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Join us for The Small Business Sessions and get ready for Small Business Saturday

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Boost your small business with free advice sessions and a complimentary business headshot

Sharp Thinking Marketing is excited to present The Small Business Sessions, an event dedicated to supporting small businesses in their growth and success leading up to Small Business Saturday. As one of this year's SmallBiz100 selected by Small Business Saturday UK, we're delighted to offer this exciting opportunity to entrepreneurs in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Taking place on December 1 from 11am - 3pm at Sankeys, Mount Ephraim, The Small Business Sessions will feature business experts in accounting, mentoring, digital marketing, and marketing strategy. They will be available throughout the day to provide free 30-minute advice sessions. You can book as many sessions as you like with the different experts during the day. In addition, attendees will have the chance to receive a professional business headshot for free.

The Small Business Sessions is designed to empower entrepreneurs and help them make informed decisions that benefit their business. By connecting them with local business experts, we aim to increase their knowledge and provide vital business support. While we recommend booking in advance, walk-ins are also welcome. And for those who can't attend the event at Sankeys, we are offering additional online sessions with Nat Sharp.

"The Small Business Sessions are dedicated to providing essential advice to micro businesses and organisations in need. By connecting entrepreneurs with experts, I aim to improve business practices and decision-making . This is an opportunity to give the business community a boost before the end of the year so they feel more confident, focused and inspired going into the new year." Nat Sharp, founder Sharp Thinking Marketing

“I understand the challenges faced by small businesses and see The Small Business Sessions as an opportunity for the community to unite and take advantage of free expertise from business experts.” Matthew Sankey, local councillor, small business champion, and restaurant owner of Sankey's

Who can you book a session with?

Marketing, Nat Sharp

Nat Sharp, our strategic marketing consultant, brings two decades of experience in marketing to the table. With a proven track record of working with businesses of all sizes and having created over 30 marketing and sales plans in the last five years alone, Nat's expertise can help give you clarity and provide focus. She understands the importance of practical solutions and will help you see things from the eyes of your customer. Nat has also been a business mentor and is passionate about knowledge-sharing and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs having worked with The Kent Foundation for the last four years. She set up Sharp Thinking Marketing nearly six years ago and has worked with local businesses Simmonds and Birchwood House and most recently The Financial Times.

Expert areas – marketing strategy, sales strategy, social media including LinkedIn, business models, sales forecasts, brand positioning and messaging, targeting & segmentation, media planning, content planning, digital marketing, personal branding, market research, sustainability.



Online business manager, Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper is the founder of Jennifer Cooper Timesaver, a team of skilled ladies who help indie business owners and solopreneurs save time and reduce overwhelm in their business via digital marketing, administrative expertise and online business support.

Jennifer has rapidly grown her business in the past few years after a background working in bookselling. She's an example that you can build a successful business without a corporate background, and is passionate about helping other women build a business own which fits in with their lifestyle and responsibilities.

Jennifer is an expert in helping business owners be savvy with tech, finding the systems and automation that will help you grow your business and match your budget and learning style.

From email funnels to the digital courses, project management tools to see CRMs Jennifer can help you put everything in place you need to sustainably scale your business.

A true community builder, Jennifer is passionate about the power of in person connection for helping businesses grow and flourish, running a series of events including a popular free weekly co-working session on the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells.

Whether you're looking at setting up your own business would like help with something techy like your email list looking system etc I am here to help

Finance & accounting, Jack Sales

Jack is the Director of TN Accountancy, having founded the firm in 2018. Jack is a Chartered Tax Adviser with over a decade’s experience, having previously trained at an independent firm, worked in the expat team at a ‘Big 4’ accountancy practice and finally worked in the tax team at a top 10 firm before setting up TN Accountancy. Jack has a range of experience with both personal tax and corporates, but specialises in personal tax, advising clients based in the UK as well as expats both leaving and arriving in the UK.

Website development and digital - Dominic Potts

Dominic Potts is a seasoned IT professional with a diverse background in IT consulting services, entrepreneurship, and leadership. He has worked for renowned companies like Mercedes Benz, Swift, and Inmarsat and has gained extensive experience in various industries. Dominic's expertise lies in IT consulting services, where he has successfully provided valuable insights and solutions to clients. Moreover, he has also demonstrated his entrepreneurial skills by running multiple businesses. With FullPivot, a digital consulting business, Dominic has helped numerous small businesses grow over the last few years. His entrepreneurial skills and understanding of the challenges of being a business owner make him a valuable asset to any organisation.

Business mentoring, Emma Jefferys - FULLY BOOKED

Having spent over 20 years devising marketing and growth strategies for big brands, Emma then trained to become a Professional Coach (counting emotional intelligence and NLP tools amongst many in her kit bag), launching Action Woman® to help individuals and small businesses grow as much as those brands. She specialises in helping people get out of their own way in life and business. Her approach is down-to-earth, action-focused and accountability based. As she’s quick to point out... nothing changes if nothing changes.

Emma is a regular speaker and her talks and masterclasses have been held privately, at large conferences and events. She is also the creator of The Action Planning system - a simple and highly effective method of planning time in a way that creates accountability with flex.

Expert areas include: emotional intelligence, belief changes, confidence, self esteem, decision-making, time management, imposter syndrome, purpose finding, procrastination, motivation, self promotion, courage, public speaking, brand storytelling, personal brand building, valuing yourself and your business, building a business on your own terms, comparison, boundaries

She will spend your 30 minutes together however YOU need it - perhaps getting clarity on something that is bugging you, shifting an unhelpful mindset or even creating an exciting direction of travel for 2024. You decide what is getting in your way and together you’ll do the rest…..

Social media, Lucy Ames - FULLY BOOKED

Lucy founded Smartist Social Media in 2021. She had been working in social media on a freelance basis for 7 years by this stage and had also used it to promote her own successful art business for just under 10 years. The name ‘Smartist’ was chosen as a clever play on words, meaning ‘Social Media Artist’, one who works creatively with words and images to produce social media that stands out from the crowd.

Social media is a task that requires all the key skills Lucy had gained from her career path – a degree in business with marketing followed by a 20 year career in IT then running her own art business for 10 years. Running a social media agency requires technical skills, an ability to understand client’s needs and build strong working relationships plus of course, creativity.

Smartist has grown into a boutique agency who support local SMEs, offering one-off workshops and part or full social media management. The agency has found a niche in the property and people sectors, working with clients to successfully elevate their brand profile online, spread brand awareness and generate leads.

Free business headshot - Georgina Edwards - FULLY BOOKED

Georgina provides professional headshots and stand out brand imagery for businesses and entrepreneurs in and around Tunbridge Wells, West Kent & East Sussex.

Simply book your slot and you will be mailed one headshot within one working day completely free of charge.

If you can't obtain a slot or are having problems booking, please email and we will do our best to help.

Read The Small Business Sessions Terms & Conditions before making a booking.

The Small Business Sessions Terms & Conditions
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Get involved with Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a global grassroots campaign that supports small businesses. Show your support by shopping locally, writing reviews, and engaging with their social media posts.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to receive valuable advice and support from our local business experts.

Join us for The Small Business Sessions and let's make this Small Business Saturday the best one yet.

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