About us

Future Business is a charitable organisation and social enterprise based in Cambridge providing business support across the East of England.

Future Business aims to help businesses to have a better future. But more than this, we want to help businesses to make a better future for everyone. In our view every business – whether run for commercial profit or for a social or environmental outcome – can achieve a greater social impact.

We specialise in helping those with a social or environmental mission – our enterprise support agency brings together all the essentials every organisation needs – business advice, coaching, impact measurement and affordable workspace.

We can help you whoever you are and whatever your organisation is – whether you’re an entrepreneur, a social enterprise, a start-up business, a charity or a voluntary organisation – we’d love to hear from you.

Future Business is an initiative of Allia Ltd.


Staff Profiles

Susie Halksworth

Operations Manager

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Susie joined as Operations Executive in 2012, helping our parent charity Allia with bond administration and with operational issues. She had previously worked in voluntary sector management for ten years, on the management team of a local charity which provided legal advice. She has also worked as a self employed writer and designer, and in an art shop. She sits on the Board of her Neighbourhood Partnership and admires Allia’s commitment to developing the local area and enthusiasm for encouraging entrepreneurship.

From the autumn of 2013, in addition to supporting Allia with operational expertise, Susie will be working alongside the Future Business Centre operations team to oversee the planning and delivery of the Centre’s objectives.

Jane Thompson

Jane Thompson

Communications Manager

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Jane worked for Allia previously in 2006-7 (formerly known as Citylife)  and rejoined us in 2009 to look the overall marketing and communications for both Allia and Future Business. Jane has a BA in Business but focused most of her studies on Marketing, Communications and Economics. Previously, Jane worked at Homerton School of Health Studies then started her marketing career in member recruitment and retention at the Royal Society of Chemistry. More recently she went into partnership with a friend to buy and develop a retail business. Jane is delighted to be back and looking forward to the challenge of taking Allia and Future Business forward with their communications.

George Ruddock

George Ruddock

Social Business Adviser

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George joined Future Business in 2009 to give specialist advice to our wide range of clients. George has 40 years’ experience in the social enterprise sector. He trained as a youth worker in 1968, having previously spent 10 years working in Youth Service and ending up as an Area Community Liaison Officer in Liverpool. He moved into the social enterprise sector in 1979 and spent 16 years as managing director of a charity in the Elephant & Castle area of London. George then co-founded Recycle-IT!, which became the largest not-for-profit social enterprise in Europe recycling computer equipment, and won a host of social enterprise and conventional business awards. In 2006 George became a social enterprise consultant within the social enterprise sector. His first client was the Social Enterprise Loan Fund (TSELF), where he managed a £2m Social Enterprise Loan Fund on their behalf for London Objective2 Wards, helping social enterprises expand and develop.

Christine Nottage

Christine Nottage

Facilities Manager

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Christine has a background as Facilities Manager for a large IT company who then went on to manage a housing project for the elderly and worked as a volunteer support worker for a charity helpline supporting families in crisis. Christine initially joined on a temporary basis but soon got captivated by our work. As Future Business has grown and taken over more buildings in Cambridge, Christine’s facilities management skills have been vital in preparing new workspaces for occupation and supporting our wide variety of tenants.

Neil Prem

Neil Prem

Enterprise Coach

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Neil joined in 2010 to provide specialist advice to new and existing entrepreneurs. Neil is a Professional Enterprise and Career Coach with 10 years experience working with hundreds of business leaders looking to enhance their performance and grow their enterprises. He specialises in showing entrepreneurs how to define and communicate their mission so that people want to do business with them.

He originally qualified as a coach in 2001 with the Coaching Academy before being appointed to the National Executive of the College of Life Coaching overseeing the training and development of new coaches. He has developed several models of coaching and has helped train over 600 coaches in 4 nations. His passion is to see people achieve the work they’re meant to do.

Susan Leo

Susan Leo

Administrative Support

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Stay tuned – more about Sue to come.

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