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Enterprise and Investment Team

We're focused on promoting economic growth and prosperity throughout the borough. We want to make contact with businesses of all sizes so that we can share the support we offer and hear about any issues that may be inhibiting growth.

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Meet the Enterprise and Investment Team

  • Rebecca Oblein, Team Leader
    Rebecaa Oblein, Team leader

    I am the Team Leader for the Enterprise and Investment team. The aim of the team is to make Dacorum a great place for businesses to locate, grow and prosper.

    We are a team focused on supporting our business community and providing both a proactive and reactive service. We want to talk to our businesses to understand the pressures on them and see if we can do anything to help, from providing business support, advice and guidance through to working with businesses on specific barriers they are facing and providing practical solutions.

    If you are a business based in Dacorum and are not connected to us, please call, we would love to get to know you.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 867882 Email: rebecca.oblein@dacorum.gov.uk

  • Lesley Crisp, Assistant Team Leader
    Lesley Crisp, Assistant Team Leader

    I am the Assistant Team Leader for the Enterprise and Investment team and have two distinct job roles. I manage the Maylands Business Centre and am responsible for its day-to-day running and looking after the tenants.

    As an accredited business advisor, I also work with new and established businesses (with fewer than 50 employees) in Dacorum. I offer them support, networking and training and work with them to ensure their survival.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 531003 Email: lesley.crisp@dacorum.gov.uk

  • Gary Stringer, Place Manager
    Gary Stringer, Place Manager

    I am the Place Manager for the Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors.

    This is an initiative that has brought together the expertise of a diverse range of organisations across the public, private, education and third sectors.

    The aim of the Ambassadors is to promote Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding areas, to strengthen the reputation of the area as the prime choice for business, and attract key people to work and live in the area.

    The focus is also on creating new jobs, attracting top talent and persuading investors and developers to see the area as the perfect place to invest.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 228808  Email: gary.stringer@hhba.work

  • Pennie Rayner, Economic Development Officer
    Pennie Rayner, Economic Development Officer

    As Economic Development Officer my role is to develop links with both new and existing local businesses, with the aim of helping the local economy prosper.

    Although I work with a range of businesses across the borough, I focus on retail businesses and town centres.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 228570 Email: pennie.rayner@dacorum.gov.uk

  • Philippa Shaw, Economic Development Officer
    Philippa Shaw, Economic Development Officer

    Dacorum is an exciting place to live and work, and we love to promote the area as a great place to do business. My role involves meeting businesses to ensure they are aware of the services available through the Enterprise and Investment team.

    I also organise events to help businesses develop skills and networks so they can grow, and signpost businesses to advice and information so they have access to the best opportunities.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 867808  Email: philippa.shaw@dacorum.gov.uk

  • Sue Pilgrim, Technical Assistant
    Sue Pilgrim, Technical Assisitant

    My main focus within the team is events, including the Dacorum Business Week, Old Town Halloween Party and the Christmas lights switch-on.

    I look after town centre bookings, with the aim of making Hemel Hempstead a busy, thriving retail destination.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 228847 Email: sue.pilgrim@dacorum.gov.uk

  • Kim Smith, Technical Assistant, Maylands Business Centre
    Kim Smith, Technical Assistant

    Covering Maylands Business Centre on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, my role is to provide a professional first point of contact for our tenants and their visitors, as well as taking phone calls, managing the meeting rooms and booking the subsidised training courses.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 531002 Email: kim.smith@dacorum.gov.uk

  • Christine Cowland, Technical Assistant, Maylands Business Centre
    Christine Cowland, Technical Assistant

    Covering Maylands Business Centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, my role is to provide a professional first point of contact for our tenants and their visitors as well as taking phone calls, managing the meeting rooms and booking the subsidised training courses.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 531002 Email: christine.cowland@dacorum.gov.uk

  • Liz Dand, Technical Assistant, European Regional Development Fund project
    Working Thursdays and Fridays, my role is to provide administrative support for the European Regional Development Fund project.

    Contact me

    Telephone: 01442 531004  Email: liz.dand@dacorum.gov.uk