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Want FREE help or grant funding to help you grow your business?

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If you’re a business owner with less than 250 FTE staff in Leicester or Leicestershire, did you know there’s free support on offer to help train your staff and improve their leadership skills? In spite of the challenging economic climate and rampant Brexit-phobia, there are also still many business grants to be had – and there will be – for a while yet. If you’re a Midlands manufacturer, there is ERDF grant funding available to part-fund many…

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Wise Up in 2017 with a Business Mentor

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As we start a New Year, we often start thinking about what we could be doing differently in 2017. We use the wisdom we’ve gained in the past year to move in a different direction or try breaking new ground. Personally I know need a good metaphorical shove from time to time, to push me out of my comfort zone!

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Start Up Smart Workshop – Leicester Business Festival

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Starting a new business can be hard – especially if finding the right support is proving difficult. We’re running this FREE Start Up Smart workshop in Leicestershire as part of the Leicester Business Festival this autumn. Our Start Up Smart session on Thursday 3 November 2016 is perfect for you if you’re thinking of starting your own business or have already started, but could use some extra support. Working in partnership with Melton Borough Council, three of ibd-uk’s experienced…

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What’s Up? PR Your Business this autumn

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Now the silly summer season’s over, the kids are back at school and it’s heads down till Christmas. But wait – let’s get those heads up! Taking on new staff, moving offices or working on a new to-die-for project? September’s a good time for you to start thinking about PR for your business. Make a PR plan that sets out how and when you’re going to promote any new services you’re offering this season, or…

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How you can make 2016 your best business year yet!

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As the New Year kicks in, it’s the perfect time to step back and reflect on the last twelve months in your business; the ups and downs, the tricks and the treats. It’s a good time to analyse past business performance, learn from your experiences over the past twelve months and use your insights to start you off; thinking and planning for a brand new year ahead. Don’t you want business goals that will really get…

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My PR Friday Five

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My PR Friday Five Honoured to be invited to give a lunchtime talk about PR to a varied group of business people in Leicestershire last week, I was mulling over some useful PR tips I could share. I decided to answer two questions often asked of me as a PR and marketing consultant. What can PR do for my business? What are the benefits of getting published coverage? Now PR does tend to get some…

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Choosing and Briefing a Marketing & PR Agency

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New to the job? Need an agency to help you with a PR campaign? Where do you start? If it seems a daunting task, pause for thought. A marketing & PR agency is simply a team of professionals to help you do a better job. They’re in business to help people like you! Set out with the right mind-set. The aim is to foster a good relationship with your communications agency so that they can…

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Staff – Have you asked for their help?

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Asking your staff to think about the problems inside your business and getting them involved in addressing them can be a very valuable first step in changing the culture of ‘how we’ve always done it round here’. Perhaps you daren’t ask (what will you find out?) or find it hard in a busy organisation to create any time to do that. Running informal discussion groups with staff offers a more structured way to start the…

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Presentations and messaging

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Presentations and messaging During one of our consulting workshop sessions recently, one of the participants asked a great question about presentations. Is there one best way of putting across everything there is to say about our company to prospective buyers? In my view, there is no one ‘best’ way. There are many different ways, and it depends. Depends on the resources you have and to an extent, on the time available and some messaging skill….

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Is 2014 going to be good or great?

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  Yep, it’s the start of a brand New Year and here we are, January’s half gone already. The most depressing day of the year – apparently 6 January – has passed by swiftly, so let’s get cracking. What’s the difference between good and great you say?  Well, good’s OK if a little tame. Great carries much more promise. Wondering where to start? Here are my top tips for getting organised this month. Take a…

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