Meet the SMP group members

Brian Craig: Indium Corporation

Founded in 1934, Indium Corporation is a long-standing US based family business. It is an advanced materials company mostly focused at Electronics Assembly Industries. Managing Director Brian Craig has been with the business 30 years. He started in Technical Sales in the UK, then Europe where he developed a rudimentary Continental Sales Channel Partner network. He then moved to headquarters in New York to become Corporate Programs Manager, a Multi functional/training position. He subsequently returned to Europe as MD.

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Ian Bray: GSSArchitecture

GSSArchitecture was founded in 1879, making them one of the longest established architectural practices in the country. As Managing Partner Ian is responsible for accounting, financial, and business management (including legal contractual matters) within the practice. He is also a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Project Manager, and responsible for these two disciplines within GSS. Ian has experience in various sectors, particularly the education and commercial sectors, and he can provide advice on the various forms of procurement, contracts and professional appointments.

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John Cardy: Big Game Hunters

John’s family business, Big Game Hunters, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells outdoor toys including Garden Games, Croquet Sets, Carrom Boards and a complete range of outdoor toys. The business started with a mission to offer entertainment for barbecues and garden parties but has moved on to also be a big player in the sports play business. These days they see themselves as Play Experts, not just in family fun but also in Sports. The latest venture sees them move into Pet Play with a new range of extra tough Dog Balls, so your dog can play too.

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Nick Morton: Supplyant

Nick co-founded Supplyant in January 2009. Supplyant helps SME businesses with strategic digital transformation. Focusing on three key areas; Leadership and Management, Digital Marketing and Systems Integrations. They provide board level forecasting & planning together with agile management implementation and reporting that brings fact-based reportable improvements and return on investment.

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Nicky Applegarth: Ayima

Ayima is an award-winning digital marketing agency delivering spectacular results for some of the world’s leading brands. Nicky is a highly accomplished, ambitious and business-focussed leader, with over 20 years of widespread and hands on digital agency experience. She has undertaken a range of strategic and management roles across the full range of digital disciplines and has worked with some of the UK’s most well-known and respected brands. Her Client Services background, developed across a blue-chip client base, fuels her commitment to building and nurturing client relationships.

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Rick Lorenzo: Inventive Creations Ltd

Rick is the owner and Managing Director of Inventive Creations. Inventive Creations is proud to offer the most comprehensive range of shower seal designs and products in the UK. They have been involved with bathrooms and shower room design, installation and after sales for over 20 years and they put all of their knowledge and expertise into their products and services. The company recently moved from Leybourne to a larger premises in Sittingbourne, Kent, to cope with their expanding business and product range.

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Sarah Ransome: Independent Living Solutions

Following a career in social care Sarah joined and became Director of ILS Case Management, who are specialists in catastrophic injury for children and adults, in 2011 as an Operations Manager. Working in this dynamic field is both motivating and challenging, every day is different and as an agile service provider their focus is firmly on their clients. Working as part of a well established management team, and supported by excellent Case Managers, they are proud of their person-centred approach and the excellent outcomes they enable their clients to achieve.

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Steve Abbott: Woodford Heating & Energy Ltd

Steve is Managing Director of Woodford Heating & Energy Ltd, a residential and Commercial mechanical and electrical contractors for London and the southern home counties. Steve has been fortunate to have experience ranging across numerous industry sectors and spanning both public and private sector projects. The growth and increasing use of digital solutions in construction is something Steve is passionate about being at the forefront of in his current position of Managing Director at Woodford Heating and Energy.

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Steve Boorman: Anthony James Insurance Brokers

Steve is the Managing Director of Anthony James Independent Insurance Brokers, whose mission is To Be The Best Commercial Independent Insurance Broker – with a bespoke and personal level of customer care that they are proud to describe as ‘reliably different.’ After 19 years experience in the insurance industry, they opened the doors of Anthony James in June 2009. The values of friendship and support that drive the business today reflect their vast experience and commitment to offer exceptional insurance brokering.

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