From intelligent business to watching paint dry

For the best part of two years, Mark has been working within the Business Intelligence team of Pera – a leading European innovation network. Initially planned as a nine month contract providing maternity cover, his contract was extended and he has been engaged in a number of interesting projects.

Mark Small

Optima's Business Director, Mark Small

Whilst providing cover as an Operations Manager, Mark managed a team of Business Analysts and Research Consultants working for both public sector and commercial clients.

Mark then focused on public sector work and was involved in delivering aspects of the Fiscal Stimulus Programme on behalf of UKTI, preparing reports to identify potential opportunities for UK business stemming from economic stimulus spending overseas. He also developed new documentation for R&D Partnerships – another UKTI service.

He then delivered a major project to assess potential factory locations in Europe on behalf of an American irrigation products company. Having determined the best potential sites from the perspective of economic potential, he worked with the US team to identify and select a partner company to secure funding, which resulted in €9.2 million of investment funding.

Mark began to get involved with the General Industrial Coatings Market 2010-2020  study in June of last year.  Additional resources were required to meet the challenging delivery schedule for a project already running late. In November, he formally took over as Project Manager and is now working hard to get this ambitious work completed. The study will cover a whole multitude of coatings markets, including: Marine, Protective, General Industrial, Automotive and Plastics. To find out more visit the PRA website.

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