Katie Rigarlsford manages Leeds Beckett University’s Business Centres across West Yorkshire, which are currently home to 230 businesses. The University Business Centres provide a wide range of business support to clients based there and, in the past 15 years, Leeds Beckett University Business Centres have successfully supported and helped more than 800 businesses to grow, with a collective turnover of £42 million and with more than 1300 jobs created.
Katie, who has 13 years’ experience in working with businesses to help them establish and grow, said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this position. I have developed my professional marketing qualifications with the CIM and have spent the past 13 years supporting other businesses. Marketing is so critical to them and I am delighted to be able to help our students, graduates, business clients and other SMEs across the region to access the wider benefits that the CIM can bring. I am excited to be taking on this regional role and supporting the broader CIM objectives, including emphasising the vital role that marketing plays in business success.”
Diane Earles, Network Manager for CIM, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Katie to the team and I am sure this with strengthen the working relationship between CIM and Leeds Beckett University.” Katie takes over the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Ambassador role from Andrew Earnshaw. Diane continued: “We are sorry to see Andrew leave, but are equally looking forward to working with Katie who brings with her a wealth of experience and contacts.”