Commencing in the late 1980’s, Mike enjoyed a highly successful and award-winning career in sales and sales management, helping many hundreds of organisations to solve their problems and leverage their opportunities through well deployed IT solutions. In 2003 he played a significant part in the MBO team which acquired highly regarded Manchester based JM Computing Ltd and became Sales Director with responsibility for a large team of Account Managers and Business Development Managers. The resulting 12-year custodianship of the company saw it grow significantly and profitably, with a workforce of 100+, servicing 400 client organisations, many marque names, across the North of England, and setting a gold standard for service delivered. Mike attributes the company’s success to building a great team, listening to and cultivating strong relationships with amazing clients, and constantly adapting to change, of which there has been much over the years!
‘We worked on the basis that if we developed a great people culture with happy, loyal and motivated colleagues, they would deliver outstanding service. This would lead to happy clients who would stay in the JMC family for many years and recommend us to others. And this in turn would in turn underpin our success as a business, creating the resources enabling us to continue to invest in our people, our products and our services. A simple but highly effective virtuous circle.’ In 2015, the Directors completed a successful trade sale to highly ambitious London based IT Lab. Mike worked for 2 years to ensure the smoothest possible integration of the businesses and ultimately exited in Spring 2017.
After a well-earned break, he was keen to explore how he could use his extensive range of real-world experiences gained in a dynamic organisation operating in a fast-paced industry. Initially working alone, he began to work with organisations who were keen to capitalise on his skill set. In the latter part of 2019, he began collaborating with longstanding friend Sean McGinty and Bentley McGinty was born.
Sean began his career working in the City of London in asset finance for NatWest Bank. Early success in this role, saw him appointed to lead a joint asset finance venture between Nat West and BT. Recognising the opportunities afforded by the burgeoning Voice Over IP technologies, he saw the chance to leave the world of corporate banking and founded a highly successful start-up called Telecoms Direct Plc. This business grew to become a national installer of equipment for alternative carriers and worked with new and established telecoms providers to improve the efficiency of their network roll out process leveraging new technologies.
Seeking a change of direction, Sean had a passion for journalism, and huge affection for the BBC and its values. In 2002 he exited the business and commenced studying for a post graduate diploma in Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. This was the stepping-stone to securing his dream job working for the BBC where for the past 18 years he has been a reporter, presenter and producer of a range of content including radio, online, social media, short stories for television and specialist music programmes. Also, as a pioneer of social media and new broadcasting technologies within the BBC.
Music is a particular passion, which has seen Sean present BBC Introducing on BBC Radio Lancashire since 2005, mentoring and supporting hundreds of young artists and creatives.
As a forward thinking entrepreneur with a keen focus on new ideas, innovation and technology, Sean has combined his work at the BBC with other consultancies including working for The Guardian producing and presenting The Social Enterprise Podcast, revitalising the branding and content strategy for a multinational ticketing company, and a number of engagements with the public and third sector. He also founded a social enterprise in Blackpool that helped thousands of young people to develop their creative skills through music.
His complementary skill set to Mike’s, and the subsequent creation of Bentley McGinty, provides a great fit for organisations looking ‘to be better’ on their journey.
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