Kirsty James has been offering networking, event and marketing services since 2007, when she became self-employed, 4-months pregnant with her second of three children and seeking more flexibility around family commitments than was offered at the time in her employed, corporate setting.
Kirsty grew up and still lives in South Warrington and has a strong sense of social responsibility. Her commitment to connecting with purpose, authenticity and humanity is integral to how she operates her business and leads her life. Her ventures enrich the framework of community and business support in/near Warrington as well as offering consistent support to steering committees and charities.
Lover of travel, community, connecting folk and being busy.
Huge supporter of community engagement and CSR, promoting cross-sector project work and associate collaborations, she has fundraised thousands for various regional causes over the years and been the catalyst for other people's success and wellbeing.
Into authentic business and community networking.
Wife, mum of three, and with personal and business interests that involve charities, languages and family wellbeing via parental education events.
Her first business (KJBS) was in finance – setting up accounting system for small businesses. On the side of this, she added a networking group (Lymm Networking Group) in order to meet more people and support fellow local businesses. There were very few networking events in Warrington at the time (no independents back in 2007, just a few franchised brands). The free drop-in quarterly coffee morning turned into Colony Networking in 2010 and then into a commercial entity with several go-to event brands on the Warrington calendar attracting hundreds.
In 2022, the various event and consultancy businesses she managed were consolidated into a single business – Kirsty James Consulting.
Trading names and event brands associated with Kirsty have included Colony Networking, Colony Women, Colony Wellbeing, Warrington Business Expo, KTS Women in Business, Cheshire International Women’s Day, Club90, Warrington Curry Club, SoupOnTheGo (community Crowdfunding events) and Think Family Matters (eSafety and mental health school events) – the latter two being social enterprise’s she still runs.
Qualified (in both the UK and France) with a Masters in Business (and a thesis in French on retention marketing), Kirsty spent 10 years in corporate environments before setting up in business in 2007.
She’s spearheaded several award-winning projects and obtained a Prime Minister’s Award for her community work.
Many who have worked with Kirsty say it is her strong moral leadership that differentiates and drives her projects. She fosters a ‘pay it forward’ culture, fuelled by a desire to support the business and wider community.
Her pivotal role in helping to establish and manage the charity Lymm Sanctuary Hub and Business Centre (LSHBC), helped repurpose and save her local Library into a community and business hub that has now secured National Lottery funding for its community projects, created employment and offered affordable office space to several small businesses.
Kirsty is a relationship-marketing specialist with a track record in:
Committed to ‘Connecting with Purpose’, Kirsty specialises in effective business communication and relationship-marketing using the power of networking to enable personal and business growth and community engagement.
She champions business growth, supports ventures that pump investment into the local economy, and aligns her fierce loyalty to community with her core business values of collaboration and connection.
Kirsty has helped hundreds of businesses, via marketing projects and events, to grow and problem-solve by providing ideas, learning environments and valuable connections. Kirsty is generous with her time, collaborative and innovative.
Her style of consultancy is appropriate for those who enjoy with a fair and values-driven individual who works efficiently and with candour. Kirsty prides herself on being a growth enabler, connector of people and problem-solver by introducing people to the right contacts to solve their personal or business challenges.
In the words of many who work with Kirsty, it is her strong moral leadership that differentiates and drives the business. She fosters a ‘pay it forward’ culture, fuelled by a desire to support the business and wider community.
Educated, experienced and connected, Kirsty will boost your business success. If she doesn’t have the direct answer to your business challenges, she will know someone who does.
Marketing project management
Event organisation & facilitation
Delivering business networking strategies and skills development.
Kirsty champions small business growth, oversees ventures that have pumped significant investment into the local economy, and aligns her fierce loyalty to community with her practice’s core values of collaboration and connection.
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