Our Recommended Suppliers

Our recommended suppliers

We’re often asked for recommendations for various services or products. As we have a wide range of clients we’d love to recommend we thought we’d collate this all into a blog to share with the wider world!

Our clients are amazing people so why wouldn’t we want to shout about how great they are?! So here it is – these are all people we know, like and trust (obviously!), we know you’ll be in safe hands with them.

 

Beauty, Health & Medical

 

Strawbrook Ltd – Karen Chester

Brookside Aesthetic Clinic A specialist Skin, Beauty and Laser Clinic located in a remote peaceful area of Chelmsford Essex .

Web: www.brookside-aesthetics.com | Email: Karenchester71@gmail.com | Tel: 01245 363889

We provide non surgical cosmetic, cosmetic surgical, medical & beauty treatments using state of the art medical grade products, and active skin care. Every treatment is customised to your specific needs to help reach your goals effectively.

We are committed to providing excellence in results with the highest standard of care and safety, while delivering a personalised service to ensure the satisfaction of your desired goals. Our highly professional and qualified staff, advanced technology, and comforting atmosphere makes Brookside Aesthetic Clinic the best choice for your treatment needs. We are committed to helping you look’ and feel great.

 

 

The Orchid Practice Ltd. – Marissa Webb

The Chance to Flourish – Children’s Therapies: Speech and Language and Art Therapy

Web: theorchidpractice.co.uk | Email: marissa@theorchidpractice.co.uk | Tel: 07725954685 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

 

We provide speech and language therapy for children and young people with a wide range of communication difficulties and our holistic approach is fundamental to our intervention.

We offer a range of affordable speech and language services and and bespoke intervention tailored to meet your needs including individual and group therapy as well as training for parents and educational staff across Hertfordshire and Essex and online therapy through Secure Teletherapy with MyTherapyTracker.

At The Orchid Practice we believe in the value of each individual, and therefore our person-centered approach is fundamental to our practice. We believe that the right support and the right environment gives individuals the chance to flourish.

 

 

Dementia Adventure – Kath Vale

Thinking Differently About Dementia

Web: www.dementiaadventure.co.uk | Email: marketing@dementiaadventure.co.uk | Tel: 01245237548 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube

In the UK there are 850,000 people living with some form of dementia. With an ageing population, numbers are set to rise to 1.6 million by 2040. In fact, someone develops dementia every three minutes.

Dementia is the only cause of death in the UK top ten without a cure.

Whilst we wait and hope, much can be done right now to care for, and enable people living with dementia to live healthier, more active and enjoyable lives and bring emotional, social and physical benefits to families affected by dementia. This is the challenge ahead of us as a society and it is why Dementia Adventure exists.

Exercise, fresh air and stimulation can help people retain their skills and interests for longer, improve wellbeing and have a positive impact on the lives of people with dementia and their carers/families. Once diagnosed, people with dementia are at risk of being indoors too much of the time resulting in an unnecessary decline in their physical, emotional and social well-being.

With the right support, we believe that people living with dementia can continue to do the things they have always enjoyed: get outdoors, remain active, keep connected to friends, family and their community and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

Dementia Adventure is a multi-award winning charity based in Essex but working nationally.

Our work, and its impact on improving the quality of life for people living with dementia has been recognised with a succession of awards including: The Silver i-Award for Innovation (2018) and the International Dementia Excellence Award (2012).

Dementia Adventure provides a range of services – all with nature in mind: Fully supported dementia holidays, short breaks and outings – Dementia Adventure specialises in designing and delivering, fully supported, small-group experiences for people with dementia and their carers.

Our model enables the person with dementia and their partner, family member or friend to enjoy a residential holiday or short break, day trip or outdoor experience together with the support of trained staff and volunteers.

Dementia Skills Sessions for people caring for, or supporting somebody with dementia – Attendees can connect with experienced dementia trainers, learn more about dementia and receive practical tips to help them in their supportive role. We cover a range of topics, based on a key building block in our training programme – Thinking Differently About Dementia.

Training & support for organisations – Often professionals are risk averse when it comes to enabling people with dementia to access the outdoors. Our team of experienced trainers deliver a range of tailored dementia training and support.

Our aim is to upskill staff and volunteers that already support people living with dementia, help create inclusive and accessible services across an organisation or support to set up a nature-based programme specifically for people living with dementia in the local community.

We also want to extend our benefit by raising awareness of the physical, social and emotional benefits of outdoor activities and engagement with nature for people living with dementia and inspiring individuals and organisations to take action to shape and influence their local community.

 

Building/Construction/Trades

 

 

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3D Oak Ltd – Darren DackDarren Dack

(Oak Framed Buildings, Garden Furniture and Joinery)

 

Web: www.3doak.co.uk | Email: darren@3doak.co.uk | Tel: 07852 335999 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Houzz

We are a friendly timber oak frame supplier based in the heart of Essex. After 34 years in joinery manufacturing Darren has turned his direction to what has become a passion (sustainable PEFC certified oak products) ranging from standard cart lodges, porches, pergolas, gazebos and garden rooms to specialising in bespoke design.

We totally understand that the key to success is having happy clients. Your experience as our client will determine whether or not you are happy to recommend us to friends, family and colleagues.

 

Technology & Software

 

Alex SeleskaThe Altitude Agency Ltd – Alex Seleska

Web: www.thealtitudeagency.com | Email: alex@thealtitudeagency.com | Tel: 0203 3150 0565 | Social: Twitter

 

We help businesses create successful digital projects. From the development of a simple app idea all the way to full digital restructures. We help start ups and established businesses generate viable digital assets and improve their income and overall business practices.

 

 

Dragonfire – Alex Seleska

Your Digital Architects – Digital development and IT

Web: dragonfiremarketing.com | Email: alex@dragonfiremarketing.com | Tel: 01376 44 00 23 | Socials: Facebook

 

Dragonfire specalises in the development, planning and success-building of all manner of IT and digital products. Working with our sister company Sentient IT we can cover everything from simple office IT support all the way up to the development of apps, websites, CRM systems and platforms.

 

 

 

MyTherapyTracker Ltd. – Marissa Webb

For Therapists, By Therapists

Web: mytherapytracker.com | Email: Marissa@mytherapytracker.com | Tel: 07725954685 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

MyTherapyTracker is a web-based electronic patient record software which was designed by speech and language therapists for therapists of all disciplines.

This is a complete therapy management solution which is clean and simple and includes all the important features to make patient data management efficient and secure including 2-way video sharing via ClientView Portal as well as secure integrated video-conferencing software. MyTherapyTracker can be personalised for all therapeutic disciplines and tailored to your branding and specific features businesses or educational settings.

 

Advertising & Marketing

 

GAS Brand Studio – Gail Hoban & Steve Goodwin

We help businesses and organisations talk easily to communities.

Web: www.gasstudio.co.uk | Email: hello@gasstudio.co.uk | Tel: 01799 615088 | Socials: Instagram, LinkedIn

We love to work with businesses and organisations that care about their community like Cheryl. We are proud that we have been a part of the Pink Pig Financials brand, having designed the identity and worked with Cheryl for nearly 4 years.

Using our research, design and messaging expertise, we help our clients to spark curiosity in new audiences, to keep loyal fans and make good change a priority.

Our clients bring positivity to their communities; we help distill their best bits, through full of life branding, print and digital projects. We love to share good news for businesses, products and organisations who want to support those around them through sports and outdoor groups, learning, arts and community spaces.

Our small size means you get a friendly team with direct responsibility for looking after your project. Together we build committed partnerships, with practical planning and questioning at the heart of what we do. From bigger picture goals, to the tiny typographic and delivery details that make communications pop.

 

Wendy Jennings Creative – Wendy Jennings

The Clever Copywriter

Web: www.wendyjenningscreative.co.uk | Email: hello@wendyjenningscreative.co.uk | Tel: 07970183487 | Socials: Facebook

Hi, I’m Wendy from Wendy Jennings Creative and I just wanted to take a minute to give you a brief introduction to my business.

So, what do I do? I offer your business a time-saving professional solution to your copywriting and creative needs. From impactful business card straplines, through to fully SEO’d websites and everything in between, I’m here to provide you with compelling, error-free, content and clarity in your marketing.

How do I do it? I take the time to fully understand and appreciate your core business, I have a natural knack for being a ‘brand sponge’ so I take on the tone and personality of your business to help you communicate more effectively with your target audience.

I can help you accomplish your commercial objectives to help you grow your business through the power of words.

I’m the creator of persuasive copy, an expert proofreader and copyeditor.

But why work with me? Well, I’ve racked up over 25 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s biggest brands in both commercial and agency settings. As a freelance copywriter, I like to think that I’m easy to work with. I have great long-standing relationships with my clients who are a combination of start-ups, SMEs and big brands. I also work with other creative agencies who white label my services.

I’m incredibly proud of my long list of very happy clients who return to me time and time again and for the purpose of making this video, I asked some of them to describe me and this is what they came up with:

Professional, imaginative, amazing, creative, supportive, fun, bright, quick, reliable, savvy, insightful, real, unique – a god send and all round fabulous person that everyone needs in their lives! And that made me smile!

So that’s me – Wendy Jennings from Wendy Jennings Creative!

 

Activ – Lisa Smith

Web Design, SEO, Graphic Design

Web: www.activwebdesignessex.co.uk | Email: lisa@activwebdesignessex.co.uk | Tel: 01371819002 | Socials: Facebook

Here at Activ Web Design, we support sole traders, SMEs and larger businesses throughout Essex, Hertfordshire and right across the UK by delivering tailored web management solutions. In business, having a website is probably one of the most important investments you will ever make; it’s your portal to thousands of potential customers.

We like to think that working with us is hassle-free; we don’t over complicate things or charge for the tiniest of changes. We are professional, reliable and have great relationships with our clients, who see the value in what we offer – and give us glowing recommendations and repeat business.

Here are a few reasons why our clients love working with us and the benefits they get:

  • Outsourced web experts; freeing up your valuable time
  • Jargon and stress-free zone; no ‘blinding you with science’ going on here
  • No inflated pricing structure; a great value for money service with no surprises
  • Real people; not a call centre in sight – we develop real relationships
  • Totally trusted resource; ask us anything and we will help find a solution
  • We grow with you; from one-page to full e-Commerce website
  • Full graphic design and branding service; 30 years+ expertise
  • Remarkable customer service and great people to work with!

If you’d like to feel as loved as our current customers do, please contact us today for a FREE consultation.

 

 

Illuminate PR – Joanne Macklin

Tailored PR Support and Solutions

Web: www.illuminatepr.co.uk | Email: joanne.macklin@illuminatepr.co.uk | Tel: 07956575743 | Socials: LinkedIn

We have deep experience in financial services and asset management, DC pensions and auto-enrolment, and employee benefits.

Key to our success is the ability to put ourselves in the shoes of each client. We strive to ensure that clients are at the heart of everything we do and underpin this by insisting on an open and honest working relationship.

We work differently with each and every one of our clients. Whether behind the scenes as an extension of an existing in-house PR team or providing additional expertise to a PR agency; representing a client as their PR expert; or executing PR on an ad-hoc basis, we create a way of working that tailors precisely to each client’s business and PR ambitions.

 

 

EM Digital Media Solutions – Emma Gatt

The Small Business for Small Businesses, professional with a personal touch

Web: emdigitalmediasolutions.co.uk | Email: info@emdigitalmediasolutions.co.uk | Tel: 077921418378 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Emma has been a successful business owner of The Treatment Rooms since 2015 however, In March 2020, business took an unexpected turn when her Beauty Salon was closed by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to offer her full range of hands-on treatments, Emma made the decision to set up an e-commerce page for all her products. She also held skin consultations to zoom, and completely evolved and adapted her marketing strategy by increasing her social media presence.

During this time, Emma was also contacted by a friend, as he desperately needed help with his social media platforms for his Carpentry business. After a small amount of research Emma quickly identified areas that she could improve as well as create an ongoing strategy for him. EM Digital Media Solutions was created as Emma realised how much she enjoyed this process utilizing the multitude of skills learnt in her own business.

Emma then contacted two trusted friends that she knows are just as passionate about detail as she is. The EM Digital Media Solutions team was formed.

Our creative designer can provide bespoke, professional marketing materials for every aspect of your business. Sarah has many years of experience in marketing and design across a wide variety of industries.

Just some of our services include logo’s, price lists, flyers and printed literature to a complete business design & re-brands. What better is that we are also able to send your products to print at competitive prices.

Our website developer Chris has over 15 years of experience managing IT infrastructures and designing and developing websites and web applications. We can create custom landing pages, basic websites or completely bespoke web applications using the latest technologies.

 

Professional Services

 

HF Video Ltd – Harry Facey

Commercial Videography – We help businesses grow with video

Web: hfvideo.co.uk | Email: harry@hfvideo.co.uk | Tel: 07380166687 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram

We help service based business save time, make more money and build better relationships using bespoke, results-driven video strategy.

 

 

Total View Consultancy Services LTD – Andrew Pentney

 

Implementing and management size and complexity appropriate management strategies

Web: www.totalviewconsultancyservices.co.uk | Email: andrewp@totalviewcs.co.uk | Tel: 07917024514 | Socials: LinkedIn

As a business we have many years experience in the management and delivery of Information Security, Risk, Technology and Asset Management strategies. We bring this to our clients in an easy to digest and scale appropriate manner that ensures that their business is protecting its reputation and revenues from the effects of unplanned events.

We are able to support our clients with Data Protection and Information Security and as certified auditors equipped to work with them at an appropriate level including formal certification to a management standard such as ISO27001.

 

 

Innovate Enterprise Solutions – Danielle Heath

Creating A People First Culture

Web: www.innovateenterprisesolutions.co.uk | Email: danielle@innovateenterprisesolutions.co.uk | Tel: 02034393555 | Socials: Facebook Twitter, LinkedIn

Innovate Enterprise Solutions offers workplace solutions for individuals and teams that leads to behaviour change, increasing employee motivation, employee engagement and satisfaction which ultimately leads to increased productivity.

 

 

HR Dept – Helen Gilfillan

Preventing people problems

Web: www.hrdept.co.uk/bishops-stortford-halstead | Email: helen.gilfillan@hrdept.co.uk | Tel: 03452081293 | Socials: Twitter

Local and personal HR outsourced service providing practical and pragmatic advice to small and medium sized businesses and achieving business focused solutions to people problems. Everything to do with employing people and will help to prevent people problems or resolve problems when they do occur.

 

 

SG PA Services Ltd – Stefanie Grant

Freeing up time to concentrate on what matters to you most.

Web: stefaniegrant.co.uk | Email: stefaniegrantpa@gmail.com | Tel: 02031500565 | Socials: Facebook, LinkedIn

SG PA Services provide full executive assistance and administrative support to clientele, across various sectors. Conduct in-depth business development research and compile results for senior management.

We develop training packages and create presentations for company employees. Additionally we offer SEO, website management and maintenance, manage general bookkeeping and administrative tasks, design and implement social media strategies. Think of us as your Marketing Manager and strategist as we plan and implement promotional campaigns, manage and improve lead generation campaigns and measure results. Experience in digital marketing, real estate and corporate retail.

 

Chestnut Associates – Joanne Hunt

Health & Safety Consultants – Looking after the Heart of your Business

Web: www.chestnutassociates.co.uk | Email: joanne@chestnutassociates.co.uk | Tel: 07770302504 | Socials: Facebook

 

Chestnut Associates is based in Chelmsford in Essex and provide Health and Safety services throughout the UK. We work closely with our clients to develop individual packages of work comprising of consultancy, training or a blend of the two.

Whatever the Health and Safety needs, whatever the size of organisation and whatever the budget availability, we take a deep and personal pride in creating the right solutions – fit for purpose and to a consistently high standard – to ensure our clients are able to operate their business in a safe, healthy and professional manner. We are setting the standards in the field of Health and Safety and our aim is to enable our clients to get it right first and every time.

 

Ask Sonia Limited – Sonia Andre

Management Consultancy

Web: www.ask-sonia.com | Email: sonia@ask-sonia.com | Tel: 07791833390 | Socials: Facebook, LinkedIn

I work alongside businesses from the food supply chain to help them set up, run and improve their quality and food safety management systems (QMS/FSMS).

My work takes various forms:

  • I train businesses on food safety, HACCP and audit skills, as well as on other bespoke topics (in one-to-one or in groups; all done live-online currently)
  • I conduct QMS & FSMS audits (own clients’ operations and supplier audits)
  • I provide expert support and advice on a range on ‘technical topics’: certification projects, food safety & quality , ethical compliance, pesticides management, waste reduction, environment protection, varietal improvement.
  • I provide mentoring and coaching to individuals

As far as credentials:

  • I was elected a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology in 2019
  • I am an IFST registered Food Safety Manager and Food Auditor & Mentor
  • I am featured in the IFST consultant directory
  • I’m qualified to HACCP & Food Safety Level 4
  • I’m a trained Lead Auditor (ISO 9000 and BRCGS FS v8)
  • I’m a Highfield Qualifications approved trainer
  • I hold a MSc in General Agronomy, spe. Food Science and Technology

 

After 20 years working in the corporate world, I decided to go freelance a couple of years ago, working with both UK and overseas companies (I speak English, French and Spanish, which has been very useful) and I love feeling helpful and making a difference.

 

VA Advantage – Karen Tait

Web: vaadvantage.co.uk | Email: karen@vaadvantage.co.uk | Tel: 02036374470 | Socials: Facebook, LinkedIn

I’m perpetually chirpy, always friendly, and a consummate professional. With an unequivocal reputation for reliability and trustworthiness, I pride myself on knowing that my support provides value and assurance.

My skills lie in the ability to be adept in all administrative tasks: From managing your diary and travel arrangements to one-time project management and system management.

I love working with individuals who are passionate about their work, ambitious, and want to develop and grow their businesses.

With over 25 years’ experience, I know that your expectations will be high. Completely unflappable and totally reliable my previous life in the city has prepared me to approach every situation with calm and consideration.

I work from my own co-working space that I founded in 2018 called The Residence, just outside Saffron Walden. This provides me with the perfect space to run my own business and to be surrounded by other like-minded business owners enabling me to collaborate in a professional and supportive environment.

 

The Residence Coworking – Karen Tait

Thinking Differently About Dementia

Web: www.theresidencecoworking.co.uk/en | Email: karen@theresidencecoworking.co.uk | Tel: 02039510467 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

Hello, I’m Karen Tait; Founder and Owner of The Residence.

Here are The Residence my aim is to create a friendly and vibrant place where like-minded individuals can Work, Connect and Grow.

I believe the coworking environment is ideal for start-ups, freelancers or anyone looking for a great place to work but loves the prospect of sharing ideas, building relationships and growing their business in an organic yet focused way.

When the opportunity came along to open a co-working space, I instantly saw the advantages and knew it would be a great opportunity to support businesses while developing my own.

Using ‘The Residence’ as a permanent base for my own business as a Virtual Assistant, it’s a great place to welcome my clients for meetings, social events or even just a natter over a cuppa. A city worker in a previous career, my life was faced paced and frenzied however once I left the city and started on my own, I knew that I needed to continue my professional approach yet maintain a level of authenticity for myself.

As a VA my job is to offer support and guidance. It’s in my nature to be helpful, especially when I can see an opportunity to help take the pressure off. The very nature of being a VA is just that – taking the pressure off others so they can focus on their job.

I immediately recognised the same advantages in a co-working space: A professional yet friendly environment, with like-minded individuals where everything from the wi-fi and printer to coffee and cake are taken care of.

My aim at The Residence is to remove all the detail, and the distraction from your day, so you can focus on your business and watch it grow. My job is to enable you to be more productive and ensure the time you spend at The Residence is time well spent.

I’ve created a friendly environment which is professional yet personal. At the heart of my business I want to ensure you feel welcome and well supported. Our members comprise a good combination of freelancers, corporate individuals who want a break from the commute and small business owners.

With growth I’d love the diverse mix of professionals we have created here to continue whilst offering more people a great place to come to work.

As for me, I’d love to welcome you to The Residence and help you to grow your business and your social network.

 

Tutor In A Box – Sophie

A brighter future in a box

Web: www.tutorinabox.co.uk | Email: info@tutorinabox.co.uk | Tel: 01926942140 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

The educational company providing 1-1 tuition and educational subscription boxes. Helping both primary and secondary students excel in English and Maths.

 

 

The Rose Garden – Stephanie Harris, Florist 

Web: www.therosegardenflorists.co.uk | Email: stephanie@therosegardenflorists.co.uk| Tel: 01371872882 | Socials: Facebook

This family owned business is at the heart of Great Dunmow’s high street and are members of the Good Florist Guide and the British Floristry Association.

 

 

The Personal Property Shop – Angela Westgarth

Letting Agent

Web: www.personalpropertyshop.co.uk | Email: angela@thepersonalpropertyshop.co.uk | Tel: 01279940840 | Socials: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

I’m a letting agent based in Bishop’s Stortford and I help landlords take the hassle out of letting their property. I can offer anything from a tenant find service, all the way up to fully managed. Most of my landlords choose the fully managed option, as with so much legislation to comply with, I ensure that your property is 100% compliant and all the correct procedures are followed.

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