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, January 21, 2021 - 13:47
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has welcomed Government plans to put the voice of business at the heart of decision-making when it comes to future skills policy.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:50
Sarah Perry, Managing Partner at Wright Hassall

An initiative aimed at spreading kindness throughout Coventry and Warwickshire is underway to celebrate the anniversary of one of the Midlands’ leading law firms.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:45
Martin Williams, Managing Director of EBS

A Warwickshire-based company, which helps foreign businesses establish in the UK, is expanding after seeing a growth in demand due to Brexit.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 09:10
Stratford Leisure Centre

Leisure centres in Stratford District are continuing to do as much as they can to keep people active despite the lockdown forcing them to close.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 15:52
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

A leading business organisation in Coventry and Warwickshire says the Government’s stricter Prompt Payment Code (PPC) could be a lifeline to smaller firms struggling with cashflow.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 15:49
Apprentices at WCG

Employers are being encouraged to engage with a leading college group to see how apprenticeships can support the recovery of their business after the impact of Covid-19.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 07:47
One of the visitor pods installed at a care home by Showplace

A forward-thinking events and exhibitions business near Stratford-upon-Avon has reinvented itself into providing visitor pods for care homes across the UK.

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 12:23
Cafe in the Park

Catering outlets at a landmark Midlands country park have beaten their own annual turnover record - despite the ongoing challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 11:42
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire will need more help to survive as new figures showed the UK is heading for a double-dip recession.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 08:48
Craig Humphrey, the managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub

Growth Hubs across the West Midlands are working together to encourage businesses to access free advice to Check, Change and Go following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the

Meeting Dates 2021

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.


March 9th

June 8th

September 7th

December 7th