EXPANDING North West businesses have access to a new Dragon’s Den’ offering strategic management advice and funding.

Martin Cutbill, Cheshire’s answer to Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne, has joined forces with London-based Cavendish Management Resources (CMR) as their lead North West executive.

The appointment means North West small and medium-sized companies can tap into a wide range of top management skills and investment sources to help them grow and develop.

CMR provides strategic management, financial investment, and advice on intellectual property protection and licensing.

“With the abolition of Business Link, public sector cuts and the tight squeeze on bank lending, CMR is one of the few organisations actively investing in business growth,” said Martin.

“We often have only modest or no upfront fees and many innovative ways to make our services accessible. Sometimes we will consider waiving our fees in return for an equity stake in the business and we even provide a service that enables companies to obtain interest-fee loans.

“CMR is in the process of strengthening its North West team of skilled management experts. We are also seeking to expand our base of investors in the region.

”Martin, 48, is a former chief executive of business finance provider, Hitachi Capital Finance and Insurance Services, commercial director at Cheshire Building Society and head of partnerships for Bank of Scotland, based in Chester. He has held several directorships and has extensive joint venture experience with companies such as GUS, Mytravel, and Centrica.