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February 2011 Blog Posts (29)


Whilst at an open air picnic concert I found my mind wondering around personal space and boundaries.

As more and more and more people arrived so the space between parties lessened.  Some people completely oblivious to their neighbours others quietly shuffling forward and some  giving "looks" :)

How does this relate to business?

I wondered what boundaries and personal space we

a) Expect

b) Take for granted

c) Are aware of

d) React…


Added by Ali Heathfield on February 26, 2011 at 12:41 — 2 Comments

How to manage your cash flow

Forget turnover and profit, cash is the real life blood of your business. Read our article for some useful hints and tips on how to manage your cash flow better and avoid any nasty surprises.

Added by Chris Smit on February 25, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Are there any work experience opportunities out there?


I've recently been approached by a Reading student who is looking for one week's work experience in September 2011 as part of the school curriculum.  Although the placement is required for September, the plan needs to be finalised by March.


I know from experience that it's hard to find placements for students where they can get some real experience - ie not just making coffee and opening the mail. I've heard of brilliantly successful work placements…


Added by Barbara Patrick on February 25, 2011 at 15:35 — 2 Comments

"Stress is just part of life." It doesn't have to be this way.

Stress is brought on by fear and negative thinking.  Recently, a very worried woman said to me, "Oh! I don't have a good imagination", however, when I asked what did she worry about, the list was long and detailed.  She did in fact have a fantastic imagination but it was not working to empower her.  We have all the resources we need inside ourselves to life a more relaxed and fulfilling life, we may just need some help…


Added by Ms Doreen Gowing on February 25, 2011 at 14:22 — No Comments

Social Media Conference Bracknell

The Bracknell Social Media Conference Feb 18th 2011  was superb,  and that was just one of the many comments after last Friday’s…


Added by Debra Mann on February 25, 2011 at 13:44 — No Comments

Popcorn Made Via Calling Mobile Phones - Scary!

Hi all, someone sent me this video earlier and I thought I'd share it.  There have long been rumours about the effects of mobile phones and seeing as I'm glued to mine every minute I'm awake, I strongly hope there are no re-percussions down the line for myself or anyone this and see what you think:



To be fair, I rarely sit down with 4 phones directly around me and then call them - but to be fair, I've often got 2 mobiles on me and…


Added by Chris Lunn on February 25, 2011 at 0:40 — 1 Comment

Feeling guilty... I never seem to find time to blog...

It's always on my list of things to do, but it never seems to get priority.


I'm currently up to my eyes in work, which is great, but I still ought to try to find a little time now and then to contribute something to my online networking community.


Currently I'm working on an assignment for a small London-based firm, re-aligning existing staff contracts and producing new contracts, policies and procedures.  Lovely job and I'm really enjoying…


Added by Barbara Patrick on February 24, 2011 at 13:45 — 1 Comment

Project Merlin - Why did it take so long?

On the 9th February, the banks and the government signed a lending and bonus deal. Under Project Merlin, banks will lend about £190bn to businesses this year - including £76bn to small firms. There has been a lot of talk has been as to why it took so long to broker the deal.

To answer that, we have to go back in time to late 2008.

The phrases in the news are “Credit Crunch” and “Toxic Debt”. The banking system is in serious trouble. They’ve been taking too much risk,… Continue

Added by Adrian Fowles on February 24, 2011 at 10:38 — No Comments

Confidential Information and employment: dos and don’ts

In this article, Dr Maria Anassutzi, intellectual property expert, analyses and discusses the various issues employers must look for when trying to protect their intellectual property, know-how and confidential information from their employees and independent…


Added by Dr Maria Anassutzi on February 24, 2011 at 10:15 — No Comments

TVBizExpo Regus Event on March 8th

Hi, I just wanted to remind everyone about the next TVBizExpo event at Regus Arlington Square on 8th March.  We still have some stand spaces available, so if you'd like to promote your business to over 2,500 local companies via our email and online campaigns, plus meet 60 - 80 local business people in person on the day, you can book a stand for only £27 + VAT.  Please see details on the event website, where you can also… Continue

Added by Maureen Robson on February 22, 2011 at 14:29 — No Comments

What are QR Codes and how do I use them for my business?

What are QR codes and how can they help your business? Saucy Horse blog on QR Codes

Scan this with your mobile phone and see where it takes you...


At its most…


Added by Tracy Thomas on February 19, 2011 at 18:45 — No Comments

Values: The Motivating Factor That Drives Us to Do What We Do

Values: The Motivating Factor That Drives Us to Do What We Do…

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Added by Catherine Jackson on February 19, 2011 at 17:35 — No Comments

We turn business processes into web applications.


We turn business processes into web applications

eBusiness is the transformation of key processes through the use of web technologies. The web is changing every aspect of our lives, but no area is undergoing as rapid and significant a change as the way businesses operate. We specialise in using web technologies to improve productivity across all areas of your business.


Today, companies large and small are using the web to…


Added by Aparna Jain on February 19, 2011 at 14:15 — No Comments

500+ Members and Growing - Come To Our Networking Evening To Celebrate!

Dear all,

I was delighted to welcome our 500th member earlier this week which was a fantastic mile-stone and a real endorsement for the vibrant networking scene in Berkshire right now. Thank you all for your support so far and the referrals you've made - they're proving very useful as our service grows and grows!…


Added by Chris Lunn on February 19, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Role of a Property Management Agent

 The role of the Managing Agent has changed greatly over the years but if you analyse the subject of complaints we receive then they fall in to 2 categories.

They are either to do with parking or refuse collection. I’ll tackle car parking first and refuse\recycling in my next blog.

The view is that Managing Agents should deal with car parking management and have an instant solution to all the parking problems that befall our residents. Often we hear the same story time and time…


Added by Martin Cleaver on February 17, 2011 at 13:50 — No Comments

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

Getting to the root cause of a problem is sometimes difficult.  In the cut and thrust of everyday business life it is all too easy to take the first idea or first solution to a problem and run with it.  But what if the first idea or first solution merely points at a symptom of the problem and not to the root cause?  A lot of time, effort and money can be wasted 'going down rabbit holes' when the real solution to the problem lies elsewhere. 

In my blog 'taking a thought for a walk' I…


Added by Ian Wooler on February 15, 2011 at 16:40 — No Comments New TV Advert - Thoughts?

Hi all, I saw the new ad on TV last week and just wondered what you thought of it? 

It's a modern take on the old classic J. R. Hartley advert but I don't like it for a number of reasons - and they all sum up for me, why continues to miss a trick.  Firstly, it's pretty much the exact same story line and outcome - except that instead of the old book, he now uses an app on his mobile to find…


Added by Chris Lunn on February 13, 2011 at 23:30 — No Comments

Ambition - an entrepreneurial paradox

In a recent article, I wrote:


The theme of ambition kept coming up time and time again. But, it is more than just an ambition that centres on size or on money. It is an ambition that brings with it: “an eternal sense of dissatisfaction with what currently exists, a strong drive to make things better”; “a passion for doing something that really makes a difference”; “a belief that you can make it happen or actually see yourself doing it”; an imperative to…


Added by Adam Campbell on February 9, 2011 at 14:52 — No Comments

Social Media Guru? Social Media Expert? Prove it!

I am a member of a LinkedIn group – …


Added by Tracy Thomas on February 9, 2011 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

26% of SMEs will look for funding in 2011

What are the other 74% going to be doing?


This was one of the questions raised by a recent presentation by Baker Tilly to Thames Valley IGT.  the figures were based on the company's recent YouGov survey of 500 SMEs.


The survey also highlighted that business owners were more positive about their own business than their sector or region as a whole - so we're all above average!


The key objectives for the surveyed companes were top-line growth - in…


Added by Nick Bettes on February 7, 2011 at 18:55 — No Comments

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