How I became a business leader

Before setting up my own coaching and mentoring business near Brighton in 2008 I was involved in running businesses for over 20 years, mainly in the retail and healthcare industries. I worked with large organisations such as Neal’s Yard Remedies and Planet Organic as well as many smaller companies, and was the Executive Director of a charity for several years. I founded and developed a number of social enterprises and a cross-party think tank called the Mindful Policy Group.  In 2016 I helped set up Lewes Women In Business, a not-for-profit peer to peer business support network, and am a member of the Charter for Women In Business

As part of my commitment to supporting independent business, I now work alongside policy makers from local government helping to shape the services available to small business owners and start-ups in Lewes District. Throughout my career within the business and social enterprise world, from customer-facing roles to senior management, to becoming a CEO and running my own businesses I have gained valuable insight into the issues which business owners face. I write about many of these in my blog and was recently voted one of the Top 100 Business Coach Bloggers.

Let’s do business better

When I was younger, I felt ambivalent about the business world. It didn’t fit with my identity or my perception of what was important in life.  Early on in my career, however, I saw first-hand how certain products and services could improve people’s lives. I started to appreciate that a business is simply a solution to a problem for a particular group of customers. This inspired and excited me, and ‘doing business well’ started to take on a new meaning for me.

I believe the independent business and social enterprise sector is where a lot of exciting innovation is taking place. Frequently borne of the vision of one person or partnership, this type of organisation is often founded on high ethics. Rather than focusing solely on profit, these entrepreneurs genuinely wish to improve people’s lives - and sometimes the planet. I want to be part of that movement by using my coaching and mentoring skills to improve society and how we do business.

Clear communication is key

My work closely supports business owners in bringing their best selves to their work, and helps them feel comfortable in their professional identity and business brand. For this, I deliver coaching, mentoring and training which is accessible and free of jargon. My approach is empathetic and, where appropriate, I challenge clients’ preconceptions to help them to find the best solution.

When I’m not busy working with entrepreneurs, I like to spend my downtime circuit training in the great outdoors, hanging out with horses, or tramping over the South Downs with the newest member of our family, Woody the dog.

Get in touch to discuss how I can help your business


 Business mentor Marisa Guthrie

Business mentor Marisa Guthrie

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