It's not all cars, cars, cars! I wrote an article for a business magazine about a lovely lady who needed a profile piece written. She is exceptionally talented and had so many strings to her bow that was actually quite difficult to write an easy-to-understand profile on her, but here's what I came up with....
Mary Barker is an experienced coach and mentor who recently returned to Basingstoke to offer counselling and training to private individuals and also companies through her firm The Bridge Consultancy.
With significant experience in the fields of education, change management and “lifelong learning”, Mary’s mission is to help people and businesses develop their potential.
Mary started her working life in commerce at the Bank of England, but left to pursue a teaching career. Success in education led onto becoming a careers adviser where she worked with the Hampshire Careers Service, eventually paving the way for her to start her own business, The Bridge Consultancy in 1992.
The name was chosen to reflect the “bridge” between problems and success, and since it was established, has won multiple awards and accolades including the prestigious Business Excellence Chamber of Commerce Best Small Business Award and employs three full-time members of staff.
Having recently moved back to Basingstoke from the Isle of Wight, Mary’s considerable skills and versatility mean that she can lend an empathetic ear to private individuals who need counselling in the relaxed and informal setting of her town centre home or other mutually agreeable locations. She can also offer a bespoke and confidential solution to workplace conflicts.
With a long list of qualifications and considerable skills, she has experience in helping people with every kind of problem, ranging from post-traumatic stress to suicide awareness and career changes.
The Bridge Consultancy can help with a huge range of employment issues from work-life balance to long-term sickness and dealing with stress. Mary and her colleagues pride themselves on listening without prejudice and complete confidentiality.
She explains: “We provide a flexible menu of services to provide individuals, companies and staff with the support needed for personal, professional and business development, be it face-to-face or even by email, Skype or phone. We listen to what you want to achieve and help you focus on those goals, both short and long term. Feedback from clients after working with us, indicates better well-being, more motivation and employee engagement, higher productivity, improved relationships and the implementation of new ideas.
“Whatever it is that you need, it’s worth contacting us to see if we can help!”
For more information, please contact The Bridge Consultancy at www.thebridgeconsultancy.co.uk