As It Should Be is a Bristol-based business that supports organisations in making their digital  products and services more sustainable and accessible. It was founded by Jon Gibbins and became a certified B Corp in 2022. Jon had been keen to gain B Corp status – it was the right fit  for him, and the only framework in which he could build a business that aligned with his values.


Jon had initially been running As It Should Be alongside his own consultancy work. However, when he decided to make the move to focus solely on his business, he recognised that he would need solid support, tailored to his needs.

Now he is a full-time business owner, Jon finds that his workload is either a famine or a feast in these early days of growth! He needed any support to be flexible – this would enable him to manage his budget and decide how best to prioritise the time he pays for. 

He also needed his support to dovetail into his own variable workload. When Jon is working on a project, he needs support to keep up with social media, nurturing leads and admin tasks. And when he has the capacity to do those regular tasks himself to build direct relationships with his clients, he needs support with preparing reports and other ongoing responsibilities.

B Corp status comes with certain important responsibilities and impact initiatives like pledging a percentage of profits to environmental and social causes, and submitting annual reports on the impact of the business’ practices. Jon needed help to keep the business running while he gathers and collates information for these reports.


Jon approached Get Ahead in July 2022 and described his specific needs. After listening to his story and gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a B Corp, we introduced him to Dee. Dee is a virtual assistant and social media manager with a wide and varied background. Jon and Dee clicked immediately. Jon was delighted that Dee quickly grasped the concept of his business, including its purpose and drive for positive environmental and social impact.

Dee’s role includes social media, marketing and email management. She has also created and refined business development processes, increasing leads and driving conversions.

Supporting As It Should Be’s B Corp status, she manages their membership to 1% for the Planet, an ethical organisation that ensures that 1% of  member company’s profits are donated responsibly. She also manages the carbon reporting, keeping records of energy and water use, so As It Should Be can monitor and reduce  its energy and water consumption .

Because of the flexibility we offer, Jon has the freedom to adjust the amount of work he gives Dee each month, depending on his own workload and turnover.


Dee’s support has alleviated the pressure Jon was under, increasing his own capacity so he can focus his attention wherever it is needed. This includes retaining As It Should Be’s B Corp status and having time to develop the annual impact report all B Corps are required to submit.

Dee’s support has really helped Jon grow the As It Should Be brand. On LinkedIn, follower numbers are growing at a rate well above industry benchmarks. Online and offline, As It Should Be is getting attention for the right reasons. It’s been named as one of the top ten Bristol green techs to follow in 2024, and one of the top ten most sustainable digital agencies to work with in 2024. And during the 2023 B Corp month, it was one of the Bristol B Corps chosen to have its logo projected onto the side of the Tobacco Factory arts centre.

We are thrilled to be supporting a growing brand at such an exciting time in its development.


ThreeTenSeven is a brand transformation consultancy specialising in health and wellbeing. A long-established business, they were founded in 1984 in Leeds, under the name Thompson Brand Partners. The business has gone from strength to strength, and has some very big names among its clients, including NHS England, Mind and Morrisons.


All was well with ThreeTenSeven until 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic. As working models changed, the business’ need for a full-time in-house office manager declined and the Client Services team and Directors absorbed many of the office manager’s tasks. This was the right choice at the time, but as workplaces reopened and as the pipeline picked back up, the gap left by the office manager became very apparent. 


Managing Director Rachel recognised that the team needed back-office support again to free up their Client Services team to focus on client work. She approached Get Ahead to find out what solutions we could offer. We matched Rachel and her team with our virtual expert Sophie, who started by managing their emails from her home office in the North West. 

Over time, the role has grown. On top of email management, Sophie now has other regular duties including managing a MailChimp database, organising time sheets, updating schedules and creating weekly reports. She also does the supermarket order so all the team get a healthy lunch! 

In addition to these regular tasks, Sophie also has a reactive role. The team communicate with each other through business messaging app Slack. Through Slack, they can contact Sophie as and when they need her. Some jobs that might take the team ages can be fixed very quickly by Sophie. She has tweaked spreadsheets so they work effectively and quickly reformatted documents so they look professional.

Sophie continues to work remotely. Slack’s capabilities mean she and the team can communicate in real time, while cloud storage and document sharing make co-working simple. 

Rachel and Get Ahead manage the reactive side of Sophie’s work. We agreed that Sophie would work eight hours per week for ThreeTenSeven, with an option for more time as required. Equally, during quiet weeks, Rachel has given Sophie permission to remind the team her support is there! Sophie can use Slack to let the team know she has capacity and is available to help. 


Sophie and the team at ThreeTenSeven have built a really positive working relationship. Sophie’s support means that back-office tasks are being completed reliably and on time. Not only is this good news for the business, but the team feel more supported; Rachel and the team know they can delegate tasks to Sophie, creating headspace for their core work. 

Outsourcing has been good news for the bottom line too. With an agreed limit of eight hours a week, Rachel can easily stay within her staffing budget. It’s amazing what Sophie can get done in the time!


Working with a VA was new but made sense for us, and it’s worked out really well. Fiona was a joy to work with and took the time to understand our needs, rather than just fielding any old person, and it’s that right-fit that’s made the difference. Sophie just gets on with it – we know all the essential recurring weekly tasks will be done like clockwork, and it’s a real relief in a small owner-managed business. She adapted to agency ways of working and bespoke software beautifully. Once Sophie nailed the baseline tasks, they were being done in much less time than expected, which meant we could then think of other tasks we could get her to help with. It’s always like that with a smart, competent person, isn’t it – you think ‘Well, that was easy – what else can I give them?’ and they soon soak up tasks you hadn’t thought to delegate before. Now I’ll fling anything her way, from helping out with our carbon reporting to researching new job management software and buying last minute client Christmas pressies. Everyone needs a Sophie in their lives!


Hut22 is a consultancy devoted to helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint and increase their sustainability through behavioural and organisational change. They’re based in Gloucestershire and are led by Kevin Couling.


Kevin is a force for good. He’s full of ideas but because he works alone, he sometimes finds it difficult to find the time to put them all into practice.

When he first approached Get Ahead, he was facing a number of challenges. Kevin had been managing on his own for a while, but had decided it was time to focus on his strengths and get support for tasks others could do more efficiently.

He’s a good writer with clear ideas, and recognised that, to make more of his written content, the Hut22 website needed to be updated. He needed support to take advantage of social media opportunities.

In addition to marketing, he needed help to improve the output from his core offering. Kevin facilitates workshops with businesses who want to be more sustainable. During a workshop, he encourages the people he’s working with to explore issues and develop solutions, writing them down as they go. However, for this to be useful in the long term, it is vital that these notes are brought together cohesively. Kevin was struggling to keep on top of collating the handwritten notes.


Get Ahead contacted several virtual experts to support Kevin.

We introduced him to Carrie who took over the improvements to the website. She created new pages for his services, case studies and blogs. Carrie worked with another Get Ahead expert, Mel, to create a gated content area on the website for subscribers to access free resources.

For social media, we brought in Emma. She audited his social media channels and analysed what his competitors were doing. She also asked Kevin questions about how he was using social media to establish what was already working for him. Ultimately, she created a list of recommendations, including how often to post and which channels would be most effective.

Administrator Juliet addressed the difficulty of the handwritten notes. Kevin now photographs them and sends them to her, and she collates them into spreadsheets for Kevin to share with his clients. In addition to natural organisational skills, she has also developed an excellent ability to read unfamiliar handwriting!


Kevin is delighted with the work Get Ahead are doing, as well as the time efficiency he has gained. The website is looks professional, functions well and is regularly updated. Juliet’s work means that Kevin is free from the pressure of having to write up notes from his workshops. It also means he has a tangible output he can share with his clients – a great way for him to add value.

Social media has evolved, with Kevin doing some posts himself and Emma taking up the slack when Kevin is busy. Get Ahead’s flexible approach makes this possible – like any Get Ahead client, Kevin can choose how many hours’ support he receives each month.

Kevin enjoys the convenience of outsourcing both project work and ongoing work to the same agency. It means he has a single point of contact for all his outsourced work, while also benefitting from a flexible solution.  

What the client says…

I’ve been working with Emma Barratt and the team at GAVA for around 10 months, calling on a range of resources for support, including: admin, website building, social media and online marketing. The range of skills and flexibility of the team mean that I haven’t yet come across anything they can’t tackle technically or in a timescale that fits with my needs.

The team are engaged, professional and always accommodating when I invariably change my mind or need something at short notice.

I’d absolutely recommend them to any SME that needs both ad hoc support and more focused project delivery.


Vagabond is a digital marketing agency based in Manchester. Their team is made up of experts in digital marketing, pay-per-click and other aspects of paid search. However, they decided not to employ a full-time finance administrator because there wasn’t enough work to justify it. Owner TJ decided outsourcing finance admin was the better option, and approached one of our regional directors to ask for support. 


TJ is a digital marketing genius but the finance side of the business was taking him away from his real purpose. He felt that outsourcing finance would give him back both time and head space, while ensuring finance admin is completed to a high standard.


The regional director introduced him to our finance experts. He began by working with Charlotte. When her circumstances changed and she had to move on, Get Ahead simply slotted finance administrator Holly into the role instead, ensuring a seamless service for TJ. 

First Charlotte and then Holly worked flexibly for Vagabond, adjusting their hours depending on the workload. The core task is to raise the client invoices and pass them to TJ, who checks them to ensure they align with the agreements he has made with his clients. Holly also reconciles invoices and manages payroll. 

In addition to doing the job she had been asked to do, Holly noticed some areas where processes could be improved. There was already a dedicated “accounts” email address but it wasn’t being used consistently. Holly encouraged TJ to direct clients to use it, making invoices easier to find when it was time to reconcile the accounts.

TJ has now handed over responsibility for the accounts inbox to Holly, who is authorised to reply to emails and answer invoice queries. Again, this frees up his time so he can get on with delivering Vagabond’s core business. 


TJ is delighted to have some support with financial admin. Finding someone dependable and trustworthy in Holly has freed up his time and now he can focus on growing the business.

Vagabond has benefited financially too. When Holly was reconciling the invoices on Xero, she noticed TJ had not claimed back as much of the tax as he could have. As the expenses in question were still within HMRC’s time limit, Holly was able to generate reports to gather the relevant information for TJ’s accountant to make the claim and ensure all future claims are made too. This has made a difference to Vagabond’s finances, and shows why outsourcing finance admin offers great value for money!  



Evolve Counselling is a therapy practice based in Leeds, run by Nicola Hepinstall and her business partner Eleni Michael. In addition to offering therapy themselves, they also let rooms to other practitioners. 


Evolve Counselling has grown since its inception in 2015. Nicola and Eleni took on a new premises in 2022, with more opportunities for letting rooms and broadening the therapeutic and naturopathic services they offer. 

Unfortunately, the old marketing, particularly the website, did not reflect these new opportunities. The website was excellent at promoting the therapy services, but did not have the capacity to promote the rooms available for hire or make it easy for practitioners to book them. Evolve Counselling was ranking on search engines for keywords like “therapists,” but not for “room bookings.” 

In addition to changing the information on the website, it also needed bringing up to date in its appearance, while still staying on-brand. 

The business was not using social media to promote the therapy or the room hire. This was because Nicola and Eleni felt overwhelmed by it – the pressure to post consistently, find time to create posts and choose the best platforms meant that they weren’t posting at all. 


We introduced Nicola and Eleni to our web designer, Jenny. Jenny did an audit of the old website to assess its effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. Then she put together a proposal to rebuild the site. She chose the website-building platform WordPress so it would be easy for Nicola and Eleni to amend information on the website themselves. 

Working within the existing brand guidelines, Jenny updated the website. From the brand colours, she chose the lighter ones to create a bright, optimistic look for the therapy website. She also installed an online booking system to streamline the room-booking process. 

It was difficult to audit Evolve Counselling’s social media because there wasn’t any data to draw on – it needed to be restarted. After some initial work from one of our dedicated social media experts, we decided to hand social media over to Jenny. Jenny had established a strong relationship with Nicola and Eleni through her work on the website, and they felt that allowing Jenny to build on her existing knowledge would produce the most effective social media content. Our regional director managed the change in personnel – another strand to our support for Evolve Counselling.  


Nicola and Eleni are delighted with the work Jenny has done on their website and social media. Knowing that their digital marketing is in safe hands means they can get on with providing therapy to their own clients and running the business. SEO is a long game but we anticipate the new site will rank for the additional room-booking keywords as well as for therapy searches.

What the client says…

“Jenny has been great and taken everything we have asked for on board – no task has been too much for her. We have really appreciated all of her hard work with designing and creating the new website and alongside this, her support in helping us understand the many aspects of the website and booking system.”


Rowena Prescot is an established Harley Street homeopath. She approached Get Ahead at the end of 2022, seeking marketing support. She had already invested in her brand – her website, logo, graphics and tone of voice were all excellent and fit for purpose. However, she had reached the point where it was time to leverage the quality of her brand, enhance it further and grow her business. She was ready to invest in customer segmentation, content marketing and social media. 


Rowena had been outsourcing her marketing offshore. Unfortunately, while it offered a budget solution, it wasn’t delivering the results she had hoped for. The offshore marketing team didn’t appreciate the significance of a Harley Street address for a natural health business, nor were they able to relate to her specific target market. 

An additional challenge is that Rowena’s work means she spends most of her working hours with clients for consultation and treatments. This means that she needs to work with marketing experts who are self-motivated and have plenty of initiative. Trust is essential – Rowena needs to feel confident that her marketing support is delivering the work she needs to the right audience. 


We matched Rowena with our marketing expert Gloria. Gloria’s skills complement Rowena’s well – in addition to being a social media expert, Gloria also works as a life coach. This gives her a deeper understanding of the nurturing side of Rowena’s work as a homeopath. 

Gloria now delivers a range of content marketing support, including social media management, creation of Instagram reels, post scheduling and hashtag research. Above all, Gloria has focused on Rowena’s target market, building online relationships with the specific group of people who would most benefit from Rowena’s homeopathy. 

Gloria is also providing blog support. Rowena writes her blogs herself – as the person at the centre of her brand, it’s vital to maintain an authentic voice. However, she does find it helpful to be able to delegate proof-reading, formatting and uploading to Gloria, who’ll also take a fresh look at her work. We love supporting business owners to leverage their natural talent – this is a great example of how a little input from us can enhance a client’s own work. 

Similarly, Gloria has also encouraged Rowena to make videos. Sharing her real self and talking to camera is a great way to engage with future clients, especially as trust between homeopath and client is essential. 

The Get Ahead team felt that Rowena would benefit from some paid online advertising too. As this is outside Gloria’s area of expertise, we brought in a second virtual expert, Anneka. Anneka delivered a one-off project for Rowena, creating a dedicated campaign which is now up and running. 


Even though we have only been supporting Rowena for six months, she’s already seeing her social media presence grow. Both Rowena and the Get Ahead team are delighted with the working relationship we have established and look forward to deepening it in future. Rowena is thrilled to have found the right outsourcing partner and we can’t wait to help her take her business even further.

Long-term support for an evolving charity


The Social Tech Trust work to realise the potential of technology to create a fairer and more regenerative future. Since 2008, they have supported almost 800 socially motivated initiatives in the UK, providing more than £31m of funding to transform lives with tech. 

Through this work, they have played a vital role in developing the social tech ecosystem and have built an extensive track record of successfully supporting social tech ventures to deliver financial and social returns. 

The Trust provides investment, grant funding and support to organisations that are addressing social challenges using tech to transform lives. 

Get Ahead have supported the Social Tech Trust since 2020. 


The Social Tech Trust team usually work remotely. They knew they needed support but the variable workload meant they didn’t want to take on a full-time administrator. Because they’re a charity, their funding is limited and they have to account for their spending to their trustees. This means they sought a cost-effective and agile option to enable them to deliver their strategy. They came to Get Ahead looking for affordable, flexible, high-quality business support. 

Like many of Get Ahead’s clients, the Social Tech Trust is growing and evolving, meaning their needs change over time. One such development was the arrival of a new Operations Director who immediately saw a need for a personal assistant to their CEO. 


Get Ahead supports the Social Tech Trust with board and committee meetings and general ad hoc administrative support. One of our virtual assistants, Debra, has worked with them throughout our partnership and their team has grown during that time with Debra’s support across their recruitment activities. 

Another of our VAs, Sara, has joined in the role of PA to the CEO. More than just diary management, Sara’s role has expanded to include research, diary coordination, collating CRM data into spreadsheets, organising the team away day and setting up induction meetings for new starters. 


Debra has supported the Operations Director with recruitment for specialist team members, as well as administrating board meetings. This helps the charity to grow their team and expand the number of projects their work can support. Meanwhile, Sara’s remote PA services have helped to free up their CEO to deliver the strategy. They are delighted to have the benefit of proactive, thorough support through an affordable service they can flex as required. 

Marketing support for a long-standing family business


Wellingtons Home Electrical is an independent retailer of small electrical items, and has recently branched out into supplying and fitting kitchens. They are a family business founded one hundred and twenty five years ago with shops in Erith and Bromley on the outskirts of London. The 2nd oldest business in Kent.


Kate at Wellingtons was introduced to us by another member of our business family. She was facing two key challenges and needed our help. The business is in a period of growth, connecting with a younger market. Firstly, her own background is in accountancy but she was also delivering all the marketing too. As with anything that is outside our skill set, marketing was proving time-consuming and stressful. Secondly, Wellingtons has always prided itself on being at the cutting edge of new technology. However, Kate felt that they were lagging behind other retailers when it came to social media – a particular issue given that they are trying to attract younger customers. She’d also noticed how AI was progressing and wondered how to harness this power to drive Wellingtons forward.


Kate initially asked for support with social media management. The relationship has grown from there! We connected Kate with one of our social media and marketing experts, Becca. Becca has lots of B2C marketing experience and fitted in well with Kate and the rest of the team. Becca travelled to Bexleyheath to look at the products and plan how best to tell Wellingtons’ story on social media. She also met the team which was a win in itself – she established a relationship with them, opening channels of communication to help them support her efforts. Becca and the in-house team are now all working towards the same overall goal. Becca also took action herself to ensure the social media was effective. One of the key selling points for Wellingtons is their customer service and product knowledge. This is what she wanted to bring to life on social media. She hoped to drive sales to the website by shining a spotlight on the employees. She continues to visit the shop every six weeks to take further photos and videos. Becca is building relationships with other relevant businesses, following other social media accounts to generate interactions and build a community. Her work soon expanded into other areas too, including e-mail marketing, design, advertising, sponsorship packages, events and content writing (blogs/website/emails). She’s supported Wellington’s Kitchens with web design direction, providing a professional second opinion and constructive suggestions, whilst writing all the content. A big help has been managing Trustpilot reviews. Kate had struggled to keep up with acknowledgements and replies. Fortunately, Becca took over this area, not only
keeping up with interactions but using the reviews as social media posts to create more varied content.


Support from Get Ahead has been a success all round! Kate has been able to focus on finance and admin, performing better in both areas now she’s passed on social media to someone else. Becca fits in really well and loves working with the Wellingtons team. Becca’s thorough approach to marketing has yielded the great results the business was looking for. Every element of has fitted into the overall marketing strategy. Becca is always mindful of the bigger picture, maximising the impact of each step to ensure the best return. Wellingtons has seen an almost immediate return on their investment, with more interactions online leading to more sales in their shops. Wellington’s social interactions have gone from under 100 to up to 22k views. Becca has also entered Wellingtons for a business award – with clear marketing message and a defined direction, they’ve already made the shortlist! We know you’ll join us in wishing them all the best for the final.

Branding a start up


Step Up Overseas Business was started up in June 2022. Consultant Richard Towns provides expertise in helping UK businesses extend overseas and open new branches.


We joined Richard at the very beginning of his journey when he was starting his business from scratch. Before he could even market it, he needed to decide exactly what it was that he was offering. With that established, we then needed to deliver a variety of marketing services to help him reach his first clients. We are thrilled to be on this journey with Richard and watch his business start to grow. New challenges pop up all the time and we are continually delivering new solutions to meet emerging needs.


The first challenge was supporting Richard to find the right direction for his business. Our graphic designer and branding expert, Kate, did a thorough analysis of branding in the industry, as well as discussing Richard’s offering with him in detail. Through this process and with the support of his own business coach, Richard was able to identify his business direction. This helped him refine his offering, as well as informing Kate’s branding. With the branding in place, the Get Ahead team has supplied other support to help Richard market his business.

Web designer Carrie has created his website, ably assisted by copywriter Liam. Liam and Richard work very well together with Liam writing in Richard’s voice to share his message with his clients. This kind of copywriting is particularly important when one person is the business, and a client’s decision to work with them might be quite personal. In addition to website copy, Liam has also produced case studies and social media content.

With the basics in place, Richard is now looking at the details. Our team have used Kate’s branding guidelines to produce business cards, a PowerPoint template, email
signature, Calendly and Zoom background so that all his communications show his brand consistently.


Richard is thrilled with the work we have produced…and we’ve been thrilled to be on his exciting business journey with him. He has completely embraced outsourcing,
knowing that we can quickly deliver jobs that might take him twice the time. This attitude is really helping his business – he can spend his time connecting with his own clients instead of getting bogged down with the small jobs. Richard has the reassurance of a strong, outsourced team to support him. We have the privilege of watching his business grow and seeing the impact of our work as the journey continues.

What the client says…

“I have been working with Fiona and the Get Ahead team for several months now, as I start up my business from scratch.

I am indebted to the support and help so far to get things moving. I am very impressed on the range of support and expertise available such as website design, social media content writing, Branding and logos, business card design, marketing advert designs. It has truly been a “one stop shop” for my outsourcing needs, and I’m sure it will continue to be so.

It is a great comfort to myself knowing that I have an expert team behind me supporting me along the way.

I would thoroughly recommend the Get Ahead services to anyone wishing to grow their business and requiring marketing support.”

Richard Towns

Taking a new product to market


Insight Delivered, based in Herriard, just outside Basingstoke, designs, builds and deploys data analysis and scenario planning products. Established in 2016, Insight Delivered now has a global client base. In 2022, chief executive Vijay Iyer decided to expand the business, introducing a new product stack and connecting with new markets.


Recently, Vijay and his team of expert developers created an innovative financial planning and analysis application in response to client need.

Although Insight Delivered already had a high-quality product and have been successful in growing their business organically, they lacked the expertise in-house to take their new software-as-a-service solution to market.


Insight Delivered were already working with a freelance strategic marketing consultant, Kara. Kara approached Get Ahead to provide hands-on support to market and sell the new SaaS solution.

Vijay had initially wondered whether to conduct a survey to help them launch the product. However, the Get Ahead marketing experts felt that other approaches were worth considering.

To find an alternative route, we led a commercial strategy workshop and developed a lead generation campaign including telemarketing, social media, and email marketing. The Get Ahead team created a targeted account list, met with their target audience, and set up and tracked the CRM solution.

Armed with this strategic information, we developed the core marketing messaging. Louise, our commercial strategy expert, was instrumental in understanding how Insight Delivered could make the most of their CRM system.

Get Ahead also created online marketing collateral, wrote articles and designed a new website to refine the business messages. The team researched keywords to maximise SEO and enabled tracking across Insight Delivered’s website and through to their CRM solution.

While the website was under construction, we ensured there was a consistent online presence to drive traffic to. We built the company LinkedIn page, making sure the Insight Delivered brand was consistent and professional. This also meant we could increase brand awareness and direct people somewhere while the website was being refreshed.

Over time, the relationship between Insight Delivered and Get Ahead grew, as did the project. To support building the marketing and sales pipeline, Insight Delivered engaged Get Ahead team members with the relevant skills and experience. In addition to commercial strategist Louise, we also brought in copywriter Claire, web developer Jennie and customer relationship manager Helen.


The relationship continues. Helen is nurturing the product pipeline, working closely with clients and prospects.

The new website looks brilliant and has raised the profile of Insight Delivered with new and existing clients alike. During the first six months, we increased their social media followers by 100%, established regular online activity, scheduled five client meetings, and developed a pipeline of eighteen accounts with engagement, and over fifty more still to explore.

It’s been a valuable experience for Get Ahead too. We have embraced the opportunity to work with other expert freelancers like Kara, ultimately delivering a complete marketing and sales approach through a collaborative process. Skill, teamwork, collaboration, and communication have combined with great outcomes for Insight Delivered.