Our Team

Gary Halpin



Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Experience: 31 Years in Business

Specialism: Building on 25 years of senior level experience in the food industry working with entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs to start or develop their business and realise their dreams.


Johnny Themans


Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Experience: 26 Years in Business

Specialism: Starting, building and developing owner managed businesses. Focussing on the owner, the product / service, marketing and sales, administration and developing teams – all in a cohesive plan that ensures each area contributes effectively towards the achievement of the overall business plan.


Sally Themans


Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Experience: Blue chip retail experience in purchasing and operations. Started and successfully run a business since 2005 which provides jobs for eight people. Also published writer in local business publications and spearheaded Bridgnorth’s successful Great British High Street entry. 20 years as JP in Telford.

Specialism: Experience in working with virtual teams for project delivery, coaching and training people for high performance and start-ups. High Street champion and social media trainer.

Marcus Themans



Location: Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Experience: Marcus developed a successful food business (now sold) which continues to thrive. Experienced trainer and business coach helping businesses to get started and to grow. Also consulted to central government over Health & Safety policy.

Specialism: With experience in farming and food Marcus is well placed to help any small business starting out or looking to grow – particularly those in rural areas or working in the food sector.


Eddie Allan



Location: Stourbridge, Worcestershire

Experience: Eddie spent 12 years running a business delivering training and workplace qualifications and ten years public services including six years in a policy division in Whitehall. He has also spent six years in retail management.

Specialism: Eddie has delivered training and workshops to start up businesses and entrepreneurial graduates, and is well placed to deliver sustainable business skills including financial metrics.


Hollie Whittles



Location: Telford, Shropshire

Experience: Hollie runs her own Shropshire web design company and has extensive experience in Learning and Development for one of the largest global IT consultancies. Hollie is chairman of the Shropshire branch of BCS, the chartered institute for IT, and vice-chair of Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

Specialism: Website Design and Development including Content Management System (CMS): Joomla and WordPress. E-Commerce solutions, SEO and Google Analytics, social media and brand coordination. Consultation and mentoring with established and start up businesses.


Helen Leathers



Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Experience: Helen is a national trainer with Utility Warehouse and experienced business coach. She established, grew and sold a successful graphic design agency and has published a number of books most of which are in the self improvement arena.

Specialism: Group training and individual coaching for personal and business development. Particularly strong in the areas of branding and people development.


Tim Luft


Location: Telford

Experience: Tim is a Digital Media Entrepreneur based in the West Midlands (Shropshire), Tim’s focus surrounds the roll out of virtual reality building on the expertise of the UK Video game industry. Tim has run University Institutes which have researched the use of 3D environment for teaching and learning, more recently Tim established his own Virtual Reality development studio in the West Midlands, and operates a technology showcase and conference venue which provides companies with hands on access to the latest advances in 3D simulation and virtual reality. Tim sits on the Telford Business Board, he is a mentor for the UKTI Global Entrepreneurs and a panel member on the Wolverhampton University Green Shoots initiative.


Deborah Isis



Location: Lancashire

Experience: Deborah Marie Isis is a transformational change coach/intuitive counsellor breaking boundaries in consciousness to
raise you up to your highest potential and free you to live a truly authentic life.

Specialism: Business Start Ups