James Cracknell - Relocon-East
James is a SFEDDI approved business adviser and business growth consultant for Relocon-East.
An expert in the fields of business development, for the last four years he has been working with the local enterprise agencies (COLBEA and Menta) delivering start-up advice. In that time, he has helped in excess of 500 businesses, delivered over 100 mini-workshops and multiple extended workshops. He has worked in partnership with the Essex Innovation Programme, Colchester Borough Council and many of the local educational establishments. He is now working with a selected client base of those businesses looking to scale and want to do so to generate quality jobs for this region.
He has been involved in delivering the i-Team project for the University of Essex for the last two years, leading it in 2016, is a regular on the University pitching circuit and is a hands-on angel investor through his business Relocon-East.
Prior to his work on small / micro businesses he had a 28 year career in finance working in the City for UK and overseas banks. Since 2011 he has been building a substantial local network and helps connect others in the pursuit of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem to help grow skills, sources of finance and talent. He has a degree in leadership and management, is currently pursuing a Masters in Systems Thinking and is a Trustee for the Anglian Community Trust.