Our Bold and Courageous Team

Business Coach Lancashire

Paul Aisthorpe

Business Coach, Mentor and Trainer

I am an empowering Business Coach and Mentor creating value with clients from the very start of the relationship. I am passionate about helping them develop a culture and environment where people and teams can thrive and be successful. 

Why do I do what I do? Well, in my 30 years in business and 25 years in various Management and Director roles, I have been exactly where you are. At every single stage of your journey. 

So, in 2014 I started on my journey as a Business Coach in Lancashire. My aim was to bring my experience to support other businesses in the region. 

During that time I have supported over 100 business leaders on business growth. As a result of those growth discussions, the focus was always on developing a team empowered and capable of delivering sustainable profitable growth.


Looking back, taking on a role as Commercial Director at the start of the last recession (2008) put all my strengths to the test. But it was never just about me. The business could not have achieved what we did without being a strong team, with everyone playing their part. 

Yet, only on starting my own business, Imaginative Coaching, in 2014 did I realise that I had been practicing coaching and mentoring skills whilst supporting the commercial team to succeed.  

So, now, I bring those coaching and mentoring skills and experience to businesses in Lancashire. To support them in developing a strong and healthy business. 

Business Mentor

Sarah Lavelle Bowden

Business Coach and Mentor Associate

I am an experienced business owner and entrepreneur and currently Managing Director and Owner of two successful businesses based in Lancashire.

My first business, Saddles Direct, was established just prior to the start of the last recession in 2005. It supplies new and used saddles and other equestrian products to horse owners across the UK. An on-line business, I saw a gap in the market and we quickly became market leaders.

With my husband, Eric, I also own a manufacturing and installation business supplying the construction industry. During the last few years, we have seen significant growth.

Throughout the last recession and during these current challenging times, I have used my understanding of the markets, ability to challenge existing industry thinking and problem-solving skills to continuously adapt and evolve our businesses, ensuring they remain successful.

I am naturally analytical and pragmatic and, at the same time, see the value in our people and teams.

I am excited to be part of the Scale-Ability team as Business Coach and Mentor. I am in the fortunate position to have a great team behind me in both businesses allowing me time to explore my passion for supporting other people.

Paul’s View

I have worked with Sarah for almost a year now and as a client. She epitomises the perfect client. Open to outside support, appreciative of how the coach/client relationship should work and extremely dynamic in thinking and ability to quickly see the issues and address them.

During our early discussions Sarah highlighted some personal goals and aspirations to help other businesses. I was extremely happy to be able to support Sarah achieve that goal.


Julie Fox

Strategy & Finance Associate

I have worked in Finance for over 35 years now & experienced a range of industries across small to large corporate companies.

I offer support to companies through financial analysis and implementation of financial controls leading to financial transparency and effective management.

I worked for 10 of those years with a multi-national corporate company as a financial analyst, delivering multimillion-pound projects, covering brand profit growth and European logistics sourcing studies.

I aspired to apply that experience in the context of independent small to medium size companies. Since leaving the corporate world, I have really enjoyed working with a range of SME’s covering varying aspects of business improvements, including escalating company sales through pricing strategy and expanding their reach, improving profit margins through process simplification and loss analysis, implementing cashflow systems to enable more accurate management and forecasting of working capital and implementing budgets & tracking systems to support delivering financial goals.

I am really excited about joining Paul and the Scale-Ability team and helping more small to medium sized businesses succeed through these challenging times.

Paul’s View

Through my clients and networks, I have known about Julie’s expertise for some time. To have her experience and ability to make the numbers part of any business enjoyable as part of the team is an exciting prospect. Look out for Julie in the regional networks as well as she enjoys meeting new people as much as I do.


Jackie Bennett Shaw

Brand Communications Associate

I’m an experienced public relations professional who has ‘told the story’ for large national and small local not-for-profits, and top UK and global brands. I help businesses to stand out in front of the people they want to notice, listen to, and support them, so making their organisation more successful.

I  believe in a big service with a personal touch, and am an expert in brand development, leading PR and communications strategy and creating quality content.

Whatever the size of your company, your product, service or sector, I can bring your business story to life. I get right under the skin of your company to understand and help you achieve your business goals. I share the right messages with the right people in the right way to highlight the personality, values and vision at the core of your brand.

Paul’s View

I have worked with Jackie for several years now and know her to be extremely respected and valued by her clients. She really gets to understand her clients’ business and therefore becomes a trusted member of their team. 

Our clients often need support with how they communicate and connect with their clients on their growth journey. Jackie has many years of experience with this aspect of growth.

Attracting and engaging with the right people for our clients’ business is equally important. Jackie will bring her wealth of experience to support clients with employer branding and internal communications as we support them in developing a strong team for the future.


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