MEET THE TEAM

TRAINING

He has led and attended several business-related seminars; lectures and workshops

He has undertaken the training as stipulated by SFEDI for Business Advisers at Business Link West Midlands.

He is a trainer in Business Awareness for start-up businesses.

He has also undergone training on LEAN Manufacturing.

He has a lot of interest in the development of entrepreneurs amongst women and young people.

He was one of the Business Advisers who represented Business Link West Midlands on Access to Finance Programme

Received training organised by IOEE sponsored by Lloyds Bank in Business Enterprise Mentoring

He has supported many businesses in the Region to achieve their business objectives

Organised and delivered Conferences on behalf Wolverhampton Black Business Network CIC

Sam Duru MIC, MCIPS.
CEO, Mgt. Accountant

The Managing Director has over 25 years of business support experience and have actively supported businesses in the West Midlands and have expertise in working with the BME businesses and Third Sector Organizations.

Former lecturer of Business Finance/Accounting – for non-accounting Professionals.

Business Enterprise Mentor.

Generalist Business Adviser of many years working for Business Link West Midlands and other Business Support Agencies in the West Midlands.

Excellent team leader/player

Studied/Qualified Procurement Professional – Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply CIPS

Expertise in business report writing for Management Decision Making

Director of Ethnic Minority Council, Wolverhampton.

Director of Wolverhampton African & Caribbean Cultural Resource Centre.

Executive Director/Chairman of Wolverhampton Black Business Network CIC.

Qualifications & Professional Membership

Qualified Management Accountant  – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ( CIMA )

Professional Diploma (PD)-Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply ( CIPS)

PG Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) – Warwick University-majoring in Marketing

PG Diploma in Business Administration (Pt. MBA programme) – University of Birmingham -(Majoring in Corporate Strategy)

Former Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing CIM

Member of the Institute of Consulting. (IC) [part of Chartered Management Institute – CMI]

Member of CIPS

Key areas of expertise

Total quality management and a qualified Lead Auditor

Business improvement, using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Leadership development

Strategic planning

Project management

Benchmarking

Bespoke customer service excellence training

Vincent Ugboh M.Sc
Mgt. Consultant

Vincent read Admin and Law at the University of Ulster and Corporate Finance at the University of Salford and earned his M.Sc. He has garnered a wealth of wide-ranging experience spanning across business support, banking and management consultancy. He belongs to a number of professional institutes.

After leaving Salford, Vincent worked for a membership-based organisation as Finance Officer where he was responsible for budgets and membership fees and other donations.
His career in management consultancy started with Project Fullemploy Limited London. It was a Home Office funded project to assist BMEs in London access consultancy services by subsidising the fees in the form of grants. This proved very popular and lead to other opportunities.

Vincent spent six years working for Business Link City Partners and Business Link London South respectively as Personal Business Advisor (PBA) providing business support and consultancy services to businesses in nine London boroughs in that period. The supports ranged from business planning including financial projections, market sector segmentation to launching into a new market. He also trained as Y2K Assessor, a diagnostic tool to enable businesses to assess how ready they were for moments leading up to millennium transition.

He was headhunted to provide a much-needed role on a number of initiatives in Africa. This led to several senior managerial positions including group head of strategy and quality control in an international bank.

He was responsible for taking the erstwhile Fortune Bank, Lagos through ISO 9000:2000, the very first bank in the country to obtain ISO certification. He was concerned about the inherent risk in carrying cash around in Nigeria and quickly joined forces with a number of other experts to find a lasting solution. That gave birth to ValuCard, the first electronic money that was to permanently change banking and money transfer in Nigeria.

On his return to the UK, he moved to the West Midlands to work on a Business Link funded project to provide consultancy services to the African Caribbean businesses in Sandwell. He later joined the University of Wolverhampton as Business Improvement Manager to work on a Consultancy project to provide business and consultancy support to businesses in the Built Environment. The role entailed networking with several other business partners and assisting busy MD/CEOs by using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Benchmarking to identify their weakest link and drawing up an action plan to address those issues.

Key Skills

Auditing of businesses of up to £2.5 million annual turnover.

Strong consulting background, with Board-level credibility.

Financial and business modelling.

Product costing, budgeting and forecasting.

Strategic and creative management skills in growth and turnaround situations.

Extensive practical knowledge of taxation – personal, corporate and partnerships.

Mentoring (ACCA accredited).

Abraham keeps himself up-to-date with all technical changes by attending various courses and seminars, making his clients aware of anything that is relevant to their particular business and in this way ensures that clients comply with all relevant laws and regulations affecting their respective businesses, thus ultimately giving them peace of mind.

 

Abraham A Achiampong FCCA,
Mgt. Consultant

Abraham is an accomplished Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, with well over thirty years accountancy experience. A hardworking, courteous and honest individual who relishes a challenge. Will give one-hundred per cent to a given project and the determination to see it through to its successful completion. He has the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels, together with the aptitude to respond positively to new and changing situations. A valuable member of any team with strong organisational and leadership qualities; very confident with a good sense of humour to compliment this.

Key Achievements

Founder of Chartered Certified Accountancy Practice, ABRAHAM & CO.

Carrying out a capital-evaluation assignment on a World Bank-sponsored hydroelectric power project.

Implementation of accounting systems for the calculation of royalties for a manufacturing company.

Achieved, in a particular case, savings of approximately £50,000 in capital and interest charges in early repayment of substantial borrowings for construction projects.

Assisted some ambitious clients in achieving improved productivity in terms of materials used and human resources by approximately between 25% and 35% over a period of three years, in each case.

Implemented strategies for a particular limited company client which resulted in an increase in turnover from £624,537 (in year 1) to £710,440 (in year 2), 13.75%; this enabled the two directors to draw out increased remuneration from £49,547 (in year 1) to £189,442 (in year 2), equalling 282%.

Assistance given to clients in their respective dealings with third parties, such as accompanying them on visits to their Bank for financing negotiations; during HMRC tax investigations and VAT “control visits” – thus safeguarding their commercial interests.

Education and Employment

After successfully completing an accountancy professional course, Abraham joined Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers {PWc}) as Audit Senior in Birmingham and ended up in Accra, Ghana, three years later as Senior Manager, managing audit staff and client relationships.

Education

He had his first degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wales.

A Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Cardiff Business School

Membership

A member of the Institute of Directors – IOD

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts – FRSA

Paul Udenze MBA, FRSA

Mgt. Consultant

Experience & Skills

Chief Executive Officer at Britchem Products UK Ltd –  a multi-million-pound turnover and award-winning chemical coatings manufacturing Company.

A wide range of experience at senior management level in private and voluntary sectors. Was an Independent Management Consultant and the Interim Chief Executive at Community Roots Enterprise Centre Ltd.

He has been actively involved in the region’s creative and cultural industries, initiating, overseeing and successfully delivering on key projects as well as serving on various Board of organisations in the West Midlands.

Former Chief Executive of the Drum Arts Centre in Birmingham and led the £4m redevelopment of the Centre.

Led the recovery and stabilisation programme at the Drum, resulting in a £2.11m award from Arts Council England.

He initiated the setting up of the Creative Industries Strategic Consortium (CISC) – a consortium of professional dynamic black organisations working to develop a sustainable and enterprising environment in the creative industries. He also set up the first African Art Gallery in the city of Birmingham.

A Senior Financial Analyst and later Manager in Cost Analysis and Reporting at Jaguar Cars Ltd in Coventry

Chair of ACE Dance and Music and Treasurer of OSCAR in Birmingham.

He has served on the Board of Culture West Midlands (one of eight Regional Cultural Consortium’s set up by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport -DCMS (This Board represents the arts, sports, heritage, tourism and creativity in the English regions.)

Completed “The Director as Strategic Leader Programme” at Cranfield School of Management as well as ACEVO’s Chief Executives Training Programme.

A National Manager of a leading Education Charity establishing new Franchises and liaising with external agencies to develop diverse intervention strategies to raise academic and social aspirations of people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He has worked within the voluntary and community sector for over twenty years and has initiated several personal development programmes, including accredited mentoring, Social Enterprise, Rites of Passage for young men and national awards for contribution to the BME community.

He is a board member of several national and regional organisations (including political, faith and business) and is committed to working to effect positive change especially for the most disadvantaged people.

 

Stephen Brooks
Mgt. Consultant

He led a UK delegation to Jamaica as part of a Government-funded project to research entrepreneurship and provide capacity building to community education centres.

He had worked with key partners to secure over £2million pounds to support business start-up and training in the Black Country and Staffordshire, especially targeting Ethnic Minority businesses.

He had received an award for contribution to the Black Community by TORA (a Jamaican overseas relief agency and the Jamaican High Commission);

He was presented a plaque by West Midlands Fire Service for outstanding Contribution to the community.

He facilitated and led a delegation of leading practitioners from the UK to Pittsburgh USA to explore best practice Rites of Passage programs.

He was presented with a Heroes Award from the Institute of Jamaican Nationals.

As a qualified Adult Education teacher, he is an accomplished presenter and conference speaker and frequently speaks in schools, universities, churches and professional forums.

His overwhelming passion is to help people and organisations move from Potential to Performance.

A professional with over 15 years experience in sales, marketing, finance and human resources management.
Highly capable and experienced team player with good communication and sound organisational skill with a history of being hard-working, conscientious, reliable, honest and commercially aware.
He’s adaptable and self-motivated and has the ability to lead and manage others to achieve results.
He’s also a team player who can also work effectively on his own.

Owen Brown MBA,
Mgt. Consultant

Experience

He’s been involved in delivering several business consultancy projects and training to SMEs.

He’s a keen problem solver and would take on any complex business project and aim at achieving result.

He’s also an adviser on property management. He has developed a skill in strategic alliances, building and negotiation between businesses.

He has worked across continents and along ethnic divides.

He prides himself in helping businesses increase turnover and profitability.

He has worked in Financial Services and so very much adept to helping clients secure finance.

He has also established an Insurance Brokerage which grew and produced a turnover of £750k in the second year.

The Business was also involved in the preparation of financial statements for other Insurance Companies.

Education

Management & Human Resources Development (MA)

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Pg Dip.)

Other Interests

He has worked in the Community around the West Midlands and understands most of the working practices of the area

Core Competence

Core competence are in the following areas:

Business restructuring

Process improving

Mergers and Acquisitions

Project Management

Customer Service Management

Coaching & Mentoring

Business Development strategies

Training & Recruitment

Building Working Relationships

Training & Development

Communication and presentation

Risk and Issue Management

Strategic Planning and Implementation

 

Stanley Ugwueze MBA,
Mgt. Consultant

A strong business leader with advanced experience in banking,  project management, Risk Management and process improvement strategies. Stanley holds a Bsc in Finance and MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

He is a Certified Prince2 Practitioner and EU GDPR Certified Practitioner.

A charismatic leader with extensive experience in providing coaching, training and business restructuring and funding strategies.

He was Managing Director/CEO of United Bank for Africa, Zambia Limited (2012 to 2017)

Experience

Turned around a failing banking operation with year on year losses to profitable and growing institution.

Restructured  key business relationships with public sectors institutions through financial engineering and process improvement

Restructured relationship with leading corporate sector clients resulting in additional revenues and assets growth which helped turn around the performance of the bank.

Managed a customer service project that saw the deployment of a new service platform that enhanced service capability and increased customer patronage and growth in the customer base of the bank.

Managed a risk management project that improved credit review and sanctioning process which improved the performance of risk assets and reduced the NPL ratio.

Mentored  staff for better performance through coaching and training

As Project manager, managed and guided the role out of 250 branches of a bank over a 2 year period.

Managed all the risks related to the project in terms of scope, cost and timeline and ensured smooth project delivery.

Was the project manager and oversaw the streamlining of the processes that enhanced service excellence through deployment of self-service facilities in all branches and freed staff for marketing and other activities.