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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.

Terry Donovan has a BSc in Engineering, a Certificate of Education, an FCA while being trained by PwC and later obtained an MBA from Bradford School of Management. A successful business manager, who operates with the functions of sales and marketing, manufacturing, finance, procurement and inventory management. In 1993 he led a Venture Capital backed MBI that grew from £13m to £45+m and was successfully sold in early 2001 with an excellent return for the VC. His experience covers sales growth from startup to £20m, £13m to £45+m and £80m to £130m, the recovery of loss making companies to profitability and International operations in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australasia All these involved working closely with the organisation’s existing management, helping them to focus on the key essentials to improve sales margins, cost management and the creation of a positive team spirit resulting in cash generative businesses

Terry Donovan
  • IT Services
  • Accountancy
  • Business Planning
  • Exporting
  • Finance
  • Fast Growth
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Sustainability

Tony Bramall began his motor trade career at his Father’s business C.D.Bramall ltd, having previously qualified as a chartered accountant. The business went public in 1978 and was subsequently sold to Avis plc on 1988. In  1990 he acquired a controlling stake in Sanderson Murray and Elder plc  a textile business based in Bradford, with the intention of converting the company into a motor trade and related business group. The textile interests were dispose of in 2002/2003.  From 1990-2003 he took the turnover and profit from £22.6m sales and £800k profit to £1.86bn sales and £30.7m profit, selling the business in 2003 to Pendragon. He then started his third motor trade business, parts of which were sold to Lookers plc where he serves as a non executive director and shareholder. His most recent venture, Bramall Properties Limited, is responsible for several substantial commercial and residential developments, has a significant property portfolio and provides funding for other property developments.

Tony Bramall
  • Distributor
  • Fast Growth
  • Finance
  • Negotiation
  • Management Skills