Business Breakfast: Growth Hub hires Harrogate district business advisers
Last updated Nov 8, 2023
Composite image made up of the Stray Ferret Business Club and Harrogate Bid logos on the left, and on the right, portrait photos of Growth Hub team members Adrian O'Neill, Faye Greer-Pickup and Jack Colding.
Growth Hub team members (l to r): Adrian O'Neill, Faye Greer-Pickup and Jack Colding.

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The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has taken on three new team members to support local businesses and entrepreneurs in the Harrogate area.

Faye Greer-Pickup, Jack Colding, and Adrian O’Neill will each bring different skillsets and experiences to bear in providing free and impartial support and access to a range of resources.

New delivery officer Faye Greer-Pickup has a background in economic development and will provide support to people looking to start businesses in North Yorkshire. Her work will involve finding and referring businesses to the Growth Hub’s range of support for start-ups, including the Strive Live Start-Up Incubator in the new year.

She said:

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with pre-start and early-stage start-ups full-time, helping them navigate the path to success.”

Jack Colding, the Growth Hub’s new environment and sustainability business relationship manager, will work with businesses to reduce costs and stay ahead of new regulations. He’ll also help businesses access North Yorkshire Council‘s £22.3 million of Shared Prosperity Funding to help them achieve net zero goals. He said:

“Net zero is a tremendous business opportunity. It can save costs and boost your brand while helping the environment.”

Adrian O’Neill, the new skills specialist business relationship manager, will help North Yorkshire businesses improve recruitment and retention with long-term skills development plans, and help them access skills bootcamps, with up to 90% of all training costs met by York & North Yorkshire LEP. He said:

“I believe that well-trained and motivated employees are the cornerstone of business success. I’m here to identify and address skills gaps, provide solutions, and connect businesses with the right training providers.”

Theakston’s hires new director

Masham brewery T&R Theakston has appointed a new finance director.

Chartered accountant Scott Everett previously worked for 17 years at drinks dispenser company Innserve, most recently as director of finance and supply chain. He said:

“The Theakston name is synonymous with a rich heritage, expert craftsmanship and, of course, great beers. I am extremely proud to be joining such a celebrated brewery and being part of the exciting future it has planned.”

Having recently celebrated 20 years since the brewery returned to independent family control, following a buyback from Scottish and Newcastle in 2003, Scott’s appointment forms part of a wider strategic change in the brewery’s structure to enable ambitious growth plans.

It follows the recent announcement that Simon Theakston will take on the role of chairman and Richard Bradbury will become sole managing director from 2024.

Simon Theakston, current joint managing director at Theakston’s, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Scott to the team at this significant time for the brewery. Alongside his finance responsibilities, his experience across supply chain, procurement and the technical services industry will further bolster the expertise within the business and we look forward to toasting his appointment with a pint in the Black Bull in Paradise.”

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