Small Business Marketing Morning

Join us for a fantastic opportunity to improve your marketing knowledge with our line up of expert, local speakers.

We’ve got a jam packed morning with the following sessions:

Taking Great Images with your Smartphone

Join professional brand photographer, Dee Studholme-Coté who will be sharing some top tips to using your smartphone for images for your business, with a practical on headshots and flatlays. Don’t forget to bring your phone!

Building Marketing Plans

This jargon-free workshop from marketer, Clair Wellsbury-Nye will guide you through creating a basic marketing plan that’s effective and easy to put into action.

There’s no too-good-to-be-true promises or expensive, complicated tech. Simple stuff can be the most effective, and it’s definitely a great place to start – so that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Grow your Business through Authentic Networking

Business coach and advisor, Adela Mei will show you how to re-frame the way you look at networking and how not only can you improve your networking skills but also actually enjoy the thought of connecting with new contacts (even if you’re an introvert!). Doing so can bring big advantages for you and your business by expanding your network of contacts, developing relationships, and opening up new opportunities.

Timings for the day:

  • 9.00am – Registration / teas and coffees.
  • 9.30 – 10.30am – Taking Great Images
  • 10.30 – 11.30am – Building Marketing Plans
  • 11.30 – 11.45am – Tea / Coffee break.
  • 11.45 – 12.45pm – Authentic Networking
  • 12.45 – 1.30pm – Break
  • 1.30 – 4.30pm Pricing your Products and Services Workshop (available to book separately)


Meet the Speaker: Dee Studholme-Coté

Dee Studholme-Coté

Hi, I’m Dee and I’m a portrait and brand photographer based just outside of Exeter.

I am passionate about small businesses and love working with business owners. Small businesses are not just about money but about passion and dreams, and I love helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals by improving their visibility online and easing the anxiety around social media marketing.

I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada, which means I’m genetically bred to be nice, friendly, naturally prone to over-apologizing and tolerant of cold weather. I am also a wife and mum to my 8 and 11 year old.

Connect with Dee: Website | LinkedIn | Facebook

Meet the Speaker: Clair Wellsbury-Nye

Clair Wellsbury-NyeClair Wellsbury-Nye, known at networking events as ‘Clair With The Hair’.

“I love helping small business owners do what they do, better. After a 20+ year career in marketing, I launched my own business – and it didn’t get off to a flying start…

No-one gives you a handbook (as you know!), so I spent far too long building my business, finding my audience, changing my offer, and changing it again! I knew what I wanted, I just didn’t know how to get there.

Sounds familiar? Don’t worry.

I’ve learned a lot – some from experience, some from world-leading experts – and I’ve nailed all this stuff now. So, you can too. And with my help, you can get there a lot quicker than I did!”

Connect with Clair: Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter

Meet the Speaker: Adela Mei

Adela Mei

Adela Mei is a business coach, digital strategist and trainer, supporting small businesses to better understand and navigate the business landscape.

Adela has a long history working in the online space and helping coaches and creatives to navigate the digital world.


About Thrive

The Thrive service  has been fully-funded by the European Development Fund to allow us to offer you 12 hours of free business support through a range of one-to-one advice and workshops with expert advisors and speakers. This workshop forms part of the free support available to you so please visit our Thrive page for the full details.


Important Information


To be eligible to attend this free workshop you need to be based in Devon or Somerset (excluding Torridge, North Devon, North Somerset & BaNES). If you are unsure, you can check by entering your postcode into the Government Council Checker. You can find further details about the eligibility criteria here.

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The Heart of the South West Growth Hub Service for All is receiving up to £781,965 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council.


Sep 20 2022


9:00 am - 1:00 pm


St Rita's Centre
Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, EX14 1AP