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Mar
21

Guest Blog – I’m Really Sorry. I Didn’t Have Time!

It’s time for time management and according to this blog, perhaps a holiday too. Our blog this month offers one ‘time management’ tip and comes from business coach Mark Dyble of SME Business Solutions, who also the speaker and facilitator at Colony’s March 2017 event. I’m Really Sorry. I Didn’t Have Time. “I’m sorry I didn’t have […]

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Feb
13

Networking Do’s and Don’ts aren’t enough. Try WWWWWH

There are always plenty of articles providing well-intended advice for networkers (new and experienced) on the desirable Do’s and perilous Don’ts of networking. Whilst the advice is practical, mostly common-sense, and helpful, it probably needs to go a step further. Once in a while you still get someone who exhibits from the Don’t list – […]

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Jan
17

Successful businesses need a Plan B

As in life, businesses need a Plan B. Not everything goes to plan all of the time. Having a Plan B is not a sign of being defeatist, pessimistic or, as some might say, allowing negative pre-programming of your mindset. Quite the contrary. Having a Plan B is all about entertaining thoughts of success. It’s […]

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Nov
15

Guest Blog – 3 Reasons to start a Business Blog

Our blog this month ironically covers the subject of ‘Blogging’. Our guest blogger this month is communications expert, Lucy Jackman from Comma Sense Limited, also our speaker and trainer at our November event. Blogging on your website is a great way to engage with your customers, however many people I meet are afraid to write […]

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Oct
17

Why Re-Network?

Networking is an essential element of business development, a crucial skill and even a profession for some. In this context, it has nothing to do with IT and everything to do with people and relationships. We define it as the creation, development and maintenance of intricate systems of inter-personal relations with current and prospective friends, […]

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Jun
30

Please Don’t Quit

Resignation is practically ‘de rigueur’ right now – not sure I even risk using a French phrase given EU antics, British political meltdown and even the English football fiasco. Setting aside politics (for fear of writing a book, not a blog), the last fortnight has not just evoked questions for the future of small business […]

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May
16

Guest Blog – Do Customers Really Trust Your Business?

Guest blog from Rosalind Henshell of Big Thinking Online, speaker at our May 2016 event on Online Marketing Essentials – Brand Building and Reputation Management (for further event info, click here).   Do Customers Really Trust Your Business? I’m sure your gut reaction says that yes, they do, but how can you prove it? Let’s […]

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Apr
19

Why Collaborate

Colony’s next business event is a collaborative one with a large number of other support groups. I was asked recently why I would collaborate and openly promote other business support and networking groups when I run my own networking group and wish to attract future attendees. My answer is simple: The focus of a networking […]

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Mar
24

Guest Blog – 6 Must Read Articles that will Shape Your Social Media Strategy

Guest blog from Alex Platt of Swift Virtual Assistant, speaker at our March 2016 event on Social Media Scheduling (for further event info, click here). So, what exactly is a Social Media Strategy? Well to put it simply, a social media strategy is the plan for how you are going to use social media in […]

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Feb
18

Goal Setting or should that be Goal Re-Setting

So, January is often the month of planning for many people. New Year’s Resolutions are set by many both for their businesses and personally. Whether or not you’re a believer in NYR’s, why limit yourself to a January expression of intent; why not focus on the whole year and goal-set more realistically and over an […]

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