Outstanding Marketing Consultant
Val is incredibly passionate about her role and provides a professional top class service.
Quality of Education Manager-Apprenticeships at Pareto Law
Can’t recommend Val highly enough, superb and highly experienced professional in Marketing and Communications, a pleasure to work with.
Award Winning Photographer
I recently had the pleasure of using Val’s “Bounce Back to Business” programme, it was fabulous!! Val is knowledgeable, perceptive, and full of useful suggestions. She’s genuinely interested in helping other businesses and does a brilliant and very professional job. Happy to recommend her service 100%.
Founder of Unique Ladies UK
“Since I first met Val she has gone out of her way to help and support me in building awareness of The Blind Woodturner. Val has been extremely generous with her time and has secured a variety of press, radio and public speaking opportunities for me. I am extremely grateful to Val for sharing my story and for being such an advocate for what I am doing. Her dedication has made a huge difference and has been instrumental in helping me achieve my goal to inspire and motivate others.”
Chris Fisher, RPT
UK’s only completely blind professional woodturner.
“I attended a Digital Marketing workshop run by Val. Really enjoyed it and learnt a huge amount in a short space of time. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to quickly get up to speed on the subject.”
Paul Whyatt FCA BFP
I 100% recommend Val’s social media & marketing training. I attended a 1 day course & really felt that Val was genuinely interested in helping me to successfully promote my business and she ensured that I got the most out of the training. I love her informal yet professional style of teaching & demonstrating. She was happy to answer points raised by those on the course and made our learning fun & interactive. Excellent value for money too!
“I have known Val for many years now, first meeting her at Tameside Business Awards. I have benefited from her knowledge and expertise within the marketing and social media field. This has helped grow our company and enter in the media world. Val has a wealth of knowledge within marketing, websites, social media and branding, this is proven with her many awards, honours and accolades along the way. Val works very hard to help others, and supports local businesses with her experience. This is by a hands-on approach, coaching and mentoring. Val is a very inspiring, motivating leader who sees the best in people and helps them grow, I would have no hesitation in recommending Val for any business large or small. Val truly “Makes things Happen”. Thank you Val.”
Claire Wolstenholme MIRP
“I would recommend Val to anyone wanting to discuss on line presence, social media etc. I had a recent 121 with Val and found her to be one of the most genuine people I have met, extremely good at explaining things and making you feel at ease discussing subjects you know little about. It is obvious that she has a vast amount of knowledge and experience and I only wish I had found her sooner!”
“Defero have been superb. From initial idea to execution they’ve been completely responsive in helping to deliver a superb service to clients with maximum impact and minimum fuss.”
“Val’s impressive professional record speaks for itself, so many awards and nominations for good reason too. However, the purpose of this recommendation is based upon the personal support that has offered to my clients and me through mentoring; Being a voluntary mentor demonstrates incredible values. She has given her time to those in business who need it most, start-up and scale-up business owners who need a helping hand from a marketing and PR expert. Feedback from my clients is that her guidance and support is consistently fantastic. On a personal level, above all Val is someone I am proud to call a friend. She listens with care and truly understands the complex challenges that most people face and remains positive throughout, this is why I call her inspirational. I heartily recommend Val as marketing professional, mentor, consultant and above a great friend. Thanks Val.”
Mentor Relationship Specialist
“Val has generously given time from her business to take on the demanding role of Enterprise Advisor at St. Damian’s RC Science College. She has made an outstanding and invaluable contribution to the rapid development of the school’s careers curriculum & enterprise programme which resulted in the school winning a national award in London for ‘Most Progress in Careers by a School’. Val has given constructive, informed advice and guidance from a business perspective, cleverly interleaving the world of education with the world of work and has been heavily involved in the planning of innovative careers initiatives for National Careers Weeks, the development of Careers Champions & the school’s ASPIRE Days. Val has facilitated numerous introductions to employers and been on the judging panel for a Dragon’s Den & the Apprentice as well as facilitated work-place visits for pupils. Val’s contribution to the school’s careers programme has been transformational and what’s more, Val has become a new lifelong friend and supporter of the school.”
Mrs Mary Henshaw
“I’ve now known Val for a number of months. I have benefitted from her marketing and social media expertise as she has mentored me on the development of my own company. She took time to understand my context and is so creative and full of brilliant ideas that I could progress. Val is so knowledgeable about all things marketing, websites, social media and branding. She keeps in contact offering her time to help me progress. I have also worked alongside her on CIPD events and as a Business Growth Hub Mentor. She is also very involved in initiatives in her local area and it inspires me to see how much she supports local businesses.”
“Val is an excellent mentor with invaluable knowledge and expertise in relation to all forms of marketing. She is very generous with her time and overall I have found my 1-2-1 sessions with her to be very supportive.”
“I had heard a lot of good things about Val before I had ever even met her. My first introduction was listening to her speak to another business owner on a live zoom recording and from that moment, I knew that we would get along. Val has so much knowledge and business experience that she wants to share with others. She has a wonderful way of helping you look at your business from every angle. In a very short space of time of working with Val, she has already helped me take my business to the next level by giving me the confidence to make steps that I didn’t feel ready to do before. The time we spend together is 100% focused on my business. It is wonderful to have someone to be able to talk to, who takes time to listen and properly understand some of the difficulties that you are facing and who provides ideas and possible options of overcoming them. If you are at a crossroads in your business or just wanting to bounce ideas off someone, I would highly recommend you have a chat with Val. I’m so glad that I did.”
On the back of winning two awards at the 2015 Pride of Tameside Awards, we decided to engage the services of Defero Consultancy to maximise the marketing of this achievement. Val Dickinson did a fantastic job of raising our profile on several social media platforms and I would certainly recommend Defero Consultancy to anyone else.
Resus Consultancy Medical Services Ltd decided to engage the services of Defero Consultancy to maximise raising our profile on several social media platforms. Val Dickinson did a great job and I would be pleased to recommend their Marketing services.
Val has a wealth of business support experience bringing a multitude of skills and know how to a business marketing project. Val’s straight talking and can do approach proves to be a successful formula in driving businesses forward, and she has brought added value to the group in raising the profile of the company.
It was a pleasure to work with Val on the publicity and promotion work for the recent CIPD Manchester Event on Gender Identity. Val provided a friendly, professional and effective service, creating an e-leaflet for the event and managing our pre-event social media publicity. Thank you for all your work on our behalf.