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October 2011 Blog Posts (13)

4 'power' points for you to consider as you prepare for your next presentation

Many of us use PowerPoint to support our presentations and many of us will have enjoyed/endured 'good' and 'bad' use of PowerPoint.  The following link will take you to 4 points to consider when preparing for your next presentation.

Added by Ian Wooler on October 20, 2011 at 16:51 — No Comments

How would you like 2 free tickets to Racing in 2012 at beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse?


How would you like 2 free tickets to Racing in 2012 at beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse?

They'll be open dated for Club entry –2012 so you can come…


Added by Annelouise Norman on October 20, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments

Entrepreneurs Circle

October - HELP!

Finding and managing the perfect people to fuel your growth – without taking on more staff

To be super successful you can’t do it on your own, it just isn’t possible and in truth its just not smart to try it. WHATEVER you do there will always be stuff in your day to day work that isn’t “worthy” of your attention and will cost you money by doing it yourself. Whether this is because you don’t do it well, or just because it takes you away from doing the…


Added by Annelouise Norman on October 19, 2011 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Uniq Systems Expands Technical Support Team

Leading Thames Valley based Sage Business Partner, Uniq Systems has recently appointed Alan Williams (Technical Support Manager) and Avnish Kana (Technical Consultant) to strengthen the technical support team.  Both Alan and Avnish are very experienced having worked in similar roles in leading UK companies.


On his appointment Alan commented “I am particularly pleased to be joining the Uniq team. The systems in place to provide support are very similar to what I…


Added by Tim Holton on October 18, 2011 at 11:13 — No Comments

Does incentivisation work?

The underlying assumption is that rewarding employees for achievement (usually financially) will encourage them to work harder and achieve more in pursuit of those rewards.  This view is not borne out by academic research but in practice bonus schemes are widely used.  A carefully-designed bonus scheme when implemented on top of good management practices in a well-run business is a useful management tool – but it is not a substitute for these…


Added by Nick Bettes on October 17, 2011 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Volcanic activity - El Hierro Canary Islands

The FCO have changed the travel advice for the resort of La Restinga in the South of the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands.  They now advise against all travel to La Restinga. This is as a result of seismic activity and a volcanic tremor on 11th October which has led the local authorities to raise the risk level to red and evacuate locals and visitors from La Restinga as a precaution.   The overall level of advice has not changed and there are currently no restrictions to other parts of… Continue

Added by Tony Bassett on October 13, 2011 at 10:18 — No Comments

Touched Moved & Inspired

I've been inspired to share my thoughts after meeting George a man in his 50's, who was sweeping leaves when I met him.  As I was exiting a local garden centre with an empty trolley looking a little disgruntled, his soft voice said, "Did you not find what you were looking for?".  "No", said I, explaining that Santa had moved in where the garden furniture had been (which is what I was looking for). Yes, I was a bit put…


Added by Ms Doreen Gowing on October 9, 2011 at 18:57 — 3 Comments

Why, Why, Why, Why, Why?

A technique to find the root cause of a problem is to ask Why? 5 times.

But before you rush off and prove this for yourself there are a couple of things to consider, so practise first.

Ask yourself Why 5 times and at about the third time it may will feel very personal (good) and can swiftly move to be down right rude, invasive and abusive (bad)

So practise and think about how you can phrase the why into the question you want answering or you want to get to the bottom of…


Added by Tom Clark on October 7, 2011 at 13:13 — 1 Comment

More Brits expected to take cruises from UK ports

The boom in British cruise passengers choosing to take itineraries starting from UK ports is set to continue, according to latest figures from the Passenger Shipping Association.

The PSA estimates that a record 835,000 passengers will join their cruise ship from a British port in 2012 – which represents a 28% rise over the last two years.

This will also be a 10% increase on the estimated 760,000 passengers who will have started their cruise from one of the UK’s 20… Continue

Added by Tony Bassett on October 6, 2011 at 15:13 — No Comments

A fifth of holidaymakers travel without insurance!

A fifth of consumers go on holiday without travel insurance, according to the latest research from Abta.

Of 2081 consumers surveyed, 20% said that they holiday uninsured, which is comparable to last year’s response.

A fifth of respondents mistakenly thought the UK government would assist them financially.

“There is a poor understanding of the role of the UK government and what will happen if something goes wrong abroad,” said head of communications Victoria…


Added by Tony Bassett on October 5, 2011 at 10:11 — No Comments

Consumers returning to high street travel agents


In the last 12 months, 25% of those surveyed booked through a high street travel agent compared to 17% the previous year



The number booking through a tour operator, as opposed to booking direct with airlines and accommodation, has also increased from 24% to 28%.

The research shows that women and young people are more likely to book with a high street travel agent, with 31% of women using this channel compared to 19% of…


Added by Tony Bassett on October 5, 2011 at 10:08 — 4 Comments

I have a digital camera, ill do it myself thanks........maybe not?

Why Use a

Professional for a Packshots and Product Photography?

I am going to assume

that, by coming to this website and perusing its pages, you might be

contemplating a future product photoshoot for your business. I am also going to

assume that by putting your products up for sale, particularly on the world

wide web, you take a good deal of pride in the work that you do. Since this

article has been written…


Added by Ryan Collins on October 4, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

FREE places at the Peopletopia Employee Engagement Strategy Workshop - Reading 25th October

We're offering four FREE places to members at this workshop - let me know if you'd like to attend.

It's alarming.  Gallup suggest that disengagement amongst UK employees is costing up to £64.7billion annually.  Engaged employees have lower absence, lower attrition and are more confident in understanding customer needs.  Engagement impacts your bottom line -…


Added by Clare Portman on October 4, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments

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