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, June 2, 2020 - 11:14

A North Warwickshire business is running out of space in its warehouse after a rising demand for its hand wash products.

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 14:59

A leading engineering firm in Coventry has had a five-figure makeover as part of a new era of growth.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 15:27

SMEs in Coventry and Warwickshire can find out about how they can access upcoming contracts connected with HS2 at the first free webinar organised by a new business website.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 14:11

Business and civic leaders in Coventry have joined forces in an appeal to MPs across the region to help the hospitality, tourism and leisure sector survive the Coronavirus crisis.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 14:05

A Warwickshire company that specialises in manufacturing blinds for complex buildings is planning to more than double turnover and take on new staff after investing in its growth.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 10:21

Garden centres across Warwickshire are helping local people prepare to take holidays – in their own gardens!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 09:59

The creative industries sector in Coventry and Warwickshire is set to shrink by nearly 50 per cent as the city prepares to become UK City of Culture.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 15:29

A Coventry biotech business has raised £1.2m for a new hand-held device that allows paramedics and emergency doctors to quickly diagnose patients who are having a stroke.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 15:12


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 11:31

A Coventry business has been working with one of the world’s most iconic motorsport companies as part of the Ventilator Challenge UK Project.

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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