Colin Robson CDir MBA MIoD FIBC  

Colin Robson is an Institute of Directors Chartered Director, MBA and award winning Business Mentor/Registered Business Expert, with over 20 years of experience as a Chairman, Charity CEO, Operations & HR Director/Business Partner, Company Secretary, ‘Business Turnaround’ Interim Director and Investors in People Consultant. Colin has a proven track record of success across a broad spectrum of business sectors and is adept at business improvement and strategic business planning.

Areas of Expertise: Mentoring and developing Directors and Senior Management Teams in  Business Planning, Change Management, Human Resource Direction and Employment Law, Commercial Tendering, and securing Commercial Grant Funding.

Training & Qualifications: IoD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction, IoD NED Masterclass, IoD/ACEVO New Chief Executives Programme, MBA (University of Plymouth), SFEDI Advanced Business Counselling Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma in Operations & Industrial Management (CMI).
Awards: Institute of Directors Chartered Director Award and theDfEE/SFEDI Millennium Achievement Award for Excellence in Business Advice and Support’.

Professional Memberships: Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Institute of Management Consulting (CMI), Exeter Business Club and Exmouth Chamber of Commerce.

Current Appointments: First Venture Associates Ltd., and BizzyB, Company Secretary/HR Business Partner of Browns More Hair Now Ltd., Professional Business Services Provider/Expert Panel Member for University of Plymouth Formation Zone/Tectona Business Awards.

Previous Assignments and Appointments

  • Registered Business Expert with the Growth Accelerator Programme (2012-2016)
  • Interim HR & Operations Director of BTE Services Group (2013-2015)
  • Interim Operations Director of Pyramid Productions Services Ltd. (2012-2013)
  • Management Consultancy, Plymouth University, Pool Innovation Centre (2010-2011)
  • Operations Director of Glanville Environmental and Westcountry Waste Management Ltd. (2008-2010)
  • Interim RNIB S.W. Regional Manager (2007)
  • Chief Executive of Torr Home for the Blind; Registered Charity (2003-2006)
  • South West Chairman of the Institute of Business Consulting (2000-2003)
  • Co-Founder and Director of HR Software Ltd. (founded 1999 and sold in 2002)
  • Investors in People Consultant (1995-1999)
  • SFEDI Accredited Business Mentor; Business West/Link/Enterprise Tamar (1991 to date)


Colin has a proven track record of success, working with Business Owners and Directors across a broad spectrum of sectors in removing the barriers to business growth and taking companies ‘from good to great’. A high percentage of First Venture Associates’ business is through repeat customers and word of mouth referrals, This is what our clients had to say about our services through a recent third party Devon Trading Standards ‘Buy With Confidence Scheme’ Customer Survey:-

“Colin Robson completed a Growth Accelerator Programme with the Management Team at PTG. The programme was excellent in its content and format and allowed the Management Team to form a strategy for progression over the next three years, covering all aspects of the business, including marketing where the company lacked some focus”. John Gove, Financial Director, PTG Precision Engineers Ltd. Rating: Very Good.  Source: Devon Trading Standards, May 2015.

“I have worked with Mr. Robson for the past 18 years. He has been my trusted business advisor throughout this entire period. His advice and recommendations have proved invaluable to the longevity and success of my company. He is an exceptional colleague and I would highly recommend him”. Kimberley Brown, Chairman, Browns More Hair Now Ltd.  Rating: Very Good.  Source: Devon Trading Standards, May 2015.

“Colin gave clear and thorough advice and we felt that he was committed to helping our company. He gave us practical help which was what we really needed. He always followed through on promises and agreements made”. Andrea Chandler, Director, Total Monkery Ltd. Rating: Very Good.  Source: Devon Trading Standards, May 2015.

“We launched in January 2015, but have had Colin’s support since September 2014. He has helped us to focus on the main areas we need to. Hs is a very credible Mentor who manages to communicate with us with clarity and knowledge. If we have any questions or a need for a meeting he has gone out of his way to accommodate us and responds very quickly to any queries which is essential for a start-up business as ourselves. We will continue to work with Colin this year. Donald Clark/Russ Proctor, Proctor & Clark LLP. Rating: Very Good.  Source: Devon Trading Standards, May 2015.

“Colin Robson’s service has been of a very high standard. He is very clear in his communication of what he can provide, and flexible in tailoring his service, and the timing of it, to our small business. Colin has given us the guidance and encouragement that we require to prepare a Business and Marketing Plan to take us on a five year journey to growth. Hilary Kolinsky, Director, McCaren Architecture. Rating: Very Good.  Source: Devon Trading Standards, May 2015.

“Colin set us on track for moving the company forward, and reviewed and updated our HR Department Policies and Procedures”. Paul Davies, Managing Director, BTE Services Ltd. (trading as South West Hygiene). Rating: Very Good.  Source: Devon Trading Standards, May 2015.