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February 2013 Blog Posts (20)

Would you like to learn how to Use Pay Per Click Advertising to Grow your Business?

Tonight, Wed 27th Feb I am holding a free webinar called - How to use Pay Per Click Advertising to Grow your Business. 

I would like to offer you a free place.  During the webinar I will discuss how to drive more traffic to your website using PPC Advertising and how to make more money online.

Please feel free to let others know.  They can register at - …


Added by Steve Mills on February 27, 2013 at 13:28 — No Comments

Fabulous Women: Reflections on the first year

A year ago today Fabulous Women announced the launch of a Fabulous Women networking group in Guildford, headed by Jill Bennet. 
A year later Fabulous Women has announced over 47 groups announced across the South East with managers appointed to run 10 regions namely: Surrey, Kent, East & West Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and London. 
How have I done it? Well, to be perfectly honest I’m not sure. It seems…

Added by Paullette Schwartz on February 26, 2013 at 11:49 — No Comments

Regus study shows sleep-starved Brits struggle to balance family & work

A new global study by workplace provider Regus highlights that British office culture is detrimental to the health and home lives of many workers and that too few employers are backing up rhetoric on flexible working with real action.

Many businesses will not see this as a problem for them and will continue to stick rigidly to their 9 – 5.30 working day; expecting…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on February 26, 2013 at 10:55 — No Comments

What’s Your Call To Action?

Whatever marketing you’re working on - website, advert, networking - ensure you have a clear call to action.

I always advise when creating a marketing communication to consider:

  • What do you want the prospective customer to think?
  • What do you want them to do?

The first part is all about getting your message across in a way that leaves…


Added by Rob Pickering on February 25, 2013 at 10:05 — No Comments

Spread some love with Social Media

When I ask clients what they want to achieve from their social media activity, the results are nearly always the same – more leads, more customers, brand recognition, more subscribers, etc. However it’s rare that they include anything about their current customers. But, if you’re not following/connecting and interacting with your customers via social media, you’re missing a…

Added by Lisa Chaffey on February 22, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

How much knowledge is at risk in your organisation?

I've been working with a number of organisations to help them address their 'knowledge at risk' and 'knowledge retention' challenges.  Whilst it is very easy to rush in and take management action to address these, often urgent, challenges, a more considered approach will enable better actions to be implemented and in a sustainable way.


A good way to start to consider the knowledge at risk (from redundancy, office move, talent grabbing, early retirement etc) in your…


Added by Ian Wooler on February 22, 2013 at 15:18 — No Comments

Six keys to a Winning team

As a business owner you have to wear many hats in the course of running a successful business: Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, ...and so on. But particularly in smaller businesses the most important one gets forgotten - you have to be a leader. It’s not just about what you do, it’s not just about logical steps, it’s about the person you choose to BE from moment to moment and…


Added by Rob Pickering on February 18, 2013 at 9:44 — No Comments

How to KISS

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Added by Ruby McGuire on February 15, 2013 at 17:34 — 4 Comments

What can I say about your networking?

Tomorrow I present to New Directions Job Club on the benefits of Business Networking in Berkshire.

Apart from how excellent it is to view everyone in this site, what else can I say about the benefits and specifics of your groups?

Do you have any tips on how to get the most out of being at a business networking event?



Added by Tom Clark on February 12, 2013 at 16:46 — 1 Comment

The Importance Of Small Business Insurance

In difficult financial times any small business owner looks around for ways to save some money and there are many areas which can’t be changed, such as servicing loans, rent on premises, supplies and logistics, but one item which seems at first sight to be able to be dispensed with is business insurance. Business insurance is a target because it doesn't seem to do anything. It doesn't produce anything, make anything run more easily or even make the tea – so why not cancel…


Added by Scott Sayce on February 12, 2013 at 16:44 — No Comments

Take Your Time Online – Control Your Social Networking

When it comes to being in control of your social media, lots of people, particularly small businesses have concerns over wasting time on social websites. I know several people who avoid social networks because they fear losing time, and I have coached a few folk on time management where social media has…


Added by Guy Griffiths on February 12, 2013 at 16:27 — No Comments

UK SMEs are owed a massive £36.4bn collectively in late payments

More than a million SME’s are facing late payments in the UK as evidenced by research undertaken by BACS in July 2012 and confirmed by additional research undertaken by Aldermore Bank.

“Late payments are a continuing drain on small and medium sized business owners in the UK. It’s critically important, at a time when we’re looking for SMEs to drive the economy out of recession, that they are freed from the shackles of late payments” says Damon Walford, Managing Director of Aldermore…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on February 12, 2013 at 12:44 — No Comments

Are You Easy To Do Business With?

Have you ever thought about how easy it is to do business with you? Are you driving people to your website, only to drive them away again? Are you sending existing customers to your competitors by annoying them? And would you know if you were?

Sometimes I visit a website that leaves me feeling so confused or frustrated that after a while I just click the close…


Added by Rob Pickering on February 11, 2013 at 10:32 — No Comments

Bowmite Construction website goes live

We've just been working on a website for Bowmite Construction, London which has now gone live.  This website features a lot of images and is the first website for this company who have been going for a number of years.  As usual with all of our clients we will carefully track the performance and look to enhance their online presence as we go forward bearing in mind mobile traffic, dwell time and most importantly;…


Added by Chris Lunn on February 10, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Employment Law 2013 – key reforms

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently made several announcements concerning changes to employment law with the aim of reducing the number of workplace disputes that end up in the tribunal. 


BIS published its response to the ‘Ending the Employment Relationship’ consultation  


The most significant proposals are to:


  • introduce a 12 month pay cap on the unfair…

Added by Marc Jones on February 7, 2013 at 16:37 — No Comments

Is Your Reputation Important?

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  John Wooden (American Basketball Player & Coach).

Our true character is made up of many qualities (some people might call them values) and when we embody those qualities, we are at our best.  What better way to maintain a positive reputation in business, than to ensure that how we do business is a…


Added by Juliette Smith on February 5, 2013 at 12:20 — No Comments

Tips for Selling Your Business

The most common reasons for a business-owner wanting to sell their business are:

  • They desire a lifestyle change – for instance, retirement
  • They are an entrepreneur who feels the business has outgrown them and who is not motivated by the managerial requirements of a larger business
  • They believe the business needs significant investment to progress to the next stage
  • They want to bank the value they have created
  • They have received an un solicited…

Added by Nick Bettes on February 4, 2013 at 16:45 — No Comments

Employability Skills: Why you should focus on strengths not weaknesses

I tweeted recently that if you play to your strengths, your weaknesses should pale into insignificance.  Someone responded that if you build on your weaknesses they will support your strengths. True, but I think they misunderstood what I was trying to say.

It's no good trying to be a scientist if you're no good at science; or a market analyst if you're not analytical.

Ascertain what you ARE good at, then look for a job or career where you can build on your…


Added by Barbara Patrick on February 4, 2013 at 16:08 — No Comments

Blogger’s Block - Regular Blogging

Many of my colleagues and readers of my weekly blogs ask me how on earth I manage to write something every week? If you have a blog and struggle to write regularly, or haven’t even started for fear of not keeping it up... this one’s for you!

Top Tips

  • Only write when you feel inspired - you are in control of your mood
  • Have a list of…

Added by Rob Pickering on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 — No Comments

Parent First Aid

Parent First Aid…


Added by Mark Davis on February 2, 2013 at 13:07 — No Comments

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