We have had a very positive experience of dealing with Paul and his team
With Paul's help and guidance, this has been achieved in a remarkably short space of time partly through the effect of social networking and social marketing - but with the valuable add-on that his advice is still available to us as we prosper and grow.
Paul Parkinson can really prise the best from your business
Approachable and friendly, Paul uses his many years of experience to assist in guiding businesses, encouraging them to focus on the key topics and fertilising their ideas. Software Europe has worked with Paul over the past 12 months and this engagement has been without doubt beneficial to all departments.
Paul is undoubtedly a good all round decent guy to have on your team
We first met Paul in early 2010 following our enquiry about the Robust Futures courses being held at Lincoln University Business School. Immediately, we felt we had a lot in common with Paul and found him very down to earth and easy to engage with.
It was also very clear from the start that Paul is somewhat of an expert when it comes to starting and developing small businesses (especially on the web) but more importantly, he has a deep understanding from an entrepreneurial/business owner perspective having started and developed several of his own enterprises.
Paul got us to answer a lot of searching questions to make us look closely at our business model and operations with our plans going forward, this helped us to identify 2 key potential problems and adapt our business plan and strategy accordingly.
In an age where networking both offline and more importantly online is becoming a key part of growing a business, there’s no question Paul is very well informed and connected.
He has a vast array of useful resources at his disposal to bring to the table. In addition, he is a guy who can add huge potential value to any aspiring business along with plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement. Paul is undoubtedly a good all round decent guy to have on your team.
Paul always has time for you
JAD Associates (Improvement Solutions) Ltd
We first met Paul at a speed networking event. From first meeting we were struck by Paul’s enthusiasm and his countless ideas for developing our business. From that meeting Paul invited us to participate in a programme he was running. Since then we have never looked back and Paul has provided us with ongoing support gave us the opportunity to focus on our business, the strengths and weaknesses and to refine our approach to market.
Throughout our time on the programme, Paul was there to guide us and advise us, particularly in areas such as how to optimise our website and marketing. As our business is not just focused on one activity, (bearing failures analysis as well as business process, HR and safety management), Paul helped us recognise the parts we needed to keep separate and which elements of the business could be integrated effectively and how both could be expanded and improved.
With Paul’s extensive network of contacts he was able to suggest other companies we could talk to and collaborate with; he was also able to help us access other coaching and advice that has helped us enormously in areas we had not recognised could be improved.
Paul is very dynamic, knowledgeable and fun. If you need to know something, it will be rare that Paul doesn’t know the answer. However, if there is something he doesn’t know, you can be sure he’ll be able to put you in touch with someone that can help.
We would highly recommend Paul as someone who is very knowledgeable about the small business community and how to develop and expand a small business. There are certainly areas of our business that have improved to a point we could never have achieved without his help and advice.
I am very grateful for all the support I have received from Paul
We would highly recommend Paul
Due to Paul's knowledge of social and online marketing plus his extensive network of contacts he was able to help us take our business to another level.
Paul is very dynamic, knowledgeable and fun. If you need to know something, it will be rare that Paul doesn't know the answer. However, if there is something he doesn't know, you can be sure he'll be able to put you in touch with someone that can help due to his extensive network.
We would highly recommend Paul as someone who is very knowledgeable about both the online environment and the small business community and how to develop and expand a small business via the use of social media.
There are certainly areas of our business that have improved to a point we could never have achieved without his help and advice.
Paul was yet again the right choice to lead such a project
Paul is currently working with our organisation and South Kesteven District Council delivering advice, training and workshops to all levels of business. The extremely positive feedback from participants show that Paul was yet again the right choice to lead such a project.”
Paul has restored my faith in business advisers
We are continuing to use Paul to review some new business ideas and, without a doubt, consider his time and input especially around social media and social networking to be invaluable.
Paul has a refreshingly practical approach
I invited Paul to run a guest session for my international Master’s students on using online technologies and applications to develop new business ventures, as part of the Accelerated Entrepreneurship program I run. Here is a typical response from one of the Chinese students:
‘Paul Parkinson showed a perfect example of how a business could begin in few clicks and then grow. Through him, my view on business and entrepreneurship changed. I realised how much the world has advanced, that businesses can make good use of the technology like online tools and information and integrate those with the business.’
My experience is that Paul has a very acute understanding of the role of social media and online applications for developing business opportunities, especially how to use SEO and keywords to drive Internet traffic. He has a refreshingly practical approach which avoids either being too technical, jargon-ridden or theoretical, so it works really well at a business level.