In 2008, after more than 30 years in retail corporate banking, Darryl Howes moved to successfully running his own consulting business.
In banking, he ran a large portfolio of business clients with a multimillion turnover. His banking career taught him a great deal about business law, accounting and, of course, the financial aspects of running a business.
He enjoyed getting to know business owners and entrepreneurs, and gained an understanding of how they think. This spurred an interest to learn more about people and led to reading for a distance-learning undergraduate degree in 2003, with Open University in the UK.
After graduating in 2009, Darryl went on to read for an masters at Surrey University as a mature student. This experience partly provided the springboard for the consulting business he has run for the past nine years, which involves speaking, training, group leading and coaching work.
Darryl runs a number of not-for-profit activities, including networking advice for students, job seekers and young professionals. His LinkedIn Group, Strategic Business Networking, has over 300 members worldwide.
Darryl is energised by helping young people to develop in the best way they can. This has been an interest for him since he became a Young Enterprise Ambassador in the nineties and his subsequent role as a business mentor with the Prince’s Trust.