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Former deputy head swaps classroom for commerce

A former deputy head teacher has swapped the classroom for the world of commerce by helping Coventry and Warwickshire business people realise their potential. North and Nimble, based in Nuneaton, was launched in early 2016 to help business people reach their development goals, following free advice and support from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. The business offers services ranging from business development groups for women to personal coaching circles and one-to-one sessions. Marguerite Farmer set-up the business after developing professional development skills through 20 years’ teaching experience and her background in school senior leadership roles. She helps people work on a variety of issues such as confidence and motivation, supplying a service which can often be a cross between personal coaching and business support. The name North and Nimble stems from ideas around direction and agility – looking to push upwards and forward toward goals.

Former deputy head swaps classroom for commerce


Marguerite Farmer, Director of North and Nimble, and Margaret Bull.




North and Nimble continues to grow its customer base and has recently begun working with The Bird Table – a national cohort of professional coaches who provide coaching to businesswomen in SMEs.

Marguerite has ambitions to expand the business, build the customer base and develop a team of coaches under the banner of North and Nimble.

She said: “Seeing people make progress when they’ve been completely stuck, seeing how much more focused they are and how it sets them onto a new path – that’s why I love doing this and decided to set-up North and Nimble last year.

“It has been fantastic so far, helping people get past those blocks that are sometimes stopping them from making the progress they want.

“Coaching is growing in popularity as individuals and companies see how empowering it can be in goal achievement and how much time it can save.

“The support provided by the Chamber has been invaluable, with the start-up phase and even more so as the business grows. I have even gained some new customers through Chamber connections, which has been brilliant.”

Margaret Bull, business advisor at the Chamber, said: “I was really impressed by the passion that Marguerite showed in wanting to set up this business and I’m delighted that North and Nimble is continuing to grow.

“Coaching like this is crucial in helping some business people reach their goals, I look forward to following the progress of North and Nimble in the future.”

The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, in partnership with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the District and Borough Councils. 

For more information or to book on to the Business Support programme call the Chamber on 024 7665 4321 or log onto

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