Independent consulting can be a lonely game ... but it does not have to be.
Find out why I get so much from this informal, friendly networking for independent consultants and freelancers.Read More
People often post on Linkedin asking for recommendations for networking groups to attend so they can increase the number of people in their community, and hopefully their chances of finding new clients. But I don’t recommend the monthly networking session that I have attended for over five years and here I’ll explain why I don’t think it’s for everyone…Read More
For many of us running small and micro-businesses, HMRC’s VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS) has provided a helpful, simplified means of calculating and submitting our VAT returns and dues. For those with modest input costs to our business, there can even been a small tax advantage when using the scheme. However, this situation is changing from 1 April 2017, with new rules for “limited cost traders” as HMRC seeks to tackle “aggressive abuse” of the FRS.
If you are, or think you might be a limited cost trader, you need to get yourself prepared for the imminent change.Read More
Advice surgery for small business owners and independent consultants
Tip-filled morning session designed to give you ideas and inspiration to take away and implement in your business to start making a difference straight away!
David Abbott: How to price your platypus
Higher prices mean higher profits. But how do you get a higher price for your product or service? There are a number of psychological factors that influence how customers make decisions, especially with regard to pricing. You will find out how customers decide on a price, learn how this applies to business customers as much as consumers, and then discover three low-cost and easy to implement ways to get a higher price for whatever you do.
“Thoroughly interesting, thought-provoking content with fascinating examples and an engaging pace. Quite simply one of the most useful presentations I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience. Will book again.”Chris Bulmer, Group IT Director, Regatta & Craghoppers
Gail Radka: Understanding and improving your emotional intelligence
Have you heard people talking about Emotional Intelligence, do you know what it is, do you know how to improve your emotional intelligence (EI)? Business Leaders need to be excellent at engaging with their people, their customers and suppliers. EI can help you improve your leadership and relationship building. Gail will help you understand the basics and how you can develop your EI further. There will be practical take away tips and tools from the session.
“Gail has worked with our organisation over a period of years delivering high quality leadership master classes. Gail has also led an organisational wide piece of work for the Trust helping us to review our organisational values. Gail is professional, knowledgeable and we couldn’t have achieved what we have without her expert input.” Steve Ned, Director of Human Resources at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Guy Newton: Management recruitment: The five most costly mistakes organisations make
Guy will reveal the five most costly mistakes organisations frequently make when they are looking to recruit at senior management or Director level. This is based upon his career success as a headhunter stretching back over 25 years working with leading business organisations in the private, public and not for profit sectors.
More importantly, he will suggest practical steps you can implement on behalf of your organisation to avoid these costly mistakes.
Guy will share his experience so that when you next recruit you will recruit an exceptional leader helping to make your business exceptional.
Helen Kitchen: 3 ways to stand out from the crowd using social media
Are you bored of the whole social media scene? Even worse, is your social media activity boring? Revitalise your approach to tweeting with an injection of creativity from this session to help you develop content which will make you and your business stand out – with immediate results! Experienced PR consultant Helen Kitchen manages social media activity for organisations in the B2B and B2C sectors and has a wealth of experience of campaigns aimed at raising brand awareness, driving website traffic and positioning businesses at the cutting edge of innovation. Come and find out what she thinks really works when it comes to being exceptional online!
“Helen came to instruct my students, many of whom would be setting up as self-employed for the first time, on the use of social media to promote themselves on line. She’d done some considerable research and the talk was oriented to the very specific needs of our industry. Her talk was clear, concise, easy to follow and pitched exactly right for a group with varying knowledge and experience of the topic.” Debbie Waller, Yorkshire Hypnotherapy
Peter Cowey: Transforming knowledge into money; steps to help make innovation work for your business
Putting an innovation programme in place can recharge your firm’s competitive position and growth potential. The starting point is to harness your team’s knowhow, then stimulate and transform that knowledge into new revenue. Peter will take you through practical steps to make innovation work for your business and reach this goal.
Peter leads Resurgent Growth Ltd an innovation services business. His career has focused upon management and marketing for firms local and global across a range of sectors including; specialty chemicals [uses in textiles, plastics, cleaners & sanitizers], food, drink, and confectionery, coatings [conveyor & drive belts] and logistics. As an intrapreneur he has developed, managed business and created new ventures and with benefit of a recent MBA from Bradford University School of Management offers the combination of strategic insight and vision with the latest thinking and techniques to help your firm identify opportunities, stimulate innovation and translate into resurgent growth.