Business specialist joins Northampton business advisers to strengthen growth support service

Jimmy Mark, Growth Adviser at Grant Thornton’s Northampton office.
Jimmy Mark, Growth Adviser at Grant Thornton’s Northampton office.

A highly experienced business expert has been welcomed to the Northampton office of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton, taking on the role of a Growth Adviser within the firm’s specialist growth support service.

Jimmy Mark joins Grant Thornton’s award winning Growth 365 team and will draw on his extensive knowledge of the business world, built over more than 30 years, to mentor dynamic local companies towards their full potential.

Throughout his career, Jimmy has held various senior management positions, predominately in the food sector working for industry leading suppliers to the major UK retailers. During this time, Jimmy used his strong operational skills and keen commercial focus to proactively grow the businesses he led.

In his new position with Grant Thornton, Jimmy joins the Growth 365 team of experienced Growth Advisers, technical specialists and analysts who provide tailored, one-to-one support to ambitious mid-sized businesses across all sectors. As part of the Growth 365 offering, clients can also join a community of like-minded companies who meet at interactive events and workshops to share experiences, learn and grow.

Commenting on his appointment, Jimmy Mark said: “Having worked in industry for over three decades I wanted to channel the knowledge, experience and lessons I have learned along the way into helping other businesses progress on their growth journeys.

“Although my background is in the food sector, many aspects of business are equally applicable to all companies, irrespective of the area they operate in. I’m looking forward to working with and supporting ambitious local businesses and their people, helping to develop growth strategies and crucially, ensuring these are delivered to take companies to the next level.”

Grant Thornton partner Phil Sharpe, added: “We recognise that no two organisations are the same and as such, our Growth Advisers provide focused guidance and support to meet businesses’ individual needs, wherever they are in the lifecycle. This could be UK or international growth, providing support with issues across strategy, sales, operations, people and value, or working through the growing pains every company inevitably experiences.”

“Jimmy’s extensive hands-on experience, insights and knowledge of the corporate world will be a real asset to the Growth 365 team and most importantly to the local businesses he supports, as we continue to expand the service across the region.”

Grant Thornton’s Growth 365 service was named the Most Innovative Client Service at the Managing Partners Forum Awards for Management Excellence 2018.