Thank you Rickie for the most amazing workshops. My feet haven’t touched the ground since, lots of ideas generated from your input and also cascaded info to my staff and have them working hard too. Clients are commenting on my improved social media pages.
So once again many thanks. You are a star! Sandra x
— Sandra Cartwright -
The workshop (05/06/2018) was an extremely worthwhile experience and Rickie helped to identify the best social media platforms for my new venture.
I would recommend this workshop to any one thinking of using social media for their professional life. (Get Started with Social Media)
— Alf Turner - start up
I liked interactive nature of workshops. I learnt what app is best to use for doing my accounts and how to use social media to grow the business effectively.
— Tetyana Small -
Thank you for your time, support, guidance and energy Rickie. I really appreciate the commitment that you have shown to help me get my business off the ground. The actions sound easy when you say it, but the advice is priceless and has made all the difference.There are so many steps to overcome and sometimes it is not clear what and how to prioritise, whilst dealing with the day to day challenges. The guidance on the address, the website,the business cards, letterheads and how to avoid some of the pitfalls has been invaluable. I really appreciate all that you have given of yourself and wish you every success in your endeavours too.
— Maxine,
As our Learning Manager on the 2013 SSE Programme Rickie was supportive and genuinely caring whilst remaining professional. Rickie was able to show empathy to all the budding entrepreneurs. Rickie instilled confidence and enabled me to believe in my business. Without Rickie’s help The Green Oak Foundation CIC would not have grown into the successful company that it is today. Thank you so much Rickie.
— Alison Owen
I love the witty personality Rickie has, she is sharp and to the point. I found Rickie, knew exactly what she was doing in business. One of the main things that changed as a result of Rickie’s intervention was the way she got me to organise my business for the best of the company. For example, I used to come to our 1-2-1’s with a 20 item list of what I had to do. Rickie would look at me and get me to prioritise them. Starting with what is going to make me money that day, how important is it and can it be put into the bin. Ever since I have adopted this model, I have been a lot more efficient with my time and my stress load has reduced.
— La'Toyah Lewis
It has been a joy working with Rickie. Her knowledge and enthusiasm is outstanding and she is always very approachable. There isn’t a lot she doesn’t know!” Vicki Phipps, Founder of Mindful Gifts CIC
— Vicki Phipps -
Learnt lots, just have to put it into practice now!
— Marjorie May Vintage
Rickie is a joy to work with she explains things in a clear and concise manner. You learn without being taught.
— Colin Knott -
Something you said to me years ago on one of your workshops stood out for me and it was “ be the expert”. Well I’ve just contributed to a second article for British Baker magazine as well as being in the Guardian, Cake Masters and Baking Heaven magazine and writing my blog.  So just wanted to let you know that that statement stuck; thank you for planting the seed x
— Yvonne Donald -
I absolutely loved meeting you and hearing all about all the knowledge you have acquired over the years. You (and Jan) are extremely inspirational and I hope to do well and succeed as a consequence. Many thanks Rickie
— Vicky Warner -
Rickie has given me excellent advice concerning my business plans and that’s why I’d like to thank her, not only for answering my many questions but more importantly encouraging me to carry on with my ambition.
— Faaduma Diriye
Thank you Rickie for all of your support since I started the SSE journey. You have been a great encourager and also a really useful source of information and advice over the time I have known you. Best wishes for the future from a fellow Vancouver, biscuit and cake lover x
— Karen Arrowsmith - Simply Limitless
Rickie suits my style perfectly: her business coaching is direct, quick paced, responsive and crammed full of top tips, ideas, solutions and focus.
Inspiring woman, helping me to inspire my women.
— Beverley Gilbert -
Rickie has been the one constant source of support all through my course, she has always been on hand to share words of encouragement and to help me when I have been stuck.
what Rickie doesn’t know about business isn’t worth worrying about..........the woman knows everything, and is only too happy to share her wealth of knowledge with everyone she supports.
Rickie has been an integral part of my journey from a novice in to quite a capable business woman. Thank you Rickie I couldn’t of done this without you!!!!!!!!!
— Kathleen Livingstone -
Rickie has been a supportive, encouraging and challenging SSE Learning Manager and has certainly helped me grow and develop as a social entrepreneur. Always willing to listen, offer advice and support with the issues important to us right now. And if she doesn’t have the answer, she knows someone who does!! Thanks for helping make my time on the SSE West Midlands start-up programme such a positive one.
— Melanie Glass -
My experience of Rickie is through the School for Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, and I feel lucky to have had her as the course’s Learning Manager during that time. She is a positive and encouraging influence, quietly inspiring, but not without the substance of solid practical guidance based on real experience.
— Rebecca England
I love that the glass is always half full with Rickie. I have come to appreciate her consistency; the positive sort of consistency, always solution focused, sharing ideas, links, experience in how to get the job at hand done.
— Simbi Folarin -
On Twitter:


Thanks Rickie, the sessions were excellent! I think this was evident from the positive vibe from all attendees. Many thanks for the email inc. notes, I really look forward to your envolvement with A2B.
— @LesterKnight10
An excellent morning session with Rickie Josen @RickieWrites at @SwedaServices
Looking forward putting theory into practice! Thanks Rickie
— Phil Danks @BidandTenderUK
Thank you for your engaging insight into sales processes 👍
— DorothyParkesCentre @dorothy_parkes
Rickie runs the most awesome sessions & seriously knows her stuff! I’ve had the honour of being one of her students!
— Kathryn ‏@HumAnimaCIC
Going to miss action learning sessions with the @SchSocEnt thank you @RickieWrites for been a fab facilitator.
— Dionne Davis @DionneCDavis

Was a fantastic workshop, I felt like we learnt so much and was able to implement alot of changes in the way we use social media.
Would definitely recommend the course to new and upcoming businesses.
— Alia Parveen - The Henna Girls
Been great to get an insight in to local businesses who are independant and gaining contacts in the marketplace I wish to start up.
The 1to1 meetings are fantastic opportunity to gain feedback and a challenge all avenues of moving my project forward. Your experience is such a great support in helping support my actions going forward.
— Justin Hurn - Holloway's Coffee
Rickie is incredibly optimistic and lifts my spirits about the things that I’m progressing with - making anything seem possible! She is a wonderful advisor because she manages to make things seem simple when I might be struggling with a personal barrier. She has helped me with getting things done, not dwelling on them, and has suggested many companies that might help me, might inspire me, and allow things to become a doddle, when setting up my own business. She has a wealth of information to share!
— Sophie Holt - All The Good Things
Thanks Rickie – once again such a helpful session yesterday – you have been really instrumental to my progress this year with SSE and I know I will be in touch to exploit your expertise and support over time to come !
— Jane Povey,
Thank you for enlightening me in the ways of the corporate world and social media. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you.
— Dwight Hove, Community Cycles, Leicester
You have the ability to always see the positive in everything and your eternal optimism is such an amazing quality. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have kept pushing through to get my first contract and sell my first products. So thank you for your support and being so motivational - you’re Ayce!
— Vanessa Hamilton -