Lanarkshire

Business Gateway Lanarkshire works with individuals and businesses across North and South Lanarkshire to support them to achieve their ambitions and goals.

Start Up Advisory Team

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Start Up Adviser

Keith Elrick

Keith has a wealth of knowledge in the identification and commercialisation of innovation, particularly within the health and care sectors.

A skilled business adviser and mentor, he joined the team in 2014 and uses his experience from working with both public and private sector businesses to help new start-ups with business planning, financial management, marketing and more.

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Start Up Adviser

Teresa Devlin

Teresa has over 20 years’ management accountancy experience; as a small business owner she provided financial management services to a range of industries including construction, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail and telecoms.

Teresa is highly skilled in course development and delivery, for over five years she developed bookkeeping courses and HMRC compliance workshops on behalf of Princes Trust and Business Gateway. Her wealth of experience and knowledge is beneficial to not only her clients, but the whole team.

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Start Up Adviser

Mario Alonzi

With over 20 years’ experience in both public and private sector industries, Mario now specialises in supporting catering and hospitality businesses. He uses his wealth of knowledge, business administration skills and customer service expertise to help start-up businesses.

As well as being a Start Up Adviser, Mario is a volunteer Funding Panel Chairman and Volunteer Trainer for the Princes Trust. Over the years he has found his own niche – fostering entrepreneurial talent within his client base, particularly younger clients.

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Start Up Adviser

Caroline Wylie

With a background in music and advertising, Caroline moved from the creative industries to scratch an entrepreneurial itch and spent over 15 years running a successful virtual assistant business helping a range of industries working virtually. Not only does she have first-hand experience of running a business, but inevitably ended up supporting new businesses in their various administrative and supportive requirements.

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Start Up Adviser

Lisa Cullen

Lisa Cullen has over 10 years’ experience working within Santander, latterly within the business banking department supporting small to medium sized businesses from various sectors. She has knowledge with funding requirements and applications and understanding of the Banking process.

Joining Business Gateway Lanarkshire in 2021, she puts her Law degree to good use and provides her clients relevant information about their legal requirements for their business.

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Start Up Adviser

Jaz Gharra-McBeth

Jaz Gharra-McBeth has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, coupled with extensive experience in global and national key account management.

A real people person, Jaz joined Business Gateway Lanarkshire in 2021 and has been instrumental in supporting start-ups with their sales, marketing, business development and market positioning plans thanks to her ability to build and maintain good working relationships.

Growth Team

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Growth Business Adviser

Paul McIlvenny

Paul passionately supports growing businesses expand into new or existing markets and helps clients with raising finance for growth.

With considerable experience in strategic marketing and business planning, he is an expert at supporting companies across Lanarkshire and from a variety of sectors to identify and achieve growth opportunities.

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Growth Business Adviser

John McAndrew

A qualified marketing specialist, John supports clients with the creation and implementation of strategic business and marketing plans. Through his expert advice and significant experience, he also supports clients on the new products and process development.

John has an excellent track record at supporting businesses to put together investment raising plans, with a particular success in supporting clients to gain RSA funding.

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Growth Business Adviser

John Strachan

John joined Business Gateway in 2013. In addition to his time with the company he has over 10 years’ experience in business development within the food and retail sectors.

A previous business owner himself, John has an excellent track record of support within high growth companies across the country from all sectors including engineering and manufacturing.

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Growth Business Adviser

Robert Swinburne

Robert is an accomplished business adviser and qualified Chartered Accountant. Working with a diverse portfolio of businesses- he has supported many to achieve a high level of success in terms of support and growth.

Robert has considerable experience in raising investment and introducing financial controls and management systems to improve efficiencies for his clients.

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Growth Business Adviser

Ally Kale

Ally brings a wealth of knowledge to Business Gateway with over 20 years’ banking experience working with Bank of Scotland and 10 years’ experience as a Business Manager.

His skilled and natural approach in managing relationships and growth through financial support allows him to be able to support clients with a wide range of Business Banking matters. Ally supports clients with both stated and unstated needs through quality conversations.

Find your nearest office

North Lanarkshire

1st Floor, Carnbroe House
1 Finch Way
Strathclyde Business Park
Bellshill
ML4 3PE
Get directions
01698 756956

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

South Lanarkshire

Suite 2
Prism House
SE Technology Park
East Kilbride
G75 0QF
Get directions
01698 756956

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00