5th Dec 2019 in Business

Following on from the success of the Lunchtime Learning sessions and In Depth workshops, we’ve added some additional support for businesses in the Cathedral Quarter.

From the feedback at these sessions you told us you would value the chance to get some bespoke support for your business. So we’ve partnered with Friends Of and Barnardo’s to launch a CQ Marketing clinic at The MAC in January.

CQ Clinic – Thursday 16 January – 3.00 to 6.00pm

Who Are Friends Of?

Friends Of is a collection of marketing experts from across Northern Ireland who come together to support local businesses and raise money for Barnardo’s NI. Friends of started in 2017 as Wifi Refugees offering marketing consultations in local coffee shops, before evolving into its current form.

Each of the consultants gives their time for free, so the money you pay for their time is 100% donated to Barnardo’s.

There is a team of 10 consultants you can book a 45 minute appointment with and they have experience across most of the marketing disciplines you use – social media, Google Ads, Facebook and Instagram ads, strategy, websites, Mailchimp, content marketing, video, brand and design.

See the full list of consultants and skills on the Friends Of website.

How Does It Work?

Find a consultant you want to have a 1-2-1 with and book an appointment. The 45 minutes session costs £20, which you’ll need to pay for at the point of booking. Then just show up 10 minutes ahead of your appointment on Thursday 16 January and discuss your business with the expert.

To get the most out of these sessions, we recommend having a focus for the appointment. The more specific your problem is, the more the consultant will be able to help you – as an example, don’t just ask “why can’t I get Facebook ads to work?” bring a campaign that you have worked on are you’re think of working on and dive into that.

Typically, you would be paying around £75 for an appointment like this, so it’s a great chance to get some help with your business while also raising money for Barnardo’s.

Where Does the Money Go?

Friends Of have been fundraising for Barnardo’s NI for over a year and raise money to support their Independent Guardian Service. This service works with some of the most vulnerable children and refugees in Northern Ireland to help support them when they need it the most. It’s a truly amazing service and one the Friends Of team are proud to support.

You can find out more about the independent Guardian Service on the Barnardo’s website. And if you don’t need a clinic appointment but still want to support Barnardo’s, you can donate on this Just Giving page.

Book An Appointment

If you’d like to book an appointment with one of the Friends Of advisers, head over to their website and follow the step by step instructions.

The appointments are offered on a first come, first served basis. Most advisers only have three appointments, so make sure you book as soon as possible to guarantee your space.

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