Working together: meet the people behind Essential Business
Director, Essential Business
Julie is the founder and creator of the Essential Business series of guides, workbooks and courses. She not only had the original idea, but also designed The Essential Business Guide, as well as the workbooks.
Julie has run her own businesses since 1981 when she built her own successful graphic design company, specialising in information design for corporate clients and educational publishers. In 2000, she was also one of the founder directors of a manufacturing and export company, selling into the US giftware market. She founded Essential Business in 2002.
Julie manages the publishing, production and customer liaison aspects of Essential Business.
Julie is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and a Fellow of the RSA. She is also past Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Brighton and Emerita President of the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.
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Director, Essential Business; Managing Director, Cobweb Information
Marianne is a director of Essential Business and the Managing Director at Cobweb Information. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with hundreds of corporate, public sector and professional clients to create and develop bespoke information solutions for their small and micro-business customers.
As a business owner herself, Marianne understands the realities, pitfalls and day-to-day frustrations of running a business, but is also aware of the pride, fun and satisfaction of getting things right.
Marianne manages the commercial aspects of Essential Business. If you are interested in finding out more about volume pricing discounts, bespoke publishing options, and partnership opportunities, please contact Marianne directly.
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James was chosen to provide the photographs for The Essential Business Guide due to his rare ability to make ordinary people look extraordinary. The majority of images in the book are by James – great photos of real business people. You can also see some of his photography on this website (see below). James also contributes to Cobweb Information’s Better Business journal. www.jimpix.com
Jane wrote the Marketing section of The Essential Business Guide and a large part of Planning and Starting Your Business. She is a marketing consultant expert and consultant and runs her own consultancy business, PlusOne. She is also a Senior Lecturer the University of Brighton, teaching retail management, consumer psychology, international marketing and strategy to MBA and final year students.
Anna is responsible for shaping the content of The Essential Business Guide. Anna has many years of editorial experience in publishing, both as a freelance and a managing editor, she has started and run a highly successful company, and is the author of several books.
Paul is a freelance graphic designer who works mainly in the design for print field, undertaking anything from advertising to complete corporate identity solutions. Paul worked with Julie on the original Essential Business brand as well as the look and feel of the publications.
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