Suzanne MacDonald-Carr (pictured in red) is an international business coach and mentor based in Suffolk. She now runs the Business Coaching, Mentoring & Training Centre (BCMT) from her HQ at Brightwell Barns, near Ipswich. The BCMT Centre offers training courses and coaching programmes that help business owners to thrive.
With expertise in law, sales, management, coaching and CSR to name but a few, Suzanne’s a sensational force for good in the Suffolk business community and someone you probably ought to know. In this candid interview, you’ll see why…
How did your career begin?
After graduating with a degree in psychology and business from London University, I joined IBM as a management and leadership trainer, and then moved to sales and management positions which I held for fourteen years.
I opened my first business – a school for children with learning difficulties – in Surrey and subsequently, after building the successful idea, sold the business and returned to the software industry working with very new technologies. I worked in a variety of roles including Directorships, Vice President and board positions in the UK, Europe and USA and have continued to develop owner run businesses including a consultancy business.
Why did you set up your business?
I had been working in my second VP role in the States and only came home once a month, so in 2001 when my husband got offered a job as an Insolvency Partner at Grant Thornton in Cambridge, I decided to relocate with him and become self-employed again.
Has it changed much since then?
Coaching is a new industry which is ever evolving. The standards of coaching, mentoring, and training are undefined between transitional and transactional for the business model and life coaching but are essentially all designed to help the business owner in their approach to the growth of the business.
Because of this, in 2017 we decided to create the brand of The Business Coaching, Mentoring and Training Centre (BCMT) to provide clarity for our SME sector to understand what each skill set of Coaching, Mentoring and Training really means.
We invite any Coach, Mentor or Trainer to contact us if they are interested in meeting and becoming a strategic alliance, as we believe that together we can raise the standards of each of the skill sets.