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The building blocks to success: building brand awareness

17 August 2018

building brand awareness 2Do you remember building all sorts of things with LEGO as a Kid?

In my architect days, I was always trying to build bigger and aim higher, to only find out that my crafted skyscrapers would fall over without a strong foundation. Like LEGO, any business without a strong digital foundation will fall short of reaching new heights!

To build a stable foundation, you need to address four unique building blocks: Developing personas, a responsive website, visibility in search, and standing out through social media.

Think of these components as the base of your skyscraper, without one, it will result in the whole building falling over. With that being said, having a strong online presence is a crucial component to the foundation of your brand awareness strategy, if this is done correctly you can sit back and watch your skyscraper grow higher and higher.

So the question is how do you create awareness? Well my building days aren’t quite over yet, here are four fundamental building blocks to success…


An effective coaching and mentoring process

15 August 2018

coaching and mentoring processCoaching and mentoring is an integral part of the development of any business and its staff.

It can even help to support the growth of your business.

A study found that employee retention is actually 25% higher for those who have engaged in company-sponsored mentoring. This makes coaching and mentoring an especially attractive prospect for those struggling to capture and keep the best talent in the industry.

With this in mind, we have created this process to follow for effective coaching and mentoring practices in your organisation.


The difference between leadership and management

15 August 2018

Are you a leader or a manager?leadership and management

When you think about leadership and management, you may struggle to define a discernible difference between the two.

This subject has baffled many business people for years, so let us shed some light on the situation…

The difference between a leader and a manager is that anyone within a business can be a leader. A leader doesn’t necessarily have to be in a management or senior position within an organisation.

Leaders are followed by others because of their personality and influence, not their job title. This can make them extremely valuable and a great tool for managers to harness to produce results.

Good managers often possess a certain degree of leadership skills, otherwise they wouldn’t be in their position. However, the best managers refine their leadership skills so that they are able to cover all of their bases and reach organisational targets effectively.


Skills that managers need to master

15 August 2018

skills that managers need to masterManagement is becoming an increasingly demanding role that has developed to cover a wider range of topics and responsibilities.

A good manager has an understanding of all key operating principles of the business that they work in. This can range from HR activities to organisational strategy and financial planning – the level of involvement really is endless.

This is why it is essential for managers to brush up on their skills in all areas of their organisation and stay ahead when it comes to the best practices. In order to do this, you need to continuously develop yourself and share your experiences.

One way to achieve this is to attend up to date skill workshops every couple of years to make sure that you are being as effective as you can be.

With this in mind, we have created this list of things that managers need to focus on in order to stay ahead and remain a valuable asset to the business that they work for.


Four key ingredients to successful leadership

14 August 2018

Lead Your Business to Success

leadership and management skillsThe business world is rapidly shaping the way in which we work, and with it so are leadership and management styles. It is not only technology that is evolving, this revolution now requires a new generation of aspiring innovators with the skills to master this style of working environment.

Small, medium and large businesses are doing everything to keep up with what lies ahead. It is important for you to recognise and identify capable leaders and nurture future talent to lead your business to success.

According to Harvard Business “A staggering 54% of organisations are undergoing a leadership development transformation”. In this ever-accelerating change, leadership and management programmes are a key factor driving an organisations ability to transform successfully. Organisations that fail to reinvent their learning strategy could be in jeopardy of adapting to these demanding changes.

Particularly, organisations that start their journey by transforming learning and development, specifically leadership development have a higher success rate with adapting to the ever-changing demands of the business environment.


Young Entrepreneurs: 6 Reasons Why Starting Your Own Business After University Might Be Right For You!

25 February 2016

The Golden Age For Young Entrepreneurs

There was a record number of over 600k new start-ups last year, which is expected to be surpassed in 2016. As Lord Young expressed in his 5 year report on small businesses in the UK, ‘we are in a golden age for small firms’. It is not just well established professionals starting their own businesses, but internet savvy students are also turning their backs on the corporate life after their studies and setting up their own companies.


Leadership in 2015

24 December 2015

What Makes a Successful Leader?

What makes a great leader is often debated with countless ‘Top 10s’ and ‘Leadership blogs’ yet the answer is far from straight forward.

“Debate is common about which leadership style is most effective. The answer of course… it all depends” Thomas Kohntopp

We have taken inspiration from events and leaders who have paved the way in terms of leadership in 2015, take a look.



Leaders inspire their team by doing the ordinary things well, whilst continually striving to achieve the extraordinary. Tim Peake is a stand out example of inspiring others during 2015 he became the first British astronaut to go to the international space station. Millions of people around the world watched in admiration as his soyuz rocket launched into space. Tim Peake dreamt of going to space and his courage, commitment and belief has seen him achieve his ultimate dream. Selected ahead of 8,412 other applicants, he spent 6 months in training, learnt Russian and relocated his family before embarking on his journey to space. His 6 month stint at the international Space is sure to inspire millions of people to pursue their own dreams and ambitions. Read more…..

6 out of 10 Entrepreneurs are in Full Time Work When They Start Their Business

18 December 2015


It began as a pilot scheme at the end of 2014, with only 99 applications accepted. Due to the success of the initiative, IoD took the decision to accept 99 new members every quarter during 2015. Members benefit from IoD support and advice, as well as free networking events with fellow IoD99 members. Read more…..

Women in the Boardroom: We reflect on the Latest Government Report

29 October 2015

Lord Davies Report

26.1% of Women on FTSE 100 Boards

In March of this year Lord Davies released the now annual report on improving the gender balance on British boards. The document reviews and establishes steps that need to be taken, in order to achieve diverse boardrooms. Lord Davies CBE former banker and government minister, in 2011 set out his vision to change the landscape of UK Boardrooms. Since then records have been broken, most notably the eradication of all-male boards within FTSE100 companies. In today’s news  Lord Davies announced that the 25% target of women in the boardroom had been achieved.


A Look Back On The IoD Conference 2015

16 October 2015

IoD Under The Spotlight

The annual Institute of Directors convention took place last week at the Royal Albert Halls, attended by members and a variety of business leaders. The event set out not only to inspire, but provide attendees with the tools to grow their businesses. The day included a selection of talks, panels and debates full of high profile contributors. The host at the landmark venue was Lady Barbara Judge (CBE) she was appointed chairman of the IoD earlier in the year, making her the first women to hold this position.