Hello, I’m Laura

A marketing consultant based in York

My Services


Creating sparkling and tailored content that can deliver huge results for your business.

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Content Management

Using the right content to talk to the right people is key to achieving your goals.

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PR and Media

Securing press coverage, singing your praises and reaching new audiences through the media.

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Marketing Strategy

Delivering real results with a well planned marketing strategy aligned to your business goals.

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Branding and Messaging

Defining your brand and developing your messaging to ensure you have a consistent brand identity.

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Web Content

Delivering SEO-friendly content to help your website appear higher in search engine rankings.

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Marketing Support

Acting as an extra member of your team by providing marketing support in your office or working remotely.

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Internal Communications

Helping you create an informed and loyal workforce through clear and consistent communications.

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Telling Stories

Distilling your passion, defining your story and putting it into a language that your customers will relate to.

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About Me

Hello, I’m Laura and I offer marketing consultancy and hands-on marketing help and support to business across York, North Yorkshire and London. I work with organisations like yours to help to define and tell your story in order for you to achieve your business goals. That may be to project a professional and consistent image for your business, increase your profile in the region or reach and engage new customers.

Testimonials & Featured Clients

Laura has provided communications support on a variety of Relate projects, including launching a new service and writing a consumer report on the state of the nation’s relationships. I’ve been so impressed with her ability to proactively seek out and synthesise complex information, going on to turn it into high quality communications ‘products’. She works methodically to understand target audiences and objectives. She produces tailored content that’s relevant and clear. Laura is great at building relationships and has worked skilfully and flexibly with colleagues across Relate and at partner organisations – thank you Laura for helping to produce great results and build great relationships.

Sarah Milsom

Director of Communications and Engagement, Relate

Laura is professional, focused, hard-working, and really enthusiastic about every project she takes on, whether large or small. She always spends time at the beginning of each project making sure that she has understood the brief correctly, which means that when she delivers the final project it is spot on.

Head of Communications

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

I’ve worked with Laura for several years and have been inspired by her professionalism and dedication. She always delivers and goes well beyond the extra mile, every time! She takes a brief incredibly well, engages positively and works hard to understand exactly what is wanted. Consequently she never disappoints. She is great to work with, has a wonderful sense of humour and is comfortable exploring new ideas in marketing and communications. She personifies the ‘can do’ attitude that really gets the job done.

I can recommend her without hesitation – she is the best!

Special Advisor

City & Guilds Foundation

Laura is an expert in marketing and communications and approaches each project with a focused, professional and tailored approach. She has considerably enhanced the communications, content and visuals of our programmes and I would not hesitate to work with Laura again or recommend her to others.

Programme Lead, Laidlaw Scholarship

The University of York

Our marketing has never been so strong; we have reached new venues and audiences all helping our business to grow. Laura goes above and beyond, she is incredibly personable and we can not thank her enough.


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What I’m writing about

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