biz4Biz - about us

biz4Biz provides a coherent voice for businesses in Hertfordshire. We aim to influence and shape policymaking and encourage investment in Hertfordshire by engaging with local and central government, relevant public sector bodies and local organisations to promote the county as a great place to live and do business.

biz4Biz has broadened its activities to represent the interests of businesses and people throughout Hertfordshire. Its networking, local government liaison and charitable involvement operations aim to benefit the residents, commuters, workers and business owners who contribute to Hertfordshire life.

biz4Biz is a not-for-profit company which is run by a board of directors who are all experienced business people working in Hertfordshire.

Meet the team

Adrian Hawkins

Chairman and co-founder of biz4Biz

Adrian is the Chairman of Weldability, which supplies products to suit all the welding processes of UK and International manufacturers, and a director and trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, a registered charity that provides bursary support to Colleges and Studio Schools to provide EAL Welder Skills Training.

Adrian is Deputy Chair of the LEP Board and is also Chair of the Skills and Employment Programme Board.

Paul Beasley

Director and co-founder of biz4Biz

Paul is Managing Director of Richmond House, one of Hertfordshire’s leading financial advice and investment management companies. Comprising of a Chartered private client wealth management company, specialist advice to corporates and their employees and a discretionary investment management team, the company has grown strongly since it’s early days as a small IFA.

Paul sits on the financial adviser panel of the main trade association, PIMFA. Engaging with the FCA to promote proportionate regulation is a key driver for Paul.

Paul is also non-exec Chairman of Chilfen Group, a bespoke contracting, joinery and export packaging business based in Letchworth. He is also a trustee for the local charity, Stevenage Community Trust, where he chairs the membership committee.

RHG Wealth Management

Tim Baugh

Director of biz4Biz

Tim is co-founder of marketing agency Howardsgate which provides a range of services to companies in the UK, Europe and USA. The company works with universities, colleges, private schools as well as membership organisations and professional services firms.

Tim is also chairman of the G9 Business Network, a Stevenage-based business networking group which he setup in 2001.

 

 

Bruce Lendrum

Director of biz4Biz

Bruce was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in Auckland New Zealand in 1975 and requalified as a Solicitor in England in 1978. Bruce has extensive knowledge of commercial property including negotiation of leases, residential conveyancing, sale and purchases of businesses, partnerships and company sale and purchases.

He was Managing Partner of BBW for 25 years and is on the Executive Board of BBW.

Andrew Sykes

Director of biz4Biz

Andrew was one of the founders and is now the Group Chairman of RHG Insurance Brokers based in Stevenage.

Andrew holds the Boatmaster Certificate and is a qualified skipper for his favourite charity, ReachOut plus. This charity works to change people's lives and raises funds, in part, by use of its boats on the Grand Union to enable it to use those same boats for special programmes for those with special needs and disabilities.

Andrew is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Keith Middleton

Director of biz4Biz

Keith is a Consultant in George Hay and has many years experience within the profession. He was instrumental in establishing the Letchworth office in 1982 and he is still based there. Keith’s particular specialism is in the leisure industry, including hotels and the licensed trade, and he has many clients in that sector.

He is also a long-standing treasurer of a local investment share club and his spare time is often spent on the golf course.

biz4Biz policy

  • Promoting the benefits to society of a successful business community.
  • Supporting a competitive tax regime to stimulate growth.
  • Lobbying for corporate tax transparency.
  • Highlighting wasteful government spending and campaigning for a smaller state.
  • Campaigning to reduce the burden of regulation on businesses.
  • Encouraging business to work with local schools and colleges.
  • Encouraging greater corporate social responsibility.
  • Encouraging local purchasing. Encouraging investment in local infrastructure.
  • Continuing our campaign for the widening of the A1(M).

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