About Us

A forward thinking company with old style values.

The company was formed in 2009 and we describe ourselves as a “forward thinking company with old style values”. We do not ask clients to enter into long term agreements or contracts, we like to do business on the shake of a hand and quite simply if you like what we do you will continue to engage us. The principals of the company, Joe Hinton, Chris May and Paul Clarke have between them over one hundred and twenty years’ experience in business. The rest of the team are all handpicked to ensure they meet the highest quality standards and are aligned to the company values.

Our Vision

A company serving the whole of the UK recognised in providing professional, highly effective support to businesses.

Our Values

Our mentors will always work with and for the client to the benefit of the business and will at all times be honest and professional, act with integrity, respect confidentiality.

Our Pledge

If a client is not satisfied and feels the mentor has not added value then the client will not be
expected to pay.

Joe Hinton

Joe Hinton

MANAGING DIRECTOR

After a successful and varied thirty five year banking career which brought a broad range of experience in Leadership/People Management/Strategy/Sales and Marketing Joe left to form UK Business Mentoring. Based on the knowledge he had gained dealing with small to large businesses and his love of helping people to develop, Joe found his ‘Ikigai’ in business mentoring.

Favourite Film: ‘Zulu’

Favourite book: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ “Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on- in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.”

Favourite Quote: “Its desire not ability that determines our success” The late Richard Denny

Guilty Pleasure: Power Ballads

Chris May

Chris May

DIRECTOR

Chris is an experienced banking and financial services professional who has supported businesses and individuals for more than 30 years. Previously Chris held senior roles with NatWest Bank, the Financial Conduct Authority, Consumer Financial Education Body and the Money Advice Service before joining UK Business Mentoring in November 2015.

Favourite film: 12 Angry Men – it’s easy to follow the crowd. Be the voice of reason and back yourself.

Favourite book: Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed – it’s made me look at life in a different way by understanding that one of the most important factors is to learn when things go wrong and therefore to have no fear of failure.

Guilty pleasure: I find it very difficult when I pay for fuel to walk away without a bar of Yorkie or Galaxy

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke

DIRECTOR

Experienced Business Mentor, with strategic and operational experience at a senior level within the banking industry-strong personal impact with proven ability to mentor and coach SME businesses utilising a highly developed business and professional network in the UK, especially North West England.

Passionate to mentor business owners, using 30 years plus senior management experience and skills, to help businesses make more money and achieve their business and personal goals.
A keen sportsman and family man who is a lifelong Manchester City fan.

Favourite Film: City’s title win in 2016 (Or Top Gun!)

Favourite Book: How we won the title 2016 (Or leadership by Rudy Giuliani !)

Favourite Quote: ‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.’ Confucius

Brian Woolrich

Brian Woolrich

DIRECTOR

Brian has over thirty years experience across all sectors of UK banking and has held various senior leadership roles through to Regional Director level. Brian prides himself on building long standing and mutually beneficial relationships with business owners/their teams, sharing his extensive knowledge and wide ranging experience.

Favourite film: Gladiator

Favourite book: Any book written by Mark Edwards

Guilty pleasure: A glass of red wine

Favourite Quote: “Carpe Diem” seize the day

Simon Palmer

Simon Palmer

DIRECTOR

Simon is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, and began his career in public practice working with SME businesses. He then moved into Financial Services and spent 25 years with GE Capital in a variety of Finance and Treasury roles, both in Corporate and business platforms, including Project Management, M&A and Treasurer positions. Simon also has extensive international experience having lived in the Netherlands, Germany and the USA for a total of 16 years.

Favourite film: Local Hero

Favourite book: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Guilty pleasure: Norwich City FC

Favourite Quote: “Set out to leave the first vapour trail in the blue-sky scenario” David Brent

GRAHAM BALLANTYNE

After a varied and successful 30 years in banking and financial services supporting businesses, Graham decided the time was right to become a business owner himself. Graham has led large people and customer centric businesses gaining extensive “hands on” knowledge and experience of people management/leadership /strategy/sales/marketing/financial management and customer experience. Graham is a qualified Chartered Banker and gets a real buzz from supporting others to grow themselves and their business – becoming a Business Mentor was an obvious choice.

Favourite film: Love Actually – you can’t beat a feel good movie

Favourite book: The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey. Trust is the one thing which changes everything!

Guilty pleasure: Craft Bee

Favourite Quote: “Know yourself and you will win all battles” Sun Tzu

Michael Rickard

Michael Rickard

DIRECTOR

Michael is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, starting in public practice and then moving on into commerce and industry for Foster Wheeler, Wilkinson Sword and Fisher Price Toys. His career then took a different path and he spent over 20 years in interim management in senior financial roles for companies ranging from large (Business Post, Johnson & Johnson, various Babcock companies, De La Rue, The AA and Thames Water) to smaller scale companies. Along the way he has successfully project managed various financial system implementations.

Favourite film: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Favourite book: The Bandy Papers by Canadian author Donald Jack. Obscure but very funny

Guilty pleasure: Liverpool FC

Favourite Quote: “If you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right” Henry Ford