Is running your own business everything you thought it would be? Does your life look like the one you imagined?


You’re pursuing your dreams and doing something you love. You’re building a business you can be proud of. You know being your own boss could be the key to living a very different kind of life. A life of freedom and flexibility – a perfect blend of work, rest, and play.

But right now, running your business is challenging.

  • You’re working all the time, but feel you have nothing to show for it.
  • You’re not seeing the results you want, and your work/life balance is completely out of whack.
  • You know what you need to do, but you’re struggling to get it done because you lack time, energy and focus.
  • Your confidence is at an all-time low and you’ve completely lost your creative mojo.
  • You’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and burnt out.
  • You see success everywhere you look but feel it’s permanently out of reach.

It doesn’t have to be this way. I can help.

My Approach

In 2011, I left a demanding senior management position in corporate and legal affairs to pursue a new dream. I wanted to build a business that would give me the freedom and flexibility to enjoy the kind of life I craved, both for me and my family.

creative business coach and mentor

Starting with just a laptop, a mobile phone, and working from my kitchen table, I launched what would eventually become a multi-award-winning wedding and event planning business - Benessamy.

My journey as a business owner has been exciting. I get to travel to some amazing places and work with some amazing people. I truly love what I do.

But it hasn’t always been plain sailing. At times, running a business can be tiring, overwhelming, isolating, and relentless. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can end up burning out, replacing your usual passion and excitement with poor health, exhaustion, and fatigue.

I believe maintaining good physical and mental wellbeing is the key to success. When you prioritise these things, it’s easier to build your brand, forge new connections, and ultimately take your business from strength to strength.

I’m passionate about helping people define the life they want, so they can follow their dreams and build their business without losing themselves along the way!

As well as identifying where you want to be, I’ll give you the tools and strategies you need to get there, empowering you to work more effectively, reach the right people, and move your business forward.

More than anything, I want to show you that running a small business doesn’t mean your dreams and aspirations can’t be BIG! With my help and support, you can be brave and bold in your business, achieve the success you deserve, all whilst keeping a focus on thriving and taking care of yourself.

"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?”

Val was so easy to talk to, and I felt at ease straight away and could talk about anything without feeling stupid ... I have faced a lot of different problems and hampered by health issues and Val was always flexible in changing times, understanding and helpful... her experience in all fields - her corporate background and of course her industry experience is outstanding. I could notice the difference in the way I dealt with problems so soon after only a couple of sessions.

If you are as passionate about your business as I am, keen to move it in the right direction but really don't know how to - book with Val you wont regret it one bit. Even if you try for a power hour session first......you'll be hooked!!"

Ali Fleming - Cariad Personal Ceremonies


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About me

Alongside running my coaching and planning businesses, I am also a Deputy Lieutenant supporting the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.

Aside from my work, family is my greatest passion. I’m a mum to two fabulous young adults, Jessamy and Ben, and I’m married to a wonderful Yorkshireman, Mike, who supports me in all my weird and wonderful ideas! There are lots of things we enjoy doing together but travelling, eating out and laughing out loud are among our favourites.

Integrity, loyalty, perseverance, and kindness are the values closest to my heart. I love getting outside in the fresh air and I try to make time for a good, long walk every day. I also enjoy yoga, reading, and listening to my favourite tunes – I need great music in my life at all times!

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