SME news from Extend PR and Marketing

Our client and Stafford-based life & business coach Grace Marshall has been shortlisted as one of the nation’s Emerging SME Businesses of the Year.

Grace, a published author who lives in Wildwood but works ‘as far north as Edinburgh and south as Budapest’ has been named as a finalist for the Midlands heat of the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC.

Regional winners will be announced at a ceremony in Nottingham hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White on the 9th October. If Grace is successful at the regional stage, she will then head to a national final in London on the 4th November to meet the judging panel including Karen Boswell, the managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe and former managing director of East Coast Trains, Ajaz Ahmed, founder of Freeserve and Debra White, Regional Director of Small Businesses at HSBC.

Grace published her first book, the Amazon bestselling ’21 ways to manage the stuff that sucks up your time’ back in 2012. Since then she has continued to work as a specialist productivity coach and trainer at and Think Productive, one of the world’s leading productivity training companies. She has an extensive online following, is a regular conference speaker nationwide and has been a featured expert in publications ranging from The Times to Glamour magazine.

This coming autumn and the spring of 2016 will see Grace release two new books through publishing giant Pearson. Not bad for someone who describes herself as a ‘naturally disorganised person!’

Commenting on being shortlisted for the Forward Ladies Emerging SME Business of the Year award, Grace said: “I’m thrilled to have made it through to the regional finals and to be recognised by such a prestigious judging panel. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the finals but overall I’m looking forward to a fun and inspiring event and a chance to celebrate our collective achievements with other hard working women.”

Talking about her growing status as a productivity expert, Grace confesses: “Being organised doesn’t come naturally to me. My passion for productivity began when I got fed up of saying ‘I haven’t got enough time’. I have two young children and life is full on, both at work and at home – that’s why I find it so rewarding to help busy time jugglers find ways of getting things done with less stress, less overwhelm, more fun, enjoyment and fulfilment.”

For practical tips and insights on work life balance, productivity and having time for what’s important – visit Grace’s blog

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