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CIM is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Gaunt MCIM and Chartered Marketer as its new SME Ambassador for the North West.

Peter is Relationship Manager for the Business Growth Hub in Greater Manchester and has over 30 years' experience of working with SMEs, including over 25 years working within SMEs up to director level. He has worked for many years on SME business support programmes as both coach and programme manager, and 18 years in business development and relationship management. His current role in the Business Growth Hub involves building relationships with small business organisations throughout the North and with central government.

Peter commented, "Most of my working life has been in SMEs and I was always one of very few specialist marketers in the company. With few people in the company as professional mentors the support and guidance from the CIM and fellow members was invaluable in helping me build my career."  He continued, "I am excited that this role brings the opportunity for the CIM to support members in small businesses and for SME owners and managers to access best practice marketing skills."

Diane Earles, Network Manager for CIM, said "Peter is passionate about small businesses and we are delighted to appoint such an experienced SME marketer to this role."