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20Dec 2012

Flintshire Enterprise Club for budding business entrepreneurs – starts soon

The Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network being led by Comtek’s CEO Askar Sheibani announces a six month Flintshire Enterprise Club starting in January 2013.

If you’d like to find out what it takes to become an entrepreneur, get tips about how to develop a good business idea, discover who might invest in your business, and how social media may help, then Flintshire Enterprise Club could be just for you. Flintshire Enterprise Club starts on Friday 11 January 2013 and will meet regularly at John Summers Community Campus, from 9.30am to 12 noon.

There will be a series of professional workshops over six months including:

  • How to start your business
  • Researching your market
  • Managing your business
  • Pricing your product
  • Managing your business finances.

There will also be opportunities to visit businesses in the area, networking opportunities, and inspirational guest speakers. Budding young entreprenueurs and social entrepreneurs will get additional mentoring and support during the programme.

Councillor Peter Macfarlane, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Leisure, said:
“The Flintshire Enterprise Club follows on from our very successful Dragons’ Den Cymru, and both are part of the excellent work that is taking place through the newly established Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network. I would encourage anyone thinking of starting their own business to consider joining the Flintshire Enterprise Club. Helping local people in their search for suitable employment in today’s job market is key to all round mutual success.”

The Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network is being led by Askar Sheibani, Chair of the Deeside Enterprise Zone board and the Deeside Industrial Park Business Forum, Askar is the Welsh Government’s Business Entrepreneurship Champion and CEO of telecoms repair company Comtek.

Askar Shebani said:

“The Welsh Government has chosen Flintshire as a pilot region for this forward-thinking scheme, and its support is enabling the community and council to invest in local young entrepreneurs. With the help of Flintshire Council, the Welsh Government, has recognised the importance of utilising existing local business leaders, to provide a support network to nourish such a raft of emerging talent in Flintshire. The Flintshire Enterprise Club creates a rich environment where budding entrepreneurs can learn from the experience of those at the forefront of business and can be advised on how best to take advantage of opportunities. A pioneering scheme, this investment in the local community, will undoubtedly invigorate the local economy and society for years to come.”

Flintshire Enterprise Club is open to all ages, and anyone who has a desire to start their own business or a social enterprise is welcome to apply.

For more information, contact Communities First on 01244 846090, where you can register and speak to a member of the team.

Pictured are the Dragons’ Den Cymru Young Entrepreneurs- who are now members of the Flintshire Enterprise Club – with their business supporters:

10Dec 2012

Some of the UK’s finest mid-sized and high-growth businesses were recognised at the 2012 Growing Business Awards on November 27, in association with Lloyds Bank, and hosted by the CBI and Real Business.

The awards ceremony, hosted by former Olympian and BBC presenter Steve Cram, honoured UK businesses across ten categories, ranging from Digital Champion to Entrepreneur of the Year.

We are very pleased to announce that Comtek’s MD Askar Sheibani was named joint “Local Hero” at the awards. This award is given to the candidates who are not only entrepreneurs with successful businesses but are also actively involved with improving the local community and region in which they work.

Askar has worked for the past few years to have Deeside successfully recognised as one of the Welsh Government enterprise zones of which he is now the chair. He also works as an entrepreneurial champion for young people in the flintshire area and has set up, together with community groups, a successful campaign to support young people to set up businesses, find employment and become apprentices. He also continues to support “Justice in a Day”; a local charity which helps to educate school children about the consequences of anti social behaviour and criminal acts.

Askar has worked continuously to have Deeside recognised as a good place to live and work and is a member of many business forums including as a Council member for the CBI.

Mark Stokes, Managing Director of Mid Markets, Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets, said: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners; they are a fascinating and highly impressive group of entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses whose future successes will no doubt play a vital part in our economic recovery.

“It’s encouraging to see so much innovation, energy and promise from all corners of the UK and across so many sectors. It’s time to champion British enterprise and ensure these businesses reach their full potential in both national and international markets.”

Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Deputy-Director General, said: “The UK’s small and medium-sized firms have some of the greatest potential to grow and increase jobs, so creating the right conditions for them to do business in is critical to the health of our economy.

“The CBI is delighted to celebrate the achievements of these firms by supporting the Growing Business Awards.”

The Growing Business Awards are supported by Cass Business School, Business Voice, Professional Engineering, Land Rover, Lloyds Private Banking, Spring Law, Cavendish, Visa, Your Business Your Future, Bdaily Business Network and the Financial Mail.

14Nov 2012

John Freebairn Joins Comtek

November 14, 2012


Former Managing Director of Nortel Networks Joins Company to Spearhead Growth in Telecoms Sector

Comtek, a pan-European provider of telecoms and communications equipment repair services, has today announced that former Nortel Networks managing director John Freebairn has joined the company as group director and vice president of business development. In this newly created position, Freebairn will be responsible for spearheading the growth of Comtek’s telecoms business within Northern Ireland, as well as working with the senior management team across Comtek’s EMEA operations to drive Comtek’s global expansion.

With experience spanning more than three decades, Freebairn brings a wealth of knowledge to this new role at Comtek. Most recently, he was the managing director at Nortel Networks, a position he had held for close to five years. In this role he led a 500 person supply chain team through the process of divesting the business to a number of telecom equipment manufacturers. Prior to this, he held a variety of positions within Nortel, including leading engineering, quality and manufacturing operations at Nortel’s Operations Centre in Belfast through the 1990s and during the last decade running Nortel EMEA’s Business Operations and Supply Chain Operations including logistics, repair and customer service.

“We are delighted to welcome John to the team at Comtek,” said Askar Sheibani, CEO at Comtek. “The experience that he has accumulated over the years within the telecoms industry makes John a huge asset to Comtek as we look to expand our business in this area. Comtek’s already successful and dedicated Nortel labs will continue to thrive under such direction, particularly as we look to extend Comtek’s geographical presence.”

As part of his new role, Freebairn will manage the investment into the creation of Comtek’s state of the art Nortel telecoms repairs business in Northern Ireland and will work closely with Comtek’s senior management personnel in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany as the company looks to expand.

“I am thrilled to be joining Comtek at such a pivotal point in the organisation’s history,” said John Freebairn, group director and vice president of business development at Comtek. “With ambitious plans for growth and an already successful management team at the core of the company, I am looking forward to contributing to Comtek’s success in the future. Using my experience, I hope to help Comtek achieve its goal of becoming the leading global provider of telecoms repair services.”

A member of the Institute of Directors, Freebairn also sits on the board for the Centre for Competitiveness in Northern Ireland and is on the SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies), Northern Ireland.

16Oct 2012

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Comtek have won the Company of the Year at the IWA Western Mail Business Awards

This award recognises Comtek’s outstanding business performance in recent years. Comtek’s potential for growth, innovation and commitment to Wales was key to winning this much sought-after award.

The awards evening took place at Cardiff’s City Hall and was attended by Comtek’s CEO Askar Shebiani and Comtek’s HR Director Christine Sheibani.

Western Mail Awards