Paul Smith

Business Adviser and Coach

Profile

Paul has an extensive background in business development and business management, having started his career in high tech engineering and telecommunications before moving on to a series of senior sales, marketing and business management roles in the electronics manufacturing industry, including a four year appointment in California as an international product manager with import/export responsibility.

Team Responsibilities

Paul has spent the last 12 years undertaking various roles to help small enterprises get started and to grow, including two years as an Outreach Worker and start-up adviser with Business Link.

His work as a business adviser and coach for Inspire2Enterprise focuses on a number of key areas – including helping unemployed or economically inactive individuals start their own business and avoid being dependent on benefits, and most recently working on a major project coaching inmates in a local prison, providing them with business skills to develop a social enterprise manufacturing and selling natural beehives.

Outside Interests

Although he is originally from Scotland, Paul has lived most of his adult life in the Midlands, over thirty years of which in Northamptonshire.  He is a Parish Councillor and is heavily involved as a volunteer in many community activities in his South Northamptonshire Village.