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Small business Saturday this weekend

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Small business saturdayStarted in the USA three years ago as a way to promote independent retailers in a country more known for its faceless strip malls, Small Business Saturday has since proved a great success across the pond; 2012’s iteration saw American shoppers spend £3.4bn in independent stores.

Now, thanks to efforts spearheaded by shadow business secretary Chukka Umunna, the American Express-sponsored event is coming to the UK for the first time on December 7, with hopes that British shoppers will be similarly galvanised into providing independent retailers with a much-needed boost during the busy Christmas season.

With backing from the Federation of Small Business, the Retail Trade Association, O2 and Dragons’ Den star James Caan, the one-day event will comprise a series of events championing small business up and down the UK, with Christmas markets, competitions and promotional events all planned. Interest and activity is building and it’s worth getting a sense of what’s happening on the initiative’s Facebook page.

To find out more,click here.

More Global Entrepreneurship Week events

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Global Entrepreneurship Week logoAs part of this amazing week, I will be mentoring a great collection of young and budding entrepreneurs along with the Brand Gathering and School for Startups teams at Somerset House.

BrandGathering has created an online community that unites savvy entrepreneurs and business owners so they can meet, match and partner up.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

In the UK, the campaign is hosted by Youth Business International, a global network of initiatives that help young entrepreneurs to start their own business, in partnership with Barclays.

Its Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Thrilled to be part of the Start Up Britain team effort during Global Entrepreneur Week and the Guinness World Records for the Largest Speed Networking, Thursday the 21st November at 9.30AM, HUB Westminster. For full details please click here.

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Time to Shine!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Time to Shine Conference

I am delighted to have been selected to speak at the TIME TO SHINE CONFERENCE 2013. It is hosted by Alexandra Watson, a highly successful and sought after business mentor. She’s been on The X Factor and is rated in the Top 20 Business Icon 2011 Exceptional People Magazine.

Join us for the real excitement, energy and opportunity to SHINE! With loads of on-the-spot, change your life (and business) strategies from hand-picked TOP Expert Speakers lead by Alexandra Watson.

It’s a transformational event for women business owners, it’s a networking and partnership building extravaganza (guaranteed), its heart-felt, results driven, must-know power packed two day Wow-fest!

Early bird tickets are now available for the TIME TO SHINE CONFERENCE 2013 at and we are delighted to offer you an extra 15% discount off any ticket…just enter this Special Discount Code when choosing your ticket: awclients

Free tele-summit ‘Is your website legal?’

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

You have had the amazing idea for your business, splashed out a small fortune on a shiny new website or simply spent hours yourself creating it. The website is now open to the world, but is it legal? Did you even know that it had to be legal?  The answer is a big YES!! There are serious fines and implications if you do not comply with certain laws and have some key information on your website and stationery. This is regardless of whether you sell or not.

For instance, if your website is not legal, you risk:

  • Up to £500,000 fine and possible imprisonment for data protection offences
  • A so-called “Stop Now Order” from The Office of Fair Trading and other enforcement agencies which as the name suggests, means stop business, NOW!

    Stop NOW!!Copyright Brian Snelson

    Stop NOW!!
    Copyright Brian Snelson

  • Being asked by the courts to publish corrective statements to eliminate the continuing effects of past infringements.
  • Bad publicity for your business as many punishments are broadcast on the enforcement agencies’ websites

None of this is good for business and absolutely gutting when you have put so much time and effort into your website and all in good faith too. Most website developers are not aware of these laws either.

Lest you break out in a cold sweat, fear not as I will be revealing exactly what you need to be legal and how to do it as part of a special FREE tele-summit for entrepreneurs hosted by Wendy Kerr of Corporate Crossovers on 17th Sept 2013 at 1pm. You simply register and then sit back and listen to the interviews from the comfort of your own office! There is a great line-up of experts to help you in other areas of your business too

I really hope you can join us. All details are here

Expert Tele-summit details

How to run a successful business

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

I wanted to share this guest blog from my good friend, Wendy Kerr of Corporate Crossovers:

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So you want to run a more successful business, but maybe you are not sure where to start?

When I completed my survey last year of 300 Corporate Crossovers who had all left their job to set up their own business, a key issue for them was learning all they needed to know about running a business. Whilst they were brilliant at their chosen field, whether it be consulting, hat making, retail or pet management, many of them were stumped when it came to the details of running the business.

Related to this is the fact that 68% of them are making less in their new venture than in their last job. But even if they were paid more money, they still wouldn’t return to work, yet they want to be more successful in their businesses.

In answer to this, and to help business owners do what they love and earn the money they are worth, I have created a free tele-summit to help you improve your business.

A tele-summit is simply a conference held on the phone! You select which speakers you want to listen to, and then dial in. The best thing is, if you can’t make the call live, when you register, you will receive the call recordings after the event.

I have handpicked the experts, as I know they will be best suited to really help you! Pithy, actionable advice and tips that you can put into action straight away to improve your business. I know all of them, and I am delighted they are joining up with me!

There is a great range of topics from “Is Your Website Legal”, “Pricing for Profit”, “Twitter for Business Success” and even something on your relationship with money! I will be speaking about How to Stop Having An Expensive Hobby and Start Running A Business.

I would love you to join me and my friends so you can really improve your business success today!

All details are here….. ‘see’ you on the call!

Women Outside the Box Festival

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Women Outside the BoxWe are thrilled to be exhibiting at this event in Bristol on 7th October 2013 all day which promises lots of interesting speakers, a great variety of exhibitors and fabulous food and pampering. Do come along and say hello if you are local to the area. You can find out more details here

Let’s support small, local businesses this Christmas!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Many British citizens may feel sad that nearly 15% of high street shops across the United Kingdom are entirely vacant – and yet most consumers are guilty of acquiescence by shopping on-line; and many retail businesses owners feel they have no option but to trade on-line, given the cost of overheads from owning a shop on the high street. 

Famous personalities such as Mary Portas and Wayne Hemingway have been championing the cause of the traditional British high street, but what can we actually do to help besides simply talking about the issue amongst ourselves?

It may be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but you may be interested to know in advance that over the 6 weeks running up to Christmas Day 2012, a new campaign “Celebrate an Independent Christmas” will encourage consumers to dedicate a proportion of their Christmas spending on local independent businesses.

If you wish to participate by either making the consumer pledge yourself, or by using it to help promote your retail business, check the website or follow #IndieXmas on Twitter from 12thNovember.

Event: Be Creative Workshop

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Joe Sinclair (Creative Director of Burson-Marsteller) will lead a workshop on Tuesday 22 May 2012 from 17:30 to 19:00 on the subject of creativity in business.  The session will explain:

  • Why creative campaigns are so engaging
  • How to harness creativity effectively and apply it to your business needs
  • Best practice examples of creative campaigns achieving results

Address: Central St Giles, 1 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8AG

To book, please visit:

Event – Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Going for Gold

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

This event is intended for existing small business owners who have a new idea for their business but aren’t sure how to take it to the next stage.

Led by entrepreneurs Stephen Frear and Mandy Haberman, the evening will provide support and advice about business strategy and sustainability; branding; intellectual property; product development; and marketing.  You will also find out about about a new business support programme “Innovating for Growth”.

The event will take place at The British Library Conference Centre on Wednesday 23 May 2012, 18.15 – 21.00; and costs £5 to attend.

In order to book a place, you can either contact the Box Office by telephoning: 01937 546546, or via the website: