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Business coach, Debbie Newman

Debbie works with small businesses (SMEs) for growth, either as a business coach and mentor and/or as a consultant.

I am passionate about delivering creative, energetic, sound and practical solutions to business owners to help achieve objectives, focus energy and grow the bottom line. I bring empathy, honesty, curiosity, compassion, lateral thinking and am intuitive and perceptive. “…. her soft spoken approach often belies the perspicacity of her remarks”.

My expertise includes:

  • Qualified Coach and Mentor (having undertaken a Coaching and Mentoring for Professionals course” with Quiver Management. Foundation level qualification course that holds the European Quality Award (EQA) conferred by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC))
  • Accredited in the use of the Emotional Intelligence Profile Development Summary report through JCA Global
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Companion of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management
  • Debbie has worked as a Business Coach for the GrowthAccelerator programme, as part of the Business Growth Service until its demise nationally in November 2015, as a Business Coach for Wiltshire Business Support Service and as a Business Coach for Ready4Business (Start Ups) programme delivered by Business West.

See my CV here

Who needs a business coach?

It can be lonely running a business – Would it help to have someone at the other end of the ‘phone
• who knows and understands you and your business?
• who has an impartial ear who can act as a bounce for ideas and issues?
• who can challenge you to see yourself as others see do and to ask ‘is that what you really meant?”

See this great 40 second video from Eric Schmidt, when CEO of Google, answering the question: “What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?” Watch the Eric Schmidt video here.

Self-awareness is crucial to leadership and can be heightened through coaching; ditto self-knowledge. When these are missing in a leader, you can then often see discord and conflict among the SMT.

My experience includes:

For the last eight years, I have run my own business, Armstrong Beech Marketing. Prior to that I worked across sectors as varied as education and telephony. All of these roles combined sales, marketing and leadership roles and as such I’ve always strived to produce sensible, workable solutions instead of theoretical nonsense!

Responsibility for the sales and marketing, including strategy and budget, for what was then one of the largest groups of schools teaching English as a foreign language (from 500 students year-round up to a seasonal 1400). Member of the SMT and worked closely with the school academic principals. Appointed and managed many of the overseas agents and personally responsible for over 120 and worked with group’s own offices in Tokyo and Zurich. Passion for the job and common sense to support safe travelling for 3-4 weeks at a time in South America, Near East up to Syria, half of Europe and Montreal – all before mobiles and laptops!

Leading the enterprise arm of an independent boarding school set in 1200 acres to develop a successful commercial business and additional income stream. Reporting to the Chair of the Governors, Headmaster and Bursar, created the marketing strategy & subsequent business development at all times balancing the interests of stakeholders.

“She has made a significant contribution to the financial strength of the College… she has a shrewd financial instinct… her professional skill has been proved beyond all doubt”.
Sir Humphrey Prideaux, OBE MA DL, (then) Chair of the Governors.

Worked in direct sales B2C whilst the children were young where she received fantastic L&M training from George Raynault and was introduced to belief systems, mind-set, coaching and EQ. George writes a brilliant fortnightly ‘Mental Doodle’ which can be found here.

Created and implemented a marketing strategy and many of the processes for an independent mobile telecomms business based in Cambridge and established a successful SW sales office, working B2B and including winning the mobile telephony contract for Viridor Waste Management.

Worked with one of the high street bank’s marketing team and local business managers to project manage some 60 seminars/year, with each seminar requiring 200 people booked

 If you’re looking to grow your business and would like a business coach as your sounding board, then give me a call for a common-sense approach and jargon-free advice on 01225 869 240 or 07789 778 335

Family and what makes me tick

I’m married with two daughters – Rebecca a senior staff nurse for the North Bristol Trust, having obtained her degree in adult nursing at UWE, and Beatrice a professional cellist, now based in Cardiff, having undertaken her first degree at the RWCMD (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) before completing her MA in cello performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Not one to miss an opportunity, do check out Beatrice’s websites

Beatrice’s own website
Beatrice as ‘cellist with the Mavron Quartet, the resident quartet in Wales.

Debbie’s husband, Bernard, recently retired from 38 years as a boarding school director of music, and is now an international music examiner travelling regularly to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia – so role reversal with the travel Bernard’s bio can be read here.

I speak good French, some German and Spanish and a little understanding of Italian. I served as Patrons’ Secretary of West Wiltshire Young Musicians for nine years, in which both of my children played throughout their school years.

I chaired the local Wiltshire/Bath branch for the Institute of Directors for 3.5 years and currently host a women’s business group in Bath.

“I’ve always had to ‘love’ my work and as such have been a workaholic over the years; but when not working I love to travel, enjoy the arts, gardening and spending time with my fabulous family and friends”.

If you want to understand what a marketing and sales strategy can do for your business, then contact me for a common-sense approach and jargon-free advice on 01225 869 240 or 07789 778 335

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Her warm and friendly personality is ideal for work in this field where human relationships are all important; her professional skill has been proved beyond all doubt.

Sir Humphrey Prideaux
LWC Enterprises Ltd.

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