Alongside my freelance communications work, I support people who are starting their own businesses and advise organisations that encourage enterprise.
This ranges from one-to-one coaching and mentoring right through to the design and delivery of new workshops, networks and funding initiatives.
Some examples can be found at the bottom of this page.
“I’m clearer on the steps I need to take to get started now. The session has really boosted my confidence.”
– University of Southampton student, February 2020
I’m proud to combine theory and practice in this work – bringing together 15 years of enterprise education experience and the lessons from my own self-employment journey to help people create sustainable and enjoyable businesses.
My current focus is helping fellow freelancers get started and navigate some of the common pitfalls of the first year. I’m running a high-impact Freelance Boot Camp for a number of UK universities – plus a follow-up workshop all about managing your money.
If you’re an education or community leader looking to help your students, graduates and neighbours develop their business and enterprise skills, I’d be keen to talk to you about how I can help.
My enterprise education experience includes:
Workshops and boot camps
I have organised and delivered a variety of workshops to support people who are starting their own businesses. In 2015, I worked with a new education provider to design an enterprise summer school that was judged ‘outstanding’ during a British Accreditation Council audit.
Support groups and networks
As Entrepreneur-in-residence at Solent University, I developed a support network for graduates running their own businesses. This grew into an online and offline community of Solent alumni running startups all over the UK. (Read my reflections on this work.)
I mentored a number of new business owners as part of a National Lottery and European Union-funded scheme to help people find routes into self-employment. Many of the participants went on to create successful enterprises.
I ran a business funding programme at Solent University and worked with applicants as they refined their plans, prepared to pitch and then, crucially, crowdfunded a proportion of the money. This work helped to propel the University into the top 10 in the country for graduate startups.
I have advised several careers teams on the structure and content of their enterprise programmes and helped them to improve the way they engage their students.
Student enterprise societies
I have sat on advisory boards for a number of student societies, including entrepreneurship clubs and teams running social impact projects.
Schools and colleges
Early in my career, I established a link between a university and a national enterprise initiative, which subsequently saw a number of undergraduate students volunteering in local schools.
Do get in touch if I can be of any assistance with your enterprise activities.