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Richard Cook
Richard Cook

Richard Cook


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.

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