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Our Story -  34 years of experience

experienced experts

Since 1984 MENTA has helped more than 35,000 entrepreneurs launch and run thriving and profitable businesses. Our mission is to support people start and grow their businesses, encourage expansion, growth and employment to ensure the continued thriving prosperity of the Eastern Region. Please use the contact page or our social media to find out more.

the mENTA team

years of experience

The MENTA team, many of whom have run their own successful businesses are driven by the desire to help our clients realise their full potential and succeed in their chosen line of business.

Marketing & Business Development Manager

I’m enthusiastic and enjoy helping Suffolk businesses thrive. Having been MD of a local company I use my skills to promote MENTA and the business services and events we provide.

Chief Executive

My passion for business and meeting entrepreneurial, creative people helps me drive forward and build on Suffolk’s success to be recognised nationally as a fantastic county to live and work.

Senior Business Adviser

I love enterprise and enterprising people. My advice knowledge is not from a book or via a university degree, but comes from over 20 years of running my own businesses.

Business Centre Coordinator

I am positive about the future of business in Haverhill and want to play my part in building a great success story with advice which is practical, sensible and forward thinking. If I can be of help, please reach out.

MENTA Business Show Producer

With masses of events experience across Europe and the UK. I enjoy working with the sponsors, exhibitors, visitors and speakers to ensure the MENTA business show is a fantastic experience for all attending.

Finance and Operations Manager

I’m thrive on the day to day management of the organisation, ensuring the team are best prepared to perform their duties across all operations of MENTA.

Business Support

I love detail and provide administrative and project support to my colleagues as well as overseeing MENTA’s supplier contracts.

Business Advisor

I enjoy meeting people and helping business grow. My experience comes from running my own business so my advice is practical and pragmatic.

Business Adviser

As someone who has been a sole trader for 20 years, I feel I have useful knowledge to share. It’s great to be part of the MENTA Team.

Project Administrator ERDF

Working alongside the team that helps with Start Up businesses is hugley rewarding, being part of the larger MENTA team is fun and full of variety.

Head Pigeon

Penny uses MENTA as her base, nobody is sure what she does but a few have said she may work in the Stowmarket area.

Media Manager

Communication has been has been a large part of my work life for more than thirty years, understanding how a differing audience best responds to key business messages is something I enjoy exploring and aiding the SME community.

current vacancies

Board Members


Alistair Ponder

As a commercial solicitor I advise a wide range of local businesses and I am passionate about understanding and encouraging business development. I enjoy supporting the MENTA Team with the many and varied enterprise initiatives they provide to start-up and growing businesses.

Board Member

Jane Cattermole

When I set up Bay Tree VA over six years ago I found MENTA’s support and advice both helpful and reassuring. I am pleased to be involved on its Board, representing not only professional small businesses but those particularly in their growth stage.

Board Member

Peter Basford

Business development Expert, I connect and help businesses grow by coaching, supporting, mentoring, energising and leading.

Board Member

Andrea Mayley

I am responsible for the team leading on economic development and growth at Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. I have a strong interest in helping businesses prosper and enjoy supporting MENTA by using my knowledge, experience and connections.

Board Member

Emma Finn

As director of local company, Pathfinder East I have over 25 years’ experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors with a focus on marketing. There is tremendous drive and opportunities for start-ups and business growth and I’m delighted to be part of the team to help shape the work of MENTA.

Board Member

Andrew Dahl

As the former MD of a successful venture capital backed business and having worked with several SME’s, I understand the potential local businesses have and am delighted to assist in their development by supporting MENTA.

Board Member

Andrew Hunter

I’m a partner in BuryPhysio and the Hunter Club Bar & Venue in Bury St Edmunds and director of several business ventures in property, music and fashion. I enjoy bringing my knowledge and expertise to help MENTA support Suffolk businesses in the best ways possible.

Board Member

Rob Masson

My skills centre on strategic e-business consultancy and an ability to identify commercial objectives and requirements, and translating these into an actionable technical strategy. I enjoy my work with MENTA and bring a host of web and technical skills to the board.

Vice Chair

Dayle Bayliss

I’m a Chartered Building Surveyor and when I set up Dayle Bayliss and Associates LLP I found MENTA’s business services invaluable. To be involved in MENTA is a fantastic opportunity, the support and inspiration they offer is amazing, and to play a part in that direction is a privilege.

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