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Helen Martin – Aggrandise VA

In 2018 Aggrandise VA was launched by cousins Helen and Susan. With over 40 years high level administration experience between them, they saw the opportunity to use the skills, specialist knowledge and experience to help businesses and individuals achieve their goals.
As virtual assistants they give you more time to grow your business by taking on the daily, mundane, time consuming tasks, that take your focus away from what is important – YOUR BUSINESS GROWTH.

Aggrandise VA can help you with virtually anything! No matter the size of your project they are here to help. They have several services including:

General administration
Business development
Event Organisation
Bookkeeping
Personal Assistant support
Holiday Cover and much much more

They offer packages to suit all, giving you total control over your budget.

t: 07970 400458
w: aggrandiseva.com

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Jo Foster – Brave New Beast

Jo is a passionate and enthusiastic West Midlands based film maker. Since graduating in 2012, Jo has been involved in many different productions including short documentary, sitcom pilot, music video and commercial shoots. Jo is the managing director of creative video production company – Lumina Studios.

Lumina Studios is a video marketing production company. Our aim is to make our clients stand out online by producing interesting and creative videos that promote their services or products. Over the past 3 years we’ve worked with companies such as the NHS, Dunelm, Mexicana Cheese, Caterpillar and Coventry University, as well as many more SME’s that want to make an impression and gain more customers online.

t: 0121 271 0350 m: 07949 226112

w: bravenewbeast.co.uk

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Caroline Cook – Mercia Financial Planning

Because of our busy lives seeking financial advice is something that is often overlooked or put off to a later date. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming to plan for your short-term and long-term financial aims and this is where I can help you.

Before I became an Independent Financial Advisor I already had a detailed knowledge of financial services having worked in a compliance and technical role in the head office of a major pension and life company. I am now part of the professional team of Independent Financial Advisors at Mercia Financial Planning.

Your initial consultation is at our expense and I am known as being friendly and approachable in what can be a daunting industry sector if you are not familiar with it.

At Mercia Financial Planning we can help you with:

Independent Financial Advice
Mortgages
Pensions
Estate Planning
Investments & Savings
Long Term Care
Financial Protection

Corporate Financial Planning At Mercia we have a customer promise and this is something that I am proud to implement and strongly believe in:
We pride ourselves on providing a very personal service and all our financial services are backed by our Customer Promise.

To treat you as we would expect to be treated
To never take advantage of you
To be transparent, open and honest

m: 07709 202684
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Karen Cureton – Cureton Consulting

Karen is our local social media expert with a proven track record with her wide range of clients. She works with clients to help them navigate the social media maze acting as a social media coach. She works both one to one and with teams, her online social media programme is getting incredible results across multiple sectors.

Karen’s specialisms are Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, why not get in touch with her today to book your free social media review?

“Karen has been a valuable asset to the growth of the presence of Smith Partnership online using Social Media. She has worked hard and has been able to make a real change to the way we do business. I would not hesitate to recommend Karen to anyone looking to develop their network”.
Claire Twells, Partner, Smith Partnership

t: 01530 440597 m: 07793 824628
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Kathryn Caple – Else Solicitors

Else Solicitors is a commercial and private client law firm in Burton on Trent.

Incorporated in 2003, the business prides itself on its professional yet personal approach to all clients and cases. This ethic has been the key component in the business’ continued growth across the Midlands.

Business growth has allowed Else Solicitors to recruit a number of excellent solicitors with specialist skills in a number of sectors, including Debt Recovery, Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property, Corporate Commercial and Wills & Probate.

Our specialist team of solicitors collectively bring more than 100 years of legal experience and expertise to the company. As a result Else Solicitors are able to provide an outstanding service across all commercial sectors and to businesses of all sizes as well as private clients.

Kathryn Caple is Head of the Wills & Probate department and has considerable experience in advising clients on Estate Planning matters which include drafting Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, advising on Inheritance Tax matters and advising on, drafting and administering trusts, including personal injury trusts.

Kathryn also specialises in the administration of estates, including applications for Grants of Probate, dealing with Inheritance Tax matters and Deeds of Variation.

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Gayle Edwards – GECopywriter

Words that work without fluff, flannel or faff

Your business needs content. I’ll write it for you.

– Website wording: Clear, dynamic wording for your website that engages with your customers.
– Blog posts : Creative, value-adding blog posts to support your content marketing strategy.

I work with businesses that understand the value of great content, and love to know that it’s all taken care of.

DIY Solutions for Small Business Owners

Let’s be honest. Sole traders don’t have a huge budget for content marketing – but they still understand the value of speaking directly to their customers. I’ve put together a choice of simple solutions for small business owners who want to DIY – but with a little support.

– Web Wording Health Check – Getting your content right on your self-built website.
– Power Hour – 121 brainstorming and training on any aspect of content you’re stuck on.
– Workshops – What’s in a blog? All the basics so that the content you’re writing is having an impact.
– Blog & Brunch – A regular writing group for ongoing support and motivation to get your blogging done.

Websites that give a great customer experience, no matter their size

– Large business websites that showcase your expertise
– Resource and educational websites for universities and schools
– Brochure sites for small business owners
– Portfolio sites, online shops, non-profit and personal sites

Blogs | Websites | Training | Business wording | Editing | Content Marketing

t: 07775 794 727
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Lesley Knight – The HELP Appeal

When Lesley’s son, Tom, was 11 he was involved in an accident and airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where the air ambulance had to touch down outside the police station opposite the hospital – this was the closest place to the hospital they could land. Tragically, Tom did not survive his injuries. In the months that followed Tom’s death, Lesley kept returning to the memory of a crowd of people watching the paramedics make their way to the hospital from the air ambulance whilst working to save Tom. Lesley was shocked to learn that trauma hospitals and A&E hospitals do not automatically have on-site helipads for air ambulances to land. Quite often the air ambulances are forced to land on nearby roads, fields and parks, meaning that there is then a secondary transfer for the patient by a road ambulance, which wastes valuable minutes and increases the risk of long-term injury at a critical time.

Six months later Lesley started fundraising for the County Air Ambulance Trust and in a few short months had raised over £20,000 for the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal, which is dedicated to the funding of hospital helipads. Lesley then joined the fundraising executive of the Charity and has continued to play a key role in fundraising for the HELP Appeal.

In September 2019 Lesley was awarded ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ at the National Charity Awards in recognition of her hard work and dedication to The HELP Appeal.

Since 2009 the HELP Appeal has over 100 projects completed or in the pipeline with over 15,000 landings on completed helipads which we have funded. These life-saving helipads ensure skilled air ambulance crews can get patients to the best treatment centre in the fastest time possible, in a way that upholds patient dignity and improves patient survival chances by negating the need for a secondary road transfer.

Hospital helipads have a huge impact on patient care, facilitating the prompt transfer of seriously injured patients into Emergency Departments, allowing medical staff to intervene early, save lives and reduce morbidity.

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Wendy Hill – Hillstart Nutrition

Wendy is a qualified nutritionist who specialises in working with clients with fatigue and gut health issues, inflammation and auto-immune diseases.

She also has a fabulous membership group called Ditch the Diet, where she supports members to eat for energy and vitality and get off the binge/diet rollercoaster.

In today’s busy world it’s easy to become confused and worn out by the excess of information and news about health and nutrition. Wendy is a voice of calm and reason, an advocate of functional medicine and facts not headlines.

Her weekly podcast titled ‘are you REALLY going to eat that?’ is where she shares her thoughts on food and nutrition.

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Linda Clark – House of Colour Lichfield, Rugeley & Cannock

What does a colour and style consultant do?

If you ever stand in front of your wardrobe and think, “I have nothing to wear” or “My wardrobe is dull and uninteresting” then I can help!

I love working with clients to discover their best colours, shapes and personal style so that all their clothes will work together in a harmony of colour and style. It makes buying clothes and getting dressed quick, easy and fun – and saves both money and time. I work with both men and women.

It’s not all about fashion, or even just about clothes…

Once you know you look good, you will feel good about yourself, which goes a long way to boosting your self-confidence. I spend time with clients on a style day looking at their lifestyle, budget, how they want to be perceived as well as at their body shape and personality. Put all of those elements together and Pow! … you have nailed your signature style. This will work for you across work, leisure activities, family time and holidays – so that you will always look and feel your best. And if you ever have a presentation to deliver or a special occasion where you want to shine, then you will have all the tools at your fingertips to achieve your desired the look.

I am an independent franchisee of the international franchise organisation House of Colour, an Investors In People Gold standard company, which has been successfully supporting people to find their personal style for over 30 years.

What do people say about my services?

I had an amazing colour class session with Linda. It was really exciting and interesting to hear how your colour works. Linda is professional, warm and friendly. I’d recommend anyone who’s considering having their colours done to do it. It’s worth every penny! Gail, 2018

I’m delighted to have taken the colour consultation. I’ve given new life to my wardrobe and discarded the clothes that don’t love me! Definitely want to do the style class. (She did and loved it even more!) Angela, 2019

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Joanne Cooper – Joanne Cooper Photography

 

Joanne is a Burton based commercial photographer helping businesses with creative photography solutions to improve their presence, increase their sales and help them find new customers.

She shoots things: people, products and events for businesses. She loves nothing better than creating stunning business portraits – even for those that are nervous and apprehensive about having new head and shoulder shots. Joanne will put you at your ease and make the process fun.

If your product is not a ‘thing’ but a service then Joanne can capture that using time-lapse photography giving you a video for your website – not only with google love it but your customers will too.

She can restore and rescue old photographs, create memory books for unique presents. She can also restore the relationship between you and your camera by offering 121 training – this can also be given as a gift (for that person that has everything).

Joanne loves helping businesses do business.

t: 07778 455681
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Rebecca Harvey – Let Me Organise You

 

CONQUER YOUR ONLINE MARKETING

Let’s drop the jargon and stow the strategy. Do you feel bombarded with Online Marketing “must-haves”?

I offer the freedom to discover Online Marketing – the best path for your size business and your targeted customers. A website design that looks right, gets you noticed and simply… works. The right social media platform that finds your customers and just… engages. Email Marketing that’s uncomplicated, direct and, most importantly, gets read.

The joy of Online Marketing is understanding the flexibility on offer. You don’t have to do it all. It’s about knowing what you need, and how to get it.

If you want to look at your approach to Online Marketing, train your team or outsource the delivery to me, then I offer the support you need.

Freedom and Flexibility – these are the two words that I live by in my business.

I offer my clients the flexibility you need to take your business to the next level in online marketing; whether that’s creating a website, understanding email marketing or building a social media presence.

You have the freedom to choose just how much help you want – together we can develop your online marketing process and your own capability and confidence.

ABOUT ME

Being independent has given me the flexibility to design a business with a work-life balance. I have the freedom to be a digital nomad, working on a ‘have laptop, can travel’ basis that means I can provide consistent reliable marketing support no matter where I am – delivering superior results for myself and my clients.

I launched Let Me Organise You in 2010 after years in a more formal corporate world of retail and account management, shipping and logistics, office management and technical training. In the last seven years I’ve helped numerous smaller businesses to challenge their outlook to online marketing.

The world of social media moves at a rapid pace. I maintain an up to date knowledge of online marketing using social media, Google Adwords (Pay Per Click) / Facebook advertising, so that I can deliver the best in jargon free training and services.

I’m qualified with Google, a partner with MailChimp and a PTLLS trainer, which means you can be sure that I’ll deliver the knowledge you need, adapted to your business style. No fluff, just straight forward techniques and understanding.

If you want to look at your approach to Online Marketing, train your team or outsource the delivery to me, then I have the flexible approach you need.

t: 07526 764 603
w: lmou.co.uk
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Emma Susans – Marks Insurance Consultants Limited

 

We are forward thinking professional insurance consultants with a reputation for providing a quality personal service.

With more than 20 years experience in protecting the assets of everything from sole traders to large corporate businesses, we can deliver the creative and practical insurance solution your business needs.

Every client receives our wholehearted individual attention and, in an industry monopolised by faceless giants, our independent, bespoke service provides a breath of fresh air, ensuring the cover you want with a premium to match.

Please feel free to give me a call when your insurance is coming due for renewal for a free no obligation insurance review.

t: 0121 272 7800
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Mary Grice – Mary Grice Soft Furnishings

Creating Exquisite Soft Furnishings for Beautiful Homes

If you are looking for a truly bespoke service for your Soft Furnishings, I can help with every aspect of the design, make-up and installation of all styles of window treatment and home accessory.

Whatever your style and starting point, I will work with you to inspire your design, develop ideas and create your Soft Furnishings to perfectly suit you and your home. I offer a free home visit, survey and consultation, and a detailed no-obligation quotation. I will carefully hand-make your curtains, blinds, cushions and accessories using traditional methods and only the finest materials. My installation service will ensure that your finished soft furnishings are professionally fitted and dressed to perfection.

If you have a project in mind, or if you simply want to browse the latest Soft Furnishing fabrics and accessories, or purchase fabrics and trims for your own use, you are more than welcome to visit my workroom in Harlaston. I have over 200 fabric collections on display, from the simplest plain cottons to the most exquisite embroidered silks. I also have pole and finial samples, tiebacks and trims, and roller, Venetian and vertical blind samples on display.

Please telephone or contact me for an initial chat.

t: 01827 38363 m: 07712 783922

w: marygrice.co.uk

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Clare Whalley Meta4 Business Coaching

Coaching you to create your dream start up and business and Make it Happen!

I coach people who want to start up their own business, and grow their existing business, through structured, results-driven coaching packages to help you; identify your ideal clients, packaged products and services and getting your message out to your market in the most cost effective and confident way possible.

Working with a business coach creates motivation, ensures your commitment and accountability, providing you with the confidence and self-belief that is often lost: to get you and your business to where you want to be.

Working with a coach saves you time, energy and effort and gives you longer lasting results; which all help you to make and sustain long term positive changes in your life and business.

Since I completed an NLP course in 2007 and coaching qualifications since, the changes I have experienced and continue to experience have been life and business changing. I was able to leave a corporate career I really disliked and now run a business I always dreamed of, on my terms.

“Coaching has given me a new perspective on my business. I have achieved all I set out to achieve and more; I understand more about my ideal customers and have learned more about how to formulate a strategy that helps me do more of the work I love. In the time I worked with Clare I increased my revenues, won new business and developed a healthier work/life balance. Essentially I now make more money but work less hours. I would recommend working with Clare to anyone who wants to develop an effective, profitable short, medium and long term plan for their business”.
Elaine Pritchard, Caittom Publishing

t: 0121 355 4919 m: 07739 196896

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Sue Newsome – Sexual Confidence

As a qualified Sex and Relationship Therapist I offer support, advice and education to individuals and couples who have a question, concern or struggle with any aspect of their relationship or sex life.

I provide face-to-face sessions in the West Midlands and central London and also by Skype/Zoom.

My approach is to arrange an initial session where we get to meet each other, and I can advise the best way forward. Everything that we discuss is completely confidential and my approach is to provide a non-judgmental space and offer practical suggestions that can make a positive difference.

Some of the key areas of my work include sexual response difficulties, lack of sexual desire, reduced relationship intimacy and low sexual confidence. I also provide support and advocacy for people with physical disability to help them explore their sexual and relationship needs and design and deliver educational events for professionals.

“Sue was entirely non-judgmental but at the same time totally explicit in her advice. She took me sensitively through the theory of everything I wanted to know. The end results are well beyond my expectations. I now feel entirely confident in my relationships with women not only in “knowing what to do” but also in the mutual respect and communication that are so important for any fulfilling relationship.” J in 2017

“I’ve had to see a fair few therapists in my life. Sue is as good as any I’ve seen. Calm, personable, challenging, supportive and empathic. She was quickly able to understand the issues I had and suggests ways to tackle them effectively.” L in 2019

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been having wonderful, liberated, creative, and thoroughly enjoyable sexual experiences this summer – that have involved very relaxed, un-awkward interactions with lovely men – so i just wanted to say thank you for your help and support.” N in 2014

t: 07767 891009

w: suenewsome.com

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Joy Fielding – Shaw Lane Flowers

Fabulous flowers for every occasion.

I am an independent florist and floral designer, passionate about creating beautiful wedding and event flowers especially for you. My aim is to use my expertise and creative flair to ensure your celebration is as stunning and as different as you would like it to be.

I love to work with my clients; discussing ideas, colours, textures and designs, making suggestions on how to achieve that elusive ‘wow’ factor and ensure we interpret your dreams for the perfect day.
Weddings; Creating atmosphere and adding romance.

Special Occasion Flowers; Flowers for Christenings, Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Corporate and Events; Whatever the venue I will provide flowers in the perfect styling

Workshops; Throughout the year for up to 8 people. A fun way to learn about flowers (and wreaths) in a relaxed atmosphere.

Flower Demonstrations for larger groups.

Do have a look at my website for examples of my work.

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Louise Grey Silver Sentiments

Hi. I am Louise and I am passionate about my unique silver jewellery. It is sourced personally from India, Thailand and Bali and we choose stones, shells and pearls and set them in sterling silver settings. Our jewellery is made by skilled silversmiths whose families benefit from our custom.

In addition to our on-line shop we attend fairs, markets, County Shows and charity fund-raisers all around the country and we are happy for our customers to come and visit us at home to choose special items.

Do take a look at our website or get in touch if you have any questions at all. We are able to do talks for small groups, such as WI groups, so do ask if you are interested in us coming to your group.

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Leanne Robinson – Travel Counsellors

I have worked in the travel industry for over 17 years and have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise. I have lots of customers that choose to book with me year after year because they trust me to really understand their needs, with no hard sell, just honest, friendly advice. I will personally look after you, from the start of your enquiry to arriving back home from your wonderful trip.

No enquiry is too big or too small. City breaks, family packages, cruises, tailor made and bespoke itineraries, flight only, UK, ski, weddings and honeymoons, hen and stag do’s, not forgetting corporate travel too. I can help with them all, so let me take the stress and hassle out of your travel plans by doing all the research and booking for you.

I can provide everything your high street travel agent can offer you and so much more. I am totally independent, and I can also use our award winning technology to uniquely package a holiday together at a competitive price just for you. All our holidays are 100% financially protected for total peace of mind. Why risk your cash – book with me and save valuable time while also getting great value for money!

I look forward to hearing from you and turning your dream holiday into a reality!

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Alison Bradley – Authorised Distributor for Utility Warehouse

As a Distributor with the Utility Warehouse Discount Club, I help individuals and businesses to save money on their household and shopping bills. The Utility Warehouse guarantee that you will save money when you switch all your services to them, or they will give you back “Double the Difference”.

As a member of the Utility Warehouse Discount Club, you SAVE…

Single supplier for all your utilities
Award-winning customer service
Value that’s unbeatable
Easy to switch

There is also an opportunity for you to take control of your finances if you can find just a few hours a week. In fact, the business opportunity can help create the life of your dreams, bringing an end to your financial worries and pension concerns.

I am looking for energetic and ambitious people who want to create a better life for themselves and their families.

If that sounds like you, I’d like to introduce you to a fantastic business opportunity that you can work around your other commitments, like your current job or childcare.

No stock to carry, no targets to meet, no set hours – just talk to people about saving money! Collect your own customers and receive commission for each one – every single month! Build a team, and receive commission on their customers too.

For more information and to start saving money on your household or business bills, please contact me.

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Roz Ashton – Viking Vehicle Finance Limited

Our business is helping people find their perfect vehicle whether Cars or Commercials, new or used, Business or Personal, all to suit their financial budget. We have over 45 years’ experience within the industry, having previously owned a large dealership together with a leasing company handling 20,000 vehicles. We now specialise on making it a stress free experience for our customers.

We pride ourselves in our Customer Service, not only do we find your vehicle but sort out finding the best price on your part exchange, we take care of your admin on private plates, when it comes to number transfers. Booking in your Services, MOT’s, using our network of dealer groups, passing on the savings to you. We can assist with accidents & insurances quotes in recommending the best product for your needs. We find you a vehicle from throughout the UK rather than from a choice of three from a forecourt! We organise everything, taking the stress out of buying a vehicle.

If you have a financial agreement currently in place and want to change your vehicle early let us have a look at the settlement for you.

All you have to do is tell us the specification of the car you want, your monthly budget and any part exchange information. We will then advise you where possible of any models to avoid etc as we want you to return your car in exchange for your next one.

There is no pressure sales as we have no sales targets to meet, the company has been built by referral business.

t: 01543 466544 m: 07975 944197
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Caroline Bateman – Vixen Print

Vixen Print is a family run print and design business. We are based in the lovely town of Coleshill. We provide print and design for the whole of the Midlands. We currently have a partnership with Printing.com and items are available to order on-line through our website.

If you can’t see what you want in our on-line shop, feel free to email or drop us a line and we will be happy to help with a more personal service for those bespoke items.

Some of our more popular printed products include: business cards, brochures, booklets, flyers, leaflets, invitations, orders of service, labels, letterheads, reports, postcards, and presentation folders.

We don’t just print on paper, we also print on a wide range of display and promotional products.

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Bryony Halsted – White Bryony Designs

Bryony is a designer and illustrator. Her specialism is hand drawn, textural illustrations. Commission her to create artwork for use as surface pattern, info graphics and publications. Artwork is also available for licensing in different sectors. As well as commercial projects, Bryony is also capable of delivering personalised and bespoke wall art for private clients.

With over 20 years’ experience she can skilfully bring your project to life with high end illustrations which are as unique as your business. With a sound knowledge of Adobe software (Photoshop and Illustrator) and flexible approach when working to a specific client’s brief, she can work with both traditional and digital media.

‘Bryony is a versatile and creative illustrator, efficient and easy to work with. At the University of Birmingham, she worked on a wide range of book illustration and interpretation projects, both academic and aimed at a wider audience, with excellent results.’ S Buteux. MPhil MIfA FSA (Former Director of Birmingham Archaeology)

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