We believe in the power of business to change your world and the world around you.

We believe in the power of business to change your world and the world around you. Running a small business should be an adventure but too often turns out to be a haunting, time-consuming slog. An adventure needs a clear map (with a few hidden paths), some challenges, laughter and ultimately a sense of fulfilment.


Adnovar was born out of our own experience running small businesses, and the work we have done with others developing strategies and supporting their implementation. 

We have a smart, creative and focused approach to growing your business that will give you the tools you require to be in control, to measure the right things and achieve your ambitions. Whether you are just starting out or are an established business owner we can help you grow and it’s easy to start with a free introductory session.

Meet The mentors


Nick Carley


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I’m an energetic entrepreneur with 30 years’ experience setting up and running businesses in a number of sectors including consultancy, IT, training, public relations, communications, consultation and research.

Over that time I’ve dealt with most of the issues that face business owners from starting up in the dining room to scaling up and selling my shares. I’ve learnt to be creative, resilient and optimistic and to appreciate that you must enjoy today and not think it’s all about tomorrow. I believe that running business brings with it the chance to give the owners a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction alongside the opportunity to have an impact on the world around us.

I have strong analytical skills, am quick to understand complex situations, identify issues and offer solutions. I’m client-focused with an ability to interpret needs both articulated and un-articulated with great one-to-one interpersonal skills. I’m well versed in the reality of managing cashflow and finances, a good marketeer with an eye for the opportunity and a proven track record in winning business.

I am currently a very active chair of The Minster Centre (a training institute for psychotherapist), working closely with the chief executive to steer the organisation through a challenging period. I am a mentor-in-residence at the University of the West of England and also an Enterprise Challenge mentor at the University of Greenwich.

I am a late convert to the joys of road cycling, a poor bread maker, a keen cook and love nothing more than putting the world to rights with my wife and friends over a glass of wine.


Ben Hickman


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I’ve been running my own business now for over a decade, working as a consultant for clients across the private, public and third sectors. In that time, I’ve provided strategic and practical advice on topics crucial to business success including innovation and product development, branding and marketing, customer and market insight and customer experience.


From setting up my own business with nothing more than a laptop and a good idea, to working with a global pharma company to drive product innovation, or building a strategy with a charity board to eradicate a disease within the next 30 years, I approach work (and life) with enthusiasm, passion and a sense of adventure.


Along the way, I’ve honed my problem-solving skills and developed an ability to help others see their challenges in a different way. I know first-hand the reality of business development and sales, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur, the joy of building a team who share your vision and the importance of stopping every now and then to appreciate what you’ve achieved.


I’m a keen runner and can be found at some point on most days travelling the roads, rivers, parks and canals of South Manchester. The rest of my time is spent cooking, exploring, playing or adventuring with my wife and three young children.