodite & Ares.

Meet our Mentors

Below is a list of our mentors throughout England and Scotland, which we are constantly adding to. If you are a recipient of a Start Up Loan, and have a preference for a mentor, please let us know.

If you would like to become one of our mentors, and have experience running or advising businesses, please contact our Business Support Director, Damian Baetens on

Charlotte Nichols

Business owner and managing director of a Darlington based PR, social media and content marketing firm as well as a fledgling children’s author. A previous winner of ‘If We Can You Can’ Face of Entrepreneurship and Star Radio’s Business Person of the Year.

Tom Lovelace

Tom Lovelace is currently the co-founder and Creative Director of Hawthorn International, a London based entrepreneur in the luxury goods industry. Areas of expertise include overseas negotiation, design and product innovation, business expansion and trend analysis.

Tony Couch
Dumfries & Galloway

Tony Couch benefits from a wide range of business and management experience gained across the UK and Europe including financial services, hospitality, consultancy and business development. He is particularly interested in quality and compliance, marketing, business planning, cashflow development and operational effectiveness.

Angela Sterling

Angela Sterling is an entrepreneur and the Director of Lingotot, which offers multi award-winning language classes for children aged 0-11 years. Angela provides a hands on and personal support to over 20 franchises in the UK whilst still teaching part time at Newcastle University.

Barry James

Barry specialises in Crowdfunding, Marketing, IT, Funding and Strategy but has experience across many other fields. He is also the Founder/CEO of, AngelRevolutions and The Social Foundation.

Suzanne Hathaway

Suzanne Hathaway is the Director/Owner of Hathaway Lane Ltd. Her business experience is predominantly in sales and business development but she has touched upon all aspects of a business start-up from marketing to accountancy/finance.

Danny Melia

Danny Melia is a Director at Melia and Cheung Limited and holds 15+ years experience assisting in financial aspects of small business operations. He specialises in Cashflow forecasts, VAT, corporate tax, income tax, bookkeeping and setting up business with HMRC.

Joanne Annaliese Kelleher

Joanne specialises in Research Writing and Development, Environmental Health, Leadership and Management in practice to Chartered Management Institute Levels 4&5. She also specialises in Change Management and Project & Budget management.

Mark Suthern

Mark Suthern is the National Head of Agriculture for Barclays. He specialises in Planning, Marketing, Finance, Business Management and People Leadership. Mark has also mentored for PYBT (Prince’s Youth Business Trust) and has mentored colleagues as well.

Martyn Weller

Martyn Weller is the Chairman of the York Branch of Federation of Small Businesses and was a director for a £56M turnover national business before starting his own business. He is a Magistrate as well as the Chairman for Disability Action Yorkshire. He specialises in online retail & service organisations.

Paul French

Paul French owns a business in Digital Media Production and has 40 years of relevant experience. He specialises in Start ups, Business plan preparation, Micro business management and taking concepts from innovation and design to final production.

Philippa Seal

Philippa Seal is an independent business mentor as well as a small business growth advisor. She specialises in Marketing (both digital and social), start ups, small businesses, profit and loss, freelancers and creative and tech businesses.

Stephen Dykes

Stephen Dykes is the director of Add-ICT Solutions Ltd. He has had 15+ years experience in Business Development within organisations of various sizes. He has also operated as a freelance consultant working for organisations such as Cisco and BT.

Chris Murtagh

Chris Murtagh is the owner of Line-Up PMC and On-line Records & Publishing & Audio/Visual Productions. He specialises in the cultural sector especially in live performance arts production & promotion, event management, programming and SAGS.

David Whyte

David Whyte has mentoring experience for the Scottish Chamber of Commerce in Dumfries & Galloway and in Scottish Borders, as well as for the Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) in the Scottish Borders. He specialises in Strategy, Forecasting and Budgeting.

Derek McIntyre

Derek McIntyre is the director of Melius Limited. He has held many Senior Managerial positions in Blue Chip Electronics Companies. He has also mentored personnel who have gone on to achieve senior positions in industries from catering to defence.

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly spent the majority of his career in a specialist plant as the Managing Director of a £6m turnover company. He has worked in the UK, Ireland and Dubai as well as other countries in the Middle East. He specialises in service and support industries.

John Bottomley
Windsor and Maidenhead

John Bottomley has trained in house with Oxford Innovation for 6 years and is now a self-employed Business Coach/Mentor. He specialises in Electrical Engineering, Materials, Energy Innovation, Start Up Business, Sales and Marketing.

James Aberley

James Aberley is the Managing Director of SO Marketing Ltd and Director of iQuatics Ltd. He specialises in IT, Websites, Graphic Design, PR, Sales, Marketing, Online Retail and Copywriting and he has experience running an SME.

Tim Cornes

Business Growth Coach & Mentor, support to SME business owners. Having identified the critical success factors and business change requirements, Tim provides complimentary resources to support a business, including focus, sales and profit growth, management, sales, operations, HR and finance.

Rob Jones

Rob is a skilled Senior Financial Management Professional, with excellent experience gained managing the finances of large, global organisations. His impressive CV includes financial director roles at Alstom Ireland, Alstom Netherlands and Japanese conglomerate Yokogawa. He has also led fundraising for creative digital and software firms.

Kim Rose

Business development and strategy professional with sales and process management expertise. An engineer by training, a business developer by choice. Senior International corporate roles with Hewlett-Packard, TDK, Compaq, OKI and SMART Modular Technologies, latterly in SME markets.

Fiona McKeith

Over the past 2 decades Fiona has founded and built up a market leading luxury holiday property agency, in the north east of England. Areas of experience include property development, hospitality, interior design and tourism.

Sean Haran

Sean runs Animus PR and is a qualified journalist and Public Relations consultant. He works with clients to identify and develop their stories to secure valuable coverage in newspapers, magazines, on TV and radio, as well as advising on how to position clients in the media, how to grow positive reputations and build brand awareness.

Scott Manford

Scott was a director of a technology start-up for over 5 years, helping to grow this company from incorporation to over 200 staff during his time there. He left to take on a directorship role at Newcastle Racecourse, where he is currently. His background is in finance, having been big 4 trained, and qualifying into a corporate finance role where he advised numerous businesses.

Carmen Parkinson

Carmen’s specialism is referral marketing strategy, networking and training. Sectors in which she has particular expertise are finance, construction and recruitment.She is an international speaker, mentor & trainer, a qualified best practice auditor & has a degree in business studies and marketing.

David Nelson

David has a wealth of experience in the business world. He successfully operated for many years at a senior level in the retail and sales and marketing sectors before moving into management training. David also knows what it takes to start and build a franchise business. He has managed major projects involving groups of franchisees and provided recruitment services for franchisors.

Joy Chopp

Joy has worked in the enterprise sector for many years, as a lecturer presenting Start-up seminars and as a one-to-one adviser for aspiring owners. She works with many business support organisations on all aspects of self-employment, business start up and business planning. She has also successfully owned and sold 3 businesses.

Eric Sutherland

A Writer, Editor and Proofreader who can deliver business and technical documentation from Business Plans, Tenders, Bids, RFIs, RFPs to User Guides, Training Courses, CE Mark Technical Files, Product Technical Files, Technical Reference Manuals and Specifications.

Money Lent: £20,000,000
Entrepreneurs Backed: 2000