Peter Collins

Peter has won several national awards for outstanding business management. In 1990, he decided to set up a business consultancy practice which grew and developed into the 14th Fastest Growing company in Great Britain (Sunday Times Fast-track 100 list). After the company was sold, Peter became a volunteer for Business Link in Kent and at the same time embarked upon another commercial property and retail business which was sold in 2005.

In 2006, Peter moved to the Northwest and joined Business Link as a finance specialist prior to joining the Access to Finance and MMU teams in 2010 and 2012 – in collaboration with several business research specialists to develop the Fast Forward Funding Programme, which is now integrated into the Fast Forward Growth model.

Peter is a passionate supporter of Private Investment and Venture capital as a route to market for high growth aspirational businesses with a good business model. Peter has supported over 500 Northwest-based businesses since 2008.

In 2013, Peter became a member of the Investment Judging Panel for the United Kingdom Trade and Industry Sirius Programme, specialising in inward investment to the United Kingdom.

Peter is a main board advisor to numerous high growth businesses and holds several Non-Executive positions.