Hundreds of kilos of debt has apparently been paid after a journalist’s investigation into allegations of plagiarism and “unscrupulous behaviour” by a enterprise coach.
Conor Gogarty, chief reporter on the Bristol Post and its Bristol Live sister web site, has received trade plaudits after spending a month trying into the actions of self-styled ‘Grasp Fixer’ Linda Davies-Carr.
Conor’s investigation resulted in a long-read “story of courtroom orders, designer sneakers, alleged plagiarism and a path of girls who really feel manipulated” after he interviewed 4 individuals who have had dealings with Mrs Davies-Carr.
Conor, pictured, discovered a credit score report on her Grasp Fixer firm confirmed two county courtroom judgements towards it prior to now 18 months, one for £5,805 and one other for £3,105.
The bigger debt allegedly remained unpaid after the courtroom’s deadline this month, however the creditor claimed Mrs Davies-Carr paid hours after Conor contacted her.
In his piece, revealed final Sunday, Conor wrote: “Some former shoppers of the Grasp Fixer say her enterprise guru picture is in stark distinction with their experiences.
“Mrs Davies-Carr has typically spoken of her purpose to empower ladies in enterprise – however Bristol Reside has interviewed three ladies who used her teaching companies and really feel they have been exploited.
“The Grasp Fixer has written of her disdain for the ‘Malibu Barbie method to teaching’ and argued the significance of creating shoppers really feel valued.
“‘Your potential shoppers don’t care how busy you’re,’ she posted on Facebook lately. ‘It’s not about you.’”
“However the ladies we interviewed declare their working relationships with Mrs Davies-Carr noticed them repeatedly ignored, guarantees damaged and hundreds of kilos wasted.”
The piece has received plaudits from trade figures together with Gary Lawrence, former editor of the Oxford Mail and Swindon Advertiser, who described it as a “sterling piece of journalism” on Twitter.
Simon O’Neill, one other ex-Oxford Mail editor, added: “Wow. That is how one can do in depth native reporting. An incredible learn.”
Conor advised HTFP: “I’m actually grateful I work for a publication which helps investigative journalism and gave me the time I wanted to work on this story.”
Mrs Davies-Carr’s full response to Conor’s investigation might be discovered here.