Showing an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, Matt Newing founded his first business, Churchill Security, when he was just 23 years old. Not content with just one successful business, however, Matt started to look to the future.
Showing an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, Matt Newing founded his first business, Churchill Security, when he was just 18 years old. Not content with just one successful business, however, Matt started to look to the future.
In 1996, Matt had a business idea to rent out memorable free phone numbers to big companies and profit from the phone calls…but needed support to turn this dream into a reality. After taking part in the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, Matt was offered a £1,000 grant and £2,500 loan to get started.
Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, evaluating and procuring businesses that he can add value to and grow. His enthusiasm for retaining skilled staff has built Elite Group into one of the UK’s major enterprises, and more importantly, a company the best people want to work for.
Matt firmly believes in giving back to the local community, ensuring that charity work is ingrained in both the company culture and his personal life. A passionate supporter of educational charities both in the UK and further afield, Matt has partnered with Action Aid to help build 14 schools in Ethiopia, which now educate several thousand children per year.
Never forgetting his humble beginnings and the support he received when first starting out in business, Matt has been an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust since 2013, making generous donations to the charity that helps young people across the North West of England transform their lives by gaining new skills and self-confidence.
Outside of work, Matt is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, enjoying the outdoor pursuits that life on the Isle of Man has to offer, including mountain biking, jet skiing and sailing, as well as enjoying his supercar collection on the Island’s famous roads.
Despite all his achievements in the business world, Matt’s ultimate pride and joy is his family. After meeting his wife, Jess, whilst travelling in Europe, they ultimately decided to settle on the island, the home of Matt’s company Elite Group IOM, with their three children. When they’re not enjoying the adventures and walks that the beautiful coastal landscape has to offer, they enjoy going out for dinner as a family to support local restaurants and businesses.
Founded in 1993 when Matt was only 23 years old, Churchill Support Services is an industry-leading security company which offers security guarding, CCTV and more to businesses across the UK.
Starting out as a small telecoms business, Elite Group has since grown into a major force in the IT and communications sector, offering cloud-first IT solutions and expert support to businesses across the UK.
Focusing on carbon consultancy, carbon reduction and green energy, Tariff.com ultimately aims to save businesses time and money on their journey to carbon neutral.
In 2013, Matt became a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and Mentor to give back to the charity that once took a chance on him, offering support to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
In 2020, Matt was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Comms National Awards for his outstanding achievements and demonstration of leadership in the IT sector.
Young or old, starting out in the business world can be a challenge. Being an angel investor allows Matt to offer financial support to promising entrepreneurs with untapped potential.
Matt has been supporting the amazing work of Action Aid for years now through his involvement with the Change Makers Club. Helping to build 14 schools for over several thousand children, this charity speaks to Matt’s passion for education and supporting young people.
Matt got involved with the Charity Breast Cancer Now when one of his companies sponsored the Isle of Man based event, Fashion for Life. Since it first started in 2005, this charity fashion show takes place annually with support from local businesses and raises money for Breast Cancer Now with an evening of entertainment and fashion.
Matt has made donations to St. Helens Young Carers, an amazing charity in his hometown which supports young people in caring roles with their education and social life, ensuring they have the same opportunities as their peers.