As a part of the Micro Business Grant Scheme applicants are offered business mentoring. Scheme participants are partnered with a business advisor, who will act as a business mentor throughout the initial business start-up phase; this is in the form of interim meetings over a period of 12 to 24 months, which can be tailored to the candidate’s needs and progress. 

The team currently includes 4 business advisors who offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.


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Bransom Bean

Business Advisor

Bransom moved to the Isle of Man from Miami in 1988. A former US Navy Submarine officer and C-Suite Executive, he has been a business and executive coach for over 25 years, working with over 100 start-up businesses. He has started and operated three business of his own in the US and on the Island.

As a director of Moore Stephens Crew Benefits, Bransom was instrumental in setting up, Business Sense®, the firm’s specialised suite of services targeted at small and local businesses, and provides all of Moore Stephens business and executive coaching services.

Other achievements include project management of a global group re-brand.

He is a PADI diver, private pilot and qualified driver of steam locomotives on the Great Laxey Mine Railway.

An avid sailor, Bransom represented the Isle of Man – the “Manx Yank” – sailing the 33,000 mile race around, south of Cape Horn as crew in Commercial Union Assurance.  

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Sandra Robertson

Business Advisor

Sandra moved to the Island 20 years ago and is an experienced CEO, non-executive director and trusted advisor having worked for entrepreneurs at board level for the past 14 years. She has experience of designing and implementing strategies for growth, achieving company turnarounds, acquisitions and disposals, as well as launching new start ups.

She is currently a Director of Steer Alliance working as a Business Confidante for serial entrepreneurs assisting them to review, develop and implement strategies to achieve their vision acting as a sounding board throughout the time. Sandra transitions easily between industries and has experience of working with both products and services. She also has significant experience working with high net worth individuals overseeing key strategic projects.

Sandra holds an MBA from Henley Business School, a 1st Class Honours in Business Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Institute of Directors and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. She is currently studying for her Certificate in Company Direction.

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Helen Cowley

Business Advisor

Helen became a business advisor supporting small business start-ups in 2008, bringing with her over 25 years human resources and business management experience, gained from working within a diverse industry base in both London and the Isle of Man.

During this time, Helen has successfully provided, guidance, advice and support to over 220 local start-up businesses.

Helen is the owner and director of Paradigm Consultants Ltd, a highly successful HR outsourcing business based on the Isle of Man. Helen was also a member of the senior management team at Ronaldsway Aircraft Company for over 5 years. 


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Tracy Underwood

Business Advisor

Tracy Underwood has worked in the Isle of Man small business industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge to help and support small businesses.

A Chartered Certified Accountant, she started her first company Enigma Accountancy and Bookkeeping Ltd in November 2016  specialising in mentoring small businesses. In this time she has successfully acquired 40 clients, including web designers, nurseries, caterers, builders and many more. 

Tracy has also worked at Equiom as a Senior Client Accountant, accountancy firm Callow Matthewman & Co and Standard Bank.


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