Sue Nelson We need to get more women to go into tech By: Trevor Clarke Sue Nelson is a graduate designer, holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She was awarded the Kent Business Woman of the Year in 2017 and has won many other awards. Sue is Chief Executive, Founder and 100% shareholder of the Breakthrough Funding Group, Founder and Head of the TLA FoodTech Group and in 2017 she joined the advisory board of Crowdfooding. Sue is passionate about growing small businesses, and making sure they gain the funding and tax breaks they deserve so they can ‘breakthrough’ in their markets. Since she founded the Breakthrough Group in April 2015, the team have secured £10 million of R&D funding for hundreds of businesses. In this interview we learn more about Sue’s background, extensive experience in a range of areas, and her interest in food tech and innovation, and her latest ventures, a radio station, and helping small businesses to gain funding support.   How do you remember your childhood and upbringing, and how has that influenced your life in who and where you are today? I was bought up in inner city London in the 1960s, in a pretty poor neighbourhood at the time. My dad was one of seven children, so I grew up with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins – all very sociable and noisy. My maternal grandmother had polio and struggled to bring up her children especially as my scurrilous grandad was in prison for a big part of their childhood, but she was great fun and we laughed a lot together. When I was a baby my mum had to cope in a tiny flat w [...]

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