Works with clients focused on growth, innovation and transformation, from early stage startups to global corporates.
We work directly with Founders and their management teams in startups and scaleups, and with C-Suite and senior management stakeholders in SMEs and corporates – always focused on understanding the challenges you’re facing, and delivering the outcomes you need in a way that fits your budget.
CEO & Founder Julie Barber
Julie’s background is working with large financial corporates such as KPMG and HSBC, and quasi-regulators like the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Across a 20-year span, she has built successful visions and strategies for Boards and Executive Committees, securing over £20m in investment. Her programmes have been shortlisted for the UK IT Industry Awards and include people, process and technology change across quarter million user bases and up to 140 countries.
She has also developed and led Global Innovation Programmes, involving cutting edge Chatbots, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
She founded Spark! in 2017, and published her No.1 bestselling book, Investor Ready, in July 2020. She is also a NED for high-growth companies, mentor on two business accelerators and a public speaker.
Office Manager: Paula Marshall
Paula joined Spark! in 2019, following a career break focused on her family. Paula previously spent 15 years with Burger King and then Enigma Retail, in a variety of roles dealing with finances and payroll, finishing as a Senior Manager.
Our wider team consists of expert freelance designers and business analysts, whom we use on an ad-hoc basis for each project.
The Spark! Ecosystem
Through Spark!, our clients also have access to a wide ecosystem of additional services, from accountancy to branding, and app development to venture marketing.
We stand at the intersection of innovation and economic growth, working with companies from small to large who all have the ability to make a positive difference in the world.
We believe in Business For Good and we actively support the following United Nations Global Goals:
We support Goal 8 through our work with startups and scaleups, helping them to create new jobs and innovate to increase economic productivity
We support Goal 9 through our work with Fintech startups and scaleups to provide access to financial services
We work with our clients on promoting universal social and economic inclusion, ensuring equal opportunities and ending discrimination. We also support reducing income inequalities and donate 2% of all our revenue to SafeSteps, a charity which supports women and children fleeing domestic violence to build a new life.