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Alastair Craig - OBE Advisor

Alastair Craig

Alastair is a chartered accountant by training and has over 30 years’ experience at board level managing both finance and operations in the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors. Dedicated to growing SMEs, his particular focus is on business development and financing. When not working with OBE, Alastair advises private clients on strategic planning, business funding, turnaround and general financial management.

Alastair consults at our Witney venue

Bernard Goodchild - OBE Advisor

Bernard Goodchild

A former general manager in the banking and finance industry, Bernard has a wealth of experience advising small businesses. He is now an independent management consultant and advisor to a wide spectrum of SMEs assisting with the development of business strategies, plans, raising finance and performance management.

Bernard consults at our Banbury venue

Dominic Knight - OBE Advisor

Dom Knight

In 2000 Dominic created and ran an online procurement site for schools called Schoolquote.co.uk. When he sold it in 2011 it had a third of UK schools and 9000 suppliers registered. In 2013 he started Oxfordshire Web Services specialising in digital marketing, website creation, SEO and Google Adwords.

Dominic consults at our Witney venue

Geoff Price - OBE Advisor

Geoff Price

Geoff has a background in manufacturing and retail, but has been advising businesses of all types and sizes, in the U.K. and abroad, for over 25 years. His approach is to work to help companies to identify where they want to be and then to draw up an Action Plan of how they are going to reach their goal.


Jeff Duffell

Jeff Duffell was the founder of Mobisoft UK in 1998. He helped to develop the UK market for Demand Responsive Transport systems and worked closely with local authorities to develop systems for use in modern Integrated Transport Units. Jeff has worked with developing technologies for over 30 years having designed computers with International Computers Ltd and managed Development for Research Machines PLC.

Over the last 15 years he has focused on the application of modern technologies in businesses and has helped to develop markets in a number of European countries in a variety of local authority and business environments.
Jeff consults at our Witney venue

Jeremy Andrews - OBE Advisor

Jeremy Andrews

Jeremy Andrews has spent over 20 years as a qualified Small Business Adviser in Oxford during which time he has helped many hundreds of clients in a wide variety of business ideas and situations. His own career covers 30 years of computer systems evolution and the sales, management and training of mainframe sales people. His particular interest with pre-start and early years business clients is the saleability of their proposition and the approach to market. He is happy to work as a medium term mentor to clients when appropriate  in order that adequate follow-up can be achieved.

Jeremy consults at our Sandford Oxford venue

John Vernon - OBE Advisor

John Vernon

John is a highly experienced general manager with many years in the engineering sector as a line manager, corporate strategist and trouble-shooter. He has spent the last 12 years involved with those planning to start up a new business and early stage companies with particular emphasis on budgeting, business planning, strategy and management controls.

Please email OBE on info@oxonbe.co.uk  if you wish to make an appointment with John Vernon

Katrina Sargent - OBE Advisor

Katrina Sargent

With a keen interest in SME’s and over 28 years’ experience in B2B Sales and management, Katrina now runs her own Sales Support Service helping clients to identify and target potential new customers, secure new business through customer retention and growth. She is the co-founder of Business Buzz a business networking events company that now runs over 240 events a year in 7 different regions. Prior to moving to Oxfordshire Katrina worked for the Federation of Small Business as Regional Sales Manager for London and the South East supporting and developing a group of 17 Self Employed Membership Advisors.

Please email OBE on info@oxonbe.co.uk  if you wish to make an appointment with Katrina Sargent

Martin Herbert - OBE Advisor

Martin Herbert

Martin started his working life as an apprentice electronics technician before finding his way into data communications and finally the software industry. He started up his own software company which he grew over 20 years and eventually sold. Martin has a keen interest in helping small businesses succeed by focusing on key objectives and planning, capitalising on the strengths of the individual business owner. He enjoys the challenges of solving problems be they technical or commercial.

Please email OBE on info@oxonbe.co.uk  if you wish to make an appointment with Martin Herbert.

Mike Noad

Mike Noad

A qualified caterer with a background of sales and general management and over 25 years spent within franchising from founding a highly successful company (Master Brew) through to managing an established mature network ( part of Thames Water) and was Chairman in the Midlands for the British Franchise Association. Mike is motivated by facilitating success through others.

Nick Longford

Nick Longford

Nick is a chartered accountant who specialises in business start-ups and accountancy, taxation and bookkeeping advice for small and medium-sized businesses.

Known for his personable and dynamic attitude, he oversees a diverse and wide-ranging client portfolio of companies and individuals and is well-placed to offer accounting and taxation advice to those starting in business right through to eventual transaction or disposal, and everything that happens in between.

 Nick consults at The Old Chapel, Union Way, Witney, Oxford, OX28 6HD


Phil Hood - OBE Advisor

Phil Hood

Philip’s had many years’ experience with the Audit Commission, leaving to start his own business in the public and private sectors. He is a practising accountant specialising in small businesses’ tax and self assessments, the internal audits of town and parish councils as well as the audits of academies and state schools.

Philip consults at our Bicester venue

Simon Forrester - OBE Advisor

Simon Forrester

Simon has 40 years’ experience in blue chip advertising and marketing agencies in London, Birmingham and Banbury. He now runs his own marketing services business with the emphasis on communications strategy and copywriting for websites, printed literature, advertising and press releases. Simon has been with us as an OBE advisor since 1996 and provides our clients with marketing advice in its widest form.

Please email OBE on info@oxonbe.co.uk  if you wish to make an appointment with Simon Forrester

Steve Quinton - OBE Advisor

Steve Quinton

Steve trained as an electronics engineer and has accumulated extensive experience in managing people and projects in a research and development environment. This work has ranged from delivering major engineering projects to international research facilities, to the commercial exploitation of new technology through contracts, collaborations and spin out companies. More recently he has been a director in a family micro company specialising in marketing and mobile media.

Steve consults at our Wantage venue

Philip Wootton

Philip Wootton

Philip’s background is in sales, marketing and general management. He worked for ICI Paints for much of his career with many years as general manager for the Dulux Trade brand.

He left in the late 90’s and became an advisor for TBAC, an OBE predecessor. Following this he joined Business Link, the state funded organisation for small business support.

Philip is advising from Oxfordshire Business Support offices

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