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November 2010 Blog Posts (34)

Health and Safety - elf and smelfty

Health and Safety often gets a bad name - and you know what - sometimes it's deserved. What people often fail to appreciate that it is often not the enforcing authority that is the reason why controls are over the top but often it as a result of poor judgement about risk or about avoiding personal liability (and to be fair, until you've been given that potential liability, without the knowledge to make reasonable decisions, you should not judge them too critically).

There are…


Added by Andy Large on November 30, 2010 at 14:59 — No Comments

Are You Serious?

Yet another dicsussion on LinkedIn over whether businesses should have to grow or not (see the NRG-Networks group)

It's simple. There are two different types of business owner. Those who think it's their job to produce widgets (or build websites, or fit boilers, or sell insurance...) and those who think it's their job to build a business.

The first type are really just self-employed. The second type are the true business…

Added by Nick Bettes on November 30, 2010 at 10:53 — No Comments

Did you know......

The number of people working in direct sales has risen by 22% year-on-year, in the first quarter of 2010, according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA) And that women account for around 90% of all direct sellers. Direct selling offers a much needed additional financial opportunity for many people during a recession, whether it's to supplement an existing income or a full-time career option.

Being introduced to direct selling was a revelation to me - the fact that you…

Added by Christina Goble on November 30, 2010 at 3:38 — No Comments

Great Xmas Gift Personal Colour Make - over

Hi there,

Are you stuck for a totally original Christmas present for a friend, partner, Mum ,sister, teenager or work collegue ?

Why not treat them to thier own Personal Colour Make- over?

In the two hour session they can learn :

By wearing the right colours you can look healthier, fresher and younger! Learn which tones and shades enhance your natural colouring how to wear your colours and where to shop for their colours.

Only £99.00 p.p ( including their… Continue

Added by caroline shaw on November 28, 2010 at 13:45 — No Comments

Transfer of technology agreements and shareholders arrangements: key points

In this article Dr Maria Anassutzi, Intellectual Property Expert, further explains the contractual documents involved when setting up…


Added by Dr Maria Anassutzi on November 24, 2010 at 11:43 — No Comments

Is your business ready for the VAT increase?

As you all probably know VAT is going up from 17.5% to 20% on 4th January 2011. Have you started to think about how to implement the change? And are there any opportunities you could use to boost sales before the prices go up?

Added by Chris Smit on November 22, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

Jem's Gem - Following the 80/20 Rule & The Business Accelerator Programme...

Hi Everyone,…


Added by Jemma Fowler on November 22, 2010 at 10:52 — No Comments

Game-Based Marketing: The Ever-Growing Trend in Social Media

Ever wonder how much of Twitter's success hinges on the simple fact that you can see how many followers you (and others on Twitter) have? How about why more than 50 million monthly users play Farmville on Facebook?

Answers to these questions begin with an understanding of game mechanics, which encompasses a range of rules and…


Added by Ben Head on November 17, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

New Social Networking Site: Path launches for iphone - Watch the intro. Video Here

Hi, a new Social Network called Path was launched yesterday and although I was intiially sceptical, the concept is really growing on me! Each account is going to be limited to 50 friends and it's designed to be a much tighter network of people you really care about and trust and it's firmly focused on sharing photos on your daily 'path'.

It's initially based around an iphone app but I'm sure it won't be… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 16, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

New Facebook Messaging: Video Intro From Mark Zuckerberg

Yesterday there was a lot of noise on the social networks about facebooks big announcement. Some predicted the announcement of email addresses and that's certainly part of it but the main focus is on developing one message centre for all of your communications; facebook messages, emails, texts, instant messages etc. I read a lot of blogs and tweets in the build up with people focusing on the email facility but I couldn't really get my head around why facebook would take a step… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 16, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

Ladies - What's Stopping You?

The Equal Pay Act was introduced a long time ago so why does a recent report by the Equalities and

Human Rights Commission still find that women earn less than their male counterparts?

On average, women earn 16% less than their male equivalents.

By the time women reach the age of 40+
, they are earning on average 27% less than their male counterparts.

A separate report by Russell Reynolds Associates finds…


Added by Barbara Patrick on November 14, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Volunteer Chartered Accountant wanted

I've been approached to see if I know of a chartered accountant who

would be willing to work on a purely voluntary basis for a small charity

starting up in Finchampstead. Must live in Finchampstead and have an

interest in, and a desire to support the Finchampstead community.

Initially required to give financial advice, and then to operate a few hours a

month - maximum - on an unpaid basis, including signing off the


If interested, please… Continue

Added by Barbara Patrick on November 13, 2010 at 22:49 — No Comments

Why do your customers buy from you..?

Why do your customers buy from you..? or 'No sir, a questionnaire wont do it...'

A simple enough question.

You may THINK you know why they chose to give you their business, but until you ask them you dont know....and the mere process of contacting them can instil a feeling of worth and value in your customers....and no, a questionnaire wont do it. Experience tells us that so few actually get filled out and returned as to make the whole project…


Added by Andy Mileham on November 12, 2010 at 16:04 — No Comments

Jem's Gem - Wasting money on marketing...

As promised here is a second Jem's Gem for the week.


Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.

John Wanamaker (1838 - 1922), (attributed)

What a great quote to remind you to measure your marketing! This doesn't cost you a thing but it could save £££'s!

Some great marketing measuring tools:

Google analytics - Add to every page of your website to see how…


Added by Jemma Fowler on November 11, 2010 at 14:41 — 1 Comment

Jem's Gem - Follow up your leads!

I have just got back from a great holiday in Gran Canaria. I booked the holiday on the internet.

The first website I looked at looked great and I found the perfect holiday. I sent them an email to ask a few questions, but it took them…


Added by Jemma Fowler on November 10, 2010 at 16:48 — 2 Comments


In this Article Dr Maria Anassutzi, Intellectual Property Expert, analyses the issues involved in an intellectual property rich technology transfer and discusses the various…


Added by Dr Maria Anassutzi on November 9, 2010 at 12:03 — No Comments

Inside looking in does not always cut it!

Deciding to get external advice can be an emotional experience.

Most people know if they need and engineer, an accountant or some other professional expertise, but to call someone in to question the fundamentals of the business implies a self-criticism too far for a lot of people. After all, what could someone who is not close to the business bring to the party?

Research consistently shows that companies taking external advice…

Added by David Knowles-Leak on November 9, 2010 at 11:57 — 1 Comment

Opportunities and Pitfalls for SMEs during the downturn

There's an issue that's been on my mind a lot recently, especially since the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) came out, and it's this: who will be the winners and who will be the losers over the coming months and years as the government tries to get this country out of the financial hole it has sunk into?

With all the bad news it's easy to assume doom and gloom for everyone (and certainly, if I worked in the public sector I wouldn't be partying at the moment). However, there may be… Continue

Added by Herb Enmarch-Williams on November 8, 2010 at 15:04 — No Comments

Variety Events - is Keeping Business Local

A great day of…


Added by Debra Mann on November 7, 2010 at 8:52 — 1 Comment

Freedom of Choice

Don't lose your right to freedom of choice - The EU has…


Added by Christina Goble on November 6, 2010 at 4:07 — 2 Comments

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