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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 are driven by the desire to help you realise your full potential  and succeed in your chosen line of business.
Many of us have run our own successful businesses and we look forward to helping you build and expand yours.
Discover more about the people at MENTA and please email us directly for advice or connect via LinkedIn.

Marketing & Business Development Manager
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Leanne
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Leanne

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. I love to network and work across Suffolk, helping business grow,

Chief Executive
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Alex
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Alex

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.

Media and Networking
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Nick
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Nick

Hands up! I enjoy social media and sharing that enthusiasm for it with others. Working on content creation to improve and engage a business audience across all media platforms is what I enjoy most about my work with the SME community. Media and communication have been a large part of my work life for more than thirty years, I run my own business and enjoy life on the Suffolk coast.

Business Centre Manager in Haverhill
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Paul
Connect with
Paul

Based in West Suffolk, I'm positive for 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.

Enterprise Programme and Contracts Manager
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Mel
Connect with
Mel

As a real ‘people person’ I have built my career from a solid foundation in relationship building, developing long lasting networks through which I embrace partnership working. Very open and easily approachable, with a genuine interest in working collaboratively with others. I look forward to meeting you.

Senior Business Trainer and Advisor
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John
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John

I love using my own business experience to help others on their business journey. I hope that my relaxed style, and simple approach, can make a real difference to the understanding of key business issues. I look forward to meeting you.

Reception and Project Administrator
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Maggie
Connect with
Maggie

I work as part of the reception team, I thrive on delivering superb customer service to all that visit us and use our services at MENTA in Bury St Edmunds.

Project Manager
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Jo
Connect with
Jo

Enterprise and enterprising people are at the heart of my work with MENTA. My advice knowledge is not from a book or via a university degree, but comes from more than 20 years of running my own businesses. If you want to start your own business, please get in touch.

Business Advisor
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Sally
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Sally

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

Finance and Operations Manager
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Sarah
Connect with
Sarah

I 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
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Rachael
Connect with
Rachael

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

Project Administrator ERDF
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Rebecca
Connect with
Rebecca

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
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Penny
Connect with
Penny

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

current vacancies

Board Members

Chair

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

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

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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