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UCLan mentor makes top business list

North-West businesswoman Naomi Timperley is among those honoured in the Maserati100, which acknowledges those who actively support young entrepreneurs.

Compiled by the Centre for Entrepreneurs, it includes a range of business leaders and entrepreneurs comprising Sir Richard Branson, Sir Tom Hunter, Sir Charles Dunstone, Peter Jones, Julie Deane and Dale Murray. 

Naomi is a business mentor for UCLan’s MORE programme, which provides advice, business support and facilities to help the growth of companies within the creative, digital and media sector in the North West.

The MORE programme is managed and delivered by UCLan’s business support initiative, Northern Lights, and involves a group of advisors providing expert knowledge relating to their specialist area at workshops and events. Naomi delivers sessions in digital and social media, designed to help businesses get the most out of social media programmes.

Last month she was joined at UCLan by Lynne McCadden, a former journalist and owner of training and consultancy company Morra Ltd, to deliver the Shout About Your Business seminar.

It focused on social media platforms Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, exploring how these tools can be used to build a network and successfully engage with an audience. 

Attendees were given insight into how to create winning online strategies, maximising customer engagement potential, building a brand and methods to convert online followers into business leads.

Naomi said: “I am proud and honoured to be included in the Maserati100.”

Peter Rawling, Northern Lights business incubation manager, said: “Many of our students, graduates and client businesses have been inspired, encouraged and supported by Naomi’s work and mentoring, and it is wonderful that she has been given this recognition for her hard work and commitment to the region’s new entrepreneurs.” 

Naomi is director of 4Hub, a consultancy which helps individuals and social sector organisations to realise their potential and become successful, and the creator of My Big Social Idea, an initiative designed to make a difference in communities through the use of social projects and enterprises. 

Naomi also appeared on BBC One’s Dragons’ Den with former company Baby Loves Disco, a daytime disco experience for parents and young children, when she declined an offer from Deborah Meaden to invest in her business.