A North East firm which specialises in placing non-executive directors (NEDs) into SMEs to help them increase sales and profitability has expanded into the North West.

Tees Valley-based Focus on Success has made its first foray into the North West market through a new relationship with IT support company San-iT.

The Stockport technology firm has welcomed Gary Lumby MBE, managing director of Focus on Success, on board as an NED.

San-iT, headquartered in Cheadle Hulme, was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team Barry and Louise Lowe. It has since grown sales year-on-year and expanded client and employee numbers, as well as investing heavily in new premises. Its services include cyber security, disaster recovery, continuity planning, cloud services and IT support.

Managing director Barry Lowe said: “We feel the time is right for us to appoint our first NED to help us accelerate the growth in sales and profits we’ve seen over the past few years.

“I first met Gary on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, where he was my mentor. Through his expertise and contacts, I’m sure he can help Louise and I drive our business forward.”

Gary Lumby MBE added: “Barry and Louise have a great business that really listens to its customers and becomes part of the client’s team, offering support in all aspects of IT.

“I am excited that San-iT is our first client in the North West and we intend to open up our network of contacts across the North to help it grow even more quickly.”

As part of its strategy to expand across the North West, Focus on Success has also appointed Simon Monaghan as an associate director based in West Yorkshire.

Monaghan is an experienced NED and chair who has worked successfully at board level for a number of commercial and third sector organisations.

He is also an entrepreneur, with a number of business interests including a property firm and a fledgling sourcing and distribution business based in China. His remit at Focus on Success is to help oversee the growth of the company across the North West.

He said: “I’m excited to be working with Gary and his team, as I know he has extensive knowledge and contacts that will not only help Focus on Success clients but also those I am already working for.”

Focus on Success brings together senior finance professionals and experienced NEDs. It offers a range of services to business leaders, entrepreneurs and management teams that helps them accelerate the growth in sales and profitability of their businesses.

For more information, visit www.focus-on-success.co.uk