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Mentoring Testimonials

Here are some quotations from our clients

“We greatly benefited from the mentoring provided by Silverlock. It was great to meet regularly with Jo, who was always fun and friendly. She was able to use the breadth of her experience to be an effective sounding board about a whole range of ideas – listening, providing suggestions, advice and practical help.”

Matt Parfitt, Managing Director, Radiant Cleaners

“Silverlock and Sylvia have been able to help us unlock our data and use it for key business decision making which will have a significant impact on the business.
They have been a pleasure to deal with and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

Ben Thompson, The School of Calisthenics

“Emma was fantastic during my time as her mentee at Silverlock. Having first started my company in early 2018 Emma helped me manage my time and resources to the best of my ability. Allowing my business to grow as it became more efficient. Emma also helped me understand the more complex parts of running a company and plan for the future, creating cashflow forecast and understanding threats that might derail my business before they happen. Emma was great and I highly recommend her for anyone running their own business

Henry Williams, Channel Creative

“Debbie from Silverlock has been an absolute joy to work with.  Always positive, always full of good ideas that I can put into practice almost immediately to help grow my Just For Tummies supplement business. 
I’m very grateful to ERDF, NTU, Silverlock and Debbie for providing me with such vital digital marketing support.”

Linda Booth, Founder, Just For Tummies

“I want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Sylvia from Silverlock for all her help over the last few months. Her advice has been so valuable to me and I definitely would not have got so far and be so confident going forward without all the tools she has given me.”

Nellie Khossousi, Third Culture Nellie,

‘Working with Sylvia from Silverlock was exactly what I needed for my business, and has helped me move from being a ‘person who works for themselves’, to a ‘person who runs a business’, both practically, and in my altered attitude to my work. She helped my understand how and why to consolidate, always taking the perspective of the customer, before taking the next leap, and how the original goal is often actually the final piece of the jigsaw rather than the first! These were not just valuable lessons for the current project but for the long term health of my business. I feel so much more confident in seeing the overall picture and of working out steady steps in an often confusing business world. She was creative, wonderful company and really cared about my business and my achievements. I’d highly recommend to anyone seeking support and guidance in business planning, strategy and execution. Thank you Sylvia!

Kathryn Peden, Arcadia Physiotherapy

“Running a startup on your own is daunting and can sometimes reveal a world of unknowns. Working with Debbie Clarke from Silverlock has been incredibly useful for both the business and myself. Having a mentor who is honest and to the point has helped me focus on marketing methods that are best suited for my business sector – saving me time and money. Working together we have put a plan in place for when the business does start to grow, which is essential for any startup. I would highly recommend working with Debbie, her energy and passion is infectious and you always leave her bubbling with ideas.”

Rob Moore, The Design Company

“The mentoring support has been invaluable, giving us exactly the kind of support and challenges our business has needed over the year. Jo, from Silverlock, helped us develop our business plan, hone and refine our services, and explore innovative new ways to engage and help our clients. She’s been a big part of our growth and development as a social enterprise, helping us to find the best ways to create a sustainable model for community investment”  –

Hamish Elliott, Double T (Nottingham based Social Enterprise)

“Jo and Debbie from Silverlock helped us to work on this area of our business – yes, reluctantly at times! They helped us focus on the important things, and overcome our personal prejudices about Social Media. As an extra bonus, they showed us the value of what we do, and that not all businesses, tradesmen have the same focus on high quality, attention to detail, flexibility, love, care and energy for our client’s projects. This means that we now have greater belief in what we are doing, what our roles are in the business and how to exploit Social Media to grow our business “

Lorraine, Fitted Home

“I’ve been receiving mentoring from Debbie Clarke through Silverlock since the 31st August. From the first session I found her approach refreshing and engaging. With her help I quickly released the key areas that are holding my business back and identified an action plan to solve them. We have subsequently been working together on a Kickstarter campaign which she has helped me secure local press coverage for. I am really looking forward to continuing to work with Debbie to boost the profitability and success of my business.

Hana Glover, Director, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd

“Debbie from Silverlock has been inspirational for me as I grow my business. Debbie offers creative advice and will challenge your thinking – which is what small businesses need. 

Debbie is fun, has a very vivid and exciting way of looking at businesses, ideas and Marketing and I am very grateful for her support I have received through this NTU based programme. Thank you hugely to Debbie and NTU. 

Rebecca Bull, My HR Hub