Stephen Smith, Founding Director, One Midlands

Stephen Smith is Chief Executive and founder of EMB Group, which since 2006 has supporting businesses to become more effective, more efficient and more profitable by providing market leading accreditation and risk management solutions, business improvement consultancy and through the delivery of a range of publicly funded programmes, designed to stimulate business growth.

These include skills programmes for the LSC and SFA, growth programmes for BIS and BEIS and export programmes for UKTI and DIT. A particular feature of EMB’s programme delivery has been multi-channel delivery which effectively blends online and offline support, maximising value for the public purse whilst exceeding the expectations of programme beneficiaries. EMB has also developed leading edge capability in the management of multi million pound EU funded programmes.

After a degree in Economic History, Stephen’s earlier career was in brand marketing with multinational corporations followed by general management positions in the greeting card and logistics sector, the latter as Managing Director of a high growth £134m pharmaceutical distribution company. Stephen is also an experienced non-executive director, having held current and past roles with The University of Derby, the NEST pension Employers Panel, British Chambers of Commerce, North Northants Development Company, and the Princes Trust.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and a former IOD Director of the Year. EMB Group was a recent finalist in the Amazon Growing Business Awards and in 2018 was named by as one of the 1000 companies to inspire Britain by the London Stock Exchange Group. Stephen is a founding director of One Midlands which brings EMB and WMIT LLP together in a single entity designed to meet the Midlands Engine agenda for growth.