Date: 18th May 2021
DKE Virtual Mentoring Day – June 2021
- Thursday 17th June, 1-hour appointments available 9am-4.30pm
- Registration Deadline: Wednesday 9th June
- Book your place: Click Here
The DKE Virtual Mentoring Day returns on Thursday 17th June. The event is organised by the Digital Knowledge Exchange and is a one-day opportunity to receive expert one-to-one consultations on the digital challenges faced by your business.
In this article, you will be able to read more about the mentors who are providing support to businesses on the day. They share our passion for encouraging businesses to do more with digital technology to drive productivity, competitiveness and ultimately business growth.
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.
Co-Founder and Director Connor Hewson is an experienced operations manager and driven sales and marketing professional. Working in sales for FTSE 100 companies such as British Telecoms. He has also worked in Social Media Marketing for a number of small businesses locally and has also previously managed effective marketing campaigns for businesses in the Private Healthcare Sector. Specialising in Pay-Per-Click Advertising (PPC)
Co-Founder and Director Jack Story is an outgoing and motivated marketing professional. He has experience in managing some of the biggest Digital Marketing Campaigns in the UK, from Accurist Watches to Rix Petroleum. He has held several positions with large Digital Marketing agencies in the UK specialising in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) as well as being a proven marketing manager in the e-commerce sector.
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An experienced digital marketing specialist and Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Heather Robinson has over 15 years’ experience developing marketing strategies for businesses large and small.
In 2012, Heather set up ‘Skittish’, a boutique digital marketing consultancy, and the ‘Skittish Academy’, providing digital marketing training. Passionate about helping businesses achieve their goals and making digital marketing accessible to everyone, Heather is well placed to offer superior advice and expertise alongside hands-on, interactive training for business owners and marketing professionals to really get to grips with the fundamentals of search engine optimisation and promoting their business online.
Heather has a first-class degree in Marketing from the University of Leeds, a Certificate in Web Application Development and a first-class MSc in Digital Marketing. Heather is also a published author of several books including ‘Essential Online Advertising’, ‘Search Engine Optimisation: The Basics’, ‘Easy Business Blogging’ and ‘Email Marketing Success’ aimed at small business owners taking on the challenge of promoting themselves.
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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John Burgess is part of the specialist Cloud Accounting team at Sagars and first started using cloud accounting software over 9 years ago, one of the first in the UK. Sagars are a leading accountancy practice in the tech space who are often asked to speak at accountancy conferences.
They regularly support other accountancy practices who are unable to offer the level of expertise within the cloud accounting space. This begins with core products like Xero & QuickBooks, but then leads into the extremely comprehensive (and always growing) AppStack, which can feature products to help with a huge variety of business processes. This can be anything from getting paid more quickly, managing your workload & team, tracking complex stock processes and much, much more.
“We are all technology businesses these days, and embracing automation is the key to staying ahead of (or possibly even keeping up with) your competition. Don’t get left behind.”
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 specialises in SEO, Copy Writing, Content & Social Media. When Louise is not in the office, she loves to be creative with embroidery and painting. Louise also loves to explore new places and drink lots of Yorkshire tea. Fun Fact: Louise is a triplet!
Mary Cousins has worked with over 2000 small and medium-sized businesses to help them adapt to opportunities both in the UK and in international markets.
She delivers one to one advice to help companies identify the best strategies for them. She can work on a short term or part-time basis to move the project forward.
Mary brings enthusiasm and a ‘Can Do’ approach to the project, which helps to create energy and makes it easier to adapt to change. Key areas of interest are innovation, international sales & marketing, change management, and technology adoption.
Mary works with Digital Advantage and sits on the panel of Spark Fund for innovation North Yorkshire. She also works closely with DiT providing international communications advice for SMEs across Yorkshire and East Midlands. Discover more about strategies for international marketing at Lloyd International Communications Ltd.
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.
Nick started in his Financial Services career straight after graduating from University, in a research and analysis capacity and quickly became interested in the advice side.
After a number of years in the analysis role, he took a change of direction to work in the family business where he learnt a lot of the additional skills now used in today’s client-facing advice role.
Since returning to the Financial Services world he has worked with numerous individuals – both Employees and Business Owners. By using a combination of expert knowledge, cash flow modelling, risk profiling, and various other software; he is able to help guide clients on a journey towards a financially secure future in the most tax-efficient way possible.
Nick specialises in helping people starting out on their journey (at whatever age that may be) and with nearly two-thirds of UK adults saying that stress over money has affected the mental health of someone they know (moneyadviceservice.org.uk) he has a particular interest in the link between finances and wellbeing.
Nigel is an experienced multi-channel marketer with over thirty years’ experience in combining the best of marketing with the best of technology to drive improved business performance.
As a result of using LinkedIn successfully since 2007 to drive engagement and new business for many clients, Nigel formed Value Exchange Ltd in 2013 specifically to train others on how to repeat the same success.
As founder and principal consultant, he is a regular trainer, entertaining speaker and engaging presenter on the subject of LinkedIn. Nigel provides a strategy and practical advice to enable individuals and businesses the ability to improve their personal brand and their lead generation process.
A start-up specialist himself, having established over 30 businesses in his career, Nigel has worked with a wide variety of clients, from one-man businesses through to FTSE 100 companies, universities, charities and central Government, mostly in the UK, but also sometimes internationally.
You can get to know a lot more about Nigel from his current activity on LinkedIn!
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.
If you are unsure of your registration status 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.