Meet the SBA Team

Patricia Marks

Patricia Marks
Chair Of The Board

Patricia comes from a background in manufacturing and more recently marketing and people development. She started SBA in order to be able to provide individuals with a high quality service that allows them to explore career paths and business opportunities that help them take the next steps.

David Marks

David Marks
Company Director

David is a master butcher and has successfully worked in the meat industry most of his career. In that time David has developed training for new people into the industry and coached many people to develop their skills within the trade. David currently supports SBA with the operation of Great Bow Wharf and looking for new opportunities.

Lenka Pike
Joint Operations Manager

Lenka has worked for SBA since October 2017 as the Accounts & Events Co-ordinator and is now in the role of Joint Operations Manager.

Emma Brade
Joint Operations Manager

Emma has a background in the Education and Learning sector, primarily dealing with compliance and risk management. She joined SBA as the Contracts Co-ordinator before stepping up into the role of Joint Operations Manager. 

Clare Paul
Business Development Advisor 

Clare’s background is in retail & hospitality management where she specialised in turning around unprofitable businesses. She then became a small business owner/entrepreneur herself and owned a successful public house, a retail butchers and a high street cafe.

The particular skills that Clare brings to the SBA are her expertise in business analysis and planning. Clare is experienced in digital media marketing, lead generation and small business finance

What we do 

SBA provides advice, guidance and support to individuals, micro businesses and start ups as well as those businesses looking to grow. We also support individuals to develop new skills and take the next steps in their careers.

We have provided business advice and support to thousands of businesses and individuals across Somerset and have had the pleasure in watching businesses thrive with the guidance of our excellent specialist business advisors.

SBA is based in Langport at The Great Bow Wharf, located in the heart of the Somerset Levels. SBA was  established in 2010 as a Community Interest Company (CIC) operating on a not-for-profit basis. Being a not-for-profit company means we can offer a high quality service to businesses and individuals either fully funded or at an affordable rate without compromising on the quality of service.

We are a member of the National Enterprise Network (NEN) providing independent and impartial advice as well as delivering high quality training and  business guidance across the region.

If you are considering starting your own business, exploring a new idea or looking for a new direction we have specialist business advisors to support you and help you every step of the way.

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