Meet the Team
I have worked supporting businesses for the majority of my career, its what I love to do. Coming from a large family, all self-employed from owning hotels, property businesses to window cleaning sole traders, I have been surrounded in the world of business my whole life. The last 10 years I have been heavily involved in our family Bridalwear business, running a local retail shop certainly has its challenges, but this has really supported the work I do for Yorkshire in Business - Scarborough's only Enterprise support agency. I pride myself in 'been there and done that', understanding what you are facing and you're not alone. This is why I love to support you and your business.
I am dedicated and passionate about making sure our support is available to all businesses on the Yorkshire Coast and this is why I have been appointed Head of Operations at Yorkshire in Business. I have successfully tendered for and sourced government funding of over 3 million in the last 5 years, all of which has been used in Scarborough and its surrounding areas to support well over 500 people look to develop, start & grow their businesses, and an additional 500 unemployed move closer to the labour market.
Will Barraclough - Business Adviser
Website designer by trade, I have a passion at working with new and existing businesses helping and guiding them throughout their growth. Since relocating my business back in 2016 into one of the offices managed by Yorkshire in Business, I found myself becoming more and more involved with new and existing businesses that called upon Yorkshire in Business for their support and network which lead to becoming one of their Self Employment Advisors in 2018.
Since joining their team, my hunger for helping and advising has grown tenfold, watching and helping a person’s ideas and dreams become a reality is extremely fulfilling. I have gained a lot of knowledge about running a business over the years, and what I don’t know I am willing to learn, so if you have any queries or conundrums, let’s work through them together!
I joined YIB in March 2017 as an employee but knew the team from the support I received in 2015 when I started my own business as a bookkeeper. I had felt at home here from my first visit so jumped at the chance of joining the team. My role is varied working with all Virgin Start Up Loan applicants across the Yorkshire Coast whilst also hosting or running Business Advice drop-in sessions.
Carl Proctor - Business Support Facilitator
Based from the Business Hub at William Street Business Centre I liaise between you and your Business Adviser. I have been supporting and working alongside our Business Advisers now for over 5 years, they are busy and sometimes hard to get hold of, well that's where I can help. I am your point of contact when needing to get answers that bit quicker. I am also there to arrange your meetings, and make you feel comfortable when attending our Hub. Just speak to me if you need to use the Hub for a meeting or to come and work from and I'll be here to make sure you have what you need to get the most out of your day. I am friendly and helpful and so please just ask, im sure we can help.
I have worked for Yorkshire in Business nearly 2 years, although I play a large role as your face to face contact, coordinating your engagement with a Business Adviser my main role is to support your business with its progression into workspace. As Tenant Coordinator, I work with all tenants renting workspace from all our sites to support you with your daily running needs. This will involve Facilitating your move into your new office, ensuring all issues are addressed quickly and being your point of contact between you and Yorkshire in Business.
I am here to ensure that there is no interruption to your working day and aim to make your working day run smoothly. In my role I undertake health & safety checks, including fire risk assessments, fire alarm testing and building checks to make sure you work in a safe environment. A friendly and helpful face to support your working day.