Helping you to unlock your potential, showcase your talents and thrive!
Who Am I and How Can I Help?
I’m a coach, consultant, mentor and connector.
With an extensive past career in legal and corporate affairs and over a decade of experience running a multi award winning wedding and event planning business, I now work with talented business owners, freelancers and professionals who want to achieve their own unique version of success and enjoy a better quality of life.
During my career, I’ve come across countless people who’ve lost their passion and excitement for what they do while dedicating all their time and energy to their business or career. Many of them were lacking in confidence, physically and mentally exhausted, veering dangerously close to burnout. Almost all of them had forgotten why they got started in the first place.
As well as practical tools and strategies, I focus on wellbeing and productivity, helping you find ways to thrive and enjoy all the perks of running your own business or having a successful career without losing yourself along the way.
Giving you a clear plan and the tools you need to take each step isn’t enough – I want you to have more fun and balance in your life as a result.
Your business or career should add to your overall sense of wellbeing, not impede it. Alongside the material rewards of success, you deserve greater happiness, freedom, and flexibility. Find out more about my approach to coaching...
Val’s mentoring has given me the confidence and tools to pursue different avenues to grow the business, the contacts that have helped me get there and continual motivation, encouragement and guidance that is needed when you work alone. I cannot recommend Val and her coaching services enough, she has become not only a colleague but a life long friend. Thank you Val, you are a diamond!!" - Lorena Moloney, Pasticceria Lorena
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I had been a member of Val's Facebook group Above and Beyond the Kitchen Table for a while before I decided to invest in a tailored coaching session with Val, and I couldn't have been happier with the service provided, which was a considered and collaborative experience overall. Val is extremely approachable and knowledgable, and this approach allowed me to take a moment (which is difficult when you're a sole trader running a growing business!), and really think about where I am going, my vision, and how I am going to get there.
Laura Baker - Laura Baker Productions
The benefit for me personally was you helping me focus on what I wanted to do going forward in our business. Giving me the mindset of we can do this, we have the knowledge. Working with you gave us more of a steer on how to achieve what we wanted to do. Nadia has the drive and is fantastic at doing everything creative me not so much. Working with you meant that Nadia was able to help me focus because you helped her to focus.
David Steele - Flowers Less Ordinary
Val the benefits of working with you have been long lived with me. So much so that I still implement time blocking that you introduced me to, prioritising my work and making sure I set time aside to actually plan (which I would never have done before). This is definitely something that steers me through and helps me focus when I have big jobs on. I certainly don't feel the same levels of overwhelm that I used to struggle with prior to your wonderful guidance.
Sophie Cullumbine - Sophie's Flower Co
So I've just had my 1st (I say 1st as I already have another planned) 'Get it Done Today' session with Val. I knew what I needed to achieve and kinda knew how to do it - However, I did not have the motivation to do it on my own. I am excited by the changes implemented in my business (simple but oh so necessary) during our session. I am actually looking forward to putting into practice my new routine.
Natalie O'Dowd - Ruby Lou's Cake Co
After attending Val’s ‘Little Brands, Big Business’ event I can honestly say I’ve never felt more sure of where my business is going from here. In the time I’ve known Val I’ve learnt one major thing, and that’s that she always goes above and beyond expectation and genuinely cares about her clients! Every talk that was delivered was so well thought out and taught me things I didn’t know before, and the whole day was full of great atmosphere, people and content.
Katherine Howe - The Wedding Industry PA
"I have had the best time ever as part of a Boost and Collaborate group over the last six months. It has been enjoyable to work through challenges and ideas with a very inspiring set of people, led by Val. As a person, she is kind, warm and engaging which positively complements her coaching and support. Val takes note of all the important elements of you and your life, ensuring to remind you of why you are doing something and how it fits within what and where you want to go. She makes sure you take care of the whole you, all the while helping you to work your way around, up, over and through barriers.
Tara Winter - Pudding and Plum Photography
I had a Power Hour with Val recently and it was so helpful! Val is really knowledgeable and sensible so she helped guide me through a challenging situation, gave me the confidence for the next steps as well as put me in touch with the right person to assist me with the situation. It's really helpful to be able to talk with someone who will be really transparent, honest and no-nonsense. Sometimes you just need a sounding board to talk things out and get some honest feedback which is exactly what Val did! Val, you're a real blessing - thank you for not only being so helpful but also for being kind and caring too. I'm sure I'll make use of another Power Hour again in the future!
Megan Wilson - Captured by Megan Wilson
"Embarking on my business coaching sessions with the inspirational Val Mattinson has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. With her encouragement, guidance and knowledge she has given me the tools and confidence to steer my business in the right direction and totally transform my image. From time management to finding my ideal client she has been amazing since day 1. Her friendly, caring and approachable manner has made every coaching session a joy and I left every one motivated and determined to succeed. Thank you so much Val. A huge 5 star recommendation from me!"
Louise Hughes - Lush Occasions
When I signed into Val’s new social media group for entrepreneurs…. I did so with a little bit of trepidation, not sure whether it was right for me and whether I was right for it. My connection was Val – someone I’ve known professionally for over 25 years. But did I really appreciate what she now does in her coaching business and all the other fantastic networks that she also contributes to. To be fair, the answer to that is a big fat no. I had no clue. And a feel a little bad about that – as another lawyer who has tried to reinvent herself – I really should have paid some more attention – cos she’s really good!
Heather Stanford - Stanford Gould
I joined Val’s Boost and Collaborate group in 2019 and enjoyed the sessions so much that I joined for another three. Val approaches everything, from business to life issues, in a practical yet nurturing way. She is so busy but amazes me at the time she takes to check in and follow up on subjects we’ve discussed. She’s like my own personal cheerleader! The boost and collaborate group has not only created a collaborative group but one that holds each other accountable. I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone even once we have finished. I would highly recommend Val’s coaching to anyone who is feeling a little lost and lonely in their business!
Claire Tomlinson - Plot Design
I just wanted to share with you all, my personal experience of Val’s coaching. When I signed up I didn't really know what I wanted – or expected, I had never had private coaching before . I knew I was running around like a headless chicken trying to be all things to all...... The very first conversation I had with Val was all about creating more quality time... for me and my family... not 25hours a day on the business only..... such simple things were talked about and put into place.... I used to come away thinking “why on earth couldn't I think of that?”
Alison Fleming - Cariad Personal Ceremonies
I first came into contact with Val when I was introduced at a networking event and it was obvious that Val was not only incredibly vibrant and enthusiastic, she has an encouraging nature and genuinely wants to help people succeed. It was a no brainer, that Val was the right person to help me grow my business and even more importantly build my business around the life I want to lead. I started with a day workshop and a few one-to-one power hour sessions, which were invaluable in helping me steer things in the right direction, and then I joined one of Val’s mastermind groups with other small like minded businesses and it has taken my business to new places I never thought possible.
Lorena Moloney - Pasticceria Lorena
When I decided to approach Val, my husband and I were in the ideas stage of a new business, we needed a practical steer on how to make the idea a reality. I’m really pleased to say the ‘idea’ is now a fully functioning business and we are seeing it grow on a monthly basis. It’s fair to say we wouldn’t have gotten to this point without Val’s support, knowledge and helpful strategies. While I still have a little further to travel on my journey to ‘the practical side’ I’m thrilled to say Val will be with me every step of the way, guiding me and my husband through the pitfalls and peaks of owning your own business and being self employed.
Nadia Di Tullio Steele - Flowers Less Ordinary
“Just wanted to give a huge shout out to the awesome Val! On Tuesday Val did a live video asking what people are struggling with and following my DM she gave me a call and spent time talking to me and offering her insights on my business strategy. Like many others, I too got bogged down with the doing, doing, doing rather than being more strategic. The suggestions Val made were 100% spot on and she helped me get on the right back on track again and to top it all she made some brilliant introductions to other suppliers.
Jaswinder Biant - Celebrant - Infinite Celebrations
Working with Val has been extremely helpful and kept me motivated. She really listened to my concerns was empathetic and very skilfull in helping me find achievable solutions. I particularly love that Val is very supportive, encouraging and although most entrepreneurs struggle with similar issues she does not treat you with a 'one size fits all' answer. Plus, Val has a knack of making business coaching invigorating and exciting! I will definitely be back for a top up.
Monique Fryer – Yoga Instructor
Thanks Val for yesterday and everything! Your help and guidance in my business continues to be invaluable. I used to live to work and now I work to live! Surprisingly as soon as I created space for self care it was like magic - more business than I had ever hoped for - work life balance is back and so is my health. Looking forward to what’s coming next.
Karen Mellers - A Fresh Idea
I decided to take Val's coaching program as my business is still quite new and I felt that I had entered a room with so many doors to choose from but didn't know what door to open. I found that with Val's coaching programme the doors and many paths available to me quickly started to have number on them telling me what order to use them in. She listened to my problems worries and anxieties and was able to put things into perspective for me.
I had a 1-2-1 coaching session with Val and she was amazing. I was stuck and unsure as to how to get my business launched. She guided me through the process and steps I need to take to ensure I get there. Val has a wealth of knowledge and great experience in the industry which instantly made me feel assured about booking her as my coach. I came out of the session feeling motivated, confident (which I certainly wasn’t before!) and eager to get planning the months ahead.
Samantha Watts - Samantha Watts Wedding Planning