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Business School snaps up Britain's top female coach to help business owners

York St John University Business School is looking for business owners who are willing to be challenged and stretched by their peers - and by the country’s top female coach - to help them take their businesses forward.

York-based Jules Wyman was voted Britain’s best female coach in 2009. She’ll be working with the business owners to help them help each other develop their businesses in the popular Learning Through Business Leaders programme, which starts this week at the Business School.

Irma Gomez, business development manager, explains: “The programme provides a confidential environment in which business owners can discuss the issues and challenges associated with running a business with other non-competing owners. We’re thrilled that Jules has agreed to facilitate the sessions, and she’ll give each member the opportunity to bring a discussion topic to the table at every meeting.

“The focus is very much on strategic problem solving, and it’s particularly popular with people who are running businesses alone and are looking for external input, insights and support.”

Owen Turner runs growing York graphic design firm, United By Design. He has been part of the York St John Acorns programme, which provides support for business start-ups, and he feels Learning Through Business Leaders is a logical next step to help take his business forward. 

He says the main benefit to his business will be the opportunity to talk in confidence and bounce ideas off people at a senior and strategic level about real issues relating to business ownership:
“I know it won’t always be easy, but it’s incredibly valuable,” he says. “I know from working with Jules in the past that the group will challenge me to think about things in a different way, and getting that objective view from peers who aren’t embroiled in the day-to-day running of your business is invaluable.”

The new programme is open to business owners in the Yorkshire and Humber region and there are six places available for a series of five evening sessions, which start on Wednesday 13 January. 

York St John Business School is subsidising the programme through the Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF), The Learning & Skills Council Enhancement Fund and support from Yorkshire Forward, which makes the price to participants £240 for five, four-hour sessions. For more information or to register your interest, contact Irma Gomez at York St John University Business School on 01904 876339.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk