Types of Membership

The National Enterprise Network exists to represent, unite and support all organisations who are passionate about inspiring and promoting enterprise. We offer three types of membership:

Quality Assured Member 

Organisations as above, who also carry a recognised quality standard (currently ISO, Customer First or Matrix).

Member

For not-for-profit independent organisations that provide independent advice, training or mentoring to new and emerging businesses.

Associate

For other organisations actively involved in the support and development of enterprise in England.

We would be happy to talk to you about our membership offer and how it could benefit you. You can call us on 07702 807058 or email memberservices@nationalenterprisenetwork.org.

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Patricia Marks

Founder and CEO of Somerset Business Agency (SBA) CIC
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Tracey Moore

CEO of PNE Enterprise
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Matt Smith

Director of Policy and Research, the Centre for Entrepreneurs
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Jennifer Crowther

Chief Executive, Yorkshire in Business
Representing Yorkshire, Jennifer has worked within the Scarborough based Enterprise Agency for 16 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge at successfully tendering for, and delivering, Government-funded Enterprise Initiatives, alongside first-hand experience of how the Enterprise Sector has evolved over the years. Jennifer also specialises in social Impact, governance and strategic planning for charitable organisations as a trustee of Age UK Scarborough & District, and Co-Founder of Fablab+.
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Phil Ashford

Director, Enterprise Exchange
Phil is the joint founder and director of Enterprise Exchange, a specialist agency which provides self -employment training and support for people with additional barriers. For the past 10 years, they have been working with prisons, in welfare to work, and running management development/CSR programs for the corporate sector. A specialist in prison entrepreneurship, Phil appeared in the 2019 ITV documentary “Ross Kemp, Welcome to HMP Belmarsh”. An experienced and accredited business adviser, Phil has a background in both the private and public sector, specialising in pre-start up business advice for people with additional barriers. He has delivered business start-up workshops and one to one coaching for a range of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He has also lectured in schools, colleges, universities in the UK and Europe, and has delivered enterprise awareness programmes with underprivileged teenagers throughout the UK. Phil has an MBA, a Diploma in Performance Coaching, is a Prince 2 Practitioner and is a SFEDI Accredited Business Adviser.
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Richard Myers

Commercial Director, Transmit Startups
Richard is a self-taught entrepreneur of 30 years and the Commercial Director at Transmit Startups, which delivers a range of services to UK businesses including finance, tax, startup and growth strategy, mentoring and coaching. Transmit Startups operate the UK's largest provider of Start Up Loans, Transmit Startups, plus other brands - Transmit Growth Loans, Transmit Consulting, R&D Tax Claim, Startup Direct and Smarta. Richard started his first business at the age of 19, after dropping out of university. He worked in the music industry before establishing one of the North East’s first specialist web development agencies in the late 90’s. After first starting to help other businesses, he was then asked to mentor a few startups. This developed into a business providing consulting, coaching, startup and growth services, which eventually became Transmit Consulting, along with the current co-directors in 2006. Transmit Startups was established in 2013 and has since introduced other brands to help SMEs at all levels. Richard is a non-exec director at Generic AI, specialists in Artificial General Intelligence.
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Sara Williams

Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce
Sara Williams took over as the Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce in November 2011 and has since overseen the creation of the powerful Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce group. Previously she was Director of Enterprise at St Helens Chamber. Sara has a wealth of experience working with the private sector to develop services in response to their needs, as well as a proven track record of lobbying and representing businesses. Sara has worked in marketing and community development as well as in museums and galleries. Sara is a strong advocate for the private sector taking a lead in all aspects of economic development. She believes that Chambers of Commerce provide an excellent platform for engaging with and supporting businesses to grow and prosper. Her remit, and that of the Chambers, is to help businesses in Staffordshire to succeed and she believes that her role on the Board of Staffordshire University will further this aim. Sara has been a Governor of Liverpool John Moores University and so hopes to bring this experience to the Staffordshire University Board.
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Aileen Evans

Executive Director, Hyndburn Enterprise Trust
Having been the Executive Director of two enterprise agencies, Aileen brings strong managerial and leadership skills to the Board. She was a key player in forming the Consortium of Enterprise Agencies in East Lancashire and later Lancashire, bringing together nine enterprise agencies which successfully bid for European funding and North West Development Agency funding. Aileen has represented enterprise agencies on a number of strategic boards. She was Chair and Vice Chair of the North West Enterprise Agency which at one time represented 12+ enterprise agencies. Being part of a number of small enterprise agencies, she has also been an active Business Adviser which has given her a good understanding at "grass roots" of the target groups that they aim to support.
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Lisa McCance

Director and Trustee, Shared Intelligence and StartUp Croydon
Lisa has worked in Economic Development for 15 years at a local and regional level and has extensive experience of working alongside businesses and charities to design and develop strategies and programmes to deliver positive outcomes in support of the economy. In her professional career, she has worked to identify the needs of small businesses and corporates to stimulate economic development. Lisa has been a Trustee of StartUp Croydon for the past 4-years and has contributed to the overall direction and decisions faced by the charity during this time. In her role as Director at Shared Intelligence, she works alongside government at a national and local level as well as enterprise partnerships to develop policy and deliver business support.
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Paul McEldon

Chief Executive, North East Business and Innovation Centre
Paul comes from an accomplished background in finance and auditing with KPMG, having previously studied accountancy and financial analysis at Newcastle University. Since his appointment in 2001, Paul has injected fresh thinking into establishing the BIC as a primary regional player in the fields of incubation, innovation and business support. In addition to his work with the BIC, Paul works with several other organisations, all dedicated to shaping enterprise in the North East. Paul chairs the regional enterprise network group (NEEAL), is on the business support board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) and is Vice Chair of Sunderland College.
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