Press Release – Free Press: Former first minister of Wales teams up with firm to help SMEs grow

A company which helps SMEs to scale up rapidly by giving them access to experienced part-time directors is working with the former first minister of Wales.

BoardroomAdvisors.co.uk, which has a base in Newport, is making Carwyn Jones’ expertise available to Welsh businesses aiming to grow their firms’ revenues.

Carwyn Jones, who is leaving the National Assembly for Wales next April after spending 22 years in politics, is currently developing a career as a non-executive director supporting Welsh firms and as a part-time law professor at Aberystwyth University. He served as first minister of Wales and leader of the Welsh Labour Party from 2009 to 2018.

BoardroomAdvisors.co.uk aims to disrupt the recruitment market by providing direct access to a talent pool of part-time executive directors for commercial, operations and CEO roles. It allows scale-ups, SMEs and their private equity backers to rapidly fill gaps in the management team, with no recruitment fees and a fraction of the cost of a full-time hire.

Carwyn Jones says: “I’m looking forward to working with BoardroomAdvisors to champion Welsh businesses.”

Newport-based based Gerry Wilkinson, the regional director for BoardroomAdvisors.co.uk in Wales, said: “Carwyn is a passionate advocate for Welsh businesses. I believe his communication, networking and strategic skills honed over his distinguished career will be invaluable to directors aiming to build their firms in these challenging times.”

BoardroomAdvisors.co.uk, was founded by John Courtney, who has founded seven businesses and been listed as one of the country’s top 100 entrepreneurs. The Welsh operation is headquartered in Cardiff and it operates the UK.

Written by: John Courtney

John is highly ranked in the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs list by City AM and is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from techSPARK. He has been a Board Director himself for over 40 years and first started placing Non-Executive Directors over 25 years ago. John founded and ran six of his own businesses including a Management Consultancy for 10 years, a Corporate Finance offering for 10 years and a mid-sized Digital Agency for another 10 years.