Creative Coaching, Mentoring & Business Advice

Can Creative Coaching or Business Advice Help You?
Are you stuck and unable to move forward?
Do you want to review where you are now and decide where you want to go next?
AND plan how you are going to get there?

Bristol Creatives' Coaching, Mentoring & Business Advice Service can help you.  Our Creative Coaches, Mentors & Advisors will help you analyse where you are now and what is stopping you from succeeding.  They will help you look to the future and develop a realistic action plan to help you on your way.  They can also help you structure your time and energy and find the resources you need to help you reach your goals and be there to support you along the way.

One-to-one support can be tailored to your requirements and be delivered via one or more advice/coaching sessions (we recommend 1.5 hours for the first session and then 1 hour for any following sessions) and, if necessary, these sessions can be interspersed with email and phone support, all scheduled so as to allow time for your ideas and plans to develop between meetings.

Business Advice & Coaching Prices & Packages

The Introduction Session will run for approximately 1.5 hours and will cost £35 for Bristol Creatives Gold Members and £50 for non-members.  Subsequent Follow-up Sessions will be approximately an hour long and will cost £25 for Bristol Creatives Gold Members or £35 for non-members.

If you book a package of 1 x Introduction Session (1.5 hours) and 1 x Follow-up Session (1 hour) it will cost just £50 for Gold Members or £75 for non-members.

Email for more information and to book a Creative Coaching, Mentoring or Business Advice Session or Package with Sally or Lisa.

Meet Our Creative Coaches & Business Advisors

Sally Reay is a founding member and part-time Bristol Creatives Director and Project Manager.  She is an artist and a designer maker and she also works for a variety of clients on a freelance basis providing project and event management services.

Sally graduated from art college in 1989 and worked for five years as an account executive for a large public relations and marketing consultancy providing PR and marketing services to a number of blue chip business-to-business and consumer clients. In 1996 she relocated to the West Country attended a business start-up course, won a grant and bursary from the Princes Trust and set up in business as an artist and designer maker.  Sally set up her first online store back in 1997.

In 2007 Sally helped run and manage the award winning 'Space Business Incubation Programme' for a local enterprise agency, where she provided business advice and support to 15 start-up creative businesses.  During this time she attended a Business Mentoring & Coaching Course and went on to provide coaching and mentoring support to a number of start-up creatives businesses.  Sally has also attended the Arts Compass Mentoring Workshop.  Arts Compass is a practical training course that develops trainers' and advisors' skills in helping artists and creative enterprises navigate their way to business and creative success.

Sally has particular expertise in PR, marketing and e-commerce and she has worked with a wide variety of artists, designer makers and small creative businesses to help them to move forward and to develop and grow.  Other areas of expertise include Start-up Business Planning, Business/Action Planning, Feasibility Studies and Goal Setting.

Lisa Malyon is a visual artist and a member of Bristol Creatives. 

As a Creative Coach Lisa works with small businesses and sole traders to help expand their businesses and improve their brand.

As an artist herself, Lisa has a great deal of empathy with creative people and particularly enjoys exploring the challenges and opportunities when working with small businesses. 

Lisa has worked with a range of clients over the years including Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Photographers, Textile Designers, Sculptors, Painters and Personal Stylists.  Lisa was a Volunteer Business Mentor with The Prince’s Trust for 5 years.

Lisa’s coaching style is very informal involving a conversation.  Lisa asks questions about where you are with your art practice and identify stumbling blocks. Often clients reach conclusions themselves during the meeting itself.  Lisa is, by nature, a problem solver and has quite an extensive network of information/contacts that might be useful.  If not able to answer immediately Lisa will call on resources to help.

Lisa’s key skills include listening and problem solving. Lisa is very active on social media and uses various platforms to market her own art practice and can demonstrate the benefits. With a background in retail Lisa draws on her experience when working with clients to identify and (more importantly) reach the customer through market research, recognising current trends and developing a brand.


“I really enjoyed meeting Lisa and talking through the opportunities and options I had available to me to progress my career. Lisa has a great mind for problem-solving, and I came away from our session feeling inspired and creatively invigorated.”

Jessica, Graphic Designer May 2019

 “I contacted Lisa as I knew of the valuable work she had done with another friend and that she would be able to help me move my ideas forward very practically.   At the end of the session I felt more confident about my ideas and my capabilities and very clear about my immediate and medium-term priorities.”

Marie, Personal Stylist Jan 2019

Lisa recommends meeting away from your studio/workshop to help focus the mind.  

NB: Lisa regularly holds Social Media Workshops for those who are new or fearful and can run as a bespoke service for a small group - 8 max.

We also highly recommend:

Rebecca Hartnell aka Daemon Career Coach  Rebecca, a qualified coach and clinical supervisor, specialises in career transitions.  She enables her clients to identify exactly what they want and establish exactly how they will achieve it. Rebecca has delivered outcome-focused coaching interventions to individuals, teams and organisations for over 20 years. Her natural curiosity and belief in people’s innate ability to develop themselves, and their own environments, leads clients to generate their own sustainable solutions. Rebecca’s coaching is informed by many years’ experience working across a range of business functions and industry sectors. Her coaching approach is straightforward, pragmatic, intuitive and kind. Her career, having spanned diverse and demanding environments including The Princes Trust, HEFCE, and The Knowledge Group, leads her to combine excellent academic knowledge with experiences of cross-sector working to provide accessible and rigorous career transition coaching.

Right now, does your career look as you had imagined it would? Perhaps you are wondering how to progress a project you have already begun? Or it may be that having committed to a new career path or business venture you are wondering why it’s not working out. Sometimes you need someone to accompany you whilst you action the career you have a passion for.  I want to enable you to achieve what you want.

I do not have your answers but I know you do. I am: driven, energetic and dynamic. I am brave enough to shine light in the dark places to discover a real career path. I am versatile, eclectic. I have engaged with a wide variety of roles and thus a wealth and breadth of understanding and empathy to draw on. I can rise above the status quo to take a broader, richer view. I am a ‘whirling dervish’ of a coach who will spin you right round, flinging all the doors of opportunity wide open before you.

We shall: harness your core values, your transferable skills, your courage and all your experience. We will work together to identify your new career path. Together we will plot your route map so you know how to make your career choices become real.

YOU will: be challenged and encouraged to look within. YOU learn to listen to yourself. YOU will learn to trust yourself. YOU will leave our sessions with the courage of your convictions. YOU will be free to engage with the authentic, honourable, valuable and purposeful career YOU deserve.  I believe we can make this happen for you.

For more information visit Daemon Career Coach, or email Rebecca directly for details of her service and her fees and, to find out how she can help you.

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