For Small Business Owners Who Want to Show Up in a BIG Way

Tuesday 14th May 2019 | Nottingham

Little Brands, Big Business 

For Small Business Owners Who Want to Show Up in a BIG Way Your business may be small, but that shouldn’t stop you from dreaming big! Join me and a panel of experts for an entire day dedicated to helping you be brave and bold in your business. 

We'll teach you how to:

  • Show up and get yourself found online
  • Use compelling copy and content to communicate with your dream clients
  • Network like a boss because it’s not what you know, it’s who knows you
  • Nurture those crucial client relationships  
  • Lock down the legal essentials so you can be confident you’re running your business in the most professional way  
  •  Avoid self-sabotage, so you’re not wasting all that hard work  
  •  Keep a track of your income and expenditure including: • How much of your income you should be setting aside • Business expenses and what you can claim • Tax returns – timings and options for help  
  • How to plan your finances when things are going well and how to be well prepared for those pesky financial problems on the horizon  
  • plus, much, much more!  

This isn’t a bland, stuffy business convention – it’s a lively, interactive, professional event with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The day will run from 9:30am until 4:30pm and includes lunch, refreshments and ample time to network and chat with fellow attendees.  

Little Brands, Big Business is for you if:  

  • You dream of doing big things with your small brand, but you’re not sure where to start 
  • You want to feel inspired, energised and motivated about your business 
  • You’re ready to soak up knowledge and advice from a panel of experts who really know their stuff 
  • You’d like to meet other small business owners who feel the same way  
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Places are limited, so book your ticket today!

Our Panel of Experts

creative business coach and mentor

Val Mattinson  

Creative Business Coach and Wellbeing Mentor at Val Mattinson Coaching

Founder of Benessamy Wedding & Event Planning

As a Creative Business Coach, Val help's others confidently build their business while also taking care of their most important asset – themselves! 

With almost a decade of experience running a multi-award-winning wedding and event planning business, Val now coaches creative business owners who want to achieve their own unique version of success and enjoy a better blend of work, rest, and play.

During her career, Val has come across countless entrepreneurs who’ve lost their passion and excitement for what they do while dedicating all their time and energy to their business. Many of them were physically and mentally exhausted, veering dangerously close to burnout. Almost all of them had forgotten why they got started in the first place.  

As well as practical tools and proven strategies, Val will be sharing ways to thrive and enjoy all the perks of running your own business without losing yourself along the way.  

SEO Expert

Maddy Jones Founder of Making Your Business Shine Affectionately known as the SEO Queen. Her mission is to help passionate creative women attract more bookings through SEO (search engine optimisation or So Exciting Obviously). When she gets hold of your business, it’s like a glitter bomb goes off. Maddy will be sharing how to tackle SEO as a business tool and not let it become something languishing at the bottom of the To Do pile! 

When you run your own creative business you want to spend time creating, and make the most of every moment you spend on your business. 

Maddy will be sharing how to turn SEOverwhelm into So Exciting Obviously (her true meaning for SEO) with top tips and advice on how to create content to get found by your ideal clients.

Copywriter for Creatives

Franky Shanahan  

Founder of Love Audrey  

An experienced copywriter and digital content creator who’s spent the last seven years helping small creative businesses communicate with their dream clients. During this time, she’s written everything from brochures and blog posts to PR pitches and product packaging.  

As well as helping you get to grips with the basic principles of content marketing, Franky has numerous nuggets of wisdom to share about developing an authentic, effective voice for your brand. 

She'll be talking about Why Good Copy is Key for Attracting Dream Clients.

• Why the words you use and the stories you tell are an integral part of your brand • How copy and content can serve your business • The importance of finding your why and communicating from the inside out • Her tips for developing a compelling brand story • How to write what your dream clients want to read.


Legal Advisor to the Wedding Industry

Heather Stanford Managing Director of Stanford Gould Affectionately known as the Legal Fairy Godmother to the Wedding Industry. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1992, Heather spent the next 20 years working in private practice, local government and legal recruitment. Initially working in general litigation, she then specialised in commercial dispute resolution. Heather understands how to resolve issues around commercial property, employment, contracts for goods and services and disputes between directors and shareholders; and a whole lot more besides. Having also run a law firm as Managing Partner and been Operations & Bu&iness Manager within an SME, this combined experience means she has first-hand knowledge of the various demands and pressures of running a business. Heather will be covering the important small business legal essentials for you including: • The must have clauses of a client contract and why you need one • Once you have something, how and when do you use it, and • How GDPR fits with your T and C’s.

Rebecca Roberts Assistant Manager - UHY Hacker Young Becki works with a wide range of owner managed businesses providing compliance services and also helping them to achieve their business goals. With 8 years’ experience helping start up and growing businesses, Becki enjoys spending time with business owners getting to understand their business and the people behind it. Becki will be talking all things money! • How to keep a track of your income and expenditure • Software options to help • How much of your income you should be setting aside • Business expenses and what you can claim • Tax returns – timings and options for help  

Rebecca Aldridge

Founder and MD of Neon Financial Planning  

Full of energy and enthusiasm, Rebecca is a personal financial planning expert. For twenty years she’s been helping people make great decisions with their money, which can often change their lives. Whether it’s about reducing taxes, saving into a pension, or being prepared for disasters, Rebecca can explain what to do, and why. Rebecca founded Neon Financial Planning specifically designed to help people in, or around, the Millennial age bracket. Providing financial coaching and services via video calls, the Neon team provide a range of pick and mix services, including many that are aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs. At Little Brands BIG Business, Rebecca will be sharing her top tips for small business owners, including what to do when things are going well… and how to be well prepared for those pesky financial problems on the horizon.


Would you like to come away from Little Brands, Big Business with a notepad full of interesting ideas, and then have the chance to review your progress with an experienced business coach? I’m offering 5 VIP one-hour coaching sessions. 

After absorbing plenty of information and inspiration at the event, you can chat one-on-one with me, reflect on what you’ve learned, and plan your next steps.

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Antenna Media Centre Nottingham

Our Venue

Antenna Media Centre A business centre located at the heart of the Creative Quarter in Nottingham. 


Antenna Media Centre Beck Street Nottingham NG1 1EQ

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It's time to show up in a BIG way!