Richard Cook

Richard Cook

Job Title: Business Development Manager

Richard joined SEMLEP in December 2019 as Business Development Manager, bringing his wealth of experience and bags of enthusiasm to help companies grow and thrive.

Richard is a true “Field to Fork” specialist having worked in all main commodity groups, food manufacturing and drinks sectors.

He has worked across the commercial function, in agri-commodities (sugar, flour and fats), managed marketing and innovation operations for +£100m food manufacturers, and spent 30 years managing customer relations to multiple Grocers, Discounters and Out of Home market.  More recently, Richard has honed his advisory skills as a business consultant.

As SEMLEP’s Business Development Manager, Richards primary focus is supporting businesses through:

  • Advice on land and premises within the region
  • Help and guidance on recruitment and skills development of staff
  • Guidance on accessing government grants and funding
  • Facilitating links between business and government
  • Developing relationships between businesses and universities

Outside work you’ll most likely find Richard outside, running, cycling or constantly trying to tame the garden.