Who we are

Founded in 2010, the Skipton and Ripon Enterprise Group (SREG) is a network of experienced business leaders dedicated to providing enterprise mentoring to local companies. SREG Mentors come from a broad range of business backgrounds and support is both free and confidential.

Our mission statement

SREG’s aim is to support North Yorkshire’s long-established enterprise culture and ensure the continued growth and economic prosperity of the region. We do this by connecting successful and experienced business people, prepared to offer some of their time and experience, with business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to overcome enterprise challenges. Our role is to bring business people together – not provide business advisory services.

What we do

Since SREG began, we have built a network of over 80 mentors and have supported over 200 companies. Our clients range from start-ups to companies that have been in business for several generations and span industry sectors from retail and hospitality to professional services and manufacturing. For Success Stories, click here. As a group, we also put on occasional events, usually with a presentation or talk on a business topic by a key business specialist.

Where we operate

SREG is based in the Skipton and Ripon area and beyond, stretching across a large part of North Yorkshire’s Pennine and Dales. It covers many towns and villages including Skipton, Ripon, Settle, Sutton-in-Craven, Cross Hills, Ingleton, Bentham, Masham, Pateley Bridge and Grassington.

SREG was founded by a number of successful business people from the area and today is run by a small leadership team.

  • Alan Halsall, former chairman to Silver Cross Ltd
  • Alex Robinson, commercial director at Skipton Building Society and SREG Chairman
  • Roger Tempest, entrepreneur and owner of Broughton Hall and Business Park
  • Andy Barton, business coach with Compass-UK and SREG CEO
  • Mark Cunliffe-Lister, proprietor of Swinton Park
  • Stuart Gill, estate manager at Newby Hall
  • Helen McGinty, Head of Financial Advice Delivery at Skipton Building Society

The leadership team work to ensure that SREG is enterprising, friendly, informal, voluntary and independent.