With her work across business, community and charity projects – Kate certainly has a varied and full diary.  Even so, a key value set is to ensure every project is delivered as promised, if that is free charity support or a fee paying client. Below is a small selection of some of the feedback we have received amongst the letters, emails & tweets.

We have colour coded each to make it easier to find one more relevant to you – Gold are Business and Pink are Good Causes.

If you would be kind enough to provide an testimonial, please email it to us here & if you would like information on Kate’s work please click here

Kate and I met at a Mumsnet event, where I was interviewing her on stage about her work in both the charity and business sector. We immediately hit it off, and she took such an interest in my business, making it her mission to help us succeed! Within 6 months, she’d not only introduced us to her key contacts, but we launched in John Lewis as a direct result of Kate’s passion and drive. I have the utmost respect for her as a campaigner, a business mentor and as a woman

I was privileged to see Kate’s presentation at the Advantage Travel Conference in Malaga this year and I have to admit it was a heart-warming and life affirming experience. Her bright and enterprising enthusiasm lit the room and her understanding of people and her insightful commercial perspective on human behaviour was delivered with endearing, sassy and down to earth charm.  Her love for people and enterprise was infectious and she demonstrated her wealth of experience with common sense where sense is no longer common. The audience ranged from teenagers to seasoned on and offline retailers and suppliers all of whom benefitted from Kate’s clarity of perspective on what drives good business in the modern theatre. What a fantastic inspiration and what a great list of notes I took away with me. Thank you.

James Beagrie, Managing Director, Meon Valley Travel Group and Chairman of the Advantage Travel Centres Focus Partnership.

Kate was enthused by our strategy and was able to translate this into a more cohesive direction for our brand, introducing a  designer led approach and something that would appeal more to our target audience.

We have already engaged Kate on another much larger project, this time at an earlier stage and are looking forward to working with her to make some unique and transformational changes to a shopping centre that has become a bit sterile through underinvestment.”

Paul Wright, Director, NewRiver Retail (UK) Ltd

I attended Kate Hardcastle’s Seminar at the Fleece at Barkisland this year. One of the many pieces of advice and guidance that Kate gave the room was that businesses very often think inside out and miss the point of what a customer/visitor wants. She preferences the “Outside-In” approach and advised upon this approach. I found Kate to be a very switched on and intuitive woman and look forward to attending one of her events in the future.

Samantha Crowden, Woolshops Shopping Centre

After listening to Kate I began to ask myself questions about what our business was, what did we stand for and what was our identity. Obviously this has a massive impact on how we view our customers and the service we deliver to them. After attending this workshop, the whole team seem to have made a shift in how they view and present us as a brand. I see more pride and more ownership which of course means that the team are making more effort to satisfy our customers.  And as three times finalists at the WTY White Rose Awards, we must be doing something right.

Amanda Wraith, The Chequers Led sham

We found Kate’s workshop very useful as an exercise to stand back and look at our website with fresh eyes.  Actually, after attending her session in the  morning, we spent the rest of the day refining our website using her advice. We contacted Kate in the evening and she even gave us some feedback then too, which of course we very much appreciated. All in all, it was a very positive event which we are pleased we attended.”

Sue and Steve Knowles, Harling House

Kate Hardcastle is one of the best inspirational speakers I have worked with. She engaged with the participants using practical examples and life experiences. She left a lasting impact on the participants and made our programme an outstanding success. I will rate her better than excellent as I look forward to working with her every year!

Chika Akinwale, Cambridge Leadership Academy

Kate was fantastic and really helped to bring the subject alive, with humorous anecdotes and insightful tips – I am sure that our attendees went away with heads full of new ideas.

Deputy Chief Executive Matt Smith, The Key Fund

Kate and I braved it out the shop for a trip to Hebden Bridge to see retail guru Kate Hardcastle, talk on behalf of Welcome to Yorkshire. This was actually the best talk we have ever been to.  Ever!

Anne, Cocoa Wonderland

Dear Kate,

An enormous thank you for inspiring the young people with your speech at last week’s event.

We’ve had some fantastic feedback from the young people who attended on the day and this wouldn’t have been possible without the positive, motivational messages in your speech.

Thank you again for being such an amazing part of Inspire Day and we hope to see you again soon.

Diana Awards

Winners of the #TescoMumoftheYear Margaret Aspinall, @KateHardcastle and @AnnaKenndey1 you are inspiring women!

Emma Forbes

Kate Hardcastle has been my mentor for the previous 4 months. She has taught me more in that time than any other individual I have ever met. I am a university student and when I met Kate I had very limited experience of real life work experience.

Over the last 4 months Kate has showed me both patience and kindness and has introduced me to a number of new areas of business through her work at Insight with Passion. Kate has encouraged me to be more confident and allowed me to work alongside her on projects in areas including events & PR. This, alongside constant advice, support and encouragement from Kate, has helped me to develop a clearer idea of the path I wish to take in the future.

Over the time I have spent working with Kate I have witnessed her incredible spirit and enthusiasm to helping others. With regular free business seminars for micro businesses and endless charity work she has been a true role model to me. I feel extremely privileged and grateful that Kate has dedicated so much of her valuable time to spend with me.

Great talk given by @katehardcastle last night @wetherbyhour live – take home message the 3 Ps #passion #persistence #patience

@Golf4a

@wetherbyhour @katehardcastle @tanyaarnold @phillipchapman7 Kate’s presentation was fab + Tanya was top too! Kate, how do you fit it all in!

@alexbcann

Thank you @katehardcastle @tanyaarnold for helping us support our local businesses @WoodHallHotel #insiprational #simplythebest xx

@wetherbyhour

Massive thank you to our stars tonight @katehardcastle @tanyaarnold @alexbcann @phillipchapman7 – truly outstanding support #wetherbyhour

@wetherbyhour

I thought your talk was excellent and inspirational …

Ray Thompson, conference attendee

I’d just like to thank you for your presentation today at Preston College. It was interesting, entertaining and I left feeling inspired. You’re enthusiasm was infectious and certainly re-sparked my interest in my degree! It’s also nice to see someone who genuinely wants to put something back into the community.

So thanks again for giving your time and sharing your knowledge. Hopefully one day I will be half as successful as you and can quote you on your “two ears one mouth saying.

Nikita Hopkins

I was privileged to see Kate’s presentation at the Advantage Travel Conference in Malaga this year and I have to admit it was a heart-warming and life affirming experience. Her bright and enterprising enthusiasm lit the room and her understanding of people and her insightful commercial perspective on human behaviour was delivered with endearing, sassy and down to earth charm.  Her love for people and enterprise was infectious and she demonstrated her wealth of experience with common sense where sense is no longer common. The audience ranged from teenagers to seasoned on and offline retailers and suppliers all of whom benefitted from Kate’s clarity of perspective on what drives good business in the modern theatre. What a fantastic inspiration and what a great list of notes I took away with me. Thank you.

James Beagrie, Managing Director, Meon Valley Travel Group and Chairman of the Advantage Travel Centres Focus Partnership

Kate Hardcastle and Emily Clarke of Insight with Passion, responded positively to an appeal for help with promotion of a small charity. Giving up their time as part of the Access for all Scheme, they went considerably out of their way to attend a consultation meeting. Attentive and supportive, they listened, scoped the difficulties and suggested positive and immediate solutions. It was refreshing to hear practical advice without the need for lengthy bureaucratic processes. Kate and her team are truly inspirational and committed to using their skills to make a difference to others.

Fabulous,fabulous northern gal. The sort of person who makes you wanna get up and go. I watch her on Sky breakfast newspaper reviews where her witty northern humour helps her make her sharp comments acceptable. Always on the button, with her strong views, either business wise or politically. Keep up the good work Kate. Is there any chance of Network She setting up an inspirational seminar?

Brenda Mee

I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talk last week at Entrepreneurs conference. On a day where all of the other speakers were male and were blatantly selling their services/courses, I thought your talk was not only useful and interesting to heard, but also elegant in your delivery and I just enjoyed hearing from a fellow woman! I’m not in a position where I would need the kind of services that you offer, but I really liked your approach. I would certainly seek out your services based on the fact that you didn’t do a hard sell. Thanks again Kate!

Lara

@networkshe: @katehardcastle  inspiring presentation yesterday @networkshe #IWD #Awards

We have been working with Kate now for over 12 months.

She supports our SME’s and micro businesses in North Wales through the Retail Theatre workshops.

Kate’s delivery is nothing less than phenomenal. Kate has a unique ability to capture multi-sector business audiences from the moment she walks in!

This, along with demonstrating her passion, knowledge and eagerness to transform business ideas and customer service in order for owners to take their businesses the next level – most of which are affordable ideas and suggestions that the smaller business can undertake.

We continue to work with Kate and are looking forward to our future partnership.

She really puts the Ooomph into our businesses.

Business Wales

Kate is class, she was super fab. Thanks Kate for being a passionate instructor – keep being you, cos u rock.”

Pine & Ivory

Kate made me think on how we can be better than competitors by winning the hearts and minds of our customers. I would recommend this session to anyone who has customers – you have to learn what “value” is too. Kate is fun and has a knack of getting the idea or principle across with impact.”

AB ROOMS & SON

I found Kate’s presentation very effective and highly motivational. Thanks Kate for giving me some passion!”

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“‘Inspirational speaker’ is a label which is often bandied about but it’s the best description I can find for describing Kate. She speaks with such honesty and openness about all aspects of her life and wows audiences with the many, varied and wonderful things with which she has been involved. Kate has literally been an inspiration to me, motivating me to take the huge step of becoming my own boss after years of being employed by others and the possibly scarier step of also becoming an events speaker. Kate is a generous networker, happy to share her contacts and make introductions. She’s a fabulous lady who is fun to be around. I could listen to her speak all day!”

Angie Aspinall

“@katehardcastle Great speech today. Never expected to be stood up singing the Golden Girls theme tune! Very happy with my Tourism Award”

“@katehardcastle Truly inspired at your story. You are incredible x”

“@katehardcastle Inspiring speech by Golden Girl Kate. #networkshe”

“Inspiring talk by @katehardcastle at #networkshe awards focusing on importance of local charities #Community”

“Linda thoroughly enjoyed the @networkshe event and mentioned that @katehardcastle is a very inspirational woman. #inspiration #networkshe”

“@katehardcastle thank you for an inspirational speech today I look forward to connecting with you about #positiveimage & #endometriosis xx”

Huge thanks to another fabulous #Ambassador @katehardcastle for raising funds for us at her #InternationalWomenDay event in Leeds yesterday!

Great day today and a great way to start the week with @katehardcastle#internationalwomensday#inspire

@laylamayuk@katehardcastle@EndometriosisUK@DianaAward It was a wonderful morning! Here’s to a positive change for women!!! xxx

@Burton_AnnieO2@katehardcastle what a great start to the week to celebrate     International #womensday#girl power

Feedback from @katehardcastle workshops has been fantastic! Book now for 11th April at Chapel Gallery @Westlancsbc

@MarketingLancs @katehardcastle @Westlancsbc Great workshop for our visitor attractions/places to stay. Hope they take up the offer!

Massive thanks! @MarketingLancs @katehardcastle Team Timothy’s are all fired up & ready to give it #oomph #inspiring #scrummycake

@katehardcastle What an excellent talk at Towneley Hall. Came away with outstanding Marketing, retail, sycological and other advice ThankYou

Thanks again to @katehardcastle today for delivering a customer inspired workshop for lancs businesses had some fab feedback@MarketingLancs

Great mentor @katehardcastle at yesterdays @MarketingLancs a lot learnt from this women. @BowenPies for world pie domination!

Retail theatre, branding, personalisation and customer service today’s inspirational workshop with @katehardcastle #customerfirstcounty

Marketing Lancashire ‏@MarketingLancs   ‘Don’t waste time fighting competition just be better than them!’ @katehardcastle

@katehardcastle Fantastic to hear you speak at The Tetley on Weds, thx for opening my eyes & giving me such a fresh outlook, changes afoot

“@clandestinecake: Thoroughly enjoyed listening to @katehardcastle talk at @The_Tetley This morning.”

“@TheListerArms: Hello @katehardcastle Lovely to meet you this morning and great listening to your seminar”