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Carl Bradshaw




Business Services, Creative, Digital, Education, Financial Services, Insurance, Management Consulting, Marketing, Not for Profit / Charity

About Carl

Carl is an experienced mentor with key listening and questioning skills along with NED, Trustee and Board Member experience in both the SME and Non-Profit Sectors with over 30 years business experience, covering financial services, digital marketing, consulting, charity and non profit. Carl has experience in finance, technology, regulation and governance amongst other aspects of business.

Carl is an outspoken, action-orientated board member who enjoys being part of a team of motivated individuals that drive change and growth.

Business Mentor | Non-ExecutiveDirector | Management Consultant | Lancashire | Cumbria | Greater Manchester

Carl's Career History

February 2019 - Ongoing
Reachout.Work - CIC

Non Executive Director

My role in the board as a Non-Executive Director is to provide a creative contribution to the board by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge to the executive directors and steering group committee. including Corporate Governance, Business Development, Digital Marketing and Agenda.

I am there to ensure that we stay within guidelines for the following:

Organisational purpose
Board effectiveness
Decision-making, risk and control
Openness and accountability

At Reachout we believe that Early Intervention is key. Working closely with vulnerable families and linking with other services to help achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families. Using education support, child counselling, therapy and social skills trip out to encourage new situations and feelings to help give them the right tools for the future. We offer a personalised plan to help gain the best results.

Finalists in the 2019 Ribble Valley Business Awards - Non-Profit category.

November 2015 - Ongoing
Community Assets Standing Tall


Member of the Board of Trustees at this regeneration charity based in Bacup, Lancashire covering the Rossendale Valley. Below are a few of our current projects:

Community Asset Register/Heritage Listing Project
Cook & Eat with Dementia
Reminiscence Cafe
Responsible for commercial strategy, business planning and managing the charities IT, installation of a modern website including online donations, donation management including registering for Gift Aid and roll out of Google for Business (Donated software) across the different roles. Oversea the use of Sage Accounting.

Successfully secured funding in excess of £50,000.

January 2012 - Ongoing
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Business Mentor

Carl has helped over 1000 start ups since 2012. As part of the New Enterprise Allowance program.

Working with the unemployed and those in the benefits system as a business mentor, helping them create and complete a business plan and cash flow forecast in order to obtain a Government Grant and or loan to become self-employed.

My days here are often my most enjoyable and rewarding.

September 2009 - Ongoing
Community & Business Partners CIC

Business Adviser

The role originated as Guardian Angel on a voluntary basis and is now into Phase 3 of the Lancashire Economic Partnership's Boost mentoring program. Carl specialises in helping with finance, technology, governance (when required) and the 3rd sector or non-profit sector.

Delivery is over a tight timeframe of 12 hours, usually 4 meetings of 3 hours within 12 weeks.

April 2008 - Ongoing
Bradex Business Solutions

Business Mentor / Coach & Management Consultant

Proven track record of growing clients and their businesses. Including operations management, sales and costs management. I have an eye for spotting new markets for products and services. I predominantly mentor and coach.

We currently have seven experienced business mentors/consultants to choose from visit bradex.co.uk and meet the 'B' team.

Business Support and Advice can include services such as:

Business Planning from business plans to cash flows whether planning to start, obtain finance or planning your exit Bradex can assist.
Non-Executive Directorship (NXD or NED) often a vital opinion from outside of the business.
Think Tank services, has your business stalled? Why did it stall? How can you get it going again?
One to One and Group Business Mentoring that can assist the lone owner, or Director at the top to make those difficult decisions or your executive team.
Virtual Mentoring - for those further afield, or the Generation X that prefer a distance or digital relationship.
Management Consultancy brings in the exterior skillset, without the need for the salary, pension, car and another middle to top-level management perks.
We are members of the following organisations:

IOEE - registered Mentor
ABM - Regional Head for the North West and registered Mentor
CII - Hold Cert CII, Cert PFS and CeMAP
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Member
New Enterprise Allowance Scheme - helping over 1000 new start enterprises
Lancashire Economic Partnership - Boost Growth Mentoring Scheme - helping over 50 established businesses

0161 751 2320

December 2004 - Ongoing
Forshaw Associates Limited

Managing Director

A commercial finance brokerage that specialises in helping company directors to get the finance they need to help their business grow. Please note that we only work with Limited companies.

Services include

• Factoring & confidential invoice finance

• Commercial bridging finance & redevelopment finance

Note: Business is currently dormant and awaiting a change in direction with the new FCA regulations coming in 2018.