Phil Ashford, Facilitator

Phil is an experienced and accredited business adviser with a background in both the private and public sector, specialising in pre-start up business advice for people with additional barriers.  He has delivered business planning workshops and one to one business start-up coaching for a range of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He has also lectured in schools, colleges and has delivered enterprise awareness programmes with underprivileged teenagers throughout Sussex. Phil has experience at a senior level at Panasonic UK, The Pensions Regulator, University of Brighton and digital marketing agency, Site Visibility.

He is the former director of the East Sussex Gateway, a Business Link service which provides pre-start up support for people with additional barriers. Due to his extensive experience in Sussex, Phil has links and contacts both with agencies and business organisations across the region. He has taken part in the NEWCEP steering group and the City Skills and Employment Group in Brighton and Hove. Phil lectures at German universities on mentoring.

Phil has a MBA, a Diploma in Performance Coaching, is a Prince 2 Practitioner and is a SFEDI Accredited Business Adviser. He is also a registered Growth Accelerator coach, PTTLS qualified and DBS checked. He is a volunteer mentor for the Brighton Business Community Partnership and a Chairman of Trustees for the charity Furniture Now in Lewes.