The leader of a successful local financial services group is holding a series of free business workshops
and a chance for the boss of a local start-up to receive mentoring support.
Growing up in Whinney Banks in Middlesbrough, Lee Flanagan made life choices that saw him battle addiction and ultimately become homeless.
Despite the challenges he faced, Lee always believed he would not only survive but would thrive –
and, just 10 years on, he has built one of the north’s most successful financial service franchises.
Now he wants to share the benefit of his experience with others in the region.
Principal of Bespoke Financial Group, Lee is inviting business leaders to attend regular workshops
and is offering a year’s worth of mentoring to a business leader who has been trading for less than
From his experience of creating a team with a winning mentality, that sees Bespoke sitting at the top
of the Northern Financial Services league tables, Teesside-born Lee will aim to impart some of the
skills he has learnt and the values he attributes to his success.
Lee explained: “Once people start to recognise what they want to achieve, there are behaviours that
can help them get there. I am grateful to
Lee believes kindness is a superpower and the first of the four sessions, held via Zoom on September
17 at 8.30am, will explain how behaviour towards others really matters.
This is followed up two weeks later by a workshop helping individuals to use visualisation techniques
to plan their future. The sessions will take place every two weeks and also include sales tips and skills
to increase the productivity of meetings.
Lee, who employs 50 advisors at his office on Church Road in Stockton, has plans to double his
workforce by the end of 2021 and believes anyone can benefit from the learnings he has applied to
“At Bespoke, we are all normal, hard-working people,” explains Lee. “We behave differently to
others in the sector, but we have a great culture, great business model, fantastic community spirit
and, most importantly, we get results.”
Wanting to give back is a way of Lee acknowledging the chance he was given. Now he wants to help
As well as the workshops, Lee is running a competition which will see one lucky business leader
receive a mentoring packaging. The package includes 12 months of coaching consultancy with Lee
and is open to Teesside businesses that have been trading for less than three years. This amazing
prize could transform a business and is open for entries now.
To register your interest in the free workshops or to enter Lee’s mentoring scheme competition, go
Spaces are limited on the workshops and the closing date for entries into the competition is
September 30. For more details on either, visit https://bespokefinancialuk.co.uk/little-bricks/