The SME Business Group acts as a critical friend to the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub and seeks to ensure that the Growth Hub is business-led and business-focused in it's work to provide honest and independent business brokerage services to any business in our locality. 


The SME Business Group will support the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub by:

  • Providing timely business and economic intelligence into the Hub.
  • Exploring examples of client work with a view to ensuring that the Hub adds value to business and any gaps, in service, are identified and resolved.
  • In the interests of the wider business community, offer input and thought and business intelligence into the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub Business Plan.
  • Be ambassadorial for the Hub including assisting in the referral of businesses, who may need support, to the Hub Team.
  • Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival


View the SME Group Terms of Reference


Board Lead and Group Chair: Sean Farnell (Burgis & Bullock)

Executive Support: Sarah Gambrall (CWLEP Growth Hub)

David Hope (CWLEP)

Parmy Singh (Coventry City Council)

Ian McFarlane-Toms (UWSP)

Craig Humphrey (CWLEP Growth Hub)

Phil Peak (CWLEP Growth Hub)

Gemma Gathercole (CWLEP)

Lee Osborne (Federation of Small Businesses)

Sean Rose (Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce)

Sarah Windrum (Emerald Group)

Roger Scott (Lloyds Banking Plc)

Richard Marchington (Apex Recruitment)

Stephanie Kerr (BID Leamington)

David Ayton-Hill (Warwickshire County Council)

Sheridan Sulskis (CWRT)

David Kelham (Excelerate Resources)

Alexandra Robinson (Wright Hassall)

George Bostock (NFU Mutual)

Michelle Wilson (Advent Communication)

Frank Mills (Coventry University Enterprises Ltd)

Philip Warwick (CITB)                                              

Iain Patrick (CWLEP)


Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 16:05

The Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has heralded an investment in Coventry as one of the “success stories of the region”.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 12:54
 Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire have welcomed the additional support for firms facing a drop in demand due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis – especially those placed under Tier 2 res

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 07:46
Craig Humphrey, the managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub

Culture, tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire are investing in digital platforms as alternative revenue streams following the impact of Covid-19, according to a

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 07:43
Erik Prins, who is launching Talk of the Dog

Warwickshire-based entrepreneurs considering taking the leap and setting up their own business due to Covid-19 and increasing unemployment rates can take advantage of a free course.

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 09:29
Picture taken before March 2020 to illustrate Peer Networks story

Young leaders in tourism, hospitality & leisure and professional services in Coventry and Warwickshire are set to benefit from a free development programme.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 07:59
Front row from left:, Glenn Cooper, Kellie Sweeney. Back row from left: Alice Little, Neha Dhiawan, Lynsey Shirley-Smith, Sevil Lloyd Thomas

A Stockton couple who run a gym in the village have been blown away by the goodwill and community spirit of their clients after the pandemic forced them to rely on help from their family.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 09:23
Louise Bennett, Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

One of the biggest annual business events in Coventry and Warwickshire has been moved online due to the Coronavirus crisis but will focus on recovery and resilience within the economy and region.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 09:18
Sean Farnell from Burgis & Bullock

A leading accountancy firm will be facilitating the development of support networks for SME leaders in Warwickshire after being named as a delivery partner for a national initiative.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:28
Front row from left: Cllr Tony Jackson and Cllr Tony Dixon. Back row from left: Rev Patrick Taylor, William Wilson, and Willie Wilson

Stratford-upon-Avon is a place which knows the value of respecting history and keeping its traditions alive.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 09:09
Craig Humphrey, the managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub

Small businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire have been urged to sign-up for a free new Government-funded programme to grow and develop their organisations for future success.

Meeting Dates 2020

In these unprecedented times, to focus our work on the immediate support of our business community and to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, adhering to the Government guidelines, CWLEP Business Group meetings are largely being suspended.

The next scheduled meeting of the SME Supergroup is listed below and is currently planned to be held at the CWLEP Growth Hub office.  As the current situation is very fast-moving, this will be kept under review and members will be notified of any change to this schedule no later than 7 days prior to any scheduled meeting.


17th March

16th June

22nd September

3rd December