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On Track? Time For A Status Check

If you set goals (preferably SMART goals) for yourself, your business and/or your team, have you checked to see how it’s going? Are you, your business and your team on track? Hopefully you and they are now well on their way to achieving the goals, but have you actually checked? Do you need to make adjustments to get back on track or to stay on track? Or is everything going well? If you, your business and your team are…

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Added by Nikki Faulkner on April 20, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

How to care for the hardwood floor of your pub!

There are lots of interesting pubs and bars in every city and something that they often have in common is the hardwood floor. It’s understandable since this type of flooring is classic, sturdy and hardwearing at the same time. It also fits in with the decor and the ambience of most pubs.

However, it’s been said that maintaining a pub’s wooden flooring can be a bit taxing and hard work to look after. Firstly, the high volume of traffic that the place gets during opening hours can take…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on April 20, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

4 Vital Reasons To Blog For Small Businesses

Updating Your Website Weekly Could Save Time, Money & Also Generate More Business.

  1. Updating your site – even if you are using it as an online brochure –…

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Added by Tim Mitchell on April 19, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Have you got green fingers?

It's a great time to get gardening.

But I must confess, I'm not very good at it - but there are few things more enjoyable than seeing a plant you've put in the ground grow and flourish.

It's…

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Added by Steve Robinson on April 19, 2017 at 11:43 — No Comments

Top tips to clean and protect your wooden sprung dance floors

If you are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of your wooden sprung dance floors you will know that they need special care and attention. Here we provide top cleaning tips to ensure that your wooden sprung dance floors are given the attention that they need.

Caring for your wooden sprung dance floor

Our suggested daily routine

  • Vacuum, sweep, or dry dust mop
  • Keep the floor surface dry
  • Clean up spills immediately so that they…
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Added by Ray Coleshill on April 10, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

An adventurous spirit and an irrepressible ingenuity!

After presenting at a recent seminar, in the Q&A session, one person asked a great question; "How can I make sure that I can run a successful and reusable marketing campaign?"

These are the 5 elements that I shared that I consider essential for any campaign to stand a chance of success.

In my opinion, the 5 essential elements are:

  1. Define your Market Dominating Position (MDP)
  2. Create an effective sales offer
  3. Avoid the…
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Added by Steve Robinson on April 7, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Make It Personal

I've seen 2 social media posts recently where people have been reaching out for support (both with a very generic 'Looking for a business consultant' message which, in both cases, has turned out to be not quite what they were looking for).

Anyway, in both cases, they had a string of responses/offers on…

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Added by Steve Robinson on March 27, 2017 at 9:34 — 2 Comments

A clean hotel is a happy hotel so make sure you keep it in tip top condition!

Hotels, Guest Houses and B & Bs are popular places that many different people frequent. Lots of us love to take family holidays, weekends away and now have breaks all year round. For the owners and managers of the Hotels, Guest Houses and B & Bs, keeping the premises clean and in good condition is extremely important if they want to remain in business.

These days this is even more important, because when people stay in them, not only will the guests be concerned about their…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on March 21, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

How can Hypnotherapy help with Fears, Phobias, Habits and Addictions?

Last week at our Yateley Networking Meeting we had the pleasure of Jon Davies from Jon Davies Hypnotherapy to carry out the 10-minute speaker slot.

Fear, Phobia’s, Habits & Addictions

  • Fear                       An emotional response to a real or perceived threat

                                        Basic survival mechanism – Fight or Flight

                                        If we didn’t experience…

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Added by Karen Palmer on March 13, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Hire People Who Are The Right Fit For An Easier Life

Make sure the people you hire and work with are the right fit for your company. It makes life so much easier and less stressful if the people you work with share the same values and are all pulling in the same direction. On top of that, each time you recruit and hire someone it costs you and your company time and money, so if you hire someone who is not the right fit, and they leave, it will cost you time and money to repeat the recruitment process and hire a replacement. If they…

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Added by Nikki Faulkner on March 13, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

What do you LOVE to DO that helps you to BE?

A Random Diablog

Sometimes we get so caught up and absorbed with the busyness of life that we forget what it's like to just be.  What do you do LOVE to do, that helps you to connect to you amongst all the doing? 

How can we Be when we are so Busy Doing?

Even when we are busy doing we can pause, take a breath and…

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Added by Jane Tyson on March 12, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

The importance of maintaining clean upholstery on office furniture

Customers, business partners and suppliers are all key components of a successful growing business. They often come and visit the office and keeping them comfortable will help establish and continue a good and healthy relationship.  But, nothing can be more embarrassing than having to escort your business guests onto a seat with grimy looking upholstery.

Just like you would in your own home, you will want your guests to feel comfortable and at ease in your office to create the perfect…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on March 6, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Cool Hand and Passionate Heart

Audrey Hepburn once famously said;

“Everything I learned I learned from the movies.”

I think she might just have been right!

If you have never seen the movie Cool Hand Luke played by Paul Newman, you are missing a treat. It's a gritty story of a man who refuses to accept the rules and will not conform to the 'norms' in a rural prison set…

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Added by Steve Robinson on February 27, 2017 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Vampire Customer Avatars

A Meeting With Maurice

Yesterday, I had tea with my friend Maurice, who I met via my friend Keith Grover at one of his raucous My Team afternoons.  Maurice, is a man of many talents and he shared some ideas with me, including how to get rid of an energy sucking vampire avatar, however this isn't what this blog is about. Rather it's a blog on…

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Added by Jane Tyson on February 26, 2017 at 7:06 — No Comments

2 Great Small Business Questions!

At the MyBoard networking event yesterday, there were two really good questions raised about different business strategies.

One was asking about the development of a 12 month email strategy and the second was about how to make the most of social media. This second question seemed to really…

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Added by Steve Robinson on February 23, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Things you should consider before planning your Spring clean!

With the weather picking up – Spring will be upon us sooner than you think!

There comes a time in a busy household, especially where there are lots of kids, when we have to put our foot down and declare an ‘all out’ crusade against dust and grime. Plus, if there are pets running lose too – then the need for a spring clean is even greater!

Imagine putting freshly laundered tablecloths and seat covers on, only then to discover that messy hands have left stains on them.  Or what…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on February 21, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Brass & Barnacles

I'd like to share a story with you that a previous boss told me many years ago that has stayed with me ever since. It's a story that I have referred back to many times and have found to be true in both business and personal lives!

As a boss, one of his (many) strengths was that he used very visual examples to make a point - and this is one fantastic example!

Let me start first with a little history.

From the moment we took to the…

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Added by Steve Robinson on February 20, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

They're copying you, so copy them back!

You will often hear big name business speakers talk about the big name brands they’ve worked with and the marketing strategies those big brands have employed to drive the connections they make to consumers, especially in the B2C arena.

What you don’t often hear about is that many of these companies actually spend a lot of time trying to replicate small businesses!! 

There is a desire in big, lumbering organisations to mimic the…

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Added by Steve Robinson on February 16, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Trust your way past buyers remorse!

I recently read a fantastic article in the Guardian where a 36 year old journalist, Stuart Heritage,…

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Added by Steve Robinson on February 14, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Induction – Engage your New Staff While They’re Keen

The time when a new staff member joins your company is the time when they are most motivated and energized. This is when they most want to make a good impression and make fast progress. Harness their energy and start them off well by using a consistent, well thought-out induction program. Induction could be a check list, a series of processes toed to a checklist or a full multi-faceted program depending on the size of your company.

Induction is also known as onboarding. As its name…

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Added by Nikki Faulkner on February 13, 2017 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

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