Our Advisers

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Phil McCreadie

Business Gateway Manager

Managing the team of advisers and the projects carried out by the Business Gateway team.  Phil is responsible for ensuring that Business Gateway Borders meet the targets and outputs set by Scottish Government and provides the service required by the businesses in the region.   Prior to joining Business Gateway in 2012 Phil was self employed for 10 years, and has worked within both the private and public sector in Account Management roles.  Bringing a great deal of practical experience as well as theory to the role, Phil enjoys working with businesses and helping them achieve their full potential. In his spare time, Phil is a keen (but not very good) golfer who enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the great tourist attractions the Scottish Borders has to offer.

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Wilma Norris

Business Adviser

Wilma joined Business Gateway in 2009 as General Business Adviser and has worked with both start up and growth businesses during that time. Before joining Business Gateway Wilma headed up the Administration team within an Electronics firm whilst at the same time completing her BA in Accountancy in the evenings. Now specialising within ICT, Wilma liaises with both start up and existing businesses to assist them with their ICT on-line marketing as well as delivering the ICT related workshops on behalf of Business Gateway locally. Another string to Wilma's bow is the co-ordination of the Digital Voucher application process. In her spare time, Wilma is a keen baker (which her colleagues greatly appreciate) and likes to spend quality time with her family and friends.

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Chris Trotman

Business Adviser

Joining Business Gateway in 2005, Chris has worked with both start up and growing businessses in most sectors within the Scottish Borders in addition to his specialist sectors of; food and drink, agriculture and renewables. Chris holds an Agricultural Degree from Newcastle University and then went on to work in the agricultural and grain trade for a number of organisations and companies. Industry exposure backed up with practical experience enables a pragmatic approach to be given to his clients when dealing with business matters. In his spare time, Chris enjoys breeding and showing budgies, and upgrading old vehicles and tractors.

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Isabel Brass

Administrator

As the first point of contact, Isabel joined the team in 2010, and ensures that the office runs smoothly through her strong administration and customer service skills. As well as supporting the team of Advisers, Isabel organises and co-ordinates the local events programme. After gaining an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management, Isabel spent several years working overseas and in the hospitality and airline industries before returning to the Borders where she settled with her family and worked for VisitScotland. In her spare time Isabel tries to keep herself fit with running, cycling and walking the dog and also enjoys standing on the many sidelines of the Borders supporting her family. A keen cook, there's always food on the table after all that exercise!

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Lyn Black

Business Adviser

Working within the start-up team, Lyn joined Business Gateway in 2009 and has worked with many pre-start and new businesses helping them solve any queries to work towards realising their goals. Prior to this Lyn was employed with Scottish Enterprise for 17 years in various roles including Project Management, Marketing and Business Information before leaving to seek pastures new. Lyn holds the Business Gateway "Premier Adviser" qualification and also Diploma's in Management; and Business Counselling and Support. In 2015 Lyn gained a BA in Business and Enterprise with Distinction from Napier University. In her spare time, Lyn likes to relax by spending time with family and friends including the 4-legged variety, i.e her horse Magic and Border Terrier Mazey.

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Alan King

Business Adviser

Working within the Growth team, Alan works with any business considering growth and expansion, and specialises in the area of finance and funding. Prior to joining Business Gateway in 2014 Alan was freelance with Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for recruiting new members, and before this he has worked within the Banking industry as a Business Manager. During his career, Alan has advised hundreds of businesses on a large variety of subjects combining his practical experience as well as theory to the role to help them achieve their full potential, and overcome challenges along the way. In his spare time, Alan is a keen golfer who enjoys travelling especially to Australia where his daughter now resides.

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Annie Watt

Business Adviser

Annie joined Business Gateway in January 2014 as one of our growth advisers' with social enterprise as her specialism. Following the sale of her business Annie gained an Honours degree in Business Management before moving into the Third Sector as a consultant/project manager. During this time she project managed a local employability initiative describing it as the most rewarding role held to date. Annie spends her free time looking after her two dogs and cat and enjoying time with her family.

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Sandra Campbell

Business Adviser

Sandra spent 20+ years working in senior roles, including Operations Director and Commercial Manager in the textile industry before moving to Business Gateway 6 years ago. Sandra is an enthusiastic adviser who holds the Premier Adviser qualification and is currently studying Business Enterprise at Napier University.

As part of our existing and growth business team, she assists businesses in strategy, business planning, marketing, funding, exporting, organisational development and the use of online marketing in business. She also enjoys running workshops for groups of clients in key business skills. Sandra has advised clients in many sectors including; Construction, Chemical Sciences, Energy, Tourism, Textiles, Food & Drink, Technology and Manufacturing.

Outside of work Sandra can often be seen watching horse racing and brass bands or volunteering with the local Boys' Brigade and Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland.