Just a few of the references and endorsements given by colleagues and clients…
Nikki was recommended to me when I was searching for someone to deliver social media training to small businesses and social enterprise with the aim of helping them to grow their business. Nikki was a pleasure to deal with when arranging the courses and made excellent suggestions about course content. Nikki had prepared well to deliver the course, tailoring it to the business sectors that were in attendance, and she provided useful follow-up material. I received excellent feedback from all the course attendees – who had all found the course both extremely enjoyable and useful.
Three Parishes Big Local
I found the provider informative and keen to help. She had prepared well, in advance, and was conscientious and thorough. I thought Nikki was a delight to work with!
Nikki was very informative on how to structure social media and the long term strategy. She was a pleasure to meet and chat to. Nikki is certainly “out of the box” in her ideas and advice which is fantastic. Definitely a different perspective on working with social media and I look forward to meeting with Nikki again.
Bridie Lloyd / https://phenzync.co.uk/
“Thanks for your wonderful advice, my life has become a storm of new information these past twelve months but I’m gaining new skills and confidence all the time.
I hope I’ll look back on this time of my life as the biggest professional revolution in my career. I would love to reach out to businesses to tell their stories and you’ve made me feel it could happen.”
Steve Bellis, Story Point / www.storypoint.co.uk
“Fantastic morning of social media training with Nikki. Thanks for your support and patience.”
Northbase Medical Training / www.northbase.co.uk
“Thank you so much for meeting with me and providing all the useful information. You have such a breadth of knowledge and you have the fantastic ability of explaining everything so clearly! The help Shropshire Council is providing to businesses setting up around social media and broadband is invaluable.
I am hoping to start my businesses (both in consultancy and fused glass) in summer and will keep in touch about all the support that is out there as it will really help to speed things up and put me on the right tracks.
“Nikki Ayton is a person of many talents: Not only is she a poet, creative writer and blogger but put simply: great with words and communicating them. Nikki is also the project manager for Shropshire Council’s Optimising Business Broadband (OBB). This project enables SMEs to discover how broadband technology can improve their businesses through social media awareness events and capability training.
I supported Nikki as Marketing Mentor to help her develop her business “Creative Emotions” and found her to be inspiring, committed and reliable. She always delivers on what she promises and she is also fun to work with and great with people. Nikki has also supported me significantly by writing blogs about my marketing workshops and helped me promote my services via social media. Nikki understands the digital needs of businesses and through her work at OBB and setting up the Shrewsbury WiRE networking group, she has become proficient in creating useful networks and communities to help businesses share information and grow.
Nikki comes highly recommended when it comes to creative writing, blogging and managing your social media and helping local start-ups enter the digital world.”
Intercultural Business Coach
“Working with Nikki during 2016 has been a joy. She is a true ‘connector’ and has a unique ability to understand the pressures of private business and bring the benefits of public programmes to help local enterprise flourish. She is absolutely genuine in her heartfelt aim to make better conditions for small businesses to thrive and this has always been our top goal at Shropshire Enterprise Partnership so the affinity with Nikki’s work at Shropshire Council has been profound.
It’s a rare commodity but the combination of Nikki’s entrepreneurial mindset, her own superb creative skills and her knowledge of all things digital and public sector, has ensured that Nikki has been an important friend to independent business owners in this county.
She is skilled at true partnership working, she’s a real ‘doer’ not a ‘talker’ and she works both strategically and with attention to detail in helping local businesses make the most of opportunities in today’s digital global world.”
Shropshire Enterprise Partnership
Sue Davies, https://allowingjoy.uk/
“Thank you very much for all the advice, follow-up support and contacts you have given me. I truly didn’t know where to start with setting up a website, or using the various social media as part of my new business venture. I now have a much clearer picture of where to go, whom to ask, how much it costs and what to consider. I’m not sure I know where to stop! A truly great resource. Thank you.”
Alison Jones, Artisan Baker
“I invited Nikki to come along and speak at the BizMums meeting that I host – the topic was growing your business through social media and blogging. Nikki delivered a lively session which gave a brilliant overview of the topic highlighted some top tips, and answered many simple and not-so-simple questions from attendees. Following the event, all the attendees were really fired up to use the techniques in their business and were full of positive feedback for Nikki. I can’t thank her enough for her input on a topic which is daunting to many people, and making it accessible. I am also looking forward to working closely with Nikki over the coming months to develop my blog – very exciting, watch this space!”
Sarah Platt, All Virtually Done, www.allvirtuallydone.co.uk
“Nikki was tasked by my family to write me a surprise poem for my birthday. There were 6 beautiful verses which were sentimental, humorous and simply, a wonderful present that I will always keep. Lovely…”
“We wanted to give our friend a special (and personal) leaving present and decided to ask Nikki to write a personalised poem for her. She asked for some key words / funny stories and within a week, Nikki had given us exactly what we had asked for. The lady was thrilled with it… Highly recommended!”