Meet some of our inspirational Women in Business. If you would like more information about featuring on this page please email Susie on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesley Beattie, Your Organisational Angel
Professional De-Clutterer, Organiser and Home & Office stylist
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all of your “stuff”? Do you find it hard to locate things when you need them and end up wasting time and energy that could be much better used elsewhere? Do you sometimes deliberately stay out of your home because it feels uncomfortable and stressful to be in it? Do you need to sort through and part with certain belongings but just can’t face it on your own for whatever reason? Does your office, home or work, need to feel more supportive of your physical mental and creative well being?
Well, I’m here to help. l I work with individuals who are ready to do exactly this. They just need some help to know where and when to start and how to keep it going; what to keep, what to part with and what needs to be added. I can help see the bigger picture and advise and support to achieve your ideal space.
I can work with you on a 121 basis in your home or office and support you in creating an environment that really works for its intended purpose. A space where you can feel happy, relaxed, creative and in control.
I run fun interactive workshops that give you the tools and the confidence to go back into your own home and tackle any areas that are causing you stress. You leave with an action plan and tips that will enable you to start immediately and re-take control rapidly.
I can also facilitate this for individuals over phone or Skype/Face Time/Zoom.
Where distance is an issue I can work with you on your home/office with Skype/Face Time/Zoom sessions where we incorporate detailed advice, goal setting and accountability to achieve lasting results.
In a corporate environment I can help create office spaces that support the physical and emotional well being of employees through the use of colour, foliage, natural materials and other tools.
Tel. 07927 714123
www.lesleybeattie.com or https://www.facebook.com/lesleybeattieyourorganisationalangel
Keri Carter – Broadway Financial Planning
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER CM Practitioner/Managing Director
Broadway Financial Planning are independent Financial Planners, working for people who need genuine, comprehensive and unbiased Financial Planning advice in order to enable them to achieve their goals in life. The team are based in the charming village of Broadway in the Cotswolds, the firm offers a combination of professional expertise, excellent service and modern technology in a relaxed rural environment, giving a professional yet personal approach that gives peace of mind. Broadway pride themselves on maintaining a happy working environment where the staff are highly-qualified, friendly and understand their clients.
Keri joined BFP in 2002 in a support role but quickly proceeded with achieving the highest level of qualifications available at the time. She achieved CFP accreditation in 2007, served as a branch chairman of the IFP for eight years, National Conference Chairman in 2008 and is on the CISI Discussion Forum for Accredited Firms. Keri was also promoted onto the IFP Board as Director in 2008 serving a term of three years before leaving to start a family. During this time, Keri worked alongside the FSSC helping to develop the paraplanner standards which have since been adopted as a national qualification. She was presented with two awards during her term as Branch Chairman in recognition of her efforts to raise the profile of Financial Planning and is widely recognised as one of the leading Financial Planners in the UK. She was awarded with the inaugural and prestigious CFP Professional of the Year award in October, 2014. Keri has written for many publications including the Guardian, The Times, NS&I Perspectives and will be a key speaker at the 2016 Accredited Firms Conference.
Samantha Collins, Financial Consultant, Newman Langley Financial Consulting Ltd
My name is Samantha Collins and I am an Associate Partner at St. James’s Place Wealth Management. St. James’s Place, with Headquarters based in Cirencester is a FTSE 100 Company.
I personally specialise in investment planning and tax mitigation. Tax affects all of us, but with the correct advice you can utilise your tax benefits to save money into pensions and investments to realise your life’s plan, as well as help future generations.
We offer a full range of services, giving bespoke financial planning to all clients, no matter what your age or life circumstances, personal and corporate. There will undoubtedly be an area of need that I can assist you with, with specialist private advice at no cost, until you take my recommendations.
I am locally based and would welcome the opportunity to have a relaxed informal chat, and look forward to helping you. Please contact me at email@example.com or call: 07799 647181.
All of my advice is guaranteed by St. James’s Place.
The Partner Practice represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website. The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the titles ‘Partner’ and ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.
Joanne du Plessis – Shires Law, Cheltenham
Joanne is an experienced, dedicated and compassionate personal injury solicitor. She exclusively serves people who have suffered physical and psychological harm through road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, occupiers’ liability, Industrial Disease and other forms of negligence. She has a special interest in catastrophic accidents where clients have suffered serious injuries, as well as Clinical Negligence.
Clients often come to Joanne feeling damaged and vulnerable. They are deeply worried both about receiving adequate treatment and care for their injuries and about obtaining compensation for their losses. Joanne will when necessary commence legal action against those responsible for her clients’ injuries, obtaining settlements or proceeding to trial as necessary. She also works closely with top-flight rehabilitation experts to ensure proper treatment of her clients’ injuries. Joanne ensures that her clients are never re-victimized by the legal system.
“She is the one person that you will always want on your side! She is professional, understanding, sympathetic and her excellent skills in building Dad’s case has meant that Dad is in the best possible position to receive fair and just compensation. It is wonderful to have a lawyer that we can 100% trust to look after us. Highly recommended to all.”
Ms R, Gloucestershire
The Barn at Upcote
Situated on a family run farm, The Barn at Upcote has hosted parties, functions and barn dances for the last 40 years. Where flexibility, friendliness and a relaxed but professional atmosphere come together so you can take away memories that will last a lifetime. We aim, to help you create the day of your dreams, whatever the occasion, whether it’s a wedding, special birthday or baby naming ceremony.
Bayley Eyley – Be Vocal
Bayley from Be Vocal offers workshops and private sessions to help people develop more confidence in their voice. From presentations, to tackling the telephone, to being more comfortable when speaking Bayley can help. The voice is often neglected from childhood and people forget that it is a huge asset to our lives and business. You should always be in control of your voice and be able to project comfortably without straining. Bayley looks at your body and voice as a whole and focuses on proven voice exercises that develop dexterity and tone which in turn builds a more confident speaker and quiets nerves.
“If you do not like the sound of your own voice, or if you lack the confidence to speak in public/ give talks then Bayley is the person to contact. I enjoyed a great morning learning exercises, being taught useful information and tools on how to improve your voice/speaking. You definitely feel your confidence growing.” K, Abingdon
Feel free to drop Bayley an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 07766812978
The website address www.be-vocal.co.uk
Vicki Gray – Blumango Creative
Vicki Gray from Blumango Creative works with a small team of specialist graphic designers and web developers. The Blumango portfolio is broad and extensive having worked for large organisations and small businesses throughout the UK. Clients include hotels, high profile individuals, restaurants, skincare and creative professionals. The most crucial part of the job is taking the brief, whether it’s a logo design, brochure, flyer or website. Until she meets you, she is looking at a blank piece of paper, and as she starts to understand your business needs, she can add colour, texture, detail, personality and substance. This is the most important part of any new job, and the blank piece of paper represents an exciting new challenge.
Lauren Jacobs – The Goldilocks Creative
Lauren ‘Goldilocks’ Jacobs is a sought after Creative Director, specialising in website design and re-building, branding, web management, digital marketing, social media and email marketing. Lauren started her career off within the creative industries and has built on a foundation of copywriting and imagery to grow her business. Lauren now works, not only independently, to design, edit and manage business websites but she also works in partnership with OX365 IT Services to provide holistic IT solutions.
OX365 provide a full range of IT services and management packages; everything from cloud based data storage solutions and telecommunications to CRM systems and IT support. Lauren oversees and manages all OX365 digital marketing projects and works with a team of skilled techs and coders to produce top of the range websites, email marketing campaigns and social media strategy. IT services, web management and design can be costly, however OX365 offer packages to suit any budget, tailoring their services to your requirements.
Lauren is happy to work independently or alongside your own marketing team to help ensure your ’shop window’ provides the perfect reflection of you as a business.
Lauren is one of the trustees of APCAM (Assisting Parents of Children Affected by Mental Health) a volunteer led charity offering support to families who have a child or young person with mental health difficulties.
APCAM was originally set up to offer parent support following the diagnosis or referral of a child or young person for mental health treatment; often families are left feeling lost or alone and lacking in information or support. APCAM offers group support for parents and carers in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, it’s aim is to bridge the gap in the mental health ‘waiting list’ by providing counselling and support to children who have yet to access CAMHS treatment or who require additional help and who’s families can not afford to pay for private treatment.
If you have a child or young person suffering from any type of mental health issue contact APCAM who will help and support you, providing guidance and therapy options.
Bex Kelly – Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival
I am a freelance event director with over 20 years’ experience in managing corporate and private events both in the UK and Australia, where I lived for ten glorious years. Having made the leap into going it alone at the beginning of 2019, I have been experimenting with new avenues, including working again with Cheltenham Festivals, managing high end private parties in the Cotswolds, and have found my new role with the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival the most fun and rewarding to date! New motto for this year – surround yourself with people who inspire you and support you.
Ann Phillips – Forever Living
Ann Phillips works alongside a global company called Forever Living Products helping people look good, feel good and who would like to create the lifestyle and income they deserve. Ann has been with Forever since 1997 and has a huge passion for their products and loves helping and seeing people achieve their goals and dreams.
Fiona Self – Designed to Sparkle
Fiona from Designed to Sparkle creates beautiful jewellery for any occasion that needs some added sparkle or shine! Specialising in bridal jewellery, she also can colour matching jewellery to a special outfit or just to create a special gift to you.
She creates stunning bridal jewellery for the modern bride to add a touch of elegance to their big day, and classic stylish pieces of jewellery made in a wide range of crystal and pearl colours. From classic pearls through to vintage inspired crystal and diamante, each piece is handmade in her studio in the beautiful village of Bampton on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Let Fiona add the final sparkle to your day!
“Why do customers choose you above competitors? Because they click with you. That’s what professional photographs do – connect people. In fact, that’s what a business like yours relies on: being noticed, being different.
It’s true: a picture says a thousand words. But for those words to ‘speak’ to people, every marketing image you use must be right. Not the kind featuring serious faces with fake smiles, but natural pictures full of character.
After all, for people to warm to you the moment they see your portrait, or be spellbound by your products, fabulous shots are essential – whether online or in print.
Not sure how to capture the ‘real’ story behind your business? That’s where I come in.
Alison Thompson – The Proof Fairy / ADHD Kids
Alison Thompson helps people write and self-publish books through book coaching/mentoring, proofreading, formatting and cover design. She also offers copywriting, email newsletters and WordPress web design to small business owners and charities.
Alison is also an ADHD parent coach, and has created a unique online parenting programme for parents of children with special needs. She often speaks at conferences about parenting a child with ADHD, and she runs workshops in schools on managing ADHD in the classroom. She is the author of The Boy From Hell: Life with a Child with ADHD.
Do you want to bring your home to life? Vicky Walker of Boxhouse Interiors works personally with you to create a stylish interior unique to you that suits your lifestyle and personality. With an excellent eye for sourcing wonderful fabrics and accessories Vicky can achieve a home that you will love forever. Whether you want a simple pair of curtains or a complete home makeover then Vicky will be there to help you.
Abby White – Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund
Abby is co-founder and voluntary Chief Executive of Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund. The charity’s mission is bringing optimal evidence based life and sight saving care to all children with retinoblastoma – an aggressive eye cancer affecting babies and children under five years old. The most common early sign of eye cancer is a white glow in the child’s pupil, instead of a red-eye reflex. Abby was born with tumours in both eyes. She has an artificial eye and limited vision in her remaining eye that is now failing due to late effects of radiotherapy in infancy. Abby studied geography at university, and her special emphasis on development in sub-Saharan Africa has proven very valuable to establishing a major national eye cancer program in Kenya. Abby co-ordinates the charity’s activities while also assisting individual families around the world. She is keen to network to help raise the charity’s profile and learn from the experience and expertise of others. Abby enjoys creative writing, singing, audio books, sailing, open water swimming and country walks with her guide dog, Annie.