Top Burnley consultant recognised on Queen’s Birthday honours list

Business consultant Carole Garrett has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Contribution to Enterprise and Skills in Burnley.

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Carole has worked for the last 13 years in a business advisory role as managing director of Profitoptimiser Enterprises, encouraging and assisting local entrepreneurs.

Working with public sector bodies, in the past 18 months alone she has been successful in brokering in excess of £4m of finance for local companies.

Carole said: “I am honoured to be recognised for something that I am so passionate about and I thank whoever was responsible for recognising my contribution and sponsoring the nomination.

“I am pleased to have been an integral part of the growth of many local businesses over many years Including Cherrytree Bakery, BCW and Uni Play. It has been a pleasure to work with them and hopefully make a small contribution to their success.

“I have worked with hundreds of pre-start businesses equipping them with the knowledge and tools for success and with existing businesses advising on growth strategies.

“I have a very hands-on approach in developing plans and assisting with the deployment of the businesses strategies giving business owners the confidence to take the next step.

“Many of my clients have been with me in excess of 10 years and quite often I’m the first port of call for any business issues.”

The Medal was reintroduced in 2012 to recognise and reward sustained high impact local contribution.

Born and brought up in Burnley to parents Jean and Harold Beet, Carole’s career started in R&D for Lucas Aerospace where she worked for almost 30 years, before becoming director and general manager at their Wood Top site. After deciding on a career change, she harnessed her skills and experience to assist businesses that needed management and business support, which has developed to where she now has non-executive positions in multi-million pound turnover organisations.