(Ruby Star Associates) have been fantastic: they understood where we were going and what we wanted to achieve from the word go. Most importantly, Isla and Al have steered us towards our end goal, their assistance has been invaluable and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their passion and enthusiasm for business is refreshing and I look forward to continuing to work with the team.
CH Legal, Rukhsana, Director
I have found Ruby Star Associates to be an absolute breath of fresh air, and they has assisted me in reflecting on my business journey so far, and made me realise that my business dreams are 100% achievable.
I would thoroughly recommend Ruby Star Associates to anyone looking to grow their business, and generally just 'go for it' in life!
Love Umbrellas, Klair, Founder
Ruby Star Associates ran a number of innovation workshops for us and they were extremely well delivered. The feedback from the students was very positive and I have no hesitation in recommending her to help any organisation improve its ability to innovate
Nurse First, Dave, Director
I absolutely love working with Ruby Star on our various entrepreneurship projects. They are very approachable, warm-hearted and extremely talented. They have always got what we do and helped us to achieve our goal of getting graduate businesses at Liverpool John Moores University ready to start making their first sale. If you get the chance to work with them, please do!
LJMU, Dominique, External Relations
They really do what it says on the tin - selling but for humans! Enjoyed a fantastic session on selling - the highs, the lows and how to start making a living doing what we love! Lots of Ooomph and lots of laughs along the way
Common Purpose, Zoya, Programme Manager
Ruby Star helped my business find its feet in the first few years. Without their input and expertise we would have not had the results we experienced or have felt as confident going forward. They supplied myself and my team with invaluable tools to help us loosen up and get on with the nitty gritty of running a business. We still seek their advice as we continue to grow. Personable and approachable they will help you tap into the resources you need to look for new clients and contracts. Highly recommended
Studio Social, Matthew, Director
Ruby Star facilitated one of the most successful team exercises I've ever been a part of and made the whole thing seem effortless. They did a brilliant job of focusing the conversations (without restricting them) and teasing out contributions everyone involved. For the first time in my experience everyone came out with nothing but good things to say. Truly outstanding!
INASP, Liam, Marketing Manager
Ruby Star gave a workshop at our Charity and Social Enterprise Management Summer School. The students loved the wit, invention, and knowledge. They covered areas such as sales, innovation and creativity at a rate of knots without us ever feeling rushed. I would recommend them for any audience looking for oomph!
Anglia Ruskin University, Andrew, Social Enterprise Lead
Ruby Star worked with the senior team of Business Navigators (Europe) Ltd over a two year period. We found their work added a valued dimension in re-positioning the business which supported a consistent improvement in results.
Their expert knowledge and integrity ensure that we will again work with RubyStar Associates in the future.
Business Navigators, Jen Hinds Marketing
We have been working regularly with Ruby Star since coming across them accidentally, via the Accidental Business School in 2010. Almost immediately we commissioned Isla to run a series of leadership workshops for a group of 50 WiRE network leaders who operate remotely and independently but under the WiRE umbrella. The challenge was to encourage delegates to perform as a team and develop their own leadership skills during the sessions. In turn, using these skills to progress their network and support the associated women in business. Ruby Star used innovative, high impact training methods including Lego ® Serious Play ™ methodology, to create cohesiveness amongst the delegates (diverse in terms of business and location) and give them the foundations and skills for becoming leaders in their community.
We have since worked collaboratively with Ruby Star on an on-going project for the Duchy of Cornwall helping to equip Duchy businesses with the knowledge and skills to develop and grow. Delegates run multiple businesses often in difficult conditions so Ruby Star developed an innovative programme of training and activities to encourage strategic thought, create marketing and sales excellence and develop leadership potential.
“I thought the two training days were outstanding... very different from any training I had attended before and brilliantly delivered. Fun but hard work and very thought provoking. It has made me think about how I go about my work (and life actually). I certainly had a few light bulb moments and I also enjoyed learning a few new business techniques, particularly how to present ourselves, how to set business strategy. I thoroughly enjoyed it. PS - I would thoroughly recommend Ruby Star Associates to other Scilly companies”
Only occasionally and if you are very lucky in business are you able to work with a group of people with such enthusiasm, integrity and deep knowledge of their subject matter – if we could, we would keep Ruby Star a secret
Women in Rural Enterprise, Fiona, Director
... jam-packed full of brilliant ideas, matched with an incredible ability to get them to fruition. They talk the most straight forward sense of anyone I know regarding growing a business.
TigerFish PR, Amanda, Director
“Ruby Star did 3 very intense business development sessions with Raynes Architecture, earlier this year. The first session- a strategic over view identified key business goals, the second evolved around CRM and the third around franchising.
Since the sessions I have identified my franchisee pilot the 'pink unicorn' - from the Lego play session. And I have started writing an operations manual and am streamlining my business.
I have already recommended Ruby Star to a number of peers"
Raynes Architecture, Lisa, Founder
Hello to my favourite Facilitators in the universe!
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for your work at the Festival last week.
It was such a brilliant event for everyone to be involved in and you guys were just fantastic the way you helped the entrepreneurs over the 3 days. They spoke very highly of all of you and you should all feel very proud of helping to mould the next generation of entrepreneurs for the UK.
UKTI, Troy, Lead
...very different to a conventional training session, no slides or handouts. Approach was different and had the group fully engaged the amount of laughter and the concentration when (playing) with lego would suggest was enjoyable too.
Some very interesting and surprising statistics.
Eaststone, Yusuf, Customer Services Lead
They listened and I mean really listened, they understood our firm better than we did after the first discussion! Their methods when working on the project are so different to anything my colleagues or I have seen that they are able to really engage you and get so much from everybody involved. The timeframes for our project were quite tight but it was never an issue and they delivered above and beyond what we could have expected. Their team felt like an extension of our own and we were really sad at the end of the project. So much so that we cannot let them go and plan to work with them further in the future
CH Legal, Caroline, Practice Manager
WOW! Like Rocket Fuel for your business!
Stephanie Roper, Wardrobe Angel
Ruby Star Associates worked with me on my Business Model Generation for a new business idea I am just getting off the ground. The session was incredibly valuable providing great insight and guidance in a very creative way. They are very knowledgeable and helped me to put my idea into context and left me with a model which we can now work with going forward. I know we will get results much quicker than we'd have achieved without this session and I'd have no hesitation in recommending them to any business who wants better results.