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Award-winning mentor shares his expertise in new booklet to support entrepreneurs

Award-winning business coach and mentor, Dr David Cliff, is launching a new booklet to help entrepreneurs avoid common pitfalls when scaling up their companies.

Dr Cliff, who is the Managing Director of Sunderland-based Gedanken and winner of the 2017 Mentor of the Year award from the Entrepreneur’s Forum, has helped firms and individuals across the region to grow their businesses and improve their working practices. As an expert coach and mentor with more than 35 years of management and personal development experience, he frequently contributes to newspapers and business publications.

The booklet covers the ten most common mistakes made by owner-managed businesses when scaling up and how to avoid them.

Dr Cliff previewed the booklet at a LinkedIn Live event at the Newcastle offices of Unwritten Creative, where he talked through the tips shared in the booklet, and answered questions from the audience of business owners.

Dr David Cliff said: “Throughout my career, I have seen a number of common mistakes that entrepreneurs make when scaling up, and I wanted to share my knowledge and advice on a wide scale. I hope that this booklet will be a good jumping off point for those who are about to embark on the journey of growing their business.

“Attending a coaching or mentoring session can be an intimidating process for the uninitiated, so I see the booklet as bridging the gap, and showing the value of getting support from an outside party. I’m delighted to be able to share my experience with the hardworking entrepreneurs in the region.”

Jess Swindells, Managing Director of Tier One Capital, who is sponsoring the event, said: “Establishing and growing an SME can be challenging, but, equally it is tremendously rewarding. Seeking the right advice and guidance is often a key to success and the insight Dr David Cliff is providing in his new booklet is excellent. Having worked with a large number of SMEs, we know the pitfalls they can face are numerous, but with experienced advisors it is more than possible to navigate a route to business growth.”

Dr David Cliff’s booklet is available by contacting Gedanken [email protected].