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great200leaders launches Growth Board…

Submitted by on September 16, 2013 – 8:30 am |

Rick Smyth (The Wilkes Partnership LLP), Tim Clay (Clay Rogers), Richard Crooks (Winning moves), Gary Ecob, (Orbis)The great200leaders scheme – created by Birmingham City Council as part of the Business Development Programme to help SMEs implement growth and expansion plans – has announced the creation of a Growth Board, backed by Birmingham professional firms The Wilkes Partnership LLP, Orbis Partners LLP and Clay Rogers & Partners Limited.

Adrian Davies, CEO of Winning Moves, the business improvement consultancy managing the delivery of the great200leaders scheme, said: “great200leaders exists to support the brightest and most progressive business leaders in Greater Birmingham to build their leadership skills and give them the confidence to take their company to the next level. Creating the Growth Board means that all of our participating businesses will have access to professional expertise as part of the Business Development Programme. We are delighted that Wilkes, Orbis and Clay Rogers are involved, which demonstrates their own commitment to helping their clients and local businesses to be the best they possibly can be.”

The great200leaders scheme is a unique personal performance and business growth scheme.  Aimed at individuals and companies in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area, the scheme offers 200 business leaders the chance to receive over 100 hours of coaching and mentoring, with financial assistance available for qualifying businesses.

The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors will be providing mentoring support to participants on legal issues, whilst Clay Rogers will be available on employee benefits, auto-enrolment and wealth management and Orbis Partners on funding, corporate finance and exit planning.  All three are urging ambitious business owners and directors in the West Midlands to make the most of the pioneering £8m  programme designed to create the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.  Each will contribute to the programme covering core issues that directors and shareholders of growing businesses need to know, as well as offering one to one workshops with each participant.

Speaking on behalf of the Growth Board members, Tim Clay, Executive Chairman of Clay Rogers, said “As businesses develop and mature, understanding the legal, financial and regulatory issues becomes increasingly important in creating real value. All three firms involved in the Growth Board have an extensive track record in helping growing businesses in their particular disciplines. We are very much looking forward to being involved in this excellent programme”.

Rick Smyth, corporate partner at law firm The Wilkes Partnership, said: “Helping and supporting growing businesses, particularly those that are owner-managed, has always been a core focus at The Wilkes Partnership. We are delighted to be involved in this programme that provides an invaluable opportunity for entrepreneurs and owner-managers to acquire the skills and expertise they need for success. Remaining places on the great200leaders scheme are limited so it’s important that businesses apply now if they wish to be considered.”

To find out more about, and apply for a place on, the great200leaders scheme, go to

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