Use the Christmas Break to Kick-Start Business in 2021

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I think everyone is counting down the days before they can officially say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 – a year like no other… for all the wrong reasons.

Over the festive season, it can be tempting to enjoy a care-free break with loved ones, or as Sid Madge of Meee explains, we could opt for a low-key Christmas, reduce the health risk and kick-start our businesses for 2021 instead. (more…)

Feeling Lost? How to Uncover Your Own Purpose

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I wonder what your attitude is towards work? Perhaps you can relate to the person who said: “I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” (Jerome K. Jerome.) Or Douglas Adams’s observation: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”  (more…)

8 Key Steps to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

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Starting a business may be exciting, however there are a few things that you need to make sure that you get right from the beginning.

Here are eight top tips for startup success that business expert, Carl Reader, shares in his new book, BOSS IT; (more…)

How to Create a Leadership Simulator Within Your Business

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What do I mean by “Leadership Simulator”? A Leadership Simulator is a situation where we can hone our skills, make mistakes without catastrophic results, celebrate our innate qualities and those of our teams, and initiate new ways and ideas without suppression or consequence. Developing leadership skills is important for start-ups and other small businesses to grow. (more…)

Curiosity in the Workplace & How to Cultivate It

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We live and work in unprecedented times.

The term VUCA – an acronym developed by the US military to describe the state of affairs post cold war, sums it up well. VUCA – which stands for, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous – is as true today as it was then. (more…)

4 Quick Changes You Can Make to Help You Get the Most Out of the Rest of 2020

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2020 has been a struggle. Covid-19 has caused chaos at home and at work and it has been a particularly testing time for small business owners and startup founders.

It is hard to plan for the future when we are having to deal with more changes from the government regarding Covid restrictions and we still don’t know what that future will hold. (more…)

Will COVID-19 Inspire a New Wave of British Entrepreneurs?

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Starting one’s own business is a desire that many people have. Some harbour the ambition from a very young age, while for others it is something that grows throughout their working lives; for some, the lure is the opportunity to be their own boss, for others there is a very clear issue or gap in the market that they have an idea of how to solve. (more…)

Creating a New Post-Pandemic Work-Life Balance

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Striking the right balance between work and play is an issue that most business owners have always had to wrestle with.

And now the coronavirus pandemic means business owners and leaders are re-evaluating their work-life balance further, so we asked Sid Madge, author of ‘Meee in a Work Minute’ to share his experience on how to strike a fulfilling balance. (more…)

How to Start an Arcade Business

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The coronavirus pandemic led to many UK businesses in the entertainment industry closing their doors. Only in the last few weeks have some started to re-open under strict social distancing guidelines (meaning significantly reduced capacity and revenue). (more…)

How to Close a Presentation or Speech

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Have you ever ended a presentation and wondered if your audience got the point or was convinced to invest in your venture? If you have, chances are you did not properly prepare your closing.

Here, Vinette Hoffman-Jackson of Toastmasters International explains how to close your speech, pitch or presentation successfully. (more…)

Banish Zoom Fatigue and Teams Tedium

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As small business owners, the switch to virtual communications means we’re spending big chunks of every week in online meetings, joining webinars as well as dealing with social media.

We asked Lyn Roseaman to share her advice and tips on how you can get the most from communicating online. (more…)

Clever Tips to Ensure Your Small Business Stays Profitable

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Your business is your lifeblood – you have poured your passion and determination into it to make it a success. You’ve spent countless late nights and weekends to create a business you are proud of, but how can you ensure your small business remains profitable as you grow? (more…)

Five Steps To Turning On Innovation

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In two years, what decisions will you have wish you had made today?

It’s a question that leaders should continually ask. But the pressure of day-to-day business means that thinking about the future can feel like a luxury in many companies. (more…)

How Small Businesses Can Use the Power of Nature to Thrive During Lockdown & Beyond

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Covid-19 came at us out of “left field“. It was sudden and brutal. A wave of disbelief followed that disrupted our normal working pattern significantly, and maybe, irretrievably.

For all of us who run a business, there is a deep uncertainty right now. We are worried about what will happen to the business we’ve worked so hard to build up, and we are concerned for our employees and their long-term futures. (more…)

5 Tips on How to Turn Your Sports Career Into a Business

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If you are an athlete how can you create a startup and grow a business as you transition from your sports career?

Former pro basketball player, Ferran Martinez knows exactly what’s needed, so we asked him to share his top tips on how to turn a sporting career into a successful business. (more…)

3 Ways You Can Turn ‘creative luck’ Into a Skill

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In the permanent disruption of the 2020s, the ability to invent new products, processes and value propositions is critical for any business.

Not surprisingly, there’s a growing premium placed on individual creative-thinking as it invariably sparks the journey towards innovation, so we asked author and speaker, Greg Orme, to explain how you can harness your full creative potential. (more…)

How to Survive Tough Times in Business

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Running a small business can be a bit of a roller-coaster. Just when you think everything is going smoothly, an unexpected shock can hit your business and all of a sudden, your business is experiencing a very tough time.

So how do you turn your business around when times are bad, and all seems lost? Business owner, Anthony Main shares what he learned when his business was on the brink. (more…)

12 Common Presenting & Public Speaking Myths De-Bunked

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If you have ever had to make an important presentation or a big pitch, you will have had  words of wisdom showered upon you.

Although well-intentioned, much of that advice however is misguided, so we asked Anthony Garvey of Toastmasters International to reveal the most common myths when it comes to public speaking and presenting. (more…)

4 Ways to Avoid Hiring Expensive Business Consultants

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Whether you are a start-up or an established small business, you are likely to come across a challenge that requires outside input at some point in your business’s journey.

But consultants are expensive – for most SMEs, too expensive, so here are some alternatives that can help you out of a hole, without breaking the bank. (more…)

Choosing to Lead – 4 Tips for Aspiring Leaders & Game Changers

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Becoming a business owner and an entrepreneur is deciding to become a leader. As a leader, your actions, behaviours and attitudes decide the ultimate fate of your business.

With leadership being vital, Florian Bay, explores some of the pitfalls leaders can fall into, and the steps you can take to lead your business to success. (more…)

How To Set Up a Loan Broker Company

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In many cases, acting as a broker and introducer for a business can be more profitable than being the company that actually lends the money.

Typically, there can be 5 or 10 times more brokers than there are lenders in an industry and they will usually receive a fee for every application, or a commission on the funded sale. (more…)

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Your Own Business

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The inspiration to start a business can come at any time: in the pub, in the shower, in the supermarket, walking the dog.

How many times has someone you know announced they’ve had a great business idea? And how many of those eureka moments ended up as no more than a few notes on a napkin? (more…)

How to Bond Your Team at the Christmas Party

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Tis the season for office parties and dinners and, for many business owners, speeches, pep-talks and toasts.

Your Christmas party is an opportunity to bring everyone together as a group, and with the right words, inspire your team as you head into another year. (more…)

5 Tips to Help Boost Your Business with a Great Taste Award

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Within the food and beverage industry, the Great Taste Awards are highly-respected and often considered the gold standard of speciality food and drink accreditation.

Securing such a prize can catapult your product into the limelight, so we asked Kim Havelaar, Founder of Roqberry to share her know-how and advice on how to win a Great Taste Award. (more…)

How ‘Digital UX’ Rules Can Help You Write a Better Speech

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Over the last decade, organisations and business both big and small have been steadily investing more and more in their digital user experience (digital UX).

Interestingly, the digital UX rules businesses are employing online can be applied to help you write great speeches, talks and presentations. (more…)