Date: 9th July 2021
DKE Virtual Mentoring Day – August 2021
- Thursday 5th August, 1-hour appointments available 9am-4.30pm
- Registration Deadline: Monday 26th July
- To book your place: Click Here
The DKE Virtual Mentoring Day returns on Thursday 5th August. The event is organised by the Digital Knowledge Exchange and is an opportunity to receive expert one-to-one advice on all things digital for your business.
In this article, you will be able to read more about the mentors who are providing support on the day. They share our passion for encouraging businesses to do more with digital technology to build resilience, boost productivity, seize opportunities and ultimately drive business growth.
“Really positive experience, it’s great to be able to talk one to one to someone with a depth of knowledge who helps you immediately in the areas you need help” – Dermot Butler
“I have attended two of the DKE Virtual Mentoring Days and they are excellent. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly whilst being extremely informative. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it! – Joan Webb, JW Design
“The DKE Mentoring Days are always excellent and offer high quality mentors who are willing to share their expertise with you and help your business grow.” – Debra Samuel
“The Virtual Mentoring Day was very helpful and I was extremely happy that I was able to speak to my ‘first choice mentor’. The advice has been extremely useful and we will be implementing the suggestions straight away.” – Nicole Szekeres Fusion Products Co Ltd
Meet the Mentors
Andrew Clayton helps businesses move online with business-focused websites that get results for their clients. Andrew’s background, however, is in building networks and financial systems for business up to and including Airlines, Chemical companies and Hotel chains. Before launching Visible Thoughts Andrew was ‘building the bits of the internet that the internet is built on’, so he can bring a lot of in-depth knowledge to the table that many businesses would not usually have access to.
With experience in finance too, Andrew looks at a project from the business side, which gives a pretty unique view with both a technology and business head. Helping a business go from concept, through branding, design and then taking it all online using proven business principles and concepts is what he is passionate about. Many of Andrew’s projects involve integrating a company’s website into their business model to ensure that they become more efficient while moving their business online. With experience in all sizes of business, Andrew loves nothing more than helping business owners better understand the opportunities technologies offer for them.
As Co-founder of creative consultancy agency, Jensen & Jensen, Bradley has a highly integrated role in the running and expansion of the company. His main areas of expertise lay within top-level client management and cross-functional management of project delivery including managing creative teams to deliver against commercial and brand objectives.
Bradley spent the last 5 years breaking ground across the UK with a number of prestigious brands on various high-profile campaigns. From being named O2’s Digital Leader of the Year in 2017, consulting on Nike’s Nothing Beats a Londoner Campaign in 2018 and jointly winning the ‘Ones to Watch’ award at Leeds Digital Festival in 2019 with his brother Myles, his experience is nothing short of colourful.
Clare is an experienced Operations Director with 16 years’ experience managing technology-led businesses. For the last 10 years, she has been managing an award-winning software house. In this time, she grew the business from 12 to 23 people, launched multiple SaaS products and led the company to achieve Microsoft Gold certification, an accreditation awarded to only the top 1% of Microsoft Partners worldwide.
With a wealth of experience in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams, she has delivered over 100 commercially strategic and complex online solutions. This includes e-commerce, inventory management, marketing platforms, white label solutions, web product merchandising, content management, employee incentive schemes and e-learning. Focussed on driving growth opportunities for her customers, she has always been at the coal face of analysing complex business ideas.
Assured Marketing Co-Founder & Director Connor Hewson is an experienced marketing strategist. Having worked on in-house marketing teams with larger businesses, he now supports UK SMEs with their digital marketing strategy through his agency. His main focus areas are Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Paid Digital Advertising and Marketing Strategy.
His experience from the last 5 years has been in developing omnichannel marketing solutions for business that encompass many of the focus areas above and using his skills and experience as a marketer has been able to head up a number of successful campaigns, driving brand awareness and increasing sales for the companies which he has worked for.
Having now established his own digital agency, he is focusing on helping smaller businesses with all aspects of their marketing by offering services and support to them without requiring the larger retainer budgets of other full-service agencies.
Fellow Assured Marketing founder and director Jack Story brings a wealth of digital marketing experience with him. Working for the last 4 years at some of the major digital marketing agencies in the UK he has been responsible for leading ground-breaking Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) projects on behalf of large enterprise clients. Taking his experience from working with some of the larger digital marketing agencies he co-founded Assured Marketing as a way of being able to offer high-level marketing packages to UK SMEs, many of which often struggle to undertake this complex work in-house.
Jackie Black director and virtual communication skills consultant, set up her company: Digital Business Communication Ltd in November 2014 with the aim of highlighting the need for greater digital competence, especially among Generation X. She has, for a long time, been passionate about promoting how important it is to be digitally fluent in today’s high-tech world and has been delivering training programmes on working virtually for the last 6 or 7 years.
Jackie mainly delivers workshops and webinars online but also works with teams or individuals on site. Most recently she worked with Sales teams and Food Scientists from a leading international FMCG company in Hungary. She worked with them to improve their online presentations and conference calling skills.
The current Covid-19 situation has meant that many people have been forced to embrace some form of virtual communication, whether it be a family Zoom catch up or a Skype business meeting. Remote working has quickly become the norm, but sadly not everyone has the skills or practical knowledge to work as effectively as they could. Jackie offers customised training in virtual presentation skills, video conferencing and virtual team management. Training can be delivered either face-to-face or online using platforms such as Zoom, MS Teams, or Skype according to client needs.
James is a technology company founder with a focus on ubiquitous computing, personalisation, semantics and digital ethics. James is passionate about the study of how people interact with computers with a goal to build the future.
From 2007–2011 thousands of teenagers learnt to code with James’ software ‘DS Game Maker’. After working for PlayStation R&D and Beamery, James joined Entrepreneur First’s 10th cohort and kicked off his formal career in entrepreneurship. James has helped two-person startups and companies the size of Arcadia Group get to where they need to be.
In 2019, James co-founded Sticky (sticky.to): “As CEO my mission is to build the future by transforming discovery and disrupting retail… with stickers.”
Janet is a highly regarded social media marketing trainer, speaker and consultant.
One of only 25 Accredited Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Trainers in the UK and works with Facebook through Enterprise Nation. Janet is a certified Facebook Blueprint Digital Marketing Associate and a badged Facebook Trainer for Facebook Blueprint.
Recognised as one of Enterprise Nation’s top 50 UK Growth Advisers in 2015 and has over 15 years’ experience in business and enterprise support.
Janet & her team support SMEs and larger corporates with social media marketing, strategy and planning, social advertising campaigns, social media management, in-house and open social media workshops, 1:1 social media training, social media onboarding and digital reviews.
Social Progress were Regional Finalists for the Chamber Awards in November 2017 in the category of ‘Best Use Of Social Media’ and finalists at the National UK Blog Awards in 2016 & 2017, under the category of ‘Social Media, Marketing, PR & Comms’.
Jeff has worked in telecoms since April 1995 and over the following years has amassed a significant amount of experience advising both small organisations and large companies on how best to plan, implement and operate their telecoms.
Jeff will ask questions not only about what the immediate requirements are, but also what may be required in the three to five-year window following the installation of a new system.
The technology of a telephone system is currently going through a huge change as cloud technology takes over from Digital ISDN, Jeff can discuss the options and advise as best he can as to the most effective way forward.
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Judy Parsons, The LinkedIn Lady is an independent LinkedIn trainer, coach and mentor, Judy works with business owners and sales teams to unlock LinkedIn’s potential, so they Get Found, Get Noticed and Get Clients on LinkedIn.
As a business to business (B2B) marketer, LinkedIn really resonates with Judy. She spent over a decade working in IT and Telecoms generating leads for the sales teams. She is now passionate about de-mystifying LinkedIn to ensure her clients make the most of the time they spend on LinkedIn, closing the gap between ‘just being on LinkedIn’ and making LinkedIn work effectively as a tool for generating inbound enquiries.
Marco specialises in helping SMEs rank at the top of Google. Specialist Skills: SEO, web design and digital strategy. Green Gecko Digital are the #1 organic result on Google for SEO in Leeds – they practice what they preach. When Marco isn’t at Green Gecko, he loves flying and holds a private pilot license. Fun Fact: Marco created an e-commerce business when he was 14 that generated over £15,000 in revenue.
Louise is an SEO Specialist at Green Gecko Digital, helping businesses grow and get found by ranking high in search engine results. With a strong background in digital marketing, Louise uses technical and creative skills to drive valuable, organic traffic to business’ websites. She is proud to be a part of one of the few SEO agencies to practise what they preach, ranking for hundreds of keywords across Leeds and Yorkshire.
Ben is an SEO & PPC executive at Green Gecko Digital – a digital marketing agency based in Leeds. If you’re looking for help regarding your organic rankings on Google or perhaps thinking of running/improving an existing Google Ads campaign, then Ben is more than happy to help!
Merewyn works with small businesses on their marketing strategy through coaching, consultation and training. Often referred to as ‘virtual marketing department’, helping businesses to do what they do best. Merewyn is an Area Leader for the Federation of Small Businesses, Founder of the HD8 Network, Trustee at the Friends of CHaT Parks, Director of Clayton West Community Hub and at the heart of everything she does is Sayers Solutions.
Rachel’s social media career was somewhat unexpected and began back in 2008 when she decided to take her first business online.
With a background in advertising, marketing, sales and having been a shareholding director in a Leeds based ad agency, Rachel still found the whole “online” transition a challenge. At the same time, she also found it truly fascinating and very quickly became totally engrossed with what businesses could achieve without having to pay agency prices!
Fast forward to today, Rachel not only trains businesses how to use Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter effectively, she also helps with the management of social media accounts, conducts social media audits, builds websites, helps with lead generation, general marketing and trains on the likes of blogging, automation, Mailchimp, content creation and strategy too.
Rachel does all of this through various methods including live group workshops, private 1-2-1’s in person or via Zoom, in-house group or team training, online video courses, private Facebook groups and speaks at public events.
Rachel’s main focus has always been to help businesses across the UK demystify and use social media effectively to help increase their visibility, sales and profits in a non-jargon, friendly, approachable and affordable way. Find more information about Rachel Moore Social Media here.
To take part in the DKE Virtual Mentoring Day, your business will need to be registered to the Digital Knowledge Exchange.
To register please call 0113 426 0535 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is free of charge to Leeds city region businesses. Businesses must have been registered from March 2020. Businesses with less than 12h business support received will be prioritised for appointments.