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Have you got a basic business question and are not sure who to ask?  If so email your question to one of our professional experts today for free and our experts will do their best to answer your question as quickly as possible via email. 



This service is only open to tenants who are based at one of the following centres:

  • De Montfort University Innovation Centre
  • University of Lincoln Sparkhouse Studios & Think Tank
  • Nottingham Trent University The Hive
  • University of Leicester Enterprise & Business Development Dept. & Biobater
  • Tapton Innovation Centre
  • Dunston Innovation Centre

Ask the Expert Panel:

Topic of expertise Expert Send a question
Accounting Zeeshan Bawany Send your question
Exhibiting Emma Swales Send your question
HR & Employment Law Peter Etherington Send your question
Intellectual Property Kevin Hanson Send your question
Intellectual Property Christine Anglesea

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PR Rachel Hargrave  Send your question
Starting a business Russell Copley

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Online marketing (incl. websites) Inzar Haq

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How to access:

Please contact your Business Centre Manager to request permission before accessing this service.

To access this service simply select the topic that is relevant to your question and then click on the link to email your question stating which centre you are based at so this can be verified.  Our experts will then do their best to answer your question as quickly as possible subject to their availability.

* Please note: the answers given by our experts is general advice based on the question submitted. Advice given by our experts should not be taken as detailed advice or as a recommendation to pursue any particular course of action.


Zeeshan Bawany

Smartfield Accountants

Zeeshan loves tax.  He is the Tax Manager at Smartfield Accountants and works with SMEs to find relevant tax relieves that mitigate their tax burden.  He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser.  His dual qualification has taught him some very useful tax saving techniques.  With over seven thousand recorded tax questions that he has answered for his clients, he has developed a practical approach, where he offers the theoretical technical legislative references to satisfy the demands of the HMRC inspector, together with a practical plan of action to be implemented by his client, to secure the tax saving.

Zeeshan likes windsurfing and walking on poweriser stilts and he believes that life without tax knowledge can be very taxing.

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Emma Swales

Marketingesp Limited

Emma’s career in sales and marketing spans two decades working predominantly with manufacturing businesses and the food service industry. She has extensive experience and knowledge of business systems, change management, business development, customer service and strategic marketing.

Marketingesp was founded by Emma in 2005 to provide small and medium businesses with access to professional and cost-effective marketing consultancy and practical implementation of marketing projects enabling businesses to unlock their potential and achieve more customers, more sales and more profit.

Having spent several years in the exhibition industry, Emma has developed an exhibition marketing programme which enables exhibitors to realise and harness the unique power of exhibitions and face-to-face marketing. Her programme includes planning and logistics, promotional activities, stand staff training and preparation, lead management, follow up and tracking.

“I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Marketingesp to anyone who is involved with exhibiting or events as using Emma’s in depth knowledge of how the exhibition industry ticks pretty much guarantees success.” Greg Pye, Director, GForce Displays

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Peter Etherington

Peter Etherington Employment Law Services

Peter Etherington has many years’ experience as a senior HR practitioner and consultant. He has helped a wide variety of organisations, from blue chip to the smallest SME, with a range of staffing issues, such as disciplinary and grievance, performance management, redundancy, transfers of undertaking, organisational change, recruitment and absence management.

Peter has an MA in Human Resource Management from De Montfort University & the LL.M. in Law of Employment Relations from the University of Leicester.

Peter’s service includes drafting of contracts of employment, policies & procedures and other essential documentation; advice on staffing matters; management training; and Employment Tribunal representation.

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Kevin Hanson BENG (Hons) and LLB (Hons),

Managing Attorney/Solicitor CPA, EPA

Stratagem IP

Kevin is a Chartered Patent Attorney and Solicitor specialising in IP and commercial matters. Such a combination of qualifications is quite unusual and supports Stratagem’s existing work on IP agreements and extends the Company’s capability to handle all manner of commercial agreements. Kevin is also entitled to act for clients before the Courts of England & Wales in relation to any IP related matter.  

Examples of Kevin’s recent work include negotiating a suite of manufacturing and distribution agreements, preparing franchise agreements, advising on and effecting recordal of a substantial IP portfolio and assisting clients with IP due diligence. Kevin also has substantial experience of drafting and prosecuting engineering patent applications, freedom to operate analysis and advising on IP strategy. In particular, Kevin acts for clients concerned with smart wearables, renewable energy, surgical instruments, catheters, automotive technology, inhalers, materials engineering and agriculture.

Kevin has a degree in engineering from the Open University and a degree in law from BPP Law School. Prior to joining the patents profession Kevin worked as an engineer in a variety of fields including: catering equipment design, automotive process engineering, acoustic enclosures, heavy industry plant and structural design.


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Rachel Hargrave

RDZ Limited

Rachel Hargrave is the Founder and Managing Director of RDZ Limited.

As an agency, RDZ Limited have specialists in each of the following fields:

  • PR, marketing and advertising
  • Design and photography
  • Film and video
  • Animation and Illustration
  • Writing services
  • Web and new media
  • Incentive travel and motivation campaigns
  • Live event design, production and management
  • Experiential marketing


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Christine Anglesea

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Swindell & Pearson Ltd is a modern and progressive firm of UK & European patent and trade mark attorneys. They have been serving clients by protecting their intellectual property for over 135 years. 

They are one of the UK's leading intellectual property specialists. They provide an excellent but reasonably priced service to companies in the UK and overseas, including blue-chip multi-national companies, SMEs, start ups and academic institutions.

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Russell Copley

An entrepreneur himself, with his own successful management consultancy business, Russell has held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sector.

Russell is also the Chief Executive of EMIN.

Russell's business background was developed during a career with BP Oil and he has since used that experience to grow a number of businesses ranging from new start-ups to existing, large scale businesses.

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Inzar Haq

Insight Consultancy

Inzar is an experienced business strategist and marketing advisor - together with a natural aptitude for excellent team leadership and project management. Furthermore, he has extensive experience within corporate strategy, organisational structure, management and operations within the transformational strategy consulting industry.

This experience has been accumulated through practical engagement on a number of varied project types at different stages of the product life cycle including early stage feasibility and design.

He is an analytical thinker who understands and responds to business needs in an effective and coherent manner. Recognised theoretical frameworks underpin this analytical approach and therefore have minimised any inherent risks in projects he has undertaken in the past.

In summary, he has the passion and knowledge of business in general. He has been able to combine his practical experience with academic frameworks. He has a specialism in business transformation within the context of corporate strategy and product application/commercialisation into industry.


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