The Festive Season featured frequently in Charles Dickens novels, from Christmas at Dingley Dell in Pickwick Papers to Pip’s Christmas Day encounter with Magwitch at the beginning of Great Expectations and of course the classic, A Christmas Carol. Dickens conceived A Christmas Carol in October 1843 in response to a government report he had read … Continue reading Here’s to the next decade?
To be successful in business, you need to be mentally resilient, a trait that is often overlooked. Business leaders and entrepreneurs are bombarded with guidance on managing finances, building teams or making the most of their marketing and social media, but precious little time is devoted to looking after mental health and well-being. Yet, without … Continue reading Top tips for strong mental health at work
I am not good at networking. I love meeting people and getting to know them, but I am usually so interested in what they do, their challenges and where their business is going, that I overlook the selling my services bit! Recently, I was invited to attend an event at which I knew very few … Continue reading A Passion for Sustainability
Last Saturday, I was privileged to hear from two dedicated individuals who are working to end homelessness in the UK - Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis and Steve Ellis, CEO of Cornish charity St Petrocs. I was struck at how, in the 21st Century, with all the benefits of social media, education and awareness, there … Continue reading Can we work together to end homelessness?
The Press is full of talk about the need for businesses to become more sustainable, but it's often hard to know where to start. Here are some top tips you can adopt. If you want to go further, give me a call or drop me an email for some more suggestions. Feel free to add … Continue reading Top tips to make your business sustainable
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’ Margaret Mead I work a lot with charities and voluntary organisations, and it never fails to amaze me what they manage to achieve on limited resources and huge amounts of goodwill. Small, owner … Continue reading Three cheers for the change-makers and disruptors.
This is Mental Health Awareness week which many workplaces across the country will be marking in some way. There has been huge progress in the subject of mental health in recent years, enabling sufferers of anxiety, depression, stress and other debilitating conditions to be more open and receive adequate support. However, stigma relating to mental … Continue reading Top Tips for Mental Health Awareness Week
In my dreams, I am living on a small holding with some chickens, maybe a pig and space to grow lots of vegetables. My evenings are spent concocting delicious meals with the fresh produce and running up some gorgeous upcycled clothes that make me look a million dollars! In reality, my tomato plants wither and … Continue reading Dreams of a simpler life!
It’s not every day that you hear stories of outstanding customer service, so I was really impressed to hear a friend’s account of her interaction with sofa retailer DFS. Severe allergies mean buying new furniture can be a minefield, so my friend felt reassured when DFS worked with her to identify what would be suitable … Continue reading Shout about your achievements!
As we near the end of the tax year, I suspect many of us will turn out thoughts towards preparing accounts for inspection and getting ready to pay the bill. It is a job that will have many of us complaining that we pay too much tax and looking for ways to reduce our payments. … Continue reading I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.