Business Coach Profile: Darren Pond

Darren is a dedicated and experienced Business Advisor and has 21 years’ experience, running his own businesses in the manufacturing and retail Arts and Crafts sector.

He is passionate about business start-ups, entrepreneurship, and diversity & inclusion and above all else, creating a supportive network that enables people from all backgrounds, to confidently and freely be who they want to be.

He specialises in Sales and Cash Flow Forecasting and product pricing, and from his experiences manufacturing products for 207 Focus Do-It-All stores and Hobbycraft over a 10-year period, he gained a wealth of knowledge in project management, design, and critical costing processes. Darren is a dedicated and very proactive advisor, and he brings an infectious energy and positivity that enables business owners to confidently grow their business.

He holds professional qualifications in Educational training and assessing (CertEd), Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), and Health & Safety in the workplace (IOSH); and he has several years’ experience supporting and growing new businesses, through accredited learning activities. His strengths lie in budgeting and cash flow forecasting and he excels in promoting a positive attitude, teaching, and mentoring, leadership and management, and marketing and promotions.


Darren is passionate about developing and supporting businesses, and has a goal to change the way that business owners are supported and to make Networking an asset for all businesses.

In his spare time, Darren is an Ambassador for Windrush Initiatives CIC where he delivers, The Black experience in educational sessions to schools, colleges, and the Football Association. Darren is driven and passionate about his work as his heritage is Mixed White British and Black Caribbean, and he is very proud of his beautiful and multi-cultural background.


Have you been self-employed in Greater Manchester for 4 months or longer?

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