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We hired Rachael to help promote a technology conference with very short time scales. We only had one month to attract as many delegates as possible to the event. I rang Rachael in a bit of a panic and she quickly put me at ease. Rachael is extremely well-connected and is plugged into all of the local business forums and networks, as well as having a formidable social media presence. Rachael leveraged this network and was able to get the word out extremely quickly. Rachael tirelessly attended all of the appropriate networks, many in an evening, armed with flyers, along with what seemed a constant presence on Twitter whether that was promoting the various elements of our event along with retweeting all of my social media content to reach a wider audience. Rachael also attended both days of the event and assisted with ‘live tweeting’ throughout the days to continue to tell the story and attract more delegates. See the Storify to see some of her work. Having come from a business development background myself; I know how difficult it can be to build and maintain relationships therefore the size of her network is a testament to her professionalism and hard work – I couldn’t recommend her services enough.
Michelle Veasey Digital Innovation Calderdale Programme Manager - Calderdale Council
Rachael has helped us achieve funding for three projects in the last eighteen months totalling more than £40,000, this funding has ensured that Kavia has grown as a company quicker than we had planned. Personally we find Rachael to be pleasant, polite, knowledgeable and helpful nothing seems too much trouble for her and she is always quick to respond to any queries. It has been a pleasure working with her and we wish her all the success she deserves in her future endeavours.
Harvey Spence Managing Director - Kavia Moulded Products Ltd
Rachael’s professional and approachable manner leads to her understanding her clients needs quickly. Once we had identified the key issue that would allow the company achieve sales growth Rachael offered a number of solid, swift and clean solutions that could be implemented quickly and offered further help to ensure these skills were enhanced over a period of time. Since this time we have recruited an additional four members of staff and are in the process of recruiting a further two.
Rachael is both proactive on behalf of her clients and has a strong attention to detail in providing the right solutions.
Liz Boardall Armitage Sykes
At Made in the Valley we have been the lucky recipients of Rachael Thurlbeck’s help, advice and encouragement for the last year. She has delivered her support with 100% commitment to us and to our business idea, helping us to set goals and targets and keep to them, and helping us to gain confidence in ourselves. Her enthusiasm and energy is infectious and after we’ve had a meeting with Rachael we always come away feeling a renewed sense of purpose. Rachael has always responded to our phone calls and emails very promptly and positively and is very professional in her approach, at the same time as being friendly and approachable. In addition to being excellent at morale boosting she has been a source of valuable ideas and information, for instance introducing us to the concept of sponsorship. She has helped us in practical ways, casting her expert eye over official documents and so on. Without her professional advice we would not have known how to go about accessing the Calderdale Business Growth grant funding. Rachael has thoroughly earned the trust and respect that we have for her. We have no hesitation in recommending Rachael as a first class business advisor and coach and wish her well in her future work.
Made in the Valley Co-Working Initiative
Rachael has been my Business coach for a number of years and I always look forward to seeing her. Her enthusiasm and positivity is always a welcome boost particularly when she comes armed with all the facts and contacts to help move my business forward. As a result of working with Rachael I have received a small innovation grant and been able to source good local suppliers which are now a valued part of my extended team.
Carolyn Pearson Managing Director - Maiden Voyage
Crompton Mouldings have worked specifically with Rachael over the past year on realising growth initiatives. During that period can say without doubt that her in depth knowledge of business and expertise in identifying the key problems and causes have helped our business grow considerably. In addition her enthusiasm and energy proves to be motivational for all of the team.
John Bradley Managing Director - Crompton Mouldings