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
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
I have been working with a large organisation recently who are suffering from what I like to call as ‘Nose to the Grindstone Syndrome’. I was brought in as an ‘extra pair of hands’ to help in a crisis, but I have become ‘a pair of fresh eyes’ and Changemaker, providing a vision for the … Continue reading Could you use a Changemaker?
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!
'The B Corp movement is one of the most important of our lifetime, built on the simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders - it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet.' Rose Marcario, CEO Patagonia I have always enjoyed being in business – the ups and … Continue reading Why I chose to become a B Corp!
A core theme of sustainability is an organisation’s resilience – its ability to ensure it has access to sufficient resources now and in the future; a workforce that can meet changing demands and a product or service that can be adapted to suit customer expectations. Implicit in this is an organisations’ reputation as an employer … Continue reading What skeletons could rock your business?
Being fortunate enough to live within walking distance of the North Cornwall coast, I am able to enjoy its stunning beauty with rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and windswept moorland on an almost daily basis. I know I am incredibly lucky, and regularly give thanks that early morning beach walks, not battling through commuter traffic or … Continue reading This Cornish cloud may have a silver lining
1.3 million people suffered work related ill-health in 2016/17, losing 25.7 million working days to the economy. 40% of these were related to stress, depression or anxiety and a further 39% to musculoskeletal disorders. The good health of the workforce isn't an issue that any business owner can afford to ignore. Businesses face increasing pressure … Continue reading How to improve workplace health
Valuing community is key to Corporate Social Responsibility and achievable by partnering with a charity or community group. Choosing the right partner is important as there are huge benefits to both parties. What are the benefits to my business? In a recent UK survey, 82% said they would choose to buy from or work for … Continue reading Why business should be part of a community