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Tuesday 13 August 2019
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - James Perryman from Momentus

  • Name of Business  Momentus 
  • Who are you?  A company that works with businesses and individuals to help them work better, for themselves and their customers. ‘Working better’ means communicating better, being motivated, confident, courageous, supportive and having a desire to treat each other and customers in the best way possible. Through consultancy, coaching, training and keynote speaking, sustainable change takes place. 
  • What sets you apart from the competition?  I listen. That may sound corny but it’s true. I’ve been at networking events before with people in a similar field and I’ve watched them speak AT prospective clients, and not stop to listen to what they’re actually saying AND how they’re saying it. I share my own experiences when I’m working with clients which helps embed the learning, and make it feel tangible rather than purely theoretical.
  • How did the business come about?  I had the opportunity to leave corporate life at the end of 2015 and everything personally and professionally was in the right place for me to become self employed and bring a dream to life.  
  • What are your main target markets?  Small to medium sized businesses, across any sector/industry, that need some guidance and structure in place to help them be ready inside and out for their next phase of growth. 
  • How long has your business been in existence?  Ooops, I let that one out of the bag earlier! Since 2016. 
  • How many staff do you employ?  Directly it’s me. I have a team of other specialists that take care of the finances, administration, website and branding. When client work ramps up beyond my capacity, I have other associates to call upon – similarly they do the same with me. 
  • What job or achievement makes you most proud?  I honestly love so much about what I do. Might be coaching someone 1:1 and seeing them succeed, or seeing the transformation of a room full of people at a training event. Right now two things stand out though – 1) Leading the operational plan for O2 for the London Olympics – that opened so many doors and opened my eyes to what I could be capable of, and 2) being a showcase speaker at a personal development event in Blackpool this August. 
  • Where do you see the business being in five years?  Being even stronger with having brought my partner on board, dedicated consultants/associates and an office premises. I want Momentus to be known in Warrington and the surrounding areas for making a hugely positive change in the local people and businesses. 
  • Why Warrington?  I’ve lived in the North West since 2011 and it’s the first place that’s felt like home for a very long time. Warrington surprises me more and more with the way it grows in presence, business and community. 
  • Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?  I called the company Momentus because it is about 2 things – 1) working with clients to reach that ‘Moment’ when they know exactly who they are, what they want to do and how to go get it, and 2) I want to leave a footprint where my clients think “it was ‘us’ that did that, I’ll remember the difference Momentus made”. 
  • Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc)  At 44 I’m still playing rugby (ahem, union) and captain the Widnes 3rd XV team. 
  • Brexit – good, bad, opportunity?  Having moved on from the outcome of the vote, like most things I view in life, it’s an opportunity. When things change, you can either celebrate or be miserable – it’s quicker to accept that it’s going to impact you and work out what the opportunity is. 
  • Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?   1)Muhammed Ali, 2) Ayrton Senna, 3) Stephen Graham, 4) Kate Winslet, 5) Jason Robinson, 6) Adele