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snoakes aged 44
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Male , 44

I currently run an IT Consultancy with offices in the UK, India and the US.After forming the company in Feb 2000 I have worked with my business partner to develop it as a privately owned firm with no debt, private equity or venture capital.

Life experiences

Starting a business

When I started our business I was 26, had no business training, knew very few people who had their own businesses and really didnt know what I was doing.We are now in our 8th year, have been profitable every year and still have no debt, venture capital or external funding

MBA studies

I am about to start my third year of a part time MBA course. The time on the course has been very useful and productive but the strain on personal life and time has been huge. Having nearly quit the course several times I am very pleased to still be well on track to completing and passing the degree this year.

Succession Planning

Planning for succession at a company is very difficult and requires a lot of advance planning to ensure it works for everyone.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

I have found the last 8 years of running a company very rewarding but often felt I needed a mentor who had done what I was trying to do. They are hard to find!

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