Client Stories

I have been lucky enough to work with some fabulous creatives over the years - here is a handful of those who are ‘up with the lark’! Some have chosen not to share their names so I have referenced their industry instead.

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studio peake, INTERIOR DESIGN

When I started thinking about setting up my interior design studio, the business part was all new. It was something that I hadn’t done before and it was intimidating. Calandre made everything less scary and helped me to focus on what was most important. Her support while writing my business plan was invaluable, she kept me focused and things quickly started to take shape. I have found that since being up and running I still call on Calandre for advice as things develop and particularly when I am doing something for the first time.

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I could trust that Calandre understood my field and caught my vision. She has given me the structure and confidence to grow my business.

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Calandre and I started working together back in 2015 and she has become indispensable to my business. We started with a business plan and getting my finances in order and now have monthly ‘CEO Days’ where we focus on the business side of things (strategy, marketing, finances, recruitment, time management and so on). Taking this approach allows me to focus on the creative things for the rest of the time. Calandre has certainly improved the efficiency and profitability of my label.

Calandre is invaluable on every level frankly!
— Painter
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foster and gane, ANTIQUE DEALER

Calandre and I wrote a business plan together which is not as bad as it sounds! It has been so useful to have educated and rational advice on the business side.

Sitting down with Calandre is like therapy for entrepreneurs. Particularly for those navigating motherhood alongside their business.
— Architect
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Rachel Entwistle, JEWELLER

I had no idea how useful a business plan could be. Calandre and I started working together in 2016 and have achieved so much in that time. She is a business fairy godmother!

Every time I speak with Calandre, she brings real clarity and purpose. I always come away fizzing with ideas and confidence.
— Journalist
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Calandre saw the business as a whole and in the long term. She helped me to refine my offering, focus on profit margins and sometimes it’s important to say ‘no’!

Ally Dover, Brand Consultant

Calandre has a gift with people. She immediately identifies strengths and weaknesses and uses this to empower freelancers and grow businesses.

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Calandre is utterly brilliant and any creative business owner in need of some straight talking advice need look no further! Without her practical advice tempering my hair-brained ideas, my brand would have taken a nose dive months ago!

Gosh. Calandre is brilliant. She sees things so clearly.
— Illustrator

Lucy skipper, Communications and PR

As an established freelancer, I became conscious that I never looked beyond my next project. Calandre has helped me to take the long term view. From a single meeting, I felt that she ‘got me’ very quickly and provided considered, practical advice and insight. Most importantly, and especially valuable when working solo, she has given me fresh perspective, energy and focus.

Calandre was recommended by a friend. She was so approachable and warm on first meeting and instantly helped to relieve the brain fog I had been experiencing. After just the first session, Calandre’s insightful advice meant that I had a lightbulb moment! She gave the best advice and now everything now makes complete sense and I am so excited for future sessions!
— Holly Cooper, Studio iO
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I can’t say enough good things about Calandre. I was nervous about going freelance but now I have direction and confidence. Money very well spent!

Calandre helped up to set up all of our financial systems from top to bottom as well as a staff handbook for the team. She is highly knowledgeable, proactive, frank, responsive and gives sound, candid advice.
— Charity Treasurer