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March 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Is Business Growth Optional?

A significant proportion of owner-managers are averse to growing their business.  Often the reasons put forward are lifestyle choice, reluctance to employ more staff or fear that quality will suffer.

They of course have a choice – but here are some reasons why growth is necessary for an owner-managed business:

  • -          Sub-scale businesses suffer from “feast and famine”.  Even relatively modest wins can overload the organisation whilst a slight downturn in sales can be…

Added by Nick Bettes on March 30, 2012 at 11:26 — No Comments

Free Travel Health Check

We can help you make the most of your travel programme and guide you to making the right decisions about your travel policy, suppliers, process and technology.

Through a series of short interviews and a documentation review our Health Check reviews your travel culture, allowing us to identify areas for change, creating savings and greater efficiency.

We are currently offering this beneficial review FREE.

If you would like to know more then I look forward to hearing from…


Added by helene weedon on March 27, 2012 at 22:11 — No Comments

Wokingham Office Space at Ashridge Manor

Hi all, as some of you may know Digity moved offices at the end of last year and are now based within Ashridge Manor in Wokingham (2 mins from the Warren pub and next to Ashridge Garden Centre).  It's a fantastic building within a lovely setting and easy access to all the local towns.

They have a couple of…


Added by Chris Lunn on March 26, 2012 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Friday Morning Feedback Post

It is that time of the week again ! I Cant believe it. Its time for my Friday morning feedback post. The aim of my friday morning feedback post is really just some tips and ideas that all of can use to push business forward. As i said recently my aim is to help as many people as I can so my FMFP which is will be on here every week as promised aslong as I am not on Holiday. If I cannot do morning it will be on a Friday!

So what I wanted to briefly talk about this…


Added by Ben Harvey on March 23, 2012 at 10:35 — No Comments

Inappropriate use of Facebook and the need for a Social Media Policy

I attended a Mock Employment Tribunal in Reading earlier this week. The grounds of the claim were age discrimination (direct and indirect), victimisation and harassment.  The claimant was claiming against his employer AND against his line manager personally.  Interesting stuff.

Ultimately, an award was made in favour of the Claimant against the Employer and against his Line Manager.

One of the issues that arose during the hearing was the inappropriate use of…


Added by Barbara Patrick on March 16, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Please complete this quick survey

Hi all, we've teamed up with My Controller, Windsor to create a survey which will provide a unique insight in to the finance/accounting set-up of local businesses.  

Naturally for this survey to become a valid representation, we need as many businesses to complete it as possible.

Could you help spread the word as the findings will be very interesting.…


Added by Chris Lunn on March 15, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Changes to Qualification Period for Unfair Dismissal come into effect 6th April 2012

The qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims will change from 1 year to 2 years on 6th April 2012.  Subject to approval by Parliament, it looks like this will not be retrospective.

Employees who commenced their employment on or before 5th April 2012 will still only need one year's service in order to be able to lodge a claim for unfair dismissal.…


Added by Barbara Patrick on March 13, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Delivering on the promise (or not!)

Having had a particularly hectic January and February it was really lovely when John and I received the gift of a massage as a birthday present. 

We booked in to take advantage of an offer than ran until the end of February (nothing like a good offer to make you take action!).

We both spent a wonderful hour totally relaxing – or almost.  Unfortunately the spa had some new neighbours move into a nearby property who were particularly noisy rugby fans!  I did…


Added by Mary Carter on March 8, 2012 at 10:58 — No Comments

Do You Need More Traffic?

This sounds like I'm getting ready to pitch a new solution to you which is going to drive tonnes of traffic in your direction.  In actual fact it's a genuine question that I recommend everyone ask themselves and conduct some internal research before answering.

The thought process behind this is fairly simple;  do I need a greater…


Added by Chris Lunn on March 8, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

When resilience is your other name

It hasn’t been the best week in our house.  My older daughter’s hope of getting into her dream school came to a crushing end and some interesting judging meant more disappointment at an Irish Dancing competition. (I’m allowed to not be objective!)  My instinct as a mother is to protect her from any more heartache. But I can see the emotions travel across her face in the space of seconds – disbelief, pain, frustration, and then a resolve to salvage something positive from the…


Added by Grainne Ridge on March 5, 2012 at 15:45 — No Comments

Struggling to keep your New Year’s Resolution?

Yes, I know it all started so well, the new you get fit loose weight look and feel great by the spring.  So what happened to your weight loss plan?  I don’t know for sure however, you would not be alone if you found yourself falling back into old excuses, old habits, old ways of thinking and  feeling about yourself.


Do you find yourself saying something like,…


Added by Ms Doreen Gowing on March 5, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

The Happy Manifesto by Henry Stewart

Are all your people fully engaged and happy?

Henry runs a training business called Happy Ltd. Founded as "Happy Computers" in 1988.

Needless to say he majors on running a business where his staff are happy to work and his customers are happy to be served.

He employs 50 people with a waiting list of 2,000 people who would like to work for him.  This book is short (122 pages), very readable and shows how the attitude of a workforce can make all the difference to business…


Added by Peter C Smith on March 2, 2012 at 12:20 — No Comments

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