Entrepreneurs in Residence

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Our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) are many of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs. They are drawn from a variety of industries and have all built, and many are continuing to build, highly successful businesses. They have agreed to give time to deliver Masterclasses, take part in panels and provide mentoring for members of Connect Yorkshire.

Entrepreneurs in Residence.

Barry Dodd founded GSM Group as a two person start up some 35 years ago. GSM is now one of the 50 fastest growing private companies in the UK with a turnover in excess of £60M, with a forward order book of £400M. It has a very successful IT operation but its main business is the manufacture and supply of Badges, Functional Film, Labels, Illuminated Scuff-plates; Treadplates; Tail-gate Garnish, Pedal Kits and sub-assemblies; as well as genuine service parts to the motor industry. In addition to growing the business organically, the GSM Group has made over 15 acquisitions varying from buying customer lists to multi million pound share acquisitions. As a supplier to the motor industry, innovative products for new models is vital to its success. GSM has a talented team of designers and engineers working at its factories in the UK, Germany, China and Mexico.

Barry Dodd CBE
Industries:
  • Manufacturing
Skills:
  • Fast Growth
  • Innovation
  • Negotiation
  • Sustainability
  • Management Skills
  • Marketing
  • Exporting