Having spent 15 years with Lyons working his way through the sales organisation to the position of National Account Manager He was head hunted by Sara Lee Bakery to build a retail business alongside their successful food service business worth £4.5 million. From virtually nothing he built the retail business to a profitable £45 million per annum in a five year period where he put in the support structure for a dynamic growing business. He then went on to work for twenty years for a $5 billion US corporation operating globally where he ran Sales & Marketing in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He had general management experience with P&L responsibility on several projects and also led a European acquisition and the integration of several others as part of a team. Michael has a Degree in International Business gained at the University of South Carolina. Today Michael is a business “angel” for five businesses where his expertise is analysing a business and recommending (or implementing) a profitable growth plan through a Growth Readiness programme which he has used and developed over many years. Michael believes that the same business techniques are applicable to all sizes of business big or small.