Anna Lake Consulting

I am a freelance marketing consultant based in Tavistock, Devon. I help businesses to achieve their growth ambitions by providing direction to their marketing. I also help companies strengthen relationships with their clients, prospects and wider stakeholders through relationship marketing activities such as client service programmes and events.

Services

The services I offer are focused achieving growth, enhancing service levels and building relationships. The offerings bring to bear the expertise I developed from working for leading professional services brands for over ten years and are those I believe will add value to my clients’ business.

Director of Marketing

If you have reached a stage in your business where you need to bring in senior marketing expertise but do not wish to appoint an in-house Marketing Director, I can provide outsourced senior-level support and will work alongside you to develop and execute a marketing strategy to support your ambitions.

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Client Service Programmes

Service is becoming increasingly important to buyers, it is often a more important factor than price. I offer businesses a range of initiatives to enable them to look at their approach to client service, question whether their proposition is meeting the expectations of their clients and re-align their activities so they truly are client-centric.

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Events

In business, ‘people buy people’ and I believe events are an excellent way of developing and deepening relationships between your people and your clients and prospects.

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About Me

I have worked at a senior level in both the public and private sectors and have worked internationally. I am an accomplished relationship marketer, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Marketer.

I began my career in the civil service. I worked at the Government Office for the South West administering and promoting European Social Funded projects and then went on to work in Westminster as a Private Secretary for a government minister.

I have worked for Deloitte and BDO – both leading brands in the Professional Services sector. During my six-plus years at Deloitte I was responsible for a number of initiatives which positioned the firm as leading advisers to the public sector in the UK. During my four-year tenure at BDO my remit was to lead firm-wide campaigns and sponsorships and I was also responsible for the firm’s ‘Exceptional Client Service’ agenda. I undertook a three-month secondment to India where I recruited a local marketing team and designed and delivered client service training sessions to the BDO India team.

I am the Regional Director for the Exeter branch of the PM Forum which is a membership body for Marketing and Business Development professionals working in Professional Services firms.

I decided to go freelance in order to share my relationship marketing expertise with a variety of businesses in a manner which allows me the degree of flexibility I need with a young family.

My Approach

I am able to offer a flexible approach to meet the needs of my clients and although I am based in West Devon I welcome the opportunity to work with businesses across the South West. I can act as your outsourced marketing resource or can provide additional capacity for your in-house team on specific projects. In addition to working directly with my own clients, I work on an associate basis with The BD Consultancy and Monkey’s Paw Consultancy.

I have an excellent network of fellow professionals so I can engage the necessary experts to support projects if some elements fall outside my area of expertise.

Due to the nature of my business and my limited overheads and non-VAT status I am able to offer competitive rates compared to larger agencies. My fees will be agreed at the start of each project and any work outside the original scope of the project will be discussed and agreed as soon as possible.

I am passionate about offering an excellent service to my clients and will be practicing what I preach by asking for feedback so that I can continue to improve!

Testimonials

``Anna is adept at looking at challenges from the clients perspective. This has always ensured that the outputs are fit for purpose and effective in the market. She led the team responsible for BDO's 'Exceptional Client Service' agenda and managed a number of internal and external campaigns to highlight the firm's service leadership and ensure standards were upheld.
While a member of my team Anna embraced the huge challenge of a three month secondment to our firm in India. She had an immediate impact and having visited the firm recently she left a significant legacy of a well-structured team and a strong market proposition. She also developed and delivered training for over 200 staff on the firm's client service agenda, sessions which were thoroughly enjoyed by partners and staff alike.
When you need someone you can depend on, when you just need it done and when you need it done expertly, Anna was always my first choice. Dedicated, expert and passionate.``

Allan Evans
Allan Evans Global Head of Business Development and Marketing, BDO

``Anna led a number of initiatives which enabled partners to strengthen relationships with their clients and targets including thought leadership campaigns, events and relationship development programmes. Many of these activities ran concurrently and all required significant senior stakeholder engagement both internally and externally. They were well received by clients and partners alike and resulted in positioning Deloitte as the adviser of choice for organisations across the public sector.``

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Mike Turley Global Public Sector Leader, Deloitte

``Anna led the organisation of a series of ‘Discuss and Dine’ events across the UK. These were dinners with a guest speaker which allowed our team to deepen relationships with current clients and network with prospects. The events received positive feedback from guests and internal attendees and contributed to raising awareness of our brand within the NHS market.``

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James Nicholls Head of Public Sector Consultancy, BDO

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