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FREE Let Your Hair Down with The Christmas Party with Marsha

Marsha Wright is having a wonderful Christmas Party this Tuesday – can you make it?

It’s free but a charity event for the Nicole Scott Lupus Fund.

Nicole Scott is a 13 year old girl who is suffering terribly from Lupus and needs to attend treatment in America in order to have a normal standard of life.

She is currently in hospital and has raised nearly £1,000 of the £4,000 needed in January to travel for treatment.

We’re doing lots of activities it’s gonna be super fun! You can get a ticket or more information from: http://partywithmarsha.eventbrite.com.

There will be:

* Charades/Twister
* Karaoke
* Cashflow 101 board-game
* Competiton
* Food and Drink (bring a bottle or munchies please)
* Murder Mystery…

Sorry for the late notice but we only just heard about it and thought it would be nice to invite you too.

Hope to see you there,
Cemanthe

Contact Marsha Wright’s office for more info:
Web: http://partywithmarsha.eventbrite.com
Tel: 0207 1 830 930
Email: success.stories@marshawright.co.uk

and check out http://www.marshawright.co.uk

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London Business Survey (Autumn) 2009 Results

With thanks to Business Junction http://www.businessjunction.co.uk/ for sending this to my inbox! 🙂

London-based businesses across all sectors have responded to the autumn edition of the bi-annual London Business Survey and the results reveal that whilst most are confident they will see growth return in the first quarter of 2010, very few have plans to actively recruit new staff.

Present Government policies on tendering and business support are also criticised as being ineffective and in certain cases actually damaging to recipient businesses.

The survey, carried out by Business Junction and Clarity this November, invited companies across London to submit their views on how the recession and credit crunch has affected them directly and their outlook for 2010.
Many thanks to all the London businesses that took part!

The key findings of the survey are:

Ø  Business confidence is returning: 83% of businesses expecting turnover to increase or stay constant into Q1 of 2010 in comparison to 75% in Spring 2009

Ø  London businesses say staff numbers will most likely stay as they are now for the next 6 months, although 31% now say they expect to add to their workforce compared to 25.19% in Spring 2009

Ø  Business support programmes by the Government, LDA and Mayor’s office have a poor take up rate and where taken up by London businesses, the impact has been negligible

Ø  Only 13% of London businesses believe the current tendering process for Public Sector projects is a good investment of time and money

Ø  Payments for Public Sector projects are usually received later than 29 days from invoice – 9% took longer than 90 days!

Ø  53% of overdraft applications to banks are not approved and the attitude of banks to businesses has remained largely unchanged since August 2008

Ø  88% of companies are members of a networking organisation.

Economy
Although business confidence is slowly returning, with 83% of businesses expecting turnover to stay the same or increase into 2010, recruitment opportunities look poor, with less than a third of London businesses (31%) looking to add new staff over the next six months.

Support and training
Despite the Government’s efforts to use business support programmes to help London’s companies drive the economy out of recession, the take-up has been poor. Only 22% of businesses had accessed Government support schemes, with more than half (51%) of those who received support feeling it failed to have any impact at all.

This issue was magnified in the results for the London Mayor’s office and the London Development Agency (LDA). Only 3% of London businesses have accessed any support schemes run from the Mayor’s Office whilst 14% had accessed one of the LDA programmes.  Of those who received support through the LDA or Mayor’s Office, almost half (44%) felt it had resulted in a positive impact, over a third (37%) had felt no impact at all whilst almost a fifth (19%) felt it had actually had a negative impact.

Tendering for the public sector
Whilst around a third of London businesses had tendered for public sector work, only 13% of businesses surveyed feel that tendering is a good investment of time and money. The figures for CompeteFor also showed that whilst over a third (37%) had registered and a similar figure had tendered through the site (29%), only 4% had won any work.

Those who do work for councils, government agencies report that payments are still slow, despite government assurances to the contrary. More invoice payments take 30 days, with nearly a fifth taking longer than 90 days to sort payment from invoice.

Banks and small businesses
Over half of overdraft applications are still rejected by the banks and businesses report that the attitude of banks towards their business has remained unaltered since August 2008, when the lending crisis started.

Despite lending to banks being extraordinarily cheap, the rates passed onto businesses are excessive. Anecdotally, Business Junction hears of rates around 20% for small business lending, whilst accountants advice for small loans that credit cards and personal loans are cheaper and easier to sort.

Networking
Four out of five London businesses use networking to find new clients and suppliers for their businesses. This is leading to a sea-change in the ways London businesses structure themselves, with many companies now outsourcing functions, especially those within marketing or traditional back-office functions to companies within their networks.

For the full press release, please visit http://www.businessjunction.co.uk/londonbusinesssurvey. Press enquiries to Mark Herring (mark@businessjunction.co.uk).

For full results of the survey and analysis, please click here: https://www.clarityuk.net/register.php

Clarity is an online feedback company, producing surveys and market research for a range of clients across the UK. For more information, please go to www.clarityuk.net

Additional Information

BUSINESS JUNCTION is London’s leading independent business referral network, creating connections and trading opportunities for hundreds of companies across London and the south east.

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Women in Wealth event

According to Eleanor Roosevelt: “…In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Such is the ethos of a new wealth educational programme launched on September 1st 2008 in London, by a UK industry leader, Tigrent Learning, teaching women how to make money work for them rather than vice versa, as a direct response to industry demand.

Found them this morning in the paper! http://womeninwealth.co.uk/index.html

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Business Networking with Marsha Wright

Trust you had a great weekend!
One of my facebook contacts sent this through to
me and I thought it might be of some interest to you:

http://marshawright.co.uk/champagnereception.php

Enjoy if you can make it!

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Guest blogger, Gemma, talks about The Formula for Success!

The Formula for Success

Woody Allen, the great American comedian once said that 80% of success is showing up.

And I would have to agree with him. After all, if I hadn’t entered this competition I wouldn’t be writing this blog post now for you all to read!

Of course there is more to success than that – and I will look at some of the other ingredients in the other blog posts this week.

So how can you make your business more successful by showing up?

Here are 3 effective ways.

SEO your Website

3 little letters that can strike terror into the heart of small business owners! Getting your website on the first page of Google seems to be comparable these days to finding the Holy Grail! There are a lot of ways to improve your visibility. I’m sure you’ve already heard of keywords so I’ll just say one thing about these – remember to use as your keywords the type of phrases that your customers will type into their searchbar – avoid jargon at all costs!

You can also raise your ranking by having lots of links to your site on other websites. You can do this by listing yourself on directories. Some of these are free but some do charge. I’ve put together a Links Directory of all the places I’ve found to link to my site – not all of these links will be relevant to your business but a lot of them are generic – to get it email me at gemma@illuminate-coaching.co.uk with the words Link Directory in the subject bar!

Network

One of the best ways to build peoples trust in your business is for them to meet you or have you recommended to them by someone that knows you. There are lots of different networking events so it’s possible for everyone to find a group they feel comfortable with. To find an event in your area go to http://www.findnetworkingevents.com/ or http://www.bni-europe.com/uk/

When you go along to a group look on it as an opportunity to build relationships, not as an opportunity to sell. If you walk in and try to push your product or service down people’s throats all you will do is alienate people so instead approach it with the attitude of getting to know people and seeing how you might be able to help them.

Also, you need to speak to people! Sounds obvious I know but I can’t count the amount of networking events I’ve been to where I’ve seen someone cowering in the corner. I always make it a point to go and speak to these people – if you are a little nervous yourself this is a wonderful thing to do, the person you approach is certain to feel grateful and relieved that you have ‘rescued’ them.

There is likely to be too many people at the event for you to talk to everybody there. You’ll be lucky to talk to more than 3 or 4 in depth. This is one of the reasons it is important to attend the same groups regularly.

Use PR

Get yourself in the local paper! Or a national paper! Or on radio, TV or in a magazine! The choice is endless. And the media is in constant need of new stories so if you can provide one for them you might be surprised how willing they are to run it!

To do this you need to mentally step outside your business and look at it from a different angle – what is newsworthy about your business? Have you won an award? Are you expanding? Are you having an event or supporting a charity? Is it YOU that’s interesting? How did you get to where you are now?

One good site to upload these to is http://www.free-press-release.com/

If you find it really impossible or too time consuming to do this yourself there are plenty of excellent PR companies out there.

 Ok, got to go put my shades on now as you are all set to dazzle!

Gemma Thompson
http://www.illuminate-coaching.co.uk

Gemma

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A great resource for business owners!

I was searching around the net this morning looking at retreats (found an amazing one in Spain) and I stumbled (quite literally – the site’s called ‘Stumbled Upon’ :)) on this website recommending social networks for business owners and it looked really good, so I thought I’d pass it on to you… enjoy!

http://is.gd/uPGW

Have a great day, chat Wednesday… have an excellent video to show you then!

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Networking…

Hello readers,

Thank you for visiting. I think today’s post will be brief and I would really like your feedback, comments and insight! It’s really about networking. I ran a networking event last night, and yes, I probably should have charged for it to get commitment, however, it was free and from a social aspect.. yet… only 2 people attended! Interesting.

So, my thoughts today are about the apathy of networking. In today’s times, why has no-one realised yet that building a business is not about media marketing (advertising, leaflets etc) anymore but about social marketing – building and developing realtionships with your potential clients? I’m very on my soapbox about this, but I am constantly astounded by the amount of people that dont follow up after networking events, dont attend networking events and dont make the most of every opportunity to promote what they can do for you!
And yes, there are the lovely people who RSVP to let you know they are busy and that’s great.. but what about the people who either dont rsvp or say ‘yes I’ll attend’, but then dont show? Has something better come up? And if yes, is this something going to move your business forward?.. if yes again, then go for it! But what I have discovered in building a business is that there is a lot of apathy or indifference in business owners to their business.

So, here’s what I’d like to know.. do you belong to a networking group?
What was your motivation for joining?
How do you find the follow up from other members?
What is the best part of the group you belong to?

Please leave your comments.. I’d be really interested to know your thoughts. Please feel free to put a link to your site too and let people know what you do.

Have a great weekend!

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