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New business support venture launched in Barrow

Published on: Tuesday 11th August 2015
Categorised under: Work , Barrow, Business, Economy

A Barrow-based businessman says that his reputation is on the line after launching a new venture.

Phil Collier launched business support agency Phil Collier Associates this week.

After many years as Fleet HR Director at James Fisher & Sons, Mr Collier set up TurnstoneHR in January 2010 and sold it in July 2014 to two of his colleagues.

He is well known in South Cumbria having taken up roles as chair of the Furness Branch of the FSB, chair of the Barrow BID Steering Group and vice chair of Barrow and District Credit Union.

He is hoping to draw on that experience in his latest project, but admits his name is on the line.

Mr Collier said: “It is my name that is on the brand and so it is my reputation that is on the line.

“To enable me to grow Phil Collier Associates, I have developed a network of experienced and trustworthy consultants with a broad range of experience and on whom I will call as and when the need arises.

“These are all people with whom I have worked successfully or have known for many years.”

Phil Collier Associates aims to help companies by utilising Mr Collier’s skills as an experienced project manager to ensure that any “business critical” projects are completed.

Mr Collier has also introduced the idea of a “project catalyst” to the company portfolio, an individual who can step outside a business and use a fresh perspective to provide support.

He added: “While I am looking to continue to work with small businesses and in particular those that are looking to grow, my work with the Federation of Small Businesses over the past few years has afforded me the privilege of sitting around the table on various boards and committees with the key players in some of the bigger local organisations.

“This has enabled me to engage with these companies and gain an understanding of what the area needs. This is why I have introduced the concept of the ‘project catalyst’ to provide external support on an as needs basis to these businesses.”

The company will also work in the small business and marine sectors, drawing on Mr Collier’s 35 years of experiences in these areas.

“I will also continue servicing my marine clients, as that is where my background lies, and I will be actively pursuing new clients in this sector both locally and further afield.”

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