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Peer Stories

Inspirational, informative and always insightful stories from people using their skills in 'unretirement'

Steph Varley can’t believe how much help, advice, support and contacts she has been given through the Next-Up mentoring site.  

Steph Varley
Founder and Director of INC360 CIC and Executive Assistant at The Data Shed

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"No-one should assume it is easy to get roles. It is very competitive and it doesn’t happen without networks and planning"

Mark Chidley
Former DLA Piper partner, member Financial Services Consumer Panel and Financial Services consultant

"I realised there was an opportunity. There is enormous satisfaction in building a global brand"

Ian Franklin
Founder and group ceo, Stickfest – global talent mapping and search for Family Offices

"Celebrate retirement and don’t make partners feel they are pushed out"

Ronnie Fox
Partner at employment and partnership lawyers, Fox & Partners (www.foxlawyers.com)

"I had no experience, but it’s patience and empathy that matters. I love this and it’s a great balance to my writing, which can be lonely"

Sheena Hastings
Yorkshire Post features writer, freelance writer, author and dyslexic school support

"This is such a brilliant concept – I would encourage all people running a business to go on the site and approach a mentor. It’s all free"

Victoria Speight
Director, LABOC Communications

"Writing children's stories for corporate Britain to teach about safety, ethics and corporate responsibility issues is very satisfying"

Chris Madeley
Author at Madeley Enterprises Ltd

"Identify what you are selling - or have to offer to add value - and use LinkedIn as a branding tool"

Pat Billingham
EY alumna; portfolio of non-executive director roles

"I am fired up about this new business and I feel really engaged with something again"

Douglas Adamson
Executive Chairman at Anthropods & Co Ltd and Chairman of the Trustees at Settle Stories

"The mentors gave me confidence to explore new avenues, particularly around funding. They introduced me to people outside my networks"

Zandra Moore
CEO and Co-Founder, Panintelligence