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Find out more about our services

We’d like to think we’ve got something for everyone, whatever stage of your business journey you’re at…


You're a Solo business owner

…and want to know how to create professional, consistent & branded content that builds an engaged audience.



We’d love to help you to find your Hook so that you can confidently present you & your business and then watch you soar…

Would you like support, motivation & knowledge on how to level up your business?

We know that running a business solo is hard, that’s why our Colchester based networking events, training sessions & workshops give you the opportunity to mix with likeminded business owners.

Lucie, Barbara & Charlie are your industry experts, who have an immeasurable passion to empower businesses to thrive.

We create an inclusive environment within our events and our main aim for everything at The Hook is to champion business growth.

The team have worked with a huge variety of businesses across multiple sectors and as a collective are excited to be providing training sessions, workshops and networking events through The Hook.

Some of the services we provide include;

  • Full day workshops
  • Half day workshops
  • Networking events
  • Online training
  • Online mentoring sessions
  • Full packages for Branding, Photography & Marketing

Why do you need our help?

Well firstly we’re great! And secondly, we want to see you succeed. These are some reasons you might need our help…


you sometimes feel overwhelmed

– We’re here for you if you’re sometimes feeling overwhelmed by the features of Instagram and need a bit of help unravelling it all.


You want to upskill

– Whether it’s that you if you want to learn more about Instagram stories, reels and how to make them look slick. Or dive into a new platform like Pinterest or Email marketing. We have workshops available for you.


You want to portray your brand better

– Between our combined Branding, Marketing & Photography skills, and whether it’s for social media, website or marketing materials. We can help you understand and implement a consistent brand and explain what value that offers your business.


You don't always enjoy working solo

– We’re developing an emerging small business community that wants each other to succeed. Our networking meet ups and events are a great way to grow your network, learn from inspiring people and set goals for your own business growth.

Kind words from one of our Breakfast Clubbers!

“The 3 of you have something special that you don’t see every day. The fact that you are getting the benefit of 3 fields of expertise is amazing!”

What does it cost?

We offer networking, workshops & mentoring options to suit different budgets. Investing in yourself & your growth will never be wasted…



Come along to our relaxed monthly networking events.

• 2 hours of small biz networking
• Hot drink & a pastry
• Expert speaker

Hosted at the gorgeous independent cafe, Patch, in Colchester. An expert speaker will share their wisdom with you, alongside meeting and chatting with some cool small business people (like you)!

online workshops


Join us online for our expert led workshops. They’re a great way to drop into sessions from home, we cover a range of topics including;

• Canva, Pinterest, Email Marketing
• Get to grips with Instagram

Online via Zoom or Teams, these workshops are brilliant to introduce a new platform to you, or to get to grips with aspects of Branding, Photography and Marketing to help boost your business. Please shout if there’s other topics you’d like to look at too!

in person workshops

From £50-100

Join us at our in-person expert led workshops.

• Canva & Pinterest
• Goal Setting

• Strategy Sessions
• Content Ideation
• Get to grips with Instagram Stories & Reels

Smaller group workshops, where we cover a whole range of Branding, Photography and Marketing topics to help boost your business. Specific workshop details can be found in the calendar on the events page.

Please shout if there’s other topics you’d like to look at too!



Feeling a bit stuck with your business direction? Would you like to have a sounding board around;

• Design
• Photography
• Small business advice
• Goal setting
• Ideas & inspo

Book a 1 hour online mentoring session with either Lucie or Charlie to talk through your ideas and troubleshoot problems.

Got some


What is The Hook?

The Hook is a collaboration between Lucie Selby, Web and Graphic Designer, Charlie Alexander, Farlie Photography, and Barbara Gill, Marketing Consultant.

The Collaboration started with The Hook Project, a social media confidence workshop and has grown to include smaller, theme based workshops and networking events.

Our ethos is based around Creative, Collaboration and connections – everything we do strives to reach these goals. 

Ultimately, we want to provide a community to businesses around the Essex, Suffolk area to empower business owners to build the best business possible.

What does The Hook do?

As a collaborative we provide a one-stop shop for marketing, branding and photography. Whether you need one or all of our services, we can help you with your business. We also run sector specific workshops, networking events.

Can you help my business?

Of course! We want to help as many businesses as possible. We have a wealth of marketing, branding and photography knowledge. We have worked with a huge variety of business including retail, architecture, photography, events, independent start up businesses and so maaaaaaaaany more.

And if we aren’t the right people for the job, our network means we will usually know someone who is.

We welcome and encourage all business types to join in The Hook events.

I’m just starting out – is The Hook right for me?

Yes! We love helping start ups and having the best foundation possible is a brilliant way to start your business journey. If you need a bank of imagery, branding, a website, social media templates or a or a marketing plan that speaks your business language and that works for you: you’re in the right place. Why not come along to our next networking event, meet us and see if you like our vibe?

Budgets are tight – can you help??

We know things like marketing, branding and professional photography can fall to the wayside when things are tough. That’s why we offer value led courses to make a difference. We don’t see our workshops as a business cost, they are an investment. We are proud to receive extraordinary feedback from our clients who shout from the rooftops about the difference we have made to their business. Before investing in a workshop why not come along to a networking event and have a chat about how we can help you?


Let’s chat

Ping us an email and we’ll happily answer any of your questions and see how we can help…