A manufacturing entrepreneur from the North East is turning his hand to helping local businesses to grow.
Malcolm Humble, founder of Cramlington-based Opsol UK, has joined Oxford Innovation’s team of 15 coaching specialists to deliver the Business Northumberland High Growth programme.
The Bedlington-born entrepreneur set up circuit board manufacturer Opsol UK in 2002 and grew it from a home-based business to one that employs 40 people and generates turnover of £3.5m.
Mr Humble said: “Having established and grown my own business I really want to help other local entrepreneurs do the same.
“I know what it’s like to take a business through difficult economic times and how it feels to be taking a risk on an investment when there is no guarantee of success. Running a business can be a lonely existence so I want to be there to support people going through the same.
“I don’t claim to have all of the answers but I can draw on my own experiences which will hopefully be of value to other local businesses. My guiding principle is people should be empowered to get on with what they’re good at.
“I hear so much jargon in business today and it’s easy to see how good, talented people can end up getting bogged down by buzz words and the latest management trends. Keep it simple, do what you do well and you won’t go far wrong.”
Mike Jobson, Oxford Innovation’s programme manager, added: “Malcolm is a fantastic addition to our coaching team. He brings great experience and an outstanding track record of success. “If any Northumberland based business, especially from the manufacturing sector, would like to receive completely impartial, straight-talking support from Malcolm they should contact Oxford Innovation on 01670 528403 to arrange an appointment.”
The Business Northumberland High Growth Programme offers established and start-up firms in the county fully-funded support in achieving growth and creating jobs.