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Bonfires and fireworks

Autumn has arrived, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer. You may be preparing the garden for winter and arranging any rubbish for a seasonal bonfire. And, at this time of year, where there's a bonfire there could be fireworks.

Keep your distance

Bonfires and fireworks can be a good excuse to bring together family and friends to enjoy the autumn nights, but they do require a bit of caution as many people, including children, are at risk of injury.…


Added by Mike Black on October 19, 2017 at 17:22 — No Comments

Broker/Customer Relationships and Predators and Sharks

I had a client who was looking to grow his Business. We discussed various options and decided that a loan over 5 years would be the way forward. 

I informed my customer that this would take time and I would keep him updated of the progress.

Having spent time putting the application together and addressing the Pros & Cons I submitted the application. 

I informed the customer that it had been submitted and that there would be a 48/72 hour answer back from the funder.…


Added by Michael Bushby on October 18, 2017 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Motivate through Engagement

The benefits to having a motivated team are enormous. Someone who will go above and beyond might be particularly critical in a small company where you need everyone to contribute. Employees who put in extra effort for your company can make a huge difference to the success of your company. In addition, engaged employees are usually happier, healthier and more fulfilled, which means they’re likely to stay with your company longer. And while they’re working for you they’re likely to be off sick…


Added by Nikki Faulkner on October 17, 2017 at 9:44 — No Comments

Marketing - for Professionals - Knowing your customers



Welcome to the third weekly e mail instalment of Marketing for Professionals.


I hope that you are all still awake out…


Added by Colin Mico on October 16, 2017 at 13:52 — No Comments

Showing Customers That You Understand Their Needs - the Power of Testimonials



Welcome to my second BLOG on the subject of marketing for professional companies.  I hope that you find it useful.

In my first BLOG, I talked about the…


Added by Colin Mico on October 10, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Professionals - is there a "Secret Sauce" for your Marketing?

Before selling my business to Aston Scott in 2014, I spent the previous six years trying to fill in the gaps in my Sales and Marketing knowledge.


In Insurance industry terms, I am a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and therefore at the apex…


Added by Colin Mico on October 5, 2017 at 17:29 — No Comments

How to choose the best clinical hypnotherapist for you

So, you’ve decided to see a clinical hypnotherapist to get help with the problem that’s been bothering you for some time. It’s a big step… fact deciding to see a therapist is one of the most important steps you’ll take in fixing that…


Added by Elaine Way on September 20, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Is your creativity or love of running your own business being stifled by ‘process’?

I was having lunch with a good friend at the weekend and we were discussing the virtues and pitfalls of running our own businesses. My friend, a successful, self-made woman, was sharing how some business owners in her industry (creative design) are falling out of love with their job due to an overwhelming and ever-increasing workload of operational matters that people have neither the time nor a clue, how to deal with.

I could see where she was coming from. I regularly speak with…


Added by Stas Lawicki on September 19, 2017 at 19:53 — No Comments

Making Questions Work

Ask the right question and you'll get the information you need. Communication is key to all aspects of managing people. The questions you ask in interview when recruiting. Making sure an individual has understood a request you have made of them once they are working for you. Coaching them to improve. And a whole lot more. There are, however, different ways to ask a question, so let’s look at some of them and find out when to use them.…


Added by Nikki Faulkner on September 11, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Having the 'chat' with a co-worker or colleague

Since turning up for my first job in my dad’s cast-off pinstripe suit, which fitted me like an unzipped sleeping bag, long out of fashion before my dad had even bought it, I have been privileged to work for and with some brilliant people. I have also had the misfortune of working with some not so brilliant people. This is, of course, not unique to me. Most of us have experienced the best and worst type of management at some point in our lives.



Added by Stas Lawicki on September 8, 2017 at 9:53 — No Comments

5 Benefits of implementing a CRM

“Businesses are 67% better at closing deals when sales and marketing work together”

Align sales and marketing with technology to boost sales...

Increasing sales, retaining customers, and improving productivity is the key to driving a successful business. The increasing capability of many CRM (customer relationship manager) systems has meant that this is now possible, not just in big business, but within the…


Added by David Thomas on September 5, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Five top cleaning tips for Summer

Household items

When the weather is nice and the sun is shining, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning! But with the Summer and hot weather comes new cleaning challenges such as grass stains on carpets and drops of melted ice cream on furniture!

Please find our five top cleaning tips that can help your Summer cleaning schedule become a…


Added by Ray Coleshill on September 4, 2017 at 15:57 — No Comments

Washing hands with cold water ‘as good as’ hot water


Do you use hot or cold water when you wash your hands?

Well, new research suggests that cold water might be just as good as warm water!

US scientists studied a group of volunteers and found that washing with cold water (15C) instead of hot water (38C) didn’t make a big difference to how much bacteria was…


Added by Ray Coleshill on August 16, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Check And Update Your SMART Goals

Goals should not be set in stone. Periodically check what goals you are working towards, and update them whenever required. If something changes in your business (or life), don’t forget to update any related goals to make sure they are still relevant. Periodically check that all the goals your team are working towards are the right ones to move your business forwards. If any of their goals need updating, then update them. Drop goals that are no longer relevant at all, and write new relevant…


Added by Nikki Faulkner on August 14, 2017 at 9:59 — No Comments

How does technology make your company more profitable?

[See my original Blog post here...]

In this article, I tackle the question "How does technology make my company more profitable?" and share 5 steps to understand how you can unlock the value from…


Added by David Thomas on August 1, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Tips on how to maintain office cleanliness

Let’s face it, most of us try to separate our personal lives from our work lives. In the office, we are expected to conduct ourselves professionally and that includes being respectful of co-workers. Most importantly, we should always try to be clean and clutter-free – particularly in shared environments. However, in the real world, there will always be instances where our optimistic and energetic approach to doing tasks is marred by annoying habits caused by colleagues and…


Added by Ray Coleshill on July 18, 2017 at 15:21 — No Comments

A tale of two bullies... Can you help?

My cousin Laura told me when we caught up recently that she’d left her job with nothing else to go to, and she was sure she’d made the right decision. I was surprised: Laura has always been a very solid and responsible woman, and has worked continuously since the children were in their teens. Perhaps she had taken early retirement? No, despite being 62 years of age, that wasn’t it. She’d left because she’d been bullied at work for about six months, and had…


Added by Mara Thorne on July 13, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Is It Too Late Once Someone’s Gone?

Exit interviews are a great way to unearth trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. Consider this example where three of your team have quit in the past few months. Let’s look at each scenario in turn:


Jane, one of your best employees has just handed in her resignation. You have a chat with her to see if you can get her to change her mind. You really don’t want her to leave. She says it’s not about money, she’s just found something else she’s more interested in. It’s clear…


Added by Nikki Faulkner on July 12, 2017 at 11:34 — No Comments

Companies House-Late Filing Penalties

If you are contractor, freelancer and small business owner in the UK, it's staggeringly vital to monitor your filing and payment due dates, as well as changing tax rates and thresholds.

HMRC has two categories of …


Added by Vidit Agarwal on June 27, 2017 at 15:16 — No Comments

Think your IT is good, hacker proof, staff proof, future proof ?

Almost every week we visit a customer where these things happen:

  • No security on the network – routers,  printers, wireless devices left on default passwords, so any hacker can walk straight in
  • No anti-virus or firewall
  • No staff usage policy – So many customers have experienced the internal attack. Data theft, unhappy employee etc. Without an user policy how can you take legal action ?
  • Important security updates and patches to software – Often these…

Added by Peter Slack on June 26, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

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