Ian Brookes

Ian started his career with Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, subsequent to which he founded his own management consulting firm specialising in corporate finance for SMEs. This business was subsequently acquired by an IT services company, and as Finance Director, he led the business to an AIM Listing. Latterly as Group Managing Director, the business achieved a FTSE main market listing, and a capitalisation of £150m. He left the firm in 2007 to become involved with a number of start-up ventures, including Winning Pitch, taking the business to a £2.5m PLUS Market listing in 2008. The business has subsequently won a £10m NWDA High Growth business support contract in 2009, and a £30m national business support contract in 2012. He is a non-executive director at Winning Pitch. Ian has worked with a number of Business Schools and Post-Graduate programmes at Lancaster, Manchester and Sheffield Universities, providing lecturing and tutoring services in entrepreneurship, management and finance. He was part of the team which established the MEnt programme at Manchester, and a business incubator for technology start-ups. He has also worked on a number of private and public funded business incubator initiatives, working with high tech start-up businesses in the ecommerce, digital media, business services, internet and software sectors. A Companion of The Chartered Management Institute, he is a Trustee and Governor of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (funded by Rod Aldridge, ex-Capita) where the specialism is Entrepreneurship. A member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and a Freeman of the City of London, he hasn’t yet taken up the opportunity this affords to drive a herd of sheep across London Bridge.
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Posted by Ian Brookes
Fri, Nov 4, 2011

One Saturday in early summer I sat next to Steve Jobs on the X43 bus to Burnley. He told me he was on a secret innovation vacation, and he had heard about the great ukulele shop in Burnley and had come over to buy one. The shop that is, not a uke. You can see it now, Apple U-Stores on the internet and worldwide, first made in Burnley.

Posted by Ian Brookes
Wed, Oct 19, 2011

Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky? Of course, he got an ice pick that made his ears burn. Assassinated in Mexico, Trotsky was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. Great job title on his business card and Linked In profile.

Posted by Ian Brookes
Tue, Oct 4, 2011

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is in full flow. I’ve got my TV chair nicely in position and viewing schedule sorted, and my wall poster in the kitchen with results filled to date. I know the next round of fixtures and have organised my diary around them, and of course, adequate supplies of extra cold Guinness and spicy chicken wings in the fridge – enough stocks to see me through to the final, and extra time if needed.

Posted by Ian Brookes
Tue, Aug 23, 2011

I was just sorting out my final batch of old LPs and Singles last tonight, as I build up my digital collection to replace the back catalogue of the old black vinyl. Oh the nostalgia! Teenage Kicks! Alternative Ulster! White Man in Hammersmith Palais! Love you More! Shot By Both Sides! - already got the iTunes versions but keeping the vinyl forever, the tactile experience of the big sleeves, the notes and the lyrics - and then I came across Frank Xerox and The Copy Cats’ best ever tune, Judy in Disguise. Released in 1978, it was a real annoy-your-mum-and-dad tune with raucous vocals and slamming guitars sound. All over in 2 minutes 32 seconds.

Posted by Ian Brookes
Wed, Jul 13, 2011

No matter where I go, you can count on one thing – I’ll have a cup of tea. What magic words….a cup of tea. Tea is the beginning and ending for everything for me, from the start to the end of the day. Sometimes I get up very early in the morning and enjoy a quiet house and cup of tea chatting with the dog before the craziness begins. Other times, I’ll take a quick walk onto the hills with the dog and a cup of tea. You can find peace in a few minutes. I can drink tea until the cows come home.

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