Testimonials

“Innovas worked with Bavester Associates to develop an economic sector growth plan for the sport & physical activity sector in Leicester & Leicestershire. Katie was a key team member, conducting interviews with sector partners and businesses, facilitating two stakeholder workshops and assisting production of the final report. Katie’s expert knowledge of the sport sector was instrumental in shaping the design of the study and ensuring that the recommendations and investment propositions contained in the final report were targeted on the key opportunities and challenges facing the sector to generate the maximum economic returns” 

Simon Hallam, Managing Director, Innovas Consulting

 

“Having commissioned Katie to undertake a thorough appraisal of the Keep Active project I have been most satisfied with the service received. Katie excelled in communicating with all current partners as well as creating new partners which may well become instrumental in the further development and overall success of the project. The report we received was conceived, developed and completed in a timely manner and was comprehensive in depicting the project’s current performance against objectives as well as suggesting suitable amendments where required. I have found Katie to be flexible in her approach to ensure that no compromise is taken when developing the project at hand.”

Ian Evans, Sport and Physical Activity Development Manager, Abbeycroft Leisure

 

“Bavester Associates were engaged to undertake a short research project to capture levels of disability provision by leisure operators in Suffolk. As we have come to expect from Bavester Associates the work was carried out efficiently and effectively with an excellent research report produced detailing the findings. The insight gained through the work has been very helpful in focusing work with leisure operators in the county and will hopefully lead to improved sport and leisure provision for disabled people in the county.”

Adam Baker, Most Active County Project Manager, Suffolk County Council

 

“Katie has both assisted in the development and completion of our successful application to the Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund. Katie's approach ensured that the bid was of a high standard including the research element and evidencing the need for the project.  Katie's approach is always professional and provides a fantastic insight into any project which adds real value. On that basis I have no hesitation in recommending Katie to other organisations.”

Warren Smyth, Chief Executive Abbeycroft Leisure

 

“Katie has worked on a number of projects with us, most recently Grants4Growth in Cambridgeshire. With very stretching targets to achieve Katie quickly made a huge impression with her SME clients and rapidly achieved everything expected. She proved again that she is highly professional and personable with a pragmatic approach, great attention to detail and always follows though.”

Steve McAteer, Consulting Director at Deyton Bell

 

“I worked with Katie on the Grants4Growth programme, where she provided frontline business facilitation for Cambridgeshire. She was highly effective, taking on and rapidly increasing uptake/impact in that area, catalysing significant private sector investment in growth/efficiency initiatives. She consistently provided dedication and significant added-value, mobilising a range of approaches and new and existing relationships to tackle some very demanding programme targets. It was great to work with Katie and I'd have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her to others.”

Simon Best, European Strategy Manager at Nwes: Encouraging Enterprise

 

“We engaged Bavester Associates to support our bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. Despite the timescales being extremely tight they helped pull together a very thorough and compelling bid document which clearly and concisely set out the reasons why Suffolk should host the Baton Relay. Bavester Associates quickly understood the project brief and undertook their work in professional and responsive manner. I would have no hesitation in working with them again in the future or recommending them to others commissioning this sort of work.”

Adam Baker, Most Active County Project Manager, Suffolk County Council

 

“Having been recommended Bavester Associates from a colleague I approached them to provide some strategic marketing expertise on a unique project we carried out in Peterborough. Katie played a vital role in the success of the overall project and I was consistently impressed by the service she provided to our client.  When asked to deliver against tight deadlines, Katie’s professionalism and effectiveness never faltered and I will definitely consider appointing Bavester Associates for future”

Carla Brown, Projects Coordinator, Living Sport

 

“In 2013 we embarked on a video project to film a number of job profile case studies for the careers and education sector. We were looking to target a variety of individuals in diverse job roles and we worked with Katie to help us reach out to potential film subjects.  Katie used her extensive contacts and project management skills to find us a number of candidates to film. She liaised with them on our behalf and supplied us with the individuals all briefed and ready to film. Katie provided us with an excellent service to a very tight schedule. She was detailed, thorough and very approachable to work with.  I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Katie as a highly competent project manager.”

Mark Pirrie, Director of Media, careersINFO

 

“Abbeycroft Leisure and Anglia Community Leisure commissioned Bavester Associates to deliver a number of key events across West Suffolk. The Women’s Tour Community Activities and Queen’s Baton Relay were two of these events that due to Katie’s strong work ethic and resilience, ensured they were delivered not only to an extremely high standard, but that key stakeholders were fully engaged and relationships built or enhanced. Both of these were high profile events and reputationally sensitive but there was no hesitation that they were safe in Katie’s hands. Katie fitted seamlessly into our team.  Our staff members have valued working with her to support the end delivery of these projects, with her focused approach giving them the opportunity to improve their own skills. Bavester Associates offers a professional service that is focused on delivery and Katie’s breadth of knowledge, not only from a local prospective but also from a national picture has been priceless in adding value to our projects. It has been a delight to work with Bavester Associates and we would recommend their services without any hesitation.”

Alison Blackwell, Development Director, Abbeycroft Leisure

 

“Suffolk County Council engaged Bavester Associates to support with the organisation and co-ordination of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay visit to the county on Monday 9th June 2014. The awarding of the visit to Suffolk, the only place in the East of England to receive the honour, followed a successful bidding process which Bavester Associates also supported. Like the bidding process. Bavester Associates’ involvement in the Relay visit was fundamental to its success. They were involved in all aspects of the co-ordination, planning and organisation of the day which involved five different events in five different locations across Suffolk. They were well organised, responsive and thorough and undertook their work in a professional and timely manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bavester Associates in the future.”

Adam Baker, Most Active County Project Manager, Suffolk County Council

 

“Bavester Associates recently completed an evaluation of Cambridgeshire County Councils ‘Stepping Stone’ programme. This proved to be an excellent choice as Katie brought a high level of expertise and enthusiasm to the task from the outset. There was a clear understanding of the brief and a very methodical approach to the work was adopted. Consultation with key delivery agencies and participants was carefully undertaken, at just the right pace and at a level to extract all the relevant information required. Katie also analysed the responses and subsequently provided a well-argued set of suggestions on how to improve delivery of the Stepping Stone project as it goes forward.  The result is that the report was produced on time, to budget, and to the satisfaction of Senior Officers at the County Council.”

Gary Hughes, Lead Officer Growth, Supporting Businesses and Communities, Cambridgeshire County Council