By entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

West & North Yorkshire Partners

The Connect Gazelle Partners will be drawn from leading professional service firms in Leeds which will include accountants, lawyers, recruitment, finance providers, insurance brokers, wealth managers and governing bodies who get exclusive rights to the Connect Gazelles and provide expertise in their respective disciplines.

We are delighted to have PwC, Beaumonts Insurance Brokers, Clarion, HSBC and The Works on board as our Partners.


Beaumonts takes a very particular view of the service we deliver to our clients. This is why we have chosen to operate in a very different way to the traditional methods offered by most insurance brokers. The current management team of Beaumonts has its roots in both the large national insurance brokers operating in the 1990s and local independent insurance brokers of the same era. Both of these types of business had very different styles from each other, with the national brokers being based on consultancy services and the independent largely focusing on providing straightforward insurance based solutions. Both models had strengths and weaknesses and from many collective years of observing how they worked, the idea to create a hybrid, getting the best of both worlds and then building an entirely different way was born.

Clarion has a refreshing approach to providing legal services to clients. They are passionate about providing excellent advice and encourage you to expect more. It is the energy and vision of the people at Clarion that is the heart of their offering. In business, in life; Clarion aim to walk in their client’s shoes – listening first to understand your world and then working on your terms. Clarion are widely recognised for their expertise and dynamic handling of sensitive, high profile and complex situations in the UK and internationally. The team recognise that to provide a complete service they need to be committed not only to your immediate problems but also your long term goals. Clarion has a team of highly rated lawyers many from national and international law firms who work without the restrictions and cost implications associated with international legal practices.

“Clarion offers good value for money and punches above its weight in terms of expertise.” Chambers UK 2014


Roger Hutton, Joint Managing Partner
0113 222 3246

Roger is one of the leading Corporate Recovery lawyers in the North of England and has in excess of 25 years’ experience working with leading insolvency practitioners or directors in difficulty throughout the UK and worldwide. As a member of the Clarion management board Roger is committed to developing client relationships, understanding how clients would like to use Clarion and how, as lawyers, they can provide more than just legal answers. Roger is extremely well connected in the SME market place and is highly rated for providing commercial and strategic advice particularly for clients either looking to restructure their affairs or those who are looking to acquire distressed target companies and their assets.


John Robinson, Partner, Employment
0113 336 3332

John advises clients on all aspects of employment law with a particular expertise in Employment Tribunal work and advocacy. He believes passionately in ensuring that clients are looked after during this stressful process, from the receipt of the tribunal through to the actual hearing itself, and beyond. John provides strategic advice to clients taking a very commercial and robust approach, listening to what they want to achieve and working tirelessly to get them there as quickly and cost effectively as possible.


Richard Moran, Senior Partner 
0113 222 3212

Named by Chambers as one of the leading corporate lawyers in mergers and acquisitions, Richard is the head of business services at law firm Clarion where he has been a key member of the Clarion team for over 20 years. He has built a professional services offering around being trusted adviser to a significant number of corporates and entrepreneurs.


Simon Young, Partner, Dispute Resolution
0113 222 3206

Simon is a "sensible, commercial" lawyer who "understands what clients want." (Chambers UK). Heading up the commercial dispute resolution team, Simon is a highly rated and respected commercial litigator with experience of litigating high value, complex commercial disputes. Leaving aside the legal jargon, Simon prefers a straight forward, no nonsense approach, keeping clients informed and aware of all their options. Simon is fascinated by other people’s businesses, what makes those businesses successful and how Clarion can tailor advice to help ensure their continued success and prosperity.


Welcome to The Works Recruitment, we are a specialist recruitment business with a wealth of sector and industry knowledge within the commercial, industrial, engineering and built environment sectors in the Yorkshire area. Our business is built on our market reputation covering The North, founded in 1991 we have over 25 years experience in the local market. Over 95% of our client said “we provided them with access to the best possible candidates in the market” We build long lasting relations with our clients, 75% of our business today is from repeat business or through recommendations. Many of our clients have been happily recruiting with us since day one. We have 3 times more candidates available to us than job boards alone! We have an enviable database of over 213,000 active and passive candidates we can approach to discuss client vacancies. We continually source candidates throughout the year, we are always looking for the best talent in your local market as the most suitable person to meet our clients’ needs, who may not be looking to move at the moment.


Craig Burton, Founder & MD
0113 3 20 11 30
I have been embedded with The Works for over twenty years with no two days the same (thankfully). My primary role is leadership and vision, communications and change management in my own businesses and complete recruitment project management for our extensive client base.
Working cross sector and discipline with a simple motto of "Connecting great people with great companies" My real successes are with companies serious about growth through people and good employers.


Andy Izzard, Director
0113 3 20 11 30
Director at The Works Recruitment, I am a professionally qualified Recruitment Consultant and Skilled Engineer with over 26 years engineering recruitment experience.
Connecting great talent with great business and career opportunities. The Works specialise in working with SME and businesses serious about growth and development through people and talent.




Working with businesses with sales of £0.5m to £7m, we help clients expand into existing and new markets by leveraging HSBC's UK and international capabilities.

  Mike Swift
Mike is Area Corporate Director for South & West Yorkshire Mid Market and has worked for HSBC for over 30 years. He has a wide experience, particularly covering Corporate and Commercial business, and has worked in many locations including the North West, Scotland and London before moving to Yorkshire some 20 years ago.
  Andrew Bennett
Andrew is Area Director for South and West Yorkshire Business Banking, and has worked for HSBC for 29 years. He has a wide experience working with commercial clients, and currently leads a team of 21 Relationship Managers based in and around Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Sheffield, Huddersfield and Halifax.
  Andy Follington
A Post Graduate with Distinction in Business & Management from Durham Business School with 26 years experience in Financial Services. Andy is responsible for leading HSBC's Corporate Banking team from offices in Harrogate, Hull, Scarborough and York.


PwC are private business specialists with over 16,000 private business, family business and entrepreneur clients across the UK. In Yorkshire, we have more dedicated specialists on the ground than any other firm to help businesses spot opportunities for growth, manage risk, save money and create value. We will work with you to put all the pieces together in a strategy to help you achieve your objectives. We are focused on building long term relationships, based on honesty, trust and commitment and work with our clients through the ups and downs.

The PwC Team can help on a broad range of themes, including:

Growth Strategies: both organic & inorganic
Financing Strategies: debt, equity, and non-traditional financing means
Managing Growth & Driving Profitability
Formulating succession or exit plans
Management of personal wealth and taxation

Gordon Singer
Gordon is a tax partner at PwC and leads our services to private businesses and private clients. He advises clients across the region and has worked for many years with owner-managed and family businesses on the areas that really matter such as generating cash through maximising tax reliefs, advising on succession and how to realise value from your growing business. Gordon describes himself as a pragmatic advisor who is passionate about his relationships. Call him if you want to make a problem into an opportunity.
David McNeill
David is an experienced Commercial Development professional who specialises in PwC’s Private Business practice. Sitting across the entire breadth of PwC’s service offering, he is responsible for developing relationships and offering insights based on business objectives. David enjoys racing his road bike when not helping businesses. He was a Captain in the Army and trader for a large investment bank before joining PwC. His favourite comment from a PwC client is “you’ve helped me sleep at night for the first time in years.”
Vicky Guyan
Vicki has worked at PwC for 9 years, and is a senior manager in Assurance. Vicki works with a number of privately owned businesses and predominantly specialises in retail.Vicki also has experience within the transaction team that supports businesses in their life cycle as they transition from privately owned business to PE backed or listed. Vicki leads the firms business development programme in Leeds for all the junior team with a particular focus on start up businesses. Outside of work, Vicki is a keen baker and has recently taken up running to negate the effects of testing the baking masterpieces!
  Matthew Blakely
Matt has 15 years’ experience working with SME businesses. With a varied background including 8 years as a business banking manager, he is now leading the promotion of My Financepartner for PwC in Yorkshire. With his broad experience he provides insight and clarity about the support required for growing businesses and is a great asset for unlocking the right support and advice that your business will require. Matt is an avid cyclist and has the claim to fame of having hit and England International for six at Headingly