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 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.
John is a professional, highly experienced, trainer, possessing a wide range of business skills. His relaxed presentation style proves popular with delegates who, regularly, comment on the, “ease of understanding” and his” knowledge and professionalism”. Practical experience gained from running his own business is invaluable to clients when discussing business issues. John has 25 years Commercial Banking experience in Norwich, London and Edinburgh. He is also a semi professional musician, playing numerous concerts and shows throughout the region and Europe. He very much looks forward to meeting you
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.
Paul is based in West Suffolk at our Haverhill business centre, Paul Says "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".
As a Mentor, Coach and Business Adviser, I have helped high performing businesses grow and achieve their ambitions with clarity and realism. I have worked across a variety of sectors in Government funded initiatives and am totally focused on the success of businesses I work with.
Alex is our CEO, Alex says "My passion for business and meeting entrepreneurial, creative people helps me drive forward and build on Suffolk and Norfolk's success to be recognised nationally as a fantastic area to live and work".
Sarah brings a wealth of commercial experience to the team, her background includes marketing and development with FTSE 100 businesses. Sarah works across Norfolk and Suffolk, developing commercial relationships and helping to position our range of services.
Leanne is a well-known business figure across Norfolk and Suffolk. She says "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 and Norfolk, helping business grow",
Nick Pandolfi shares his extensive media and business marketing experience with his work with MENTA, Nick says “media engagement and awareness is key to many growing businesses - understanding the scope of traditional, digital and emerging media is key to business and something I enjoy sharing with business owners and their teams. As the new head of marketing, i'm keen to share the decades of great work that the MENTA team have delivered to the widest audience.
Mel works closley with our CEO. Mel says "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"
Rebecca produces creative content and provides administrative support for MENTA. She has her own copywriting business. Rebecca says “It’s uplifting being able to work with a team who help local businesses grow and thrive — we’re improving people’s lives for the better and I love it.”
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.
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.
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.
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.