East Midlands Business Champion
Business in the Community (and formally under EMDA) July 2008 - Ongoing
Various projects over the years including:
Bulwell Academy Business Advisory Board member.
The board provides business and commercial input to the planning and delivery of business and enterprise functions within the Academy and supports the Principle and Senior Leadership team.
Emmanuel House - mentor to the Centre Manager devloping skills around operational efficiences, time manangement, meeting busines plan objectives.
Deborah Labbate Business Solutions January 2005 - Ongoing
I have experience of business start up and exit and a lot of 'stuff' in between which I’ve gained since starting my first business in 1980. I've exited successfully from one business and under some distress from another.
It's all gone in the experience pot and I would be pleased to share this with you.
You can read what my clients have to say about working with me here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborahlabbate/#recommendations
My passion for the last 10 years has been supporting businesses, both start-up and established.
I offer Coaching, Mentoring and practical business advice across a range of sectors to business owners and their teams to drive growth using the tried, tested and proven ideas I've worked with myself.
Often called a confidante, or a critical business friend and sometimes a 'Secret Weapon'.
It really doesn't have to be lonely at the top!
I've also work with successful professionals in various organisations enabling them to develop in areas around operational efficiences, time management, networking strategy, presentation skills, confidence, emotional intelligence.
Some would say soft skills. I say essential skills in a hard business world.
My no nonsense, straightforward approach combined with a unique blend of skills and years of practical business experience could be just what you need if you want an improved bottom line and progress in your business.
Governor / NED
ncn (New College Nottingham) April 2013 - January 2015
Board member. Also various committees including Employabilty and Governance.
Pepe's Autos January 1995 - July 2013
Specialist Car Body Repairs and Vehicle Refinishing - Established 1978
Pepe's Autos repaired damaged vehicles for a number of Nottinghamshire Dealerships, companies and private motorists.
What did I do here? 1995 - 2004 Hands on role covering all areas of the business apart from actually repairing the vehicles ... I left that to the expert craftsmen!
2004 to 2012 P/T Finance director role. Negotiations with insurance companies, suppliers etc. HR.
2012/2013 and my final role, structuring the exit including sale.
NBV and EMDA September 2005 - September 2012
Accredited Mentor delivering the Mentoring to SME clients across the East Midlands on behalf of NBV and EMDA.
Also help develop the mentoring programmes with EMDA.
Nottingham City Business Club May 2011 - May 2012
I first became involved with Nottingham City Business Club as a Council member in 2007 becoming Vice President in 2010 and President in 2011. I remain a member today and act as an advisory member to the board.
This business club was establised in 1924 and had enjoyed an enviable reputation for many years. Membership had declined in more recent years as had attendance at events. During my tenure it was my remit was to increase numbers and awareness of the Club and to become a voice for Nottingham businesses.
A successful period of office saw attendance at events increase from 40+ to 80+ and today this has continued to increase with regularly 100 members and guests attending monthly events. NCBC is firmly on the Nottingham map and regularly involved in business related matters accross the city.
I also instigated and continue to faciliate a Round Table Forum with the regional office of the Bank of England twice each year.
It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve Nottingham City Business Club in the capacity as President and to follow in the esteemed footsteps of Presidents past since 1924.
NBV June 2006 - September 2011
ILM/SFEDI Qualified Business Adviser.
Providing support & advice to start up businesses and established businesses.
Career Break October 1993 - January 1995
1993 - 1994 Full time mother to twin boys
1994 - 1995 Continued to enjoy my career break whilst also taking on a voluntary role as Regional
Co-ordinator for TAMBA and set up a small business selling children's clothing and books.
General Manager / Principle
White Self Drive Hire June 1980 - October 1993
Responsible for all aspects of P&L, general business management, recruiting, training, introducing new working practices, opening multiple locations, re-development of petrol/service stations including retail shops.
Start up with 4 cars, a mini bus and a van. Qualified by experience learning on the job. Grew the business to a fleet of 80+vehicles and 2 service stations - one in Nottingham and one in Loughborough.
Sold the business in 1993 taking a break to have a family.