Nice to meet you!
Hello, I’m Nicola Liggins, and I’m thrilled that you’re considering partnering with me on your journey to success.
With over 23 years of hands-on experience in business-building, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a track record of helping businesses thrive. My passion lies in creative design, technology, and developing effective digital marketing strategies.
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IN MY HONEST OPINION
Here’s why you might want to consider working with me:
1. Proven Business Expertise:
I’ve built businesses from the ground up, covering various industries and business models, from traditional brick-and-mortar to thriving online ventures. My experience allows me to understand the intricate details of running a successful business.
2. Business Coaching and Consulting:
As a Business Coach and Consultant, I’ve not only achieved significant income milestones for myself but have also assisted numerous entrepreneurs in scaling and growing their businesses. My guidance is rooted in real-world experience and results.
3. Effective Communication:
Being an empath and also having a background in Human Resource Management I understand how to communicate effectively and build strong business relationships. I prioritise clear and empathetic communication in all my client interactions.
4. Creative Design and Technology:
My true passion is in creative design and technology. I specialise in crafting visually captivating digital marketing materials, strategies, and systems. Clients often find that I bring their visions to life in ways they couldn’t have imagined.
5. Fearless Approach to Tech:
6. Client-Centered Approach:
At the heart of everything I do is a commitment to understanding your unique goals and challenges. I believe in a client-centered approach, which means your business aspirations become my mission. Together, we’ll tailor strategies and solutions that are specifically designed to meet your needs and drive your success. Your journey is my priority, and your satisfaction is my measure of achievement.
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I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Nicki on numerous projects over the years, and I can confidently say that what you receive from her is nothing short of exceptional. Nicki possesses a rare blend of knowledge, wisdom and expertise that sets her apart in her field.
What truly sets Nicola apart and makes her products a “must-have” for everyone is her genuine care and dedication to her clients. She invests herself in understanding your business, your vision and your ideal clients, ensuring that her work aligns perfectly with your needs and wants. Her commitment to your success is unparalleled.
Despite my own experience in branding and design, I consistently turn to Nicki as my go-to expert for the Creative Feng Shui brand and online courses portal. Her skills, wisdom, and expertise shine through in every aspect of her work, making her offerings truly one-of-a-kind.
The level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail she brings to each project is remarkable.
Working with Nicki is an absolute delight and I cannot express enough how satisfied I am with the service we always receive. Her professionalism, reliability, and ability to deliver beyond expectations have made her invaluable to my projects. I wholeheartedly recommend Nicki to anyone seeking exceptional creative solutions that will elevate their business to new heights.
Nicki is nothing short of phenomenal to work with!
Her skills in brand creation and business knowledge are unparalleled. I don’t know where I would be without her!
I’m grateful beyond words to have met her and to work with her!
Nicola Liggins is nothing short of phenomenal in every way. So much love, heart and support goes into everything she creates and provides for her clients and she is honestly a woman I could not live without in my life or business. She is the calming voice to any tech headache and always goes above and beyond to provide a truly beautiful experience with incredible end results in all she creates. I am so proud and privileged to be able to share her magic with our very own coaching collective.
I’ve worked with Nicola from The Design and Tech Studio, on 4 different website builds. Each one extremely complex in design, and requiring integration into various multi-layered platforms and payment systems. Her design ideas are fresh, innovative and eye-catching. You don’t get a flat website build that you have already seen a thousand times over, what you get from Nicola is something quite unique, a site that quite literally pops from the screen and excites your mind with intrigue and interest to explore the website further. I’ve been more than delighted with the service we have received and have monthly support in place with her too which is excellent
I would highly recommend.
I have worked with Nicola at different points in my business, all focused around making my life easier and taking away tech and time hassles.
Nicola makes my marketing look beautiful and work beautifully- as I palm off on her all collateral design and online sales page creation, email automation and back-end systems for all of our launches and things like affiliate partnerships and the creation of my membership site. She is an absolute godsend and a joy to work with.
I worked with Nicki on my new website and have been really blown away by her creativity, skill and patience. She is so kind and really listens, bringing your ideas and dreams to life. She is such a joy to work with, a real expert in her field and has such a great eye for detail. I have felt incredibly supported throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend for anyone looking for quality design with a human touch.
I started working with Nicola when I was in a pickle with my tech! I was transitioning between people and Nicola literally saved my business! Her knowledge and abilities are world-class and here is the reason I love Nicola to bits and why her products are for everyone.
She cares about YOU, Your business and your clients. So everything she has produced will work and will create a world-class experience for you and your clients. She is all heart and can speak real language and translate the tech jargon for you.
Thank you Nicola Liggins for always being that person who fixes all the things that break she is my Tech Angel that I couldn’t be without.
How it all began
It all started whilst lying by the pool on holiday in Gran Canaria – the idea of becoming a wedding planner, and what better way to launch than organising my very own wedding fayre!
I was juggling unsociable working hours as a full time Retail HR Manager, with being a mum and I had zero business experience, I didn’t even own a computer, but none of that even entered my mind.
I hired a room (my old high school hall), hit the phones, invited suppliers to book a ‘table’, organised a ‘catwalk’ show, advertised the good old fashioned way with flyers, posters, local newspaper adverts and speaking to everyone I knew.
It was a huge success!
I ‘sacked the boss’ and went all in!
Just 6 months later, I decided that I needed to do this now!
My daughter was about to start school and as a single mum I had no support around me to physically take and pick her up. I needed to create a way to have the best of both worlds – first and foremost to be the ‘present’ mum I’d always wanted to be, but also be able to financially support us and have a career at the same time!
A small shop in the village we lived in was up for rent – I contacted the landlord, used all my savings and within 4 weeks I opened my very own shop! The initial intention was that it was going to be the home of my wedding planner business – hence me naming it ‘A Rosy Marriage’ (A.R.M. – my daughter’s initials). However I quickly realised that didn’t financially make sense and I started selling greeting cards, gifts and balloons as well. It was a beautiful shop (my very own mini ‘Clintons’!)
Just 1 week after opening a ‘not so nice local lad’ broke in and set fire to my beautiful shop 😭 but thanks to insurance, resilience and tenacity, I was back open, even better than before, within 2 weeks!
Expansion Plans & Big Changes
My business flourished, the locals loved it and I became known as ‘The Balloon Lady’ – everyone came to me for balloons for all their events, from a single birthday balloon to full on wedding and party decorations, I even had to lease a van to transport everything to venues.
I taught myself how, and built my own website and was even able to take online orders and bookings.
I also expanded on organising wedding fayres and now hosted regular events at some of the most popular wedding venues in Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
I then made a BIG decision, I was 9 months pregnant with my 2nd child and, I decided to SELL MY SHOP!
Having the best of both worlds!
Although it was heartbreaking, the decision to sell my shop was the best one for me and my family at the time.
I only sold the Greeting Card & Gift part of the business – I kept the name and the event decoration and wedding fayre part of the business as I could run those from home.
And that’s exactly what I did for the next 12 years – It was perfect and it supported us financially (now a family of 6 – I’d remarried, gained a step-son and had another daughter)!
I also developed an online digital and interactive wedding directory which gave me an additional income stream from paid advertising.
I helped friends start up their own businesses and I designed and built their websites for them.
I also invested in printing machinery and started offering personalised clothing and gifts.
As the majority of my work was on the weekends, I was able to be mum in the week and business woman on the weekend – whilst still being able to take my kids along with me as well (they could often be found sitting under the table at wedding fayres and helping me blow up balloons 🥰).
2006-08 & 2009-11
Things were sweet!
During this period of time, I also opened another shop – this time a gorgeous sweet shop with a business partner!
We sold every sweet you could imagine including sweet hampers and also candy cart hire – and this time I became known as ‘the sweet lady’ 🤣
After a couple of years I decided to hand the shop over to my then business partner and continue focussing on the wedding fayres – this was the right decision for me at the time.
However a couple of years later, my old business partner approached me as she was selling the sweet shop and she gave me first refusal to buy it – I didn’t refuse, and we then ran it as a family for a further couple of years… Only selling when I became pregnant with my 3rd child.
2011 - 2018
Out with the Old – in with the New…
and putting all my eggs in one basket!
In 2011 I was approached by a neighbour who had recently started selling Aloe Vera products, to see if I wanted to buy any.
Of course, I wanted to support her in her new business and she began sharing with me the business opportunity that was attached to these products.
I initially saw a way of earning a ‘little bit extra’ and decided to join the wonderful world of Network Marketing under the umbrella of a respectable long standing company – Forever Living Products – I now became known as ‘The Aloe Lady’ 🤣.
Within 6 months I had built an incredible business, global team and income I had never earned in my life!.
Over the months and years that followed I completely wound down and closed my other businesses, ‘retired’ my once skeptical husband who then joined me in building the business together. We became one of the top 20 business owners within our company, achieved top company incentives, travelled the world to countries we had only dreamed of, spoke and trained on stage in front of thousands of people, drove top of the range luxury cars, bought out dream countryside home and experienced a level of success we never even knew was possible.
We then experienced some personal life changing events which put life into perspective and made us look at what was really important – we made the huge decision of ‘retiring’ from our network marketing business.
The years we were building this business we worked HARD, which enabled us to retire with an ongoing residual income for which we are super grateful and still receive to this day.
2018 - 2022
Going Digital & Supporting Others
I knew I had a wealth of skills to help people develop their own business.
So I started offering virtual business support which soon developed into designing websites, logos/branding, and social media support, and even print-on-demand services too.
My inbox became full of ‘Can I just pick your brain….’ and ‘can you do….’ messages.
Then ‘lockdown’ hit and pretty much everyone wanted or needed to become more visible online – I became busier than I could cope with.
The people-pleasing part of me worked overtime! I was saying yes to EVERYTHING! I became victim of my own success, was working 16-18 hour days, 7 days per week, and I suffered Chronic Burnout!
Were I am now
They say things happen for a reason and I believe this happened to me to make me look at my business, the services I offered and the people I worked with.
I have streamlined what I do and have developed packages which not only make it easy for my clients to choose from but also fit in with how I want to work to work as well…
The Design and Tech Studio was born!
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