business coach, mentor, business consultant in Reading, Berkshire and online


Nick Bettes

Business consultant, golfer, guitarist

After an early career with Shell, Vickers Shipbuilders, British Gas and Expro International Group, I spent nine years in a variety of board positions running subsidiaries of G4S.  I was responsible for parts of the business as diverse as the store detectives division through to the company’s alarm receiving centre.

During this period, as Managing Director of a company bought from its founder, I faced all the challenges that concern many small businesses today. Following a complete strategic review and subsequent change across the business we doubled turnover in two years – and I gained an interest in helping the owners of SMEs to achieve breakthrough results for their businesses.

As well as a wide experience of defining and delivering growth strategies, I have successfully handled many critical and challenging assignments, often involving major change projects such as acquisitions and mergers. Along the way I have run marketing, sales, operations, finance, HR and IT in a career which has focused on change and performance improvement across a range of sectors. To support this practical experience I have an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

I set up my own advisory business in 2009.  As a management consultant and business coach my approach to helping business owners is flexible and straightforward.  I know that busiess owners need quick,practical answers, not lots of introspection or theory.  At the same time I understand that the lasting breakthroughs in running a business happen between the ears of the owner and I strive to help my clients achieve this.

In my free time I enjoy playing golf and I play guitar in a local band.  I support Portsmouth FC, although I don't get to watch them as much now that my three sons are adults..

You can find out more on my Linkedin profile.