We think that it’s better for other people to tell us about their experience of Armstrong Beech Marketing so here is a selection of Debbie Newman’s testimonials from a number of happy customers.
“I worked with Debbie over six sessions as part of the GrowthAccelerator programme and I always very much looked forward to our sessions. Debbie was an excellent listener, asked pertinent and sometimes challenging questions and always had insightful tips or experiences to share that shed light on a particular issue or problem. Our sessions were gently structured, but I always felt like we could focus on whatever was most urgent or at the forefront of my mind. Debbie has undoubtedly contributed to my professional development as a leader and manager and we are already feeling the impact on both the day-to-day running and the longer-term strategic direction of the company”.
Matthew Austin, MAYK, Bristol
“Despite some initial reservations about how applicable GrowthAccelerator would be to our business, Debbie has been a valuable mentor to Cadillac Plastic over the past 6 months. From the start, Debbie ensured she always had a sound understanding of our business which was reflected in the expert advice and guidance she provided.
During Debbie’s time working with us, she helped us to clearly define our corporate goals and priorities, identifying the steps we needed to take and how to achieve them. As a business we are now more focussed on our growth plan and have the resources in place to help us deliver it. She has been instrumental in implementing marketing initiatives that have added value to the business and contributed to our marketing strategy.
Her warm and friendly approach combined with her excellent communication skills mean I would have no hesitation in recommending Debbie.
Alistair Kennedy, MD, Cadillac Plastics June 2015
“I had never received any business coaching before so was unsure of what to expect. I guess I was looking for someone to give me all the answers, but I soon realised that that was not what business coaching was all about. I also knew I needed help but was unsure as to what help I needed.
I met Debbie through the GrowthAccelerator programme; through regular meetings we covered the different stages I needed to go through in order to get my business into shape. What I liked about Debbie’s coaching method is the learning process, which helped me build confidence in decision making and feeling confident enough to trust my instincts. Debbie’s coaching method and personality is one of encouragement and guidance. In tricky situations she was always there to provide valuable advice whenever it was needed. I would compare my coaching experience to the saying: ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’. Debbie teaches people to fish.
Her coaching has been very beneficial to me and I feel a lot more confident about approaching all the issues and problems that everyday business presents. I would highly recommend Debbie to anyone who is looking to find themselves in the situation of improved business confidence”.
Paul Tudor, Tablet Brochure, April 2015
“We’ve enjoyed working with Debbie over the last few months and have been grateful for all her sales and marketing advice. We now have a much clearer vision of the future and how to take Chaunceys to the next level”.
Mary Collett, Director – Chaunceys Oak Flooring
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support and coaching you gave me via the Bristol West start up programme. Your insight and genuine interest in my business underpinned a lot of of good advice especially in the area of marketing which is where I am weak. In fact, I often hear your words of wisdom returning to me now as I set out on my journey to build contacts and deliver pitches.
I really enjoyed the time we spent in our coaching sessions as I felt that you really listened to my concerns and helped me to find the solutions that were right for me, rather than rolling out a load of text book jargon.
I hope to meet up again on the network and wish you continued success in all that you do.”
Hayley Chiba – Better Numbers Limited
“I got more than I expected during Debbie’s excellent and professional support.
She created a friendly atmosphere for effective work, and defined the necessary milestones for the success business build up process. She changed my stressful thoughts into an exciting journey when we will transfer our actual lifestyle into business level. During this program I felt she is part of my team, and key person to resolve open points, even if they are how serious. I enjoyed our sessions: meetings, phone and skype calls. After them I got very useful written feedback notes, which ones implemented into my business documents: business plan, task and action lists. She highlighted the priorities and given quite new ideas.
Debbie helped a lot to understand the British market. She helped me from language questions to a strategic decision making and serious financial issues. Her proposals were implemented into my Business Plan. I feel absolutely confidence in business life after her coaching. She has professional marketing and business view, and a very nice person; hope we will be friend in the future.
This program is recommended to any business people who would like to start a business or start a new business segment in an actual business.
I can say her only a very big THANK YOU”.
Csaba Lenti – beekeeper – Happy Bee Apiary
Business West Reaady4Business programme start up November 2013
“I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for the help, support and advice you have given me over the last couple of months.
Thank you for the friendship, concern, patience and most of all the belief that I can do it. You have taught me not to under sell myself and to believe that my service is one worth paying for. That has come to fruition as my first contract has been signed and money deposited in my bank before I have even set foot in my client’s provision.The practical help with accounts has also been invaluable and I am nearly up to date.
I still have a long way to go but I have the foundations to move forward one day at a time. Thank you Business West for pairing me with such a fabulous mentor.
Vanessa, Education Specialist. December 2013
“Debbie’s talk to UWE Business idea competition was a great success. She came across as very knowledgeable, professional and helpful to our attendees. I would definitely hire her again.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Ricardo Demarchi, UWE
“Debbie provided an excellent talk on the topic of marketing, for a classroom of final year students at the University of the West of England, in Bristol. It was informative and challenging and showed a wealth of experience.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Jeff Graham, UWE
“Debbie started working with me under the Train2Gain scheme in April 2009. I wanted someone outside the industry who would bring a different way of thinking/outside the box and new ideas and she has consistently done both. She keeps me focused as my external driver on what our strategy should be and what needs to be done, and very often just makes things happen. She sees not only the bigger picture, but also her attention to detail is invaluable. She also understands the demands of the business and is sensitive to the constraints that this sometimes puts on getting things done. She also acts on behalf of our business to all appropriate networking groups she attends. Her common sense and sense of humour make it enjoyable to work with her. That I used her services for 20 months is a testament to her contribution to our business.
Top qualities: Personable, Good Value, High Integrity
“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect by bringing in Debbie as a marketing consultant, not having used an ‘outsider’ before, but in the event found there to be many benefits. She’s been an external ‘driver’ keeping me focused on my list of marketing activities; someone independent to bounce ideas off; bringing lots of new and different ideas to the table; a quick thinker, thinking outside the box, and generally presenting many viable solutions.
Her way of working with us was just right and we welcomed all her new ideas. Always professional and with a good sense of humour, she was also sympathetic to the demands and time restraints that running our own business imposes on us.
I’d certainly recommend her and am continuing to use her. She has a creative, sensitive and progressive business-focused approach.”
Top qualities: Personable, Good Value, Creative
Tim Walton, Greenwood Direct
“Debbie provides insight and fresh ideas to any business she works with. Perceptive. Good at analysing detail as well as broadbrush thinking. Marketing for small businesses a speciality.”
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, High Integrity
Robert Craven, The Directors’ Centre
“Debbie kindly agreed to lead a ‘Go to Market’ workshop for the BizIdea competition at UWE in February 2009.
The workshop was very productive and informative, Debbie covered all areas of the ‘Go to market aspect of a business plan, she was creative about they way she gave the presentation and made sure the workshop was also interactive to keep the students interested. I would recommend Debbie for marketing workshops and would love for her to come back and give another workshop for us”.
University of the West of England
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
“Probably like many business owners I was not always great at asking for and receiving testimonials. It seemed that my clients thoroughly appreciated the service I provided, but “forgot” to put pen to paper or were too busy. I would like to thank Debbie, not only for her persistence and professionalism she exhibited when contacting and interviewing my customers, but also her ability to ask good questions which allowed me to really understand what my business does and should be doing to provide excellent sales training.
I now have testimonials on my web site I am proud of.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
Jo Partington, Sandler Sales
Chair, Bath & Wiltshire Branch
Institute of Directors
“Debbie has given considerable time and support for IoD Wiltshire & Bath Branch events and activities over the last three years. (Sept 04 – Dec 07). Under her leadership, Debbie has effectively built up the Branch from scratch, which is a great achievement in itself. She has brought tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the role of Chairman which has helped make it the active and successful Branch that it is today.”
Paul Keith, SW Regional Chairman, Institute of Directors