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We are fortunate to work with some great local businesses offering expert advice and guidance through our business support programmes

Chris Sharkey

External freelance lecturer working within Chester University. Career Corporate and Commercial Banker for 38 years until 2016. Previous roles included Regional Board member for Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking, and Regional Director North West of England for Santander Corporate Banking UK. Now he provides lectures and training courses for the following: •Finance and Funding •Leading Teams/Getting the best from your people •Effective Networking •Cashflow management and guarding against failure •Product and Service Lifecycles •How to Price your Product  

CST Marketing Management

Cynara Livera

Clearly, Simply, Truly Marketing Management is a marketing strategist and planner. Cynara began her career as a post graduate chemist and strongly believes that marketing is more a science than a black art. New product development highlighted the importance of market driven, not technology led, product and service development. From there her role became more customer focused as she moved into marketing research and ultimately full-service marketing management. Chartered Institute of Marketing trained, Cynara has been a marketing professional for over 20 years and has been an independent consultant for 10 years working with business leaders on strategic marketing planning.   Cynara works across the science corridor of Cheshire from Sci-Tech Daresbury to The Heath Business Park, Thornton Science Park to Alderley Park.  Clients tend to be from the science, technology, engineering, manufacturing and life science industries. Cynara practises evidence-based marketing and takes a systematic, pragmatic approach to customer engagement.

cynara@cstmarketingmanagement.co.uk | @CST_marketing | LinkedIn

Displace Digital

Ian Maguire

Displace Digital helps start up, scale up and established SMEs develop and deliver coherent commercial digital strategies which convince and convert potential customers and differentiate them from their competitors.

Ian has over twenty years’ experience in the digital space, having held senior roles in some of the most successful digital agencies in the UK. He’s helped a broad cross section of companies and organisations make the most of the opportunity that digital has to offer. From multinationals, household names on the high street, football clubs and large housing associations, to SMEs looking to better understand how they can be effective online.

Digital transformation driven by innovation.

ian@displacedigital.co.uk |Facebook | @DisplaceDigital | LinkedIn

Hems De Winter Consulting

Hems De Winter

His expertise comes from having lived through the same situations as every SME owner or leader, facing the same doubts and fears, addressing and overcoming the same pressures and challenges, and finally understanding how a business goes about becoming truly sustainable, able to grow, prosper, win awards, build great teams , achieve real stakeholder alignment and retain good people and good clients - for decades. Every business owner can benefit from constructive challenge, someone objective to hold them to account and a friendly critical voice.

@dewinter_hems | LinkedIn

Love Your Lens

Jane Burkinshaw

I am a professional photographer using natural light. I specialise now in providing photography workshops and tuition for individuals and businesses, with a choice of face to face teaching and online learning.

It is vital for your business to have a strong and impactful online presence and professional looking images are essential if you wish to stand out from the crowd. I can help you tell the story and ethos of your business using photography. Capture the passion of the people behind the business, the environment you work in, how you carefully and lovingly you produce your products and, of course, the final product.

Whether you use a camera or a smartphone I can teach you how to get the most out of the camera, how to work with the best light, how best to compose and take the shot and, finally, how to edit it quickly and easily to enhance it.

jane@loveyourlens.co.uk | www.janeburkinshawphotography.co.uk

Mark Bosworth Consultancy Ltd.

Mark Bosworth

Bosworth Consultancy is run by Mark Bosworth, providing flexible resource to develop people, processes and skills in varied business environments. His work focuses on strategic and practical commercialisation, particularly of value to ‘non-commercial’ senior managers and leaders now assuming commercial roles, amongst others. He delivers successful innovation and commercialisation techniques through the application of Design Thinking, Strategic Marketing and other techniques to create optimum alignment between product and customer; helping individuals and organisations find a relevant and resonant Value Proposition.

His background is wide and varied: FMCG food and drink, public transportation and education, across private and public sectors and with multi- sector, multi-channel, multi-territory experience. Functionally, he is a highly experienced practitioner in Sales, Marketing, Process and People development. And as a ‘small SME’ he relates to the varied challenges of course attendees! His workshops are highly interactive, immersive and flexible to the needs of attendees, providing tools, techniques and mindsets that help them to immediately implement course content to create clarity, purpose and impetus within their own organisation.

mark@bosworthconsultancy.com | LinkedIn

MCM2

Martin Corlett-Moss

Customers come to us when they need some help with their marketing efforts. They may be in a period of growth, and are just not sure what to do, or be well established brands that want a fresh, honest, perspective on things.

We work with a lot of start-ups, who have got the basics in place, but have hit some stumbling blocks when working with digital marketing and need some support and guidance to move to the next level. We also work with a lot of people who are not sure they are getting value for money, where to be honest, they are worried that they are being taken advantage of.

We have many years of digital marketing and traditional marketing experience covering every aspect of the marketing mix having worked across a range of brands and market sectors. We apply this knowledge to our clients, be they a small business selling cakes from their kitchen to long established IT companies.

We like to work with businesses who – to be honest – want someone that knows exactly what they are doing and doesn’t charge too much for it.

New Directions Coaching Academcy

Andy Guile

A Student of sales, collector of pitches, a specialist in Emotional Intelligence and body language, I support growth and change in your business.

If you want your people to be more innovative, more collaborative, more decisive, more confident, more trusting, more empowered, more content... Then giving me a call is the way to go.

Becoming a more productive happier business, it’s about bringing out the best in your team by supporting people to grow and achieve their potential. My flagship course Born to Perform, one to one coaching and other training services, are helping more and more companies to transform their culture and productivity levels, It’s productivity and culture change, but the smart way, the effective way and the productive way.

Born to Perform is a 4 day training programme, usually done one day a week for 4 weeks to fit around your hectic schedule. At just £3000 for up to 15 staff and deliverable right there in your office it is a no brainer for all your personal and professional development needs.

andyguile@askandyguile.co.uk | @askandyguile | LinkedIn

Nick Hodson Consultancy

Nick Hodson

If not, how can they ever relate to you and your business? Most leaders of SME’s have a tale or two to tell of a cash flow crisis, a lack of time, or manager who brings pain instead of solving a problem! Nobody does it all alone and many entrepreneurs feel lonely and isolated.

@hodsonbiz | LinkedIn

Row-A

A branding and creative communications agency We bring clients closer to the people they want to impress, inspire and make meaningful connections with. We help clients with brand, change management and communication strategy. Then we create the content and marketing tools to put strategies into action, place our clients centre stage and energise their audience.

@Row_A_UK | LinkedIn

Ruby Star Associates Ltd

Isla Wilson

We help businesses, social enterprises and charities of all shapes and sizes grow, build accountable teams, generate more income, and innovate. We help leaders free up their time, surround themselves with brilliance and focus on the stuff that really matters. We are all about enterprise, entrepreneurship and making a massive difference.

So much of what we are told about how to run our business, how to lead a team and how to develop strategy just isn’t based on any evidence at all. Worse, much of it has been proven not to work. We start from the academic research so that we can talk about the things which are most likely to work for a business like yours, in your sector at your stage of growth. Our passion for research doesn’t stop with content, we use research to inform how we deliver sessions – that is why we don’t use PowerPoint or slides and we don’t believe that interaction starts and ends with post-it notes. We develop highly engaging, highly effective, game-based learning experiences which have been proven to deliver big results.

isla@rubystarassociates.co.uk | @RubyStarTweet

Social Media Executive

Becs Bate

For many years now, I’ve been using Social Media as a significant part of my marketing strategy, with great results across the public, private and voluntary sector.

I learnt an awful lot about what not to do when I first started using Social Media as a marketing tool, because it’s not as simple as it seems! Fortunately, I’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have to!

Just before I launched Social Media Executive, I worked for Nomad Games, increasing their Social Media community from 400 to over 20,000 in the space of three years. Now this is not a huge increase, but it was highly targeted. They were fans that bought from us time and time again, interacted with our content and were loyal supporters of the brand.

I love showing companies how to get business from social media, I teach you how to do it in the right way! I follow all the latest trends as well as the regular algorithm changes so you don’t have to.

If you don’t know me yet I’d like to say you’re missing out on a treat, but actually what you are missing out on is potential customers as well as lots of free tips on how to improve your social media pages.

becs@socialmediaexec.co.uk | Facebook | Linked In | @BecsBate | YouTube

Up+Thrive

Kathryn Eade

The way we do business has changed and will continue to change. We must redefine the way we work and adapt to our new reality. Cultivating a resilient entrepreneurial mindset is more important than ever as we effectively navigate the workplace and protect the bottom line. Using a powerful combination of proven tools and techniques and an abundance of personal experience and insights, Kathryn, founder of Up+thrive, supports female founders & leaders to cultivate resilience and build their mindset; from overwhelm and burnout to sustainable success.

@upandthrive | LinkedIn

Wynne Marketing

Amanda Wynne Evans

‘Wynne Marketing’ began as ‘Wynne Media’ back in 2010 as a web design and branding business created by Amanda Wynne Evans. As the business grew, Amanda recognised the need for ongoing marketing support and strategic expertise for small businesses, so the focus and name changed in 2016.

@WynneMarketing | LinkedIn

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