Enterprising Macclesfield has been established by the Make it Macclesfield team to provide a focal point for encouraging and supporting social and commercial enterprise in the Macclesfield area. We aim to achieve this by providing support and funding to entrepreneurs with an ambition to develop sustainable enterprises in our local community. We will support start-ups and established enterprises where we can identify measurable benefits to our locality as a result of our involvement.

Enterprising Macclesfield is a voluntary local initiative driven by forward thinking, proactive professionals with a passion for enterprise. We understand the importance to our local economy of creating an environment where enterprises can grow and prosper. We will build a sustainable enterprise support organisation by seeking funding from local individuals and businesses and by attracting a share of existing regional and national enterprise funding.




Tim Shercliff

Tim is an energetic senior business executive with significant experience in business strategy, general management, sales, marketing and complex programme management gained primarily in the information technology, professional service and social enterprise sector. Tim is currently involved in a portfolio of activities involving strategy consulting and facilitation, coaching, two social enterprises...

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Ray Clarke

Ray Clarke is a professional, dynamic and successful Chartered Marketer with over 24 years’ experience of driving growth for SMEs and large corporations in local and international markets.             Experience:   Established and operates a successful marketing business for 12 years   Exceeded the start-up targets for...

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Philip Cole

A reliable, tenacious leader of projects and teams with considerable experience of leading and supporting business change in marketing, IT, finance and corporate communications during a 30-year career with Royal Dutch Shell plc. After leaving Shell, Philip set-up on his own to undertake contract work; he recently completed a series...

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Gareth White

An accountant with significant experience of working with SME’s and sole traders. Having set up and managed his own business Gareth is all too aware of the problems and challenges encountered by those looking to start and manage their own enterprises. Gareth’s clients rely on him on a daily basis with...

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Heather Self

An experienced finance professional with extensive knowledge of a wide range of tax issues. Currently a tax partner with law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, advising a wide range of clients on tax.           Experience:   Chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser   International tax partner with Ernst & Young,...

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John Varney

35 year career in Broadcasting, starting with engineering, then creative roles. Currently non-exec director of a plc, Chair of Ofcom Advisory Committee, Governor at Manchester Metropolitan University and incoming Chair of Silk Heritage Trust. John also invests in early stage digital businesses. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the...

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Rachael Chiverton

Rachael has a wealth of experience in credit control and invoice management and improving cashflow. She is founder of Rachael Chiverton Ltd and her clients know her as the “Contracts Lady” and “Cash Flow Queen”. Rachael works with a variety of businesses showing them how to achieve consistent cash flow...

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Alex Heylings

Having had a diverse Commercial Banking career at HSBC, Alex is an experienced finance professional who understands how today’s finance market works. Owner of Macclesfield based finance brokerage, Nova Commercial Finance, Alex works closely with business owners to understand their business model, motivators and goals and then provides tailored funding solutions to...

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