CEO, The Mighty Creatives
Key Expertise: Business Development, Income Generation, Working with Staff and Volunteers, Young People
Nick Owen has started up and grown new businesses for the last 30 years in Cumbria, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham and London. He is particularly passionate about ‘keeping it real’ when it comes to working with students, start ups and learners of all ages and avoiding cliché, uncritical thinking and stereotyped practice when working with people to re-vision the world they want for themselves, their businesses and their communities.
Between 2014 and 2016, he worked as Business Start Up Advisor for the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and supported many entrepreneurs who went onto establish successful businesses in the Barrow in Furness and wider Morecambe Bay Region.
In 2013, he was offered the role of Programme Director for the Spark Up Business Incubator Pilot Programme established by the Liverpool Chambers of Commerce. Spark Up aimed to involve the highest quality regional, national and international expertise, knowledge and skills in developing entrepreneurs and businesses from across the Liverpool City Region.
Between 2012 and 2013 he worked as Business Start Up Manager for Liverpool Vision and was instrumental in establishing a number of new businesses in the city by specifically working with them on their business planning processes. He provided a range of business advice, coaching and support; referral to sources of information and knowledge; and involvement in business events designed to accelerate business start-up rates, through more people becoming interested in enterprise, and beginning and sustaining the business start-up ‘journey’.
As well as providing coaching and mentoring support to new businesses on a 1:1 basis to over 100 clients he also designed and developed a range of group based small business programmes ranging from expert workshops on finance, marketing and export.