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Aman Ashraff – Executive Creative Director at Ashraff Associates
Duncan is one of the most remarkable individuals I’ve worked with. He has the incredible ability to maintain his composure in the most demanding situations and given the nature of the industry he represents, it is certainly a boon. A mentor to many (including myself) he excels in developing and presenting solutions for his colleagues in a clear, calm and succinct manner that is not just effective, but also inspiring. As a Director/Producer, Duncan consistently exhibits a keen eye for detail and excels at building trust between himself and his cast/crew members. I look forward to working with him in the near future.
Andy Bullard – Owner, Assured Accountancy
Duncan held our audience riveted with his description about how we can each determine our goals and then go about achieving them. I will gladly recommend Duncan to any group who is looking for an inspirational speaker.
Andy Kemp – Communications and Engagement Specialist
Totally committed, full of ideas and always willing to have a go at something different I am particularly impressed and grateful for the seminars and media activity Duncan has delivered for the business. Comfortable presenting to large audiences and in front of the camera, he has ‘fronted’ and narrated a number of promotional videos. Each was done in one take and the camera operator commented that he is an ‘absolute natural.’ They have been used on websites and in social media contexts. I would recommend Duncan as an asset to anyone looking to employ him, particularly for his understanding of people, his professionalism and his ability to promote, and be an ambassador for the business.
Chris Maunder – Winning Grants and Tenders for your Business
Duncan delivered a great workshop for staff considering establishing their own business. His presentation was excellent, perfectly pitched and very well delivered. I’d have no hesitation in recommending him as a business and/or training consultant – very professional.
Darren Wiseman – Director at The York Pie Limited Company
The members of Pocklington Network were fortunate early this year to be entertained, enthralled and educated by Duncan at one of our bi-monthly networking meetings. Duncan has the ability to hit the nail on the head in clear easy-to-understand terms. His style appeals to National and Start Up businesses alike. Thank you for a great presentation Duncan.
Debi Hawkins – Skipton Centre Co-ordinator at Cancer Support Yorkshire
I have known Duncan for a number of years now, first coming into contact when I was coordinating a women in business project for a college, working at a women’s prison. I was required to signpost beneficiaries to Duncan for very early stages, start up support. More latterly I was fortunate to work with Duncan on the New Ideas team at Business Link Yorkshire. Duncan has a wealth of business support knowledge and experience, his communication skills ensure he effectively gets the information across whether in a one to one situation or a presentation to a group. Duncan is a very professional, yet approachable individual with a ‘can do’ attitude. He is an impressive motivational speaker who can inspire with his passion for the work he does and the commitment he shows to those with whom he works. I always found Duncan to be reliable and unflappable – even turning his hand to giving a presentation ‘off the cuff’ when no technology was available! Duncan can bring a real ‘zest’ to a session/event and I have no hesitation in providing a recommendation for Duncan.
Heather Niven – Head of Science City York
Duncan is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, creative and professional and a total asset to any project or team. I have worked with Duncan on many occasions at workshops, presentations and exhibitions and he has always impressed me with his fresh approach, his understanding of the subject and his ability to read and work with an audience. Duncan is a breath of fresh air in a sector that can too often be dry and stuffy. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone.
Ian Graham – Director Viatic Limited
Duncan is a great presenter and facilitator. I worked with Duncan when we engaged Eaglei to collaborate and put together a series of bespoke innovation skills training events. His expertise and enthusiasm meant these have been some of the most well received sessions ever – his combination of knowledge of subjects and engaging style of delivery have been a winner! I can highly recommend.
James Farrar – Commercial Manager at The Brooklands Partnership Limited
Duncan manages to combine a high level of professionalism and energy to inspire those around him. Duncan’s experience in the private sector really grounds his advice and in my role within the food production sector, I will seek his strategic input as projects develop. In summary, I really value Duncan’s opinion, directness and the way he delivers his advice.
Joanne Thompson – MD Spectrum Cleaning Solutions
Duncan is a very professional individual who is enthusiastic and passionate about his work. I have asked Duncan for professional advice on occasions and he has always been extremely responsive and helpful. Duncan is a well respected and highly regarded member of the business community and I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
Julia Clark – Director of Income Generation at The Encephalitis Society
I’ve known Duncan for 15 years now and a year after we met I used his company to produce a short film for my organisation. Duncan ensured the film was on message, on time and on budget and I was impressed with his manner and his delivery. Over the years I have seen how Duncan has grown into an impressive motivator, educator and service delivery expert. He is flexible, smart, always up for a challenge and is one of the most positive people I know. Get to know him – you won’t regret it!
Kirsten Miller – Artist, Quernus Crafts
I first met Duncan when he gave an inspiring talk to a group of college students several months ago. His enthusiasm captivated his audience, and it was clear that he made a huge impact on them. Duncan is a compelling speaker who is passionate about what he has to say.
Laura Gillespie – Recruitment Manager at Adele Taggart Recruitment
I had the pleasure of working with Duncan for almost 18 months at Young Enterprise. Duncan is an excellent communicator both with colleagues and external bodies. He is a natural leader and an excellent motivator with great knowledge of business support and innovation. He develops quality business relationships and I know that some of those developed during his time at Young Enterprise have been very beneficial for the organisation.
Lou O’Brien – Education Development Adviser at North Yorkshire County Council
Duncan delivers training to meet your precise needs. He listens, considers and provides advice based on a thorough knowledge and understanding of self employment and his extensive experience in delivering bespoke business training. A highly recommended trainer!
Meryl White – Cookery Writer and Presenter
Duncan has been an excellent supporter of Young Enterprise developments across Yorkshire and Humber, developing, fostering and nurturing many important contacts for us. I am particularly impressed by Duncan’s ability to foster close working relationships, both internally and with clients. He is a superb communicator and motivational speaker. He acted as an impressive MC for our local and regional Young Enterprise finals, where his efforts were very warmly received by his audiences. His knowledge and expertise in the world of business support and innovation has been invaluable to us. He always carries out his role with great energy and application and it is a great pleasure to work alongside him.
Nick Danby – MD Face 2 Face
How refreshing to attend one of Duncan’s seminars and hear someone who knows what they are talking about, from first hand experience. Duncan’s straight talking and direct approach had me and the rest of the audience engaged. We all left that evening with clarity as to what we needed to do to improve our business. If you are offered a chance to attend one of Duncan’s seminars…..take it!
Pam Oddy – Business Manager, Chrysalis Cumbria
Duncan is excellent at networking and building business relationships with internal and external supporters leading through to securing those all important commitments. He is focused and has an infectious positive attitude. Duncan kindly MC’d the Young Enterprise North East Regional Finals, which was not part of his patch and a considerable way for him to travel. He did a fantastic and professional job which appeared effortless. I gathered numerous compliments on his behalf from key members of the audience on his smooth performance.
Richard Cotterill – Associate Lecturer, University of York
Duncan has worked with staff and students at Scarborough Sixth Form College for a number of years. He has been responsible for providing high quality presentations and organising superb seminars for Business and Economics students. He has also helped with the delivery of specific BTEC units; for example, giving support and feedback to students on their business plans. Duncan has the rare skill of engaging an audience while being able to explain often quite complex concepts and issues. Students have always been very positive about his contributions, which have significantly enhanced the quality of their educational experience.
Sally Steadman – Chair of the Yorkshire Regional Board at CIM
I worked with Duncan for three years at Business Link Yorkshire. It is clear that Duncan has a passion for supporting those who are thinking of starting a business as well as those who are new to business. He delivers workshops with a zeal and enthusiasm that is contagious.
Sam Risker – Managing Director, Tailor Made Media
If I had to describe Duncan in three words I would initially say that it probably isn’t possible! However, the three that first come to mind would be knowledgeable, personable and versatile, all of which are underpinned by the true professionalism displayed by him in whatever he sets out to do. Duncan has a natural talent for public speaking and presents with confidence whilst motivating, educating and engaging even the toughest of audiences. In addition to this aspect of his offering, his credentials as a business adviser have seen him work on a number of different topics across a vast array of sectors thus putting him at the very highest of calibre. This is only going to be further enhanced by his imminent pursuit of a Masters degree. I would (and have) without hesitation highly recommend him in the capacity of speaker, adviser, mentor and all round business professional – he is a pleasure to work with and, most importantly, quality comes as standard.
Vanessa Buckle – Ex Aggregator Account Manager actively seeking new opportunities
Duncan is an individual that I have no hesitation in recommending. He is not only professional and articulate, but is genuine in delivering real value add in all he does, be it to his clients or his work colleagues. Duncan freely shares his wealth of experiences and knowledge and by adapting his style to the situation he finds himself in he is also able to bring out the best in those around him. Duncan is not phased or intimidated regardless of the size of audience he finds himself facing and is able to ingratiate himself and build a rapport quickly and easily. It is a pleasure to work with Duncan and I would say that any one who is fortunate to work with him will undoubtedly benefit from the experience.