Name: Mark Deere.
Company: Supporting SME Leaders.
What does your organisation do: I’m a born and bred entrepreneur and am incredibly serious (and very passionate) about supporting sustainable business growth for SMEs in the UK; it’s what I was born to do.
I’ve worked with many businesses (both SME and corporate) and am incredibly proud to claim credit for taking a major PLC (anonymous for confidentiality reasons) from £100million to £130million whilst spending three years at the helm.
Having previously run three very different £1million+ businesses; a field marketing firm, point of sale supplier and temping agency, in 2003 I found my calling; to provide ‘been there, done that’ advice to fellow entrepreneurs in the UK.
Having the unique perspective of a Managing Director and multiple business owner, I created ‘Supporting SME Leaders’ to combine my experience and advice from external professionals such as bankers, solicitors and accountants.
Other than that, I’ve also been invited to be a guest lecturer for students doing a BA in Business at Leeds Beckett University and often speak at Chamber of Trade conferences on topics relating to the development of SMEs.
Company website address: www.topbusinessdevelopment.co.uk
Who would your ideal Prime Minister be: David Cameron.
Favourite bar/restaurant: The Ivy.
What’s your tipple: Bacardi.
Which business person do you most admire: Richard Branson.
Favourite band/artist: Sting & the Police.
What is your all-time favourite tune: Walking On The Moon.
Favourite book: Grapes of Wrath.
Favourite movie: Black Hawk Down.
Who would play you in a film: Nicolas Cage.
Favourite TV programme: Question Time.
Most visited website: www.creditsafe.com
What is your preferred Social Media platform: LinkedIn.
Which four people would you most like to invite to a dinner party: Richard Branson, Catherine Jenkins, Jonny Wilkinson, David Cameron.
If you could choose one superpower what would it be: Time Travel.
Interesting fact about you: I hold a record for walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks I did it twice round in 13 hours 12 minutes.
What is your dream job: The one I have now.
Downtown is…. A great place to meet and mingle with like minded business people.