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Yorkshire based international healthcare technology consultant boosts skills with business programme

Entrepreneur Damien Bove has grown his specialist healthcare technology consulting firm, IDA Consultants, by 75 per cent in 12 months with the help of a York St John Business School business improvement programme which encourages learning from your business peers.

The company, which works with national and international clients in the healthcare sector to develop new product innovations into a commercial reality, has achieved this rapid growth with the launch of two new services designed to provide specialist industry training.

IDA Consultants provides regulatory, pre-clinical and clinical development advice to start up and maintain companies, helping businesses to target their technology and define their development programmes. The company was established 6 years ago by Damien, who recently won a prestigious Yorkshire Enterprise Fellowship (YEF) award for Best Personal Mentor.

Damien has benefited through the York St John Business School Learning Through Business Leaders programme which offers business owners advice and support on how to improve their existing business through a series of workshops. Damien initially joined the programme at York St John University because he was interested in business improvement and growth and was impressed at the scope it provided.

Damien said: “The programme provided the opportunity to consider the challenges faced with running a business with other non-competitive course participants.”
He added: “I believe there is always something new to learn and the programme has provided me with new knowledge and skills to help address the issues that a growing business faces.”

The programme focuses on strategic problem solving and every course member can identify a topic to be examined at each meeting. Business leaders learn from each other, whilst being given the opportunity to talk about their business in a confidential environment.

Jules Wyman, voted Britain’s top female coach in 2009, runs the business school workshops for business owners. The workshops are particularly popular with people who are running businesses alone and those who are looking for external support. Jules offers expert advice and provides an outsider’s insight into how to run a successful business.

The Learning Through Business Leaders course enabled Damien to meet with a high calibre of local businesspeople from a broad range of sectors.

Damien praised the input from a wide range of businesses on the scheme: “Everyone had a lot to share and the input was fantastic due to the good mixture of technical and industrial experience.” 

To find out more about the Learning Through Business Leaders scheme, email business.school@yorksj.ac.uk or contact Irma Gomez on T: 01904 876339.

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