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    The launch of the ABM Assessment Centre

    The launch was Thursday 6th 2018 December at the Business and IP Centre, British Library KX. The format of the day was A challenging panel interview with Professor David Clutterbuck and our Accreditation Officer Gaby Marcon Clarke An observed recorded mentoring session with a business owner from the British Library’s Innovate for Growth program Applicants. Read more Read more

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    Approved Member

    Name:Bernard Ashford
    Address:Wayside House
    Coast Hill
    Rh4 3lh
    01926 910025
    Location:Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Central, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Isle Of Wight, Kent, Leicestershire, London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Worcestershire
    Expertise:Sales & Marketing, Access To Finance, Growth Specialist, Operations, People & Hr, Business Angel, Business, Finance


    Bernard has been involved in Start Up and Growth SME Businesses as both an owner in; Training, Security, CRM &, Marketing Consultancy, CCTV, Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Ski Chalets, Travel Agents and also as a Coach, Advisor and Mentor for businesses such as; Digital Marketing, Solar Energy, E- Bikes, Video Production, Florists, Recruitment, Retail Outlets, Printing and Asset Management just to name a ‘few’ of the 40+ business he has worked with during the last 2 years.

    Bernard has also had ‘proper jobs’ ; initially in IT as a Business Analyst and Project /Programme Manager then a Senior management and Director level career in large companies in Retail, Technology, Consultancy and Investment Management, delivering multi-million pound projects and business change programmes for names such as; National Power, River Island, and as Head of UK Retail and Internet Operations with Gartmore Investment Management and Head of UK Business Operations Microsoft UK.

    Bernard has been Coaching, Advising, consulting and mentoring for more than 20 years.

    He has established and run a number of successful businesses too including: CRM Business Consultancy, Security Services and CCTV training, to Operating his own Hotels, Chalets, restaurants and bars in France.

    Bernard is an APM – Accredited Practitioner Mentor with the International Institute of Coaching and Mentoring (IIC&M) a Registered and Approved Expert for 'SME Instrument' in the UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs FIOEE.

    He is also a Volunteer Mentor for young people who are looking to start their own businesses on behalf of : the Brightside Trust, Start Up Loans, Entrepreneurial Spark and the New Enterprise Allowance programme.


    Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs - FIOEE
    Accredited Practitioner Mentor (IIC&M)
    BA Hons Politics and Economics
    Prince 2 Practitioner