Do a “Meet Paul” article I was told.
“Get an engineer to talk about themselves – definitely not my comfort zone,” that’s what I was thinking.
I’ve often been described as a ‘fluffy engineer’ because apparently, I can actually talk to people. In fact, relationships have been at the heart of everything I have done throughout my career.
I’m Paul Holmes and I’m a Yorkshireman who dared to leave Yorkshire and head south to learn about electronics, mechanical engineering and manufacturing, working for large manufacturing corporates for much of the last 25 years.
This experience has given me a strong grounding in business practices, systems and project management. It has allowed me to become involved in - and to lead - projects around cutting-edge innovation, engineering and science. I’ve helped build factories, production facilities, run large scale funded programmes and have even been instrumental in setting up a school.
Recently I set up PCH Business Support to take all of that experience to help others. My career has taught me that every business is different, every business owner has different goals and aspirations. Some are realistic and some are not. All will involve investment in time, money and passion.
By setting up my own business – and accessing trusted associates when needed – my desire now is to work with ambitious and passionate business owners who want to work in a practical way to find solutions and fix problems.
What have I done professionally to deserve that kind of trust? The answer is quite a lot. I was involved with building and setting up Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells (JMFC) and then worked there for over 14 years as a Manufacturing Engineer, Project Engineer, Programme Manager, and most recently the Automation and Mechanical Engineering Manager, during that time, working on projects which included Innovate UK funded programmes, production lines, automation projects, commercial scale up and customer technical roles. On behalf of JMFC I became a director of UTC Swindon – engineering school, operationally involved in the funding application, design, construction and setup phases and am still the Vice Chair of Governors – winning the JMFC Global sustainability award - Most recently I was also the Director of Investment at Forward Swindon working with businesses, organisations and leading the Inward Investment service for the Department for International Trade (DIT). Throughout there have been countless community and charity involvements and am currently Chairman of Devizes Round Table.
The truth is I do possess the desire to help and with such wide-ranging experience in business systems, processes, project management, education, relationship management, funding, business organisations, innovation, local authority, strategy, people, manufacturing and a wealth of contacts – I can provide bespoke support and solutions for each company I work with. One size formulaic business solutions do not fit all.
For a no-obligation conversation feel free to call me on 07715008521 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website at https://www.pchbusinesssupport.co.uk