Inspire2aspire Blog Inspire2aspire, fresh ideas for growing responsible organisations delivered by bespoke coaching and consultancy. Sun, 30 Jun 2024 15:41:00 +0100 Inspire2aspire Blog Who should be reading your business plan? Why and when do you write a business plan? For many businesses, it's to secure a loan or investment. For charities or social enterprises, it's to obtain a grant. For larger organisations, it's often a routine part of the calendar. But why are external readers more important than the people within the organisation? business planning Sun, 30 Jun 2024 15:41:00 +0100 How can you do good, improve society and get fitter? Volunteer! Mark your calendars for the upcoming week, June 3rd to June 9th, 2024. This week holds a special significance as it marks the 40th anniversary of volunteers' week. volunteering social impact Fri, 31 May 2024 18:00:00 +0100 Where are you on your journey to changing the world? Do you have an idea you keep thinking about? Has your organisation got into a rut and isn't achieving what you dreamed it would? Or do you just complain and believe the world is going to hell in a handcart? success changing lives Thu, 25 Apr 2024 17:03:00 +0100 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. inspiration Franchising entrepreneur Mon, 25 Mar 2024 16:20:00 +0000 Social enterprise now and the future Social Enterprises are part of the growing "social economy". The infographic below gives a snapshot of the state of the sector. You can get the full report Social Enterprise 2024 with more data and the priorities for the sector by emailing with Social Enterprise 2024 in the subject line. The report includes tips on how to capitalise on the trends identified. social enterprise Fri, 23 Feb 2024 20:38:00 +0000 Are you communicating effectively enough? Effective communication is the cornerstone of success in your personal and professional life. It's the foundation upon which everything else is built. communication stakeholders Tue, 30 Jan 2024 16:12:00 +0000 The power we all have (and a seasonal story) As this year ends and we think about the future, I want to celebrate our power to change the world. Last night, I was at a walking nativity goals inspiration Thu, 21 Dec 2023 15:59:00 +0000 Let's make sure we are part of the solution, not the problem The UK economy is not growing, and UK tax income needs to rise enough to provide the money required to support everything we need, such as the NHS, social care, housing, education, and addressing inequality. values environment charity corporate culture Thu, 30 Nov 2023 16:27:00 +0000 Being human not corporate - the road to success Last week, I did something for the first time: I went to a planning committee meeting. I didn’t have high expectations. I thought I would be bored and it was unclear how long I would be there so the parking cost was £10.50! So why did I go, and why am I writing about it? csr ROC winning by being good Thu, 26 Oct 2023 18:02:00 +0100 How can you thrive in adverse conditions? Two of my favourite things came together in the past week: creative strategy and gardening. strategy theory of change business planning Thu, 28 Sept 2023 18:08:00 +0100 Five lessons from my holidays It's almost the beginning of the new school year. I'd like to have a new pencil case and be able to write an essay for my teacher about what I did over the summer, so this is my equivalent. I suggest you do the same, as this renews my zest for what I do and lets me revisit what I have enjoyed and learned. collaboration marketing inspiration Thu, 31 Aug 2023 22:47:00 +0100 Be really clear about what you offer How a clear Theory of Change is critical for success whatever type of organisation you are values charity socent business corporate culture Fri, 04 Aug 2023 00:00:00 +0100 What is ESG and five reasons it matters even if you are a charity First, let me introduce you to ESG -if you want more detail, please email to get our ebook. ESG - the details and relevance to charities and social enterprises The term ESG was officially coined in 2004 with the publication of the UN Global Compact Initiative's "Who Cares Wins” report. But for me, I only heard the phrase when my next-door neighbour said it was her job to help companies calculate it for their cars! governance social impact charity Mon, 31 Jul 2023 16:32:00 +0100 Are your organisation's values working? Five easy questions to ask to establish if your company values are working values staff engagement Wed, 28 Jun 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Five reasons you need to read this I was excited to share what I have learnt just back from holiday. Still, I am saving it for another blog to instead excite you about governance and why it is critical whether you are a business, a charity or even a prime minister. I never thought I would write that sentence, but I hope my five examples from the last fortnight convince you. governance responsible organisation charter Tue, 27 Jun 2023 20:44:00 +0100 Three reasons to feel good As Janice Turner wrote in The Times last month, "Lockdown turned us all into disster victims", and three years on, it seems like it has just been one thing after another. So here are three reasons to be cheerful: inspiration changing lives business planning Fri, 26 May 2023 12:44:00 +0100 Are you asking the right questions to get you the best results? I was reading a good article in the Times yesterday about illegal immigrants. It made me think about how you can fail because the wrong people are asking the wrong questions. It suggested that immigration shouldn't be handled by the Home Office, who generally are about law and order and stopping things. growth staff engagement strategy Tue, 25 Apr 2023 21:49:00 +0100 Three ways to encourage people to buy from you or donate if you are a charity In this final blog in the series about thriving in challenging times, I want to consider how you attract your share of the limited money people have available. changing lives success Wed, 29 Mar 2023 16:59:00 +0100 Thinking outside the box - Recession: threat or opportunity In this third blog about thriving in challenging times, whatever type of organisation you are, I want to think about what is the key to success in any organisation. Whether you are a one-woman band or a global corporation, a charity, social enterprise or business, the people involved are critical. charity success public sector socent business Tue, 21 Feb 2023 17:52:00 +0000 Unusual partnerships - a great example of collaboration If you have ever watched one of those survival programmes, you can see that it can be tough to catch fish. So as with any problem, it is helpful to consider if working together would improve results. collaboration Tue, 31 Jan 2023 15:11:00 +0000 Recession: threat or opportunity .. plan for success As promised, I am following up on my blog Recession: Threat or Opportunity. My focus this time is uncertainty and planning to be successful. business planning goal setting Thu, 29 Dec 2022 17:42:00 +0000 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. entrepreneur social enterprise public sector charity cic Thu, 08 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Recession: threat or opportunity Like me, you may get to the stage where you avoid the news because it always seems terrible. As the saying goes, "we're going to hell in a handcart!". But are we? business planning Mon, 28 Nov 2022 10:23:00 +0000 An idea to help smaller charities Charities rely on grants or people's donations. Since the first Charity Act in 1604, charities have been regulated to ensure people can trust they are using the money wisely and as intended. Complying with the law and the charity governance code and doing good work is challenging for small charities run totally by volunteers. charity governance code charity Wed, 26 Oct 2022 10:19:00 +0100 Use your values to show you are different Generally, people feel more comfortable dealing with people and organisations that share our view of the world, share our values; we can relax because we have common ground. values niche Thu, 20 Oct 2022 17:33:00 +0100 Five reasons this summer was memorable It feels like it has been a long summer of ups and downs, but I also think I have learnt a lot. values leadership Thu, 22 Sept 2022 14:47:00 +0100 Lessons from my holiday I have recently had a rail holiday to Germany, which in many ways I enjoyed but, as with many of my trips abroad, also got me thinking. Here is what I found curious and thought-provoking: travel strategy Thu, 28 Jul 2022 17:20:00 +0100 Ideas for saving money and increasing income It's just over 40 years since inflation was at a similar level to today. I can't pretend to remember what people did then, but I have a few ideas about what you can do now if you feel you are drowning in the wave of inflation. Tue, 14 Jun 2022 18:07:00 +0100 Five reasons a coaching session might be what you need I've been coached and have also coached many people and continue to do so. These are the five powerful reasons to have a coaching session. coaching strategy Tue, 17 May 2022 17:30:00 +0100 How culture going wrong impacts success and may cost lives A toxic culture can be fatal and all-pervasive. Directly or indirectly, organisational culture can kill whether it is Boeing, Volkswagen, the police or an NHS maternity service. values ethical audit Mon, 04 Apr 2022 17:13:00 +0100 Ten potential reasons to set up a separate trading subsidiary I have been encouraging charities to think more entrepreneurially for over 30 years. If you generate income rather than rely on grants or donations, you have control of your destiny. collaboration charity social enterprise socent Fri, 04 Mar 2022 18:58:00 +0000 Good charity governance - the highly tuned mechanisms that help you fulfil your purpose What is good charity governance? I struggle to define governance, and many other people are the same. It puts people off from thinking about it or what would make governance good. But the news this week about The Captain Tom Foundation and Kids Company and their governance issues highlights its importance governance charity governance code CIO Thu, 10 Feb 2022 18:00:00 +0000 Top ten tips about how to get the most from your trustees A strong board of trustees is a powerful part of any successful charity. Here are ten tips based on my experience about how to get the most from your trustees. charity trustees Wed, 26 Jan 2022 15:19:00 +0000 Key to your charity's success in 2022 will be your marketing The problem for most charities is that there is no traditional marketing department. You may have fundraisers or social media people, but rarely is there a marketing strategy specialist. Tue, 04 Jan 2022 16:16:00 +0000 What inspired me to get up at 1am to write. Sometimes a story and insights are so gripping you can't sleep. Mon, 13 Dec 2021 12:31:00 +0000 Why you might consider franchising and some words of caution Franchising can be a potent operating model to grow businesses, social enterprises or charities. strategy Franchising Thu, 02 Dec 2021 17:42:00 +0000 4 tips fundamental for success Lay the foundations for success by standing out from the crowd. Here are four tips that are fundamental to success. niche vision values Thu, 25 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Do you want more money for your charity or social enterprise? Yes? here are some things to think about. In my experience, people running a charity or social enterprise think first about changing the world for the better and then consider how they can get the money to do it. Sat, 30 Oct 2021 17:46:00 +0100 Seizing Opportunities - why SWOTs don't work The first step for many strategies is a SWOT analysis but where does it really get you? It's a roundabout, not a motorway and it attracts negative thoughts. strategy strategic development tools Thu, 23 Sept 2021 14:16:00 +0100 20 ways to use a free retail unit Lots of shops are now available for charities to use free of charge but don't just think charity shop, there are lots of other ways to use a retail space. charity ideas Fri, 20 Aug 2021 17:10:00 +0100 Every day is a school day Learning is critical for on-going success and a fulfilled life. 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 Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:22:00 +0100 Celebrating 30 years of helping responsible organisations win by being good In May 1991 Sarah Brown set up her consultancy to help others be more successful and now she is celebrating 30 years of her own success. Here she tells you more. winning by being good Tue, 04 May 2021 00:00:00 +0100 10 reasons why every charity or social enterprise needs a marketing strategy A marketing strategy clearly explains how you as an organisation will reach your objectives. It translates your vision, mission, and goals into effective marketing initiatives that can be measured. charity socent marketing strategy Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Powerful ways to help people to understand your impact Share how you change the world to attract more support or customers. social impact changing lives Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Which leader would you have followed - Scott or Amundsen? Leaders today are facing life-and-death choices during the Pandemic. A century ago, Scott and Amundsen also made decisions that impacted who lived and who died and how they did it providing some useful insights for leadership today. leadership winning by being good Mon, 22 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Digital Technology - demon or angel? Is the rise of the internet a good or bad thing? Positive examples of how it is being used and how to get the most from it. charity pandemic strategy Fri, 19 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Do you want to be more successful? It could be that your structure is holding back your growth as a charity or social enterprise. Have you thought about what impact what you are and how you operate is having on your success? charity socent strategy Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Inspiring and creative ways to get through the pandemic Be inspired by eight examples of creative and successful organisations responding to the pandemic inspiration creative think tank Sat, 30 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Why business and charities need each other in 2021 2020 has demonstrated how much we all rely on each other and a planet that works. People want the learning from the pandemic to be reflected in the post-covid world. The number 1 trend is Build back better. collaboration charity business socent Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Ten top psychology tips to help you achieve your goals in 2021 Tips on how to achieve what you want in 2021. goal setting Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 What sort of innovative growth do you want to achieve in 2021? How do you want to grow in 2021? Here are some ideas to inspire you. innovation growth Wed, 16 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 It's the time to think seriously about Collaboration. Here are three reasons why Covid 19 has put charities under stress and collaboration is a key strategy for success going forward collaboration charity Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Why assumptions can be fatal Decisions made without full knowledge based on incomplete or inaccurate assumptions have cost the lives of the elderly during the pandemic and we can all learn from this. decision making Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Could you save time and money by changing to a CIO? If you are a company limited by guarantee it might make sense to convert to being a CIO charity Fri, 13 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Using collaboration to change the world Why collaboration is important, tips and an inspirational example collaboration success values Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Making the decisions to secure your future In these times of uncertainty making decisions can seem very hard and scary. Here are four simple steps to help. success decision making Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Five news stories to make you happy In these times of doom here are five stories to inspire you inspiration innovation Tue, 29 Sept 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Volunteering - how has the pandemic impacted it? Covid 19 has affected volunteering radically and the wider impact on society and the many people who were volunteers may be catastrophic charity volunteering new normal Wed, 16 Sept 2020 00:00:00 +0100 How to reflect your values in how you sell Whether you sell online or face to face your pricing and sales strategy is the most visible representation of your values. Get it right and you will sell more. sales values Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Do you know how to go from really average to best in the world? What we can all learn from Jimmy Anderson and his success inspiration Wed, 26 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Save our volunteers! The hidden health threat of Covid 19 A plea to protect the 19 million volunteers and everything they make happen charity social impact volunteering Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Strategic thinking for charities and social enterprises in the Pandemic Three areas to consider as you develop a strategy and prepare for the risks of the new normal. charity socent strategy Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0100 How to get new customers How to get new customers as we come out of lockdown marketing sales Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Too much useless information We want to supply useful information during the Pandemic so help us to get it right pandemic inspiration Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0100 A guide to how different legal structures can do good (infographic) Interesting facts and how each legal structure can do good. charity social enterprise 21st century business Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Three tips to help you avoid destroying your organisation as you come out of lock down Beware that by focusing on survival you may destroy the essence of your organisation corporate culture values Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Innovation -its challenges and how to choose what to progress Innovation is critical to success in the current environment, but it's not easy so think before you start how it fits with your organisation innovation Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Want a change? Should you become a charity or social enterprise? If you are very focused on changing the world and less focused on money maybe a business is not right for you charity socent cic Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The Importance of a Marketing Strategy You need a marketing strategy or you will waste money on tactics that aren't thought through tools creative think tank marketing strategic development Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Three ideas for creating the best New Normal for you Every organisation will need to respond to the pandemic so you might as well take the opportunity to improve what you do ideas strategy innovation pricing Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The relevance of the Dominic Cummings story to anyone who runs an organisation: instinct v rules Every organisation needs a culture where its values are followed instinctively, it is not enough to rely on rules because rules do not cover every eventuality & can result in behaviour people find ‘unfair’ particularly if the values are not ranked. values corporate culture Tue, 26 May 2020 00:00:00 +0100 What is your why? Why you are different from the rest? What is your why? Why you are different from the rest? Get this clear and you’ll stand out from the crowd whatever you are doing. You’ll have found your niche, your USP, your competitive advantage which will be critical in the months to come. niche marketing Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Are you seizing the opportunity to get your organisation fitter? Your organisation could be part of the new world after the pandemic that does things in a better way, so make sure your don't miss this opportunity charity business success social entrepreneur Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Free ways to give and raise money as you shop from home At no cost to you, your on-line supermarket shop or video download can raise funds for a charity you support, so why wouldn't you do it? charity fundraising income Mon, 06 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Use Coronavirus to be better prepared There are three simple steps you can take to prepare for the impact of Coronavirus on your organisation strategic development business planning Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0000 How to produce a business plan that can really create success for you Template business plans are not the answer for a business plan that you can really use to take your organisation forward, this blog will give you a strategy for producing a business plan that really reflects what you need business planning Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Are you breeding scapegoats? Why you need a culture of pioneer learning. Looking for scapegoats rather than learning when things go wrong can have serious consequences for business responsible organisation charter corporate culture Sat, 02 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000 A “novel” way to highlight charity issues “The Long Call” the latest novel by Ann Cleeves raises many important issues that charities face. Learn more... charity values Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Seven issues to consider if you want to earn money as a charity If you want to move from funding and donations to generating income then there are seven key issues and risks to consider charity social enterprise feasibility study Wed, 11 Sept 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Are you stuck in a goldfish bowl of limitations or swimming in an ocean of opportunities? We can all change the world but we need to be open to the opportunities and not scared inspiration changing lives Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +0100 What public bodies can do to avoid something like the Nottinghamshire child sex abuse scandal Corporate culture is critical if the vulnerable are to be protected in cases like these responsible organisation charter winning by being good Wed, 31 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0100 A brief history of modern management thinking - a video timeline Here is a quick video look at the last 150 years of management thinking from time and motion to triple bottom line and beyond responsible organisation charter strategy Sat, 29 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Are you a social entrepreneur? What makes a social entrepreneur and are you one? An inspirational case study of one world leading organisation set up by a social entrepreneur responsible organisation charter social entrepreneur collaboration Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0100 The mortality of corporate values Shareholders are now suing Boeing for not upholding their values, and Boeing is losing a $1 billion a month, a clear illustration of why upholding values is critical to business success values corporate culture Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 +0100 5 reasons any charity should develop partnerships Collaboration and partnerships are the way for charities to be more successful. These five reasons show how collaboration charity social enterprise Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 +0100 How much would you increase your success if you joined the circular economy? The climate crisis is an opportunity to be creative and find new ways of working innovation sustainable profit Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Technology v people - playing to their strengths It's great when technology enhances the experience but there needs to be some commonsense used to ensure it doesn't undermine good well proven practise innovation values Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Which sector is now the exemplar of being responsible? Public distrust and scandals are now linked to every sector from politics to business to charities, we all need to be addressing how to act from responsibly if society is to thrive charity responsible organisation charter inspiration Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Does the end justify the means in your organisation? A report this month identifies that Oxfam was more concerned about what it was doing and achieving than how it achieved it and that is how its safeguarding was undermined. This is a threat to any organisation that doesn't apply its values rigorously and consistently. values vision charity social enterprise Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Are you scared or excited by 2019? We are in a better position now than at any time to change the world for the good but not if we live in fear. We need to use our resources and focus on the positive to make 2019 a great year. changing lives values charity 21st century business Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Can you feel the Christmas spirit all year? Giving at Christmas makes us feel good. We give presents and time and generally focus on the better parts of human nature. But you can get the same feeling all year long ... volunteering changing lives Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Does a niche always give you success? The interesting story of the Maglev in Shanghai and how a USP is different from a niche. Plus learn about the characteristics of a successful niche. niche niche market business success Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Niches from Amazon to artistic CVs Nine examples of niche businesses from the huge to the small which could be run from your bedroom. niche marketing Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Are you a male or female peacock in your marketing? Do you stand out and display who you really are in your marketing or blend into the background? marketing niche strategic development Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Pricing strategies: art, science, or manipulation? How people respond to different prices and why we pay more marketing pricing Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Is Nike a really ethical company or just using a great marketing strategy ? Nike is celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Just do it” with a controversial promotional campaign. Has it worked and are they really ethical? values marketing Tue, 11 Sept 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Can you guess VW's values from the way they act? VW is trying to address its corporate culture through its “cultural heritage” programme as part of the TRANSFORM 2025+ strategy but do their values really translate into behaviours? leadership business success corporate culture Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100 We're all responsible if we want a Great Britain From responsible business to charities, social enterprises and individuals, the government's new Civil Society Strategy wants us all to get involved. Here is a summary of the main strands of the Strategy plus access to a responsible organisation blueprint. collaboration responsible organisation charter charity socent Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Stakeholder mapping or who do you really need to talk to? Are you talking to everyone that you need to? And how do you decide what to say and how to do it and how often? communication leadership marketing Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Your marketing isn’t working as well as you want for you so do you just need a new website? So your website doesn’t work as you want it to and you even think you might need a new logo so do you just jump in and get these sorted to save time or think about wider marketing issues? - READ ON to find out marketing strategy business success Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The buck stops with trustees - 3 ways to avoid disaster As a Sheffield and South Yorkshire charity announces its sudden closure what trustees can do to avoid the unexpected in their own charities charity responsible organisation charter trustees values Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Yorkshire really is the best county to do business in As we celebrate Yorkshire Day today let's step into the future to understand why Yorkshire is the best place for business in the 21st century when sustainable business success is based on more than profit innovation inspiration coaching Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Do you really know what is working? Good leaders are action focused and have a sense of urgency, but it is critical that they have clear goals, track and measure the results achieved to ensure the action will take them forward. goal setting focus on action leadership Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Which one page business plan do you prefer? Often a one page business plan is enough but do you want creativity or a formal layout? business planning inspiration Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 How a wheel became a ROC to support you in achieving your business goals A diagnostic tool the ROC which can be a strong foundation for any organisation responsible organisation charter 21st century business winning by being good Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 The truth about charities betraying our trust Are we unrealistic expecting charities like Oxfam to be perfect when they are so large or is it more that they don't handle negative events well that is the problem? charity social enterprise values Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Have you got too many ideas and options? Choosing the right way forward can feel hard but there are some things you can do to help with the decision making coaching goal setting strategic development decision making Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 If you want 2018 to be a successful year read this The four steps to translating your goals into successful results coaching goal setting Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 New opportunities - the first charity raises money from a share issue How Hastings Pier Charity has got 3000+ people from the local community to buy shares in their award winning pier redevelopment charity funding and investment community shares Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Is running a business easier than driving? Why is it that we know we need a driving expert to teach us to drive but don't think we need a business adviser or coach when we want to learn to run our own business? coaching business success Thu, 14 Sept 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Do you want to run a good company? Do you think business is about more than making money? What do you think makes a company good? Here are some of my ideas but I'd love to hear from you growth business success responsible organisation charter csr Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100 5 ways to stop wasting money on advertising If you are frustrated that your advertising and marketing isn't working these 5 tips will help marketing investment sustainable profit Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0100 How to create a business full of super heroes A business for success needs a corporate culture which creates super heroes that over achieve for customers and the team corporate culture values business success Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Why would you do it for free? Strong businesses are built on strong relationships and they require trust. Giving rather than constantly seeking to get will pay dividends in the long run. relationships trust Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The secret to success - great leadership Success depends on knowing where you are going and how you will get there and that is the role of the leader vision values action leadership Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Why values are the key foundation of a strong corporate culture A strong corporate culture is critical to on-going business success and values are critical to developing and maintaining such a culture corporate culture values Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Did you take more care naming your baby than naming your business? Naming a business needs as much care as naming a baby and getting it wrong can be expensive marketing corporate personality Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Seeing opportunities rather than problems The inspirational Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong shows that even in the middle of dual carriageways you can create beauty and calm if you see the opportunity rather than the problem. inspiration innovation travel Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 When a loyalty card backfires How a simple marketing promotion can actually act as a disincentive but done well can increase custom social enterprise marketing Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 How to have fun, improve your workplace and change lives How singing can help everyone have better lives, improve organisations and maybe be a new twist on how charities and businesses could work together csr team working Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Would your business do this? A company shows its values by how it treats individuals and this story of a young man with autism and how Asda has changed his life is more inspirational than many CSR reports csr values Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 9 steps to achieving your goals in 2017 How to turn vision and goals into action and results with nine easy steps action coaching goals Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Creating an inspirational vision to drive you forward in 2017 How to create an inspirational vision vision leadership Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Diversification - is money reason enough? Particularly in rural areas businesses and farmers are looking to diversify but are the economic arguments enough even with the latest announcements in the Autumn statement? rural diversification passion Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Why even a visit to the hairdressers can be stressful Even running a hairdressers raise all sorts of issues that need to be considered as part of being a Responsible Organisation environment sustainable profit responsible organisation charter Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Using your values and vision to help you through difficult times How having an inspirational vision and strong values can help when people are worried about change such as the aftermath of the Trump election vision values Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 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 entrepreneur marketing business success Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Is Yorkshire business doomed? Research indicates that except for London, UK Cities are performing badly - what can we do? 21st century business profit Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Advice to businesses whose staff don’t seem to fulfil their potential Why some businesses are frustrated with their staff and how to get the workforce of your dreams 21st century business staff engagement Mon, 19 Sept 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Six strategic lessons we can all learn from the Olympics Beyond working harder, training longer and investing more, there are important lessons we can all learn from the Olympics which can help us all achieve more changing lives business success csr Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Not all innovation is good! The internet of things can be very powerful until it fails innovation marketing Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 What is sustainable profit? In the current turmoil and uncertainty it is critical to think about how to stay financially secure and minimise your risks sustainable profit business success Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Creating a winning team for Euro 2016 Teams can only win if they know their objectives and each person knows their role. staff engagement team working goal setting Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Values can make you more profitable Having values that are understood and translated into action can increase profits by 147% and lots of companies recognise that they have a problem values 21st century business Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 5 tips on getting the website of your dreams Five tips based on our experience to help you through the process of finding and working with a web designer marketing goal setting strategy Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Innovation – 15 Examples of bad ideas or mistakes innovation is about trying new things and being open minded, otherwise a lot of great ideas would have been thrown away as mistakes or discarded as they weren't what the person intended innovation Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 An April Fools Joke? Ethical business Was this another BBC April Fools Joke - a business employing ex offenders to cut keys and stopping managers from giving orders? 21st century business responsible organisation charter Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Five top dangers to avoid when naming in your business, CIC or charity Naming is all about business strategy, getting it right is critical for success. marketing Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Infographic - The top 5 attributes of a good business coach A summary of the top five things to look for in a good business coach. coaching Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Which of these five trends can you use to grow? Research into consumer trends in retailing can be relevant to any organisation thinking about how to innovate and shows it is not just about money. innovation Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Working together to change the world An inspirational story of a business with strong values helping the homeless and in part an example of how collaboration particularly between sectors can create success for all and help change the world, charity collaboration responsible organisation charter csr Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 The science to help you achieve your goals in 2016 How the latest science research can help you achieve your new year’s resolutions so that you make 2016 your best year ever and how coaching can make it even better. goal setting coaching Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 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 marketing entrepreneur sales Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 i factor 1 Inspirational people and companies we have noticed over the last seven days i factor inspiration leadership Mon, 28 Sept 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Seven reasons to be good in business(infographic) Being ethical is not only moral but makes financial sense. profit growth responsible organisation charter Fri, 25 Sept 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Why ethical business is no longer something nice to do but not for us Why being ethical is no longer an optional extra. 21st century business growth responsible organisation charter Wed, 23 Sept 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The six steps to successful growth The six steps an organisation needs to take to develop a successful strategy with an infographic strategic development goal setting growth Mon, 21 Sept 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Why no one talks about exhibiting anymore and 54 ways to prove them wrong How to make exhibitions work for you marketing goal setting Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Why Kids Company should make you question everything Running any type of organisation in the 21st century is complex. It's not just enough to focus on money if you're a business or changing the world if you're a charity, for sustainable success you have to think across all the elements of the organisation charity csr responsible organisation charter Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 How to stop people turning off when they hear what you do How a lift statement or elevator pitch can increase the interest you get from people you meet, and simple steps to create one sales marketing niche market Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 How treating staff well could solve the UK’s productivity crisis and what staff want UK productivity is low and there is good reason to believe it is because only 27% of the UK workforce feels highly engaged at work. This blog explains the financial reasons to engage staff and gives examples of how to do it. 21st century business team working staff engagement Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Why let the facts get in the way of a good story Media stories and the facts are not always the same. charity Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Do you know if your fundraising is undermining your charity? Charity fundraising is coming under scrutiny as a 92 year old woman commits suicide and her family blame the begging letters from charities charity values responsible organisation charter Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 5 compelling reasons why the wheel of success runs faster when you commit to an ethical business It’s no longer enough to do CSR and hope your charity donations will make people think you are a good business – there are compelling reasons why visions, values, innovation, treating people well and thinking about the impact of what you do will make you more successful. csr responsible organisation charter Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Do you know what first impressions you are making? It is easy to unintentionally make a bad first impression if you don't behave in an ethical way values 21st century business Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Have you really visualised your goals to inspire people or have you just set a profit target? A new financial year means new goals and new inspiration. Have you got them in place? Or have you just set some financial goals? social impact success responsible organisation charter Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Three reasons to do good in a business An interesting example of how doing good can be profitable even for the smallest business changing lives business success niche market csr Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 New niche market for Tesco Tesco identify new niche market by targeting shorter shoppers and improve margins by being able to have higher shelving niche market marketing Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Getting better at sales and growth by collaboration are the priorities for 2015 The results of our business growth survey shows that most people have a simple view of growth - sell more. business growth marketing Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Using emotion to increase your sales Emotional selling comes more naturally to many business owners. sales training sales business Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 How a clear purpose can even create success in a difficult market The importance of knowing why you are in business if you are to be successful and create a successful niche market strategy innovation vision niche Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Fourteen potential reasons you might attend an exhibition Success at an exhibition like anything else requires clear objectives and strategy and then taking action. strategic development goal setting marketing Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Making Networking work for YOU! A mindmap that summarises how to make the most from the 4N networking group. marketing entrepreneur tools Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Can we learn anything from the Tesco story? Tesco is in the wars but every company can learn from the issues it faces. When the focus in a business is just profit then the values and vision that should be the core of the company can get ignored. values 21st century business vision Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Everyone deserves a Happy Christmas An inspirational charity changing lives all the year charity inspiration changing lives Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 What we can learn from a simple idea By thinking differently about problems a health care company has come up with simple but life changing ideas that are really inspirational inspiration strategic development 21st century business values Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Why you need to rank your values to radically change your business Having and knowing your values is just the start, you need to identify what is the single must do values business success Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The law of unintended consequences - fighting to save Rotherham How protesters can threaten a town's businesses. community stakeholders rotherham Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The seven top mistakes that a business owner should avoid if they want to achieve success The seven top mistakes that can be fatal to business success business business success Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Volunteering – good for the country, good for business, good for people and good for charities Some inspirational facts about volunteering and measuring its impact and how new ways of volunteering are developing charity csr social impact Fri, 26 Sept 2014 00:00:00 +0100 What is the moral of the story? Relationships are a critical part of success for any organisation Why good relationships are critical to business success even if you have a profitable business model. success relationships Fri, 19 Sept 2014 00:00:00 +0100 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. entrepreneur marketing tools sales Wed, 10 Sept 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Is economic development only about the economy? Success in the 21st century cannot only be measured in money even if it is economic development 21st century business success niche Tue, 02 Sept 2014 00:00:00 +0100 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. coaching entrepreneur Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Are community shares the right answer for you? This infographic maps the issues to consider if you are thinking about whether a community share issue might be a good way of raising investment for your social enterprise or a community resource. socent community shares Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Are shared values either realistic or achievable? A company with shared values will act consistently and be more successful. action values Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 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 entrepreneur collaboration business Tue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ethical innovations that changed the world Innovation is what has made us successful as humans from the wheel to the microchip - here is an infographic about ethical innovation innovation inspiration Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 What first impression do you make? First impressions are critical and include everything from how you stand to your business card - are you making the best first impression? innovation focus on action Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Any cows come up to you recently and offered their milk? As the old saying says "If you want milk, don't sit on a stool in the middle of a field in the hope that the cow will back up to you" - you need to take action inspiration action Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Change lives through an inspirational story Charities need to create Inspirational stories about how they change lives charity inspiration marketing Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Being bullied by a big brand The dangers of forcing your service on a 'customer' entrepreneur values marketing vision focus on action Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Getting creative to generate new enthusiasm and inspiration Developing exciting ideas for new projects can be really inspirational when an organisation is feeling under stress charity innovation inspiration Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 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? entrepreneur social enterprise corporate personality Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Changing beliefs to empower people However much you help people, their beliefs may stop them taking advantage of opportunities - they need to believe that they are people who can.... collaboration charity inspiration Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 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 entrepreneur sales communication Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Starting on the journey to income generation Moving from a culture of donations and grants to earning income can be a big step for some charities and for some it seems impossible but there are lots of different routes and you can start with small steps charity social enterprise marketing local authority Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 How supporting your local community can increase your success at winning business The Social Value Act is based on the principle that value is not just about price, and organisations that meet the wider needs of the community should be rewarded. entrepreneur social enterprise local authority public sector Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Are you measuring your social impact effectively? Effectively measuring social impact is critical for any charity or social enterprise that wants to prosper - are you telling a good story? charity social enterprise inspiration Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Are you solving the right problem? Successful innovation i.e. innovation that has an impact depends on creating a solution to a problem that people perceive and then ensuring that they know about your solution. For organisations working with people who have a different view of the world this can be a challenge. innovation charity social enterprise Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 How to marry community need and viability using novel ways of working The days of a simple solution to local provision have gone as the "Rethinking Parks" fund has identified. Councils need to think about innovation and collaboration to maintain services let alone improve them local authority rethinking parks feasibility study Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Are you going to ride the wave as confidence returns to the economy? This is the time of year when we all set resolutions, give up drinking, lose weight, change our lives. It is also the time to have at least some simple resolutions for your business or organisation. The blog includes a tool to set some really simple goals for your business and your personal life and looks in more detail at goalsetting and the strategies which will help you achieve them. goal setting entrepreneur strategic development business planning Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Happy New Year BE INSPIRED It's a new year, a new day, a new page, a new story. Live this story and don't let pages from the past ruin this new beginning inspiration goal setting Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 7 marketing tips from Father Christmas The marketing lessons we can learn from Father Christmas - an exclusive interview revealed what he has learnt over the centuries marketing entrepreneur csr collaboration Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 What we can learn from South Africa The focus in South Africa is on creating sustainable jobs rather than giving charity, this should be the emphasis in the UK. Creating meaningful work changes communities much more than any hand out could. charity social enterprise entrepreneur Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Marketing - is your mousetrap good enough? Many times people are criticised for believing that if you build a better mousetrap people will come, when that is just not true. But the reverse is also not true ie you do need a product or service that works and adds benefits or all your marketing will be wasted marketing entrepreneur social enterprise strategic development creative think tank Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Winning by Doing Good How changing the world and success can coincide even in a simple business like mending shoes csr family business entrepreneur charity social enterprise Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Getting the most from community buildings It used to be a self evident truth that having a building was a good thing for a charity or community. However as our focus finder tool (c) illustrates things have changed as overheads have risen and occupancy rates have fallen. charity social enterprise community interest company Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 How did Edison light the world - a little known fact and a huge goal Thomas Edison set the goal of lighting the world so he not only had to invent a great light bulb but he had to ensure there would be electricity to power it. goal setting entrepreneur inspiration aspiration charity social enterprise Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Who would have thought that a little blog about what is a social enterprise would cause such a stir As a consultant that specialises in social enterprise about a month ago I wrote a blog about the differences between business, charity and social enterprise. It has prompted some really interesting debate in LinkedIn groups particularly in the Charity UK and the Big Society groups where there have been over 50 comments. One of the most succinct responses was the first from Lucy Haughey, Director & Founder at The PlanB Partnership charity social enterprise entrepreneur community interest company Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Paper, post, tweet, email which gets the most attention? If you sometimes feel that choosing a communications route is like a complex game of paper,scissors stone, you are not alone. Last week we were at the National Entrepreneurs Convention in Birmingham and much of the event was focused on choosing the best way to build relationships and communicate effectively. entrepreneur goal setting marketing Mon, 30 Sept 2013 00:00:00 +0100 How to win friends and influence people Stakeholder management seems to be more and more critical as society becomes more and more over communicated. Recently in very different circumstances it has become clear that many organisations have not worked out who they really need to communicate with, what they want to achieve and hence what they want to say. charity social enterprise strategic development marketing Mon, 23 Sept 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Is the route to success finding your passion and following it? Are you doing what you are passionate about? Seeing young people at the beginning of their career finding their passion and realising work can be fun is inspirational. entrepreneur social enterprise inspiration Sun, 15 Sept 2013 00:00:00 +0100 When you grow up, what do you want 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. entrepreneur social enterprise public sector charity cic CIO Fri, 06 Sept 2013 00:00:00 +0100 What makes any organisation successful? Success goes far beyond the brand image, marketing hype and social media position. To be successful, a company, charity or social enterprise must be solid with a clear vision and values. entrepreneur sellability Mon, 02 Sept 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Charities at risk The recent publicity about charity executive salaries, the high profile TV ads and the plethora of charity shops in every high street are giving a distorted view of how the majority of small and medium sized charities operate charity business planning strategic development Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Family run business – challenge or opportunity? As the number of family businesses increase it is critical you get the business fundamentals right or both home and business can come under threat entrepreneur family business values Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Are you going on holiday - will there be a business to come back to? Are you the type of business owner that can never go on holiday or let go if you do? entrepreneur tools time management solopreneur Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The Digital revolution – a triumph or a threat to the most disadvantaged? Most people access the web everyday often away from home or the office. Where does this leave the poorest and most disadvantaged in our society? charity social enterprise Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Team development - what we can learn from sport As the start of the new football season approaches and the transfer season is in full swing, what will make the difference between the successful and the unsuccessful team? entrepreneur tools team Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Showing people can change - the power of nature and belief This month I have come across inspirational examples of heroin addicts and ex-offenders who are being changed by opportunities to be in the natural world. inspiration socent charity Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Is seeing believing? The power of the brand. Once people have a belief then it can be very hard to shift so it is critical to protect your brand by acting consistently at all times and being true to your values. I think many people will be surprised about where this picture was taken - I hope I am wrong. marketing inspiration local authority strategic development Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 How to change the world with marketing not charity An inspirational story of how understanding a market others might ignore can work for a company and change the lives of the poor. And also a surprising statistic about the biggest selling mobile phone. entrepreneur charity social enterprise marketing inspiration collaboration focus on action Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Better Decision Making We make decisions every minute of every day even if the decision is to keep doing what we are doing but scarily too many decisions can work out wrong. Based on Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath I've developed a tool "The Decision Improver"(c) to help you make better decisions. Firstly be aware that it is rare a decision should be whether or not - widen your options, then test your assumptions, reduce the emotion, get your distance and then prepare to be wrong in either direction - overly successful or failing. entrepreneur charity goal setting social enterprise strategic development inspiration business planning action decision making Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Focus on action Action without focus is what the headless chicken is famous for, focus and goals linked to action make you unstoppable entrepreneur goal setting social enterprise inspiration tools aspiration action Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 How understanding people is critical to business success If we don't understand how and why people change then how can we attract new customers? I've just finished reading Switch by Chip and Dan Heath it was great, with some really powerful examples of how to help people change, make decisions and bring about change in organisations or even countries. entrepreneur goal setting social enterprise strategic development marketing inspiration aspiration Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 The three ways to grow your organisation There are only three ways to grow your organisation: organically but this takes time and money; mergers or acquisitions but this is high risk and difficult; collaboration and partnering which can be quick and effective if done right collaboration goal setting strategic development entrepreneur charity social enterprise community interest company Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Community Interest Companies - are they coming of age? Community Interest Companies are in the news doing all sorts of things in all sorts of places. Its encouraging social enterprises are becoming so newsworthy if people understand that CICs are social enterprises that is charity social enterprise funding and investment community interest company cic Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 U-Mix opening - a day of social enterprise in practise and theory Having been involved with U-Mix project supporting with funding bids, business planning and the practical development it was great and quite emotional to see it open today. The event was well supported reflecting the mix of people that have helped to make it successful and a credit to FURD who organised it. Before that I was at the Working Capital Conference which had some interesting comments from the head of Bid Society Capital. charity social enterprise business planning strategic development inspiration collaboration local authority public sector Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Something you might need to do immediately about the budget - and it's not about beer If you tender for public sector business or plan to, or get a grant as a charity then you need to think about your allowance for inflation in salaries plus updating your forecasts from April 2014 to reflect the new Employment Allowance public sector business planning social enterprise local authority tendering sme social investment charity Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 3 things young people want Researching with young people last week their top 3 requests were somewhere safe and interesting to be to keep them off the streets, activities for them not shared with adults, and active and interesting stuff to do not just hanging around. charity tools goal setting creative think tank aspiration Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 An unexpected tale Inspiration can happen at the most unexpected moments, listening to a tale about a rich Chinese man on holiday has had a lasting impact. aspiration inspiration goal setting travel Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Two high profile examples of charity and business collaborating Charities and businesses can both profit from working together and getting in the Christmas spirit charity entrepreneur marketing csr Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 The five top risks for a charity becoming a social enterprise Any charity moving to income generation needs to be aware of the dangers - here are our five top risks from our experience of 2 decades working with social enterprises social enterprise charity marketing feasibility study business planning strategic development goal setting Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 How coaching keeps you motivated on the roller coaster of life Some weeks give me a chance to benefit from my coaching and keep on going. “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Edison coaching entrepreneur inspiration Sun, 04 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Creating successful charity partnerships for new funding With the new Advice Services Transition fund being launched, even more charities will be considering how they can work in partnership. In my experience if you don't have strong strategic input in the beginning you can waste months in fruitless talks charity strategic development collaboration local authority Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 An opportunity to learn how to build more legs for your marketing platform More businesses will be getting together to inspire each other on the 12th November. They'll also be listening to me speak about how to develop a strong marketing platform without spending a fortune marketing entrepreneur inspiration aspiration strategic development mihm Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Make it Happen Monday, Happened Make It Happen Monday launched in South Yorkshire and everyone went away inspired and energised, with clear actions to take their businesses forward. inspiration goal setting aspiration marketing mihm Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Make it Happen Monday A great new monthly session to get a new infusion of energy and ideas. Every 2nd Monday of the Month we will be holding a Make It Happen session for 3 hours in Sheffield to let people share ideas, learn from others and get inspired. entrepreneur social enterprise goal setting inspiration coaching mihm Wed, 12 Sept 2012 00:00:00 +0100 First seminar for investment and contract readiness has a sweet ending People found our first seminar to let organisations know the detail about investment and contract readiness so informative that we expect to schedule more. With a mix of specialist advisers and charities the seminar focused on how the fund could help improve the success of social ventures by building their capacity and providing tailored support. charity social enterprise investment contract readiness Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Being positive As bad news takes the headlines after the Olympics I've just been inspired by a great play about how one man changed the lives of so many inspiration aspiration goal setting Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Inspiring a generation - should it read generations? Thinking about what you want to achieve when you come up with a marketing slogan, what is really the end result you desire, is it really only young people we want to be inspired by the Olympics? I think that would be a missed opportunity. inspiration marketing Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Who is going to inspire us the most over the next 17 days? Getting high on new inspiration The Olympics is about inspiration, each time it is held the individual stories are what make it special, so it would be great to discover who inspires people this time inspiration aspiration goal setting Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Finally eating that frog In time management and goal setting Brian Tracy's Eat that Frog is both simple and compelling and I've finally managed to eat a rather large one in the form of a mammoth business plan of almost 30,000 words business planning strategic development time management socent Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 First application sent in for the investment and contract readiness After just a week we're really pleased we've already been able to get an application into the contract and readiness fund. A social enterprise with lots of potential and no time or resource to pursue their ideas. social enterprise strategic development funding and investment charity feasibility study business planning collaboration investment contract readiness Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Investment and Contract Readiness Accredited Support Provider Approved as one of the first accredited support providers for charities and social enterprises wanting to be investment and contract ready charity social enterprise business planning feasibility study creative think tank funding and investment investment contract readiness Mon, 09 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Scary facts about teams - think football The results of a poll of employees show that very few are clear about the vision and objectives of their organisation and their role - like only 2 football players in a team knowing which is their goal entrepreneur coaching charity local authority goal setting Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Inspiration from JCI The 2012 JCI European conference in Germany was both fun and inspirational and JCI UK won the award for most enthusiastic delegation entrepreneur goal setting charity csr social enterprise Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Tools to help charities survive the recession Sarah Brown from inspire2aspire has worked with charities facing funding crises since the early 1990s and has developed a set of unique tools to help identify ways that charities can attract more money but chasing money while ignoring values will lead to failure she warns. creative think tank tools charity goal setting Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Dealing with an uncertain future - the role of business planning Sarah Brown, explains the importance of business planning for charities. Originally published in Charity Times. business planning charity funding and investment Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100 A league of their own for top business consultants Inspirational business consultants Bob and Sarah Brown know the importance of teamwork which is why they’re sponsoring this year’s South Yorkshire Mixed Rounders leagues. csr Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Why charities should value marketing As I sit on a delayed train coming back from London where I am currently acting as marketing and communications director on an interim basis for a large third sector organisation I find myself asking why don’t charities value marketing. marketing social enterprise charity Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Seven rules for success based on 20 years of experience Seven rules for success in business learned from the first 20 years of experience entrepreneur marketing charity Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Who runs your business? Time management and controlling the calls on your time is a critical skill for business owners entrepreneur time management tools Mon, 23 May 2011 00:00:00 +0100 The Collaboration Optimiser The Collaboration Optimiser(c) can save months of wasted time on discussions that are going nowhere tools entrepreneur collaboration time management marketing exit strategies Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Inspirational young people entrepreneur csr charity Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Passion and success What drives successful people? exit strategies entrepreneur goal setting Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Why did you go into business? Remember your passion that got you into business and use this time when you should be planning for the new financial year to revisit it. Even if your business plan is just a simple short document it will help keep you focused and help with fulfilling your original dream. entrepreneur coaching goal setting business planning Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Achieving your aspirations Remembering why you are in business. entrepreneur coaching goal setting Tue, 28 Sept 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Exit planning The importance of exit strategies and the benefits of exit plans. exit strategies entrepreneur coaching business planning Tue, 28 Sept 2010 00:00:00 +0100