Supporting businesses since 1983

Michael Martin

Business Advisor

Based in Stevenage, Michael is part of Wenta’s DNA - back with us 12 years after a seven-year stint –  well-versed in offering virtual and in-person advice and training.

“It’s a privilege to help people pursue a direction, find meaning and further their deeper purpose. In gaining insight from ‘both sides of the desk’ throughout my working life - undertaking more than 8,000 1:1 sessions – to inspire and be inspired by such special souls renews faith daily in the passion and power of small business and social good, to enable positive changes in our local and wider communities.”

JOINED WENTA

First joined October 2001 (to January 2009)

Rejoined August 2021

Background

After a 10-year sales career, sold first business in video production as a going concern

Founded several ventures during 25 years as a business advisor, trainer and management consultant, raising £2m+ in equity funding and grant awards for clients

Freelance, interim, project management and NED roles

Originated enterprise-learning programmes for schools, for 15 years managing a roster of tutors delivering across the East of England

Unsalaried founder of a registered mental health charity. Recruited 27 volunteers and 35 accredited psychotherapists. The combined model - tailored cycling plans, practical help with work choices and confidential counselling - won Public Health England support and sponsorship

EXPERTISE

  • Start-up, micro-ventures, small business, investment-readiness, growth, transfer, IP & IPR, licensing, distribution, strategy, operations, marketing, sales, L&D, mentoring 
  • Specialisms: charities and social enterprise, education, training, cycle industry, creative fields, textiles, Wearable Tech.

QUALIFICATIONS and CERTIFICATIONS

  • SFEDI Accredited / DBS Enhanced
  • Level 4 Business Counselling
  • Level 3 Business Start-Up
  • Level 1 & Level 2 Safeguarding

INTERESTS

Time with my partner, cycling, outdoors, cookery, music, socialising

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