Facebook and Enterprise Nation have joined forces to support women business owners across the UK with the #SheMeansBusiness campaign.
The partnership will deliver training to over 10,000 women across the UK with a dedicated programme of nationwide events and online classes which offer the potential to unlock £45m for the UK economy by the end of 2017.
Enterprise Nation advisers were selected to receive accredited training taken place at Facebook's offices in Dublin. The advisers are:
Alison Battisby founded Avocado Social, having worked in the social media marketing industry since 2008. Alison has been involved in some groundbreaking social media projects for brands including Nokia, Tesco and Pringles as well as a range of UK start-ups and growing enterprises. Alison has been praised for her friendly manner and professional approach, which suits all levels of knowledge and understanding. She has plenty of experience training top UK brands including BBC, John Lewis and Neal's Yard Cosmetics.
With a degree in War Studies, David has been applying the art of strategy to social media for over seven years, designing and implementing social strategies and campaigns for clients including Birmingham City University, Millennium Point and the NHS. He heads up the training department at JC Social Media, designing and delivering bespoke one-to-one training courses that are built around a business’s own needs and objectives. In his spare time he volunteers as the digital engagement advisor to the Campaign For Real Ale, the largest consumer group in Europe, supporting volunteers and ensuring that national campaigns are broadcast through social media to maximum effect.
Janet is a highly regarded social media marketing consultant and trainer with over 10 years of experience in business and enterprise. Her agency, Social Progress, have been nominated for the past two years running in the National UK Blog Awards, under the category of 'Social Media, Marketing, PR & Comms'. Janet and her team support SMEs and larger corporates with social media in-house & 1:1 training, digital audits, set up, strategy and planning, open workshops and management of social media accounts. Janet has also been recognised as one of Enterprise Nation's top 50 UK growth advisers and a competent speaker at business events on social media and enterprise.
As co-founder of TwoBees, Jennifer created The Cube Method(c) to demystify digital media for businesses. She's clocked up more than 3,000 hours of training delivery in digital & social media, is a regular speaker at conferences around the country and committed to passing on her expertise to others.
Jennifer has worked in media and communications for 11 years. From the commercial team at Guardian News & Media to developing educational curriculum and delivering large scale, national social media campaigns; she combines practical experience with training delivery.
Kathy specialises in working with micro, female-owned, start-up and growth businesses on business planning, brand creation, visual communication and engagement marketing. Through her business, LittlePiggy, she works with individuals as a one-to-one business mentor and consultant, and groups of all sizes as a trainer. Having delivered training to organisations such as McDonalds, Specsavers and Unilever in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, Kathy is now engaged as a trainer by a variety of private and public sector organisations, including Enterprise Nation, Barking Enterprise Centre and East London Business Place.
Lauren works for award-winning digital marketing agency Hallam Internet, where she helps organisations to be more successful online.
Her expertise lies in social media advertising and she successfully manages multiple paid social accounts for national companies on a daily basis, in addition to improving their search engine visibility and maximising their paid advertising spend.
Natasha Courtenay-Smith is an entrepreneur, author, digital marketing strategist and publicist, providing consultancy & training as well as fully managed social and digital management. Her clients include celebrities, SMEs, private health care clinics & high profile individuals, and she uses both online & traditional media strategies to increase their visibility and raise their profile.
She is the author of the bestselling book The Million Dollar Blog, published by Piatkus. As a former national newspaper & glossy magazine journalist, and then as owner of her own online press agency, Natasha brings real editorial expertise to her projects, a strong relationships with editors, a keen awareness of how to use the news cycle to generate publicity & knowledge of crisis management.
Natasha’s work includes web design and build, social media strategy, viral content creation, publicity, thought leadership & content strategies.
Will has worked with a variety of global brands including Net A Porter, Samsung, Spotify, Microsoft, Warner Music and Nike Foundation to innovate in social and digital media, something he’s been doing since his days as Editor of MySpace in the noughties.
Through his agency Vandal, he helps brands to connect to audiences in more meaningful ways, and remain relevant in the ever-changing digital landscape. He regularly appears in the media to share his opinions and expertise on technology and culture.
Katie is the founder of social enterprise The Department of Sharing, a social media agency with the community at its heart. She is also the founder of SIX, a not-for-profit initiative that champions young female entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities.
As a journalist and award-winning PR, Katie has worked with familiar brands across the globe, including: Xero, Ann Summers, Weber Shandwick, Kiwibank, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, PhotoBox and NSPCC. She is a business mentor to young entrepreneurs and her pro-bono commitments include advising non-profits on their social, PR and brand strategies.
She has travelled the globe and has lived in New Zealand for the past four years. She is a huge sports fan and loves Jane Austen, Star Wars and epic camping trips.
Minal started Marketing by Minal in March 2016 to help small businesses and start-ups give their marketing more focus. With over 15 years’ experience in marketing, Minal has held marketing roles for UK-based and international companies alike. Her last position gave her the opportunity to get to know 100s of small businesses across the UK and a real passion for helping them achieve great results from marketing was born.
Working with businesses as varied as a wine school to a personal stylist, a telecoms company to an army surplus store and an ecommerce company to a technology start-up, Minal helps business owners to establish marketing processes and practices that build solid foundations for future successes. In the first year of business, Marketing by Minal was selected as one of the Small Business 100 for the Small Business Saturday campaign and Minal was named in the list of 100 women marketers to follow on Twitter. This was quickly followed with becoming a finalist in The Small Awards and FSB London Awards in the digital marketing categories.
Skye Robertson has run the national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, worked in entrepreneurial policy, is on the advisory board of think tank The Entrepreneurs Network. She is currently Head of The Escape School at Escape the City, designing and delivering career change and startup programmes, and has helped thousands of people escape their jobs and start new careers and businesses through Escape the City, Startup Britain, and Young Enterprise.
Her superpowers include: helping people turn ideas into actual businesses, standing out from the crowd without spending a fortune, and hacking online projects together in a very short amount of time.
Luan Wise is a chartered marketer with more than 15 years’ experience in agency, client-side and consultancy roles. She has worked across a variety of sectors including office supplies, postal services, recruitment, higher education and professional services – for household names such as Royal Mail, Hilton and University of Cambridge to the kinds of companies that are big in their field but unknown to the wider world.
Alongside running her consultancy business, Luan is a regular event speaker and course instructor for Lynda.com, the online learning platform owned by LinkedIn. She is author of the award-winning book ‘Relax! It’s Only Social Media’.
Miranda Bishop at Talking Social Media Ltd trains and consults for business-to-consumer and business-to-business markets and platforms, with sole-traders, right through to PLCs operating globally. A regular speaker at conferences, panels, design events, launch parties and a host of networking events and seminars, Miranda's talks are always laced with ruthless pragmatism and practical advice.
Cardiff-based Miranda has advised across the education sector, being a regular consultant and trainer for Welsh exam board WJEC, The British Library as well as the Joint Council for Qualifications. In the private sector, Miranda works with luxury brands and Royal Warrant holders putting together seasonal digital communication plans and implementation. She also works internationally, in Portugal for a month in 2016 and in Cambodia in 2017. On the side, she runs Re:Program, a network for Women in Technology and sits on the board of Full Circle Education, a social enterprise promoting the potential of children and young people.
Natalie Sherman has worked in the social media industry since 2011 and begun Naturally Social having worked as a social media manager in Local Government. An awards finalist and member of the 2017 Small Biz 100, she is a passionate practitioner with extensive experience in building online communities, managing multiple channel strategies and delivering training to a variety of sectors.
Inspired by purpose before profit she is committed to helping individuals, organisations and businesses make sense of the digital landscape and use it effectively.
Kristian specialises in giving businesses the knowledge and skills they need to execute effective social media marketing strategies, creating easy to understand action plans and training the key personnel in the business how to implement them.
Kristian delivers keynote speeches, group workshops and one to one masterclasses on specific social media and marketing disciplines. Whilst practising what he teaches by managing the digital marketing of a select group of businesses in a range of different industries.
Katherine George is the founder of the multi-award winning, international social media agency Oh So Social, which provides comprehensive social media management, training and mentoring services. After experiencing ill health, at just 21 years old she was told she may never work again. Proving the doctors wrong, Katherine battled through to create the success she’s had to date.
Both Katherine and Oh So Social have won a string of awards and worked with a number of prestigious accounts including The Queen’s Birthday Book and the global success that is The Man Engine project. Prior to founding Oh So Social, Katherine managed social media campaigns for the award winning Spanish Riding School of Vienna, the Dancing on Ice Live Tour and members of Team GB.
Jennifer Corcoran - Croydon
Jennifer founded My Super Connector in 2017 following 20+ years’ experience in strengthening networks and connections across multiple organisations. Originally from Dublin, Jennifer spent 11 years as an Executive Assistant at Crédit Agricole CIB, following over a decade travelling the world and performing the role of PA and EA in Australia, Ireland and the UK.
Today, Jennifer who counts CV Magazines’ Social Media Consultant of the Year – South England and a Rising Star from WeAreTheCity amongst her lengthy list of accolades, is a woman in demand due to her natural talent for authentically propelling clients into their target market’s consciousness through a combined social media, blog and offline strategy. With a career built and spent in the corporate world, Jennifer is now committed to helping others to flourish on their own business terms. Jennifer was an expert advisor at Enterprise Nation’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs and StartUp 2018.
Laura Brown is a freelance writer and runs her own PR consultancy, specialising in digital communications. She works with a range of brands in the arts, technology and retail, managing all aspects of communications from strategy to delivery. Laura works extensively with startups and new entrepreneurs as both an Awesome trustee and through business development programmes helping people understand social media, how it works and to demystify the process.
Amanda Dixon is an award winning, established social media marketing consultant in the North East of England, having trained 1000's of SME's in the use of Social Media for marketing their businesses since 2010.
Amanda teaches Social Media marketing through a series of workshops and 121 bespoke in-house training on all aspects of social media from beginners to advanced, she also supports client's with Social Media Management and is the Social Media Speciailist for North Tyneside Council at The Business Factory in North Tyneside, working with both start-up and existing North Tyneside Businesses to help them raise their online presence. Amanda is also the regional branch chair and national chair of the National Women's Network.
Jen Co-founded the Business Sorority UK, a subscription based network for young women in business. With an emphasis on personal and professional development, the Sorority aims to upskill talented, ambitious individuals while forming a peer group of inspirational women who champion each other's success. This approach of collaboration, not competition, has created a strong community with core values of trust and empowerment, where friendships are formed and members are committed to bringing out the best in themselves and those in the membership group.
Jen's background in professional services has seen her work in recruitment, events, and even finance. This experience has allowed her to successfully channel the vision and ethos of the Business Sorority into a robust marketing strategy that engages with members, builds a community of like-minded women, and advocates equality and gender parity, all with a healthy dose of wit and fun. Her passion has always been in helping others unlock their true potential, and her mission is to bring incredible women together to do just that.