As a group of independent consultants we offer a range of services that compliment each other. We enjoy working collaboratively to bring our individual skills and knowledge together. We provide tailored services and can work closely with you to ensure that we offer a service that suits you. We often use technology to work at a distance which saves precious money and resources and can also help you to take advantage of digital media and services to do the same.
Lou works as an independent consultant in learning technologies and also specialises in print and web design. She is an established photographer/artist and previously ran an Art Gallery in southwest Scotland. She has experience of setting up and organising community groups, obtaining funding and writing promotional and publicity materials. She has considerable experience in the creative industries and also in the educational and health service sectors. She has over 15 years experience as a project manager and has operated as a programme manager for a national educational funding agency.
Tim is a fine artist and also a qualified teacher who currently works as a lecturer in animatoon at de Monstfort University and previosuly at the Glasgow School of Art Digital Design Studio. With Lou he set up an independent art gallery in Dumfries and Galloway. He worked with Lou to establish the Creative Whithorn Association and was Chair for the first year. He was also a member of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival board. Tim's recent experience of running a small business and of leading a local community group has led to an excellent knowledge of funding sources in the creative industries.
Laurie is a web designer and self-taught coder. He works with Lou to develop websites and takes responsibility for maintaining them and keeping everything working.
Peter Andrew runs FP Business services and works closely with us. We decided to pull our services together to create a complete package for clients . Peter has a lot of experience of working with small businesses to identify growth opportunities, target their audiences well and create strategies for future development. This ties in well with the web design and social media services offered by us.
Our main goal is to help you as an individual, business or community group to tell your stories to each of your different audiences, whether that is a potential funder, customer or collaborative partners. All of us have a range of messages to get across and can have diverse targets for those messages. We can help you define and identify your audiences and tailor and refine your messages so that you can engage in an ongoing dialogue with them.
We can help you identify your audience and the best ways to engage with them. We can carry out surveys on your behalf and evaluate how your audience perceives you and your service. We can advise on the kinds of information to provide for different target groups.
We can help you write content, add graphics, sound or video to bring your story to life.
We can help you and your staff or colleagues get the skills they need to use digital networking and social media tools effectively. We provide face to face training, group events and can also provide online training and tools. We can also provide an ongoing support package to make sure you have someone to come to when you need us.
We can design a new website or update an old design to ensure that your website is responsive for mobile technologies, is engaging and effective. We can track your site to see how your audience use it and can make sure your website is an integrated part of your online presence.
We can help you set up social media profiles and advise on which ones are most appropriate for you. We can manage these on your behalf and provide monthly reports on activities. We can engage your audiences through social media on your behalf.
We offer a range of low cost packages to get you started on your digital storytelling journey. From a simple video to reviews of your online presence, we aim to help you make the best of online networking and communication technologies. Don't get left behind due to lack of time or lack of skills.
Andrew LawDirector / Open Media Unit, Open University
Lou undertook a consultancy which looked into both technical, operational and business challenges for the OU. She showed deep understanding not just of the subject domain – but dealt sensitively and effectively with a range of stakeholders. The report was developed quickly, was warmly welcomed and provided a practical but potentially game changing plan. September 20, 2012
Professor Allison LittlejohnDirector of the Caledonian Academy/ Professor of Learning Technology / Glasgow Caledonian University
Over the past 10 years I have worked with Lou on several national and international projects funded by the EC, JISC, HEA, NSF and HEFCE. Lou, as consultant and project manager, has consistently acted as the key link, connecting people and resources to generate new ideas. At the same time she is a great organiser, making sure each project runs on budget and to time. Lou is a great facilitator, of both face-to-face and online events. She has the insight, experience and composure to make a success of any project. I highly recommend Lou as a consultant, collaborator and project manager.”
Sheila MacNeillAssistant Director / Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards.
I have worked with Lou for several years now, both when she was a Programme Manager with the JISC, and more recently in her current consultancy role. Lou’s work is exemplary. She always provides excellent end products and her creativity is always in evidence. For example she has just finished a series of articles for CETIS which included a number of interactive timelines, which give additional impact and context to the accompanying text. Lou is able to work with clients to define, and usually refine, briefs. Her knowledge of the education sector ensures she can ask the right questions to the right people. I always have confidence that Lou will deliver exactly what we need, to time and to budget.