Breakthrough's R&D activity helped Susie to finance her social purpose projects. She used profits from the company that would normally go to her as the 100% shareholder, to support her clients and partners instead. 

Her projects help them to get other funding, publicity or new business through her networks, awards, magazines, radio shows or partnership programmes. Susie saw it as their social purpose which is wrapped around the core aim of getting funding for small businesses.  

Concentrating on social impact doesn’t just mean helping their clients though. Susie pledged that they should also be a responsible corporate citizen:

  • They gained the Planet Mark to ensure their environmental impact is kept to a minimum.
  • They were an ethical buyer, using local suppliers where possible and paying 95% of creditors before, or on, their due date.
  • They participated in the sharing economy by allowing other social enterprises and charities to use their facilities free of charge where practicable.
  • They offered free training on R&D tax relief to spread the net of R&D claimants as wide as possible, even if that meant not doing the work themselves.


Since selling her company Susie spends much of her free time supporting initiatives close to her heart. 

In 2017 Susie wrote and published FoodTech UK to make a case for the UK as the centre for foodtech innovation and to attract inward investment. She set up the FoodTech Group within the highly respected Tech London Advocates volunteer organisation. She is currently working with the following as a non-executive or in a voluntary capacity . . .

• Owner of ArtTalk gallery, an initiative to make art and design more accessible to the general public.
• Non-Executive Director on the main board of His Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to advise on customer service and transformational change.
• Executive Director and Chair of Produced in Kent, to support small food producers and growers through COVID-19 and to promote local food and drink.
• Deputy Lieutenant of Kent to support the Lord Lieutenant in her role as the official representative of His Majesty The King in Kent. 
• Member of The Good Food Fund investment committee, working with Guys and St. Thomas’ Charity to fund innovative food businesses to reduce childhood obesity
• Member of Angels@Essex Investment Panel (University of Essex Business Angel network) supporting and guiding start-ups.
• Shareholder, official ambassador and board advisor to ForwardFooding (foodtech data experts and publishers of the annual world FoodTech500).
• Board advisor to FoodSquared (developers of alternative proteins).
• Official Ambassador for Mercato Metropolitano, London's first sustainable community market and advocates for ethical food production.

In addition, in 2016 Susie set up Breakthrough Women with Deborah Turner, a biannual event for businesswomen. It is now run by Deborah and Sue Hainsby, with a much wider programme of supporting women entrepreneurs.