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)


Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:43

A popular Leamington coffee house is full of beans after confirming it is growing its presence in the town.

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:51

A community coaching business is diversifying into organising healthy breakfast clubs and family-friendly online educational courses as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:03

Leamington’s first ever gin distillery is a step closer to opening after the start-up company behind the concept toasted strong levels of trade.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 12:51

Manufacturers in Coventry and Warwickshire and the wider Midlands are starting to feel slightly more optimistic about their post-Covid future but there are calls for significantly more tailored Gov

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 09:24

A leading business figure in Coventry and Warwickshire says a deep economic drop was inevitable in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 07:44

BFI Chief Executive and Coventry kid Ben Roberts has announced a  partnership with Create Central and StoryFutures Academy: Positive Realities: XR for Youth Wellbeing in Coventry UK City

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 13:44

A petrolhead who sold almost everything to start her used-car business up is ‘eternally grateful’ for a grant which saved it from certain closure.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 12:54

Aston Business School is working with the Small Business Charter to deliver a specialised government funded programme for leaders of small businesses to survive and thrive in the coming months and

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:24

Business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire believe employment will fall further without additional help for firms to keep people in work.

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 09:28

An expanding Warwickshire printing company has invested in two state-of-the-art machines and moved premises.

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 on Tuesday the 16th of June 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 Tuesday the 2nd of June.


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