About Us

We are Friendly Forward-Thinking Fun

Meet the SBA Team

Patricia Marks
Managing Director

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.

Toni Millership
Operations Director

Toni has had a successful career in hospitality and training before joining SBA to take over operations and contract management. Toni believes in supporting people to become the best they can be in whatever their chosen career path or business proposition is.

David Marks
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.

Adam Watson
Business Advisor

Adam is a business advisor with SBA having many years experience of supporting others to either develop existing businesses or to set up in Business.  Adam works on the NEA programme within Job Centre Plus as well as leading on the Business Development Workshops.  Adam also supports SBA with the business finances. 

Jos Kelly
Business Advisor

Jos has a background of working for large multinational corporations developing their sales function both in terms of processes and personnel. As an advisor Jos is able to translate the key systems and processes deployed within large corporates to work successfully in owner operator businesses.

Amanda Middleton
Associate Trainer

Amanda has developed a comprehensive management background over the last 19 years from the Further Education and Social Care sectors. Amanda has been delivering teaching and training for the last 9 years and uses this experience to develop and deliver one to one mentoring and training as well as delivering group training specifically in leadership, management, team building and customer care.

Alex Mason
Business Support Administrative Assistant

Alex is the newest member of the SBA team. He is a graduate from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in IT with Business Studies. His working background is varied with experiences in customer relations, business administration and IT. Alex brings a positive, can do attitude and skills in organisation and teamwork to the SBA team. He will be assisting the team with administration and office duties.

Peter Frome
Caretaker

Peter works to support the daily operations at Great Bow Wharf as well as providing key services for our events and office maintenance.

Lance Cross
Associate Trainer

Lance delivers management and personal skills training, as well as consulting in strategy, Investors in People and change. He also facilitates team events.
At school and university he specialised in languages. Lance has twenty years of experience in training, general management, network development, customer service, Investors in People and continuous improvement.  He has a large kitbag of tools and techniques which he uses to help clients improve their business results. 

Juliet Maclay
Associate Trainer

Juliet Maclay is a marketing and communications professional who has spent a career writing marketing content for a wide variety of clients.

She has undertaken a wide variety of challenges, from devising campaigns to improve take-up of sustainability programmes in Australia, to commissioning design and content for launching small enterprises in the UK. She has also helped individuals and senior management teams with presentation skills.

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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