Inspiring entrepreneurs Championing business success

BusinessWorks – making your business work

BusinessWorks is a publishing and media brand championing entrepreneurship and success. We want to recognise those who lead the way and inspire more to follow in their footsteps, empowering business communities to embrace growth.

The high-quality quarterly BW magazine delivers a unique and refreshing mix of entrepreneurial interviews, opinion pieces and high-end lifestyle stories, aiming to showcase the regions it serves as vibrant places to live and work.

Print copies go direct to MDs, CEOs and entrepreneurs as well as key public and private sector organisations, while a digital archive of current and past issues is available free online.

By publicising the achievements of the individuals and organisations that drive local economies, we are providing a platform for businesses to raise their profile and reach the most influential business leaders.

 

Tell us your story!

We are here to bring business leaders and entrepreneurs together to learn from one another. Those who appear in our main print features have often overcome various challenges and made significant sacrifices to achieve their dream – and through their stories we hope more budding entrepreneurs will be inspired to follow their lead. 

Plus, there are further opportunities to spread the word about your business through our special website features – An Appointment With, Let’s Talk Business, and Rising Stars – and we welcome your news releases, which we share across our social media feeds and in our weekly email newsletter. 

Companies we have worked with

 
 

Meet the team

Helen Gowland

Helen, our founder and MD, is very passionate about everything she does and thrives on a challenge. She focuses on providing excellent customer service and going that extra mile for her clients. Her experience in publishing, media and working on events spans more than 37 years and she still believes you’re never too old to learn. Her journey has taken her from working at NCJ in Newcastle in 1982 to BE Group in 2016. After being made redundant in March 2018, she decided to take up the challenge and set up her own business and, with the help of her amazing team (she openly admits she’d be lost without them), BusinessWorks is gaining an excellent reputation as one of the region’s leading business-to-business magazines.

Sam Hawcroft

Sam, our Hull and East Yorkshire editor, started her career nearly 20 years ago on the Hull Daily Mail after spotting an ad for trainee sub-editors in… the Hull Daily Mail. Had she not done this, she’d probably still be drifting around the University of Hull, where she studied English and then stayed on to do an MA in an attempt to stave off getting a proper job. Following various roles at the Press Association in Howden, she somehow ended up editing, and then owning, the world’s oldest naturist magazine, H&E (which people of a certain vintage may remember as Health & Efficiency). Yes, that’s naked people, not birds and bees. She continues to publish the magazine under her own company and is also the editor of the Holderness Gazette.

Craig Hopson

Craig is a born designer and wannabe footballer. He still gets a buzz from creating something special, something that stands out from the crowd, whether that be the cassette covers he designed when he was young(er), or the vast number of pages created for magazines and event programmes in more recent years. He started his career in publishing over 20 years ago with Gazette Media Company in Middlesbrough, where he worked on its main titles and magazines. He has worked in the business-to-consumer and business-to-business magazine sector for the past five years and has seen his work recognised at national award level. Craig has also been responsible for designing the identity of a number of national events including the National Entrepreneur Festival, Scottish Export Awards and MADE Festival.

Steve Jessop

Production manager Steve is deadline-driven – when you work with him you will soon know this – and has a knack for problem-solving. He is also a fan of a bold shirt. He has worked in media since the age of 18 and now has more than 20 (say that quietly) years’ experience specialising in pre-press and project management. He started his career with ncjMedia, working on its daily titles and then progressing into special publications and magazines. He has worked in the production of business-to-business publications for the past seven years. Alongside the production of magazines, he has also been responsible for overseeing the delivery of large-format print and digital assets of a number of national events including the Scottish Business Awards, the National Entrepreneur Festival and the Export Awards.

Leo Francis

Leo Francis is a dad, a runner, a BBQer, a snowboarder and most importantly for us he is an award-winning photographer. He has been mastering his craft for more than 10 years and has a client list including Red Bull, Ikea, Volvo Ocean Race and World Rally Championship. He’s best known in Hull for his exhibition at the Humber Street Gallery for Hull City of Culture 2017. He has made a name for himself in the photography world with his dynamic sports images, creative portraits and approaching each and every project he’s involved in with a fresh perspective and innovative approach.

 

Paige Kane

Paige joined the team as an apprentice in the business admin department, having already previously worked in a law firm, and is now PA to the MD, Helen Gowland. Paige specialises in excellent communication skills, problem solving, managing priorities, time management and technology skills.

Dominic Black

Dominic is one of our new apprentices added to the team and has joined the digital marketing team, having already previously worked in a brewery as a digital marketing apprentice. Dominic specialises in creativity, content creation, time management, problem solving and IT skills.

Debbie Craig

Debbie started her media journey in 1982 working in the local press. She soon got the bug for advertising and before long moved on to the regional press and then national press at the Daily Mirror. After joining the Daily Mirror, she decided she wanted to be on the road selling advertising, so she set about learning to drive so that she could fulfil her dreams as a media rep – which she did, driving around the North East and sometimes further afield. Out of the blue she was approached by a radio station to sell airtime, until recently when she joined BW. She is happy to say she has survived a media career for nearly 40 years and counting.

Jon Griffin

Jon, our West Midlands editor, has been a working journalist for more than 46 years (scarily) since taking his seat among the typewriters, carbon papers and copy takers at the Peterborough Evening Telegraph one June day in 1975. He survived to clock up more than 40 years in regional newspapers, most notably at the Birmingham Evening Mail where he was business editor for 17-and-a-half years, winning the Midlands Business Journalist of the Year on 10 occasions and the national UK Regional Business Journalist of the Year twice, in 2011 and 2015. He is probably happiest in the sunshine at Trent Bridge.

Sue Adamson

Sue is a a highly motivated and driven person with more than 25 years’ experience in media publications and magazines. She prides herself in going the extra mile for her customers, creating the perfect innovative marketing solutions to suit their needs. She is an excellent communicator with forward-thinking ideas. In her spare time she enjoys photography, socialising and she likes to call herself a connoisseur of fine wine, although some may disagree. In the summer months she enjoys weekends at her caravan and likes nothing more than meeting up with her friends and family for food and wine. Sue is very passionate about customer relations and still works with companies she has known throughout my career. She considers herself to live a chatty and happy life.

Michelle Morris

Michelle, our West Midlands photographer, is English and French and has been a professional photographer for the past 15 years at Michelle Morris Photography (michellemorris.co.uk). Michelle’s style of photography is vibrant, natural and relaxed and she is especially good at getting people to relax in front of the camera. Michelle lives on a working farm in the Teme Valley in Worcestershire with her husband David, their daughter Olivia, three doggies and lots of farm animals.