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Five useful lessons you can learn from Dyno-Rod and franchising

I was sad to read Jim Zockoll's obituary in The Times a few weeks ago. He was the founder of Dyno-Rod and died on January 25, 2024, at the age of 93. Jim was a highly successful entrepreneur, constantly looking for new business opportunities. From him and Dyno-Rod, I gained invaluable insights into franchising and business in general, as well as some inspiration and examples of what to avoid.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 25 Mar '24 | Tags: inspiration Franchising entrepreneur

When you grow up do you want to be a business, a social enterprise or a charity?

What is the difference between a business that wants to change the world, a charity that wants to change the world and a social enterprise and who decides which is which? Easy in terms of the legal charity status - after that it gets complex.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 08 Dec '22 | Tags: entrepreneur social enterprise public sector charity cic

Every day is a school day

Learning is critical for on-going success and a fulfilled life.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 18 Jun '21 | Tags: charity entrepreneur marketing social enterprise inspiration goal setting values strategic development responsible organisation charter coaching business planning collaboration innovation tools 21st century business business success csr socent growth aspiration local authority feasibility study creative think tank corporate culture vision

5 reasons you need to think about your marketing NOW

Brexit and the following economic fluctuations means that everyone needs to consider the impact on their organisation in terms of costs and opportunities to generate new business

Posted by Sarah Brown on 26 Oct '16 | Tags: entrepreneur marketing business success

Why it pays to be patient in networking

Networking at all levels is critical if you are to succeed but building relationships rarely happens over night so you need to be patient

Posted by Sarah Brown on 12 Oct '15 | Tags: marketing entrepreneur sales

Making Networking work for YOU!

A mindmap that summarises how to make the most from the 4N networking group.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 02 Feb '15 | Tags: marketing entrepreneur tools

Do you know how you get sales?

Every business needs a sales funnel and needs to understand how it works. Modern technology can help but only if you have a clear strategy and method.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 10 Sept '14 | Tags: entrepreneur marketing tools sales

Are business people so much better than sports people that they don't need coaching?

Successful sports people use coaches not only as they are getting started but to refine their skills when they are winning so that they keep ahead.

Posted by Bob Brown on 26 Aug '14 | Tags: coaching entrepreneur

Collaboration is the key to future success in business

Collaboration is team working for businesses and just like a strong team can achieve so much more than the individuals working alone so can a strong collaboration

Posted by Sarah Brown on 27 May '14 | Tags: entrepreneur collaboration business

Being bullied by a big brand

The dangers of forcing your service on a 'customer'

Posted by Sarah Brown on 01 Apr '14 | Tags: entrepreneur values marketing vision focus on action

Does the face you show as a business depend on who you meet?

Successful businesses and social enterprises are built on consistency, does the face you show as a business depend on who you meet?

Posted by Sarah Brown on 18 Mar '14 | Tags: entrepreneur social enterprise corporate personality

Do you listen enough?

The days of the hard sell are dead. Successful sales is about listening to customers and helping them understand how you meet their needs

Posted by Sarah Brown on 04 Mar '14 | Tags: entrepreneur sales communication

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