16th September 2013

The networking group for me

12th September 2013

Are You Working With The Twelve Month Cycle?

The conditions for business are changing so quickly that if you don’t innovate and change every twelve months, someone else will take your place. Long term planning is becoming pointless, and the five year vision questions that most people used to get asked in their meetings are outdated. To read more of this post, click here  
9th September 2013

Changed my life for the better

9th September 2013

The Importance of Reviewing your Telecoms

It is important that you review your current telecoms package regularly, as the new technology and constant changes and reductions in mobile and fixed line costs offer increased efficiencies, as well as cost reductions. If you haven’t carried out a cost saving audit of your phone calls/phone package for a number of years, you should consider doing so now, as you would be almost certainly guaranteed to reduce the cost of your phone bills by up to 70%. This is […]
6th September 2013

BiY – What an Impact!

A couple of months ago fellow BiY Associate Louise Turner and I were a double act ‘for one night only’ and presented a workshop entitled ‘Boom! Make an Impact’.  For my part I shared my expertise on personal impact and tips on being unforgettable in business.  Following the peer group in August I was prompted to reflect on the ‘impact’ BiY has had on my business. At the August (spare!) peer group we discussed the issue of setting up a […]
5th September 2013

What Does the Way You Communicate say About You?

I was carrying out a coaching session with a client who was struggling to get through to his team. He said ‘ They’ve all switched off and it seems as if they have all stopped listening’. He explained that he had repeatedly told them what he wanted them to do, but yet nothing was happening. He felt like his team were holding him back. However, maybe it was the way he was speaking to his team, rather than what his team […]
4th September 2013

Set Your Goals, Change Your Business, Change Your life & Celebrate

Studies have been carried out which show that only 3% of the UK population set goals, and those 3% of people are among the wealthiest in the country. When people were asked why they didn’t set goals, one common answer was simply ‘ I don’t know how to’. We teach our kids all sorts of subjects and impart a vast array of knowledge onto them, but we miss one important skill: goal setting. Goal setting can help you change your life […]
3rd September 2013

The Big 6 Business Challenges for SMEs: Part 1

With over 10 years experience in mentoring and investing in 50+ Yorkshire based businesses, as well as setting up, running and then selling a marketing agency, BiY Founder Darren Shaw has accumulated considerable experience working with business owners in the SME sector. So he knows about the Big 6 Business Challenges that most SME business owners are facing (they are certainly recurring themes in the BiY Business Owner Peer Groups) – in fact, he finds that most business owners are […]
3rd September 2013

Network with like-minded

3rd September 2013

How to Identify the One Key Thing your Business Stands For

Have you ever sat back and wondered why you are in business? Is the reason clear, or do you have to think hard about it? How about taking away all the unnecessary ‘stuff’ and stripping the business back to the bare bones? Take away all the distractions and interruptions, and focus on the important goals and critical activities. To read more of this post, click here
27th August 2013

Ten Proven Techniques for getting more Sales Leads

From tools and techniques for managing yourself and your sales process, through to ideas on how to harness the power of your current customer base, this article is packed with practical tried-and-tested techniques for increasing your sales leads … and ultimately, growing your business. It’s an old adage the people love buying, but hate being sold to … read on via this link to find out how you can capitalise on this approach
27th August 2013

Most supportive business network – ever

22nd August 2013

5 Things to Consider before Cold Calling and how LinkedIn will Help

Cold calling is very rarely enjoyed by anyone, and is at best tolerated by most people. However, with the introduction of LinkedIn and social media, cold calling need not be all that bad. It is a reality that at some point as a business owner, or business development manager, you will have to get on the phone to obtain new customers. So, you may be wondering how LinkedIn and social media can help ease the burden of this job, and […]
19th August 2013

New Management Pitfalls

A new role as a manager can be an exciting, but rather daunting experience. You may now be responsible for a former colleague, or a friend, have the difficult job of making your former colleagues redundant or setting new targets for the team.  Detailed by IRYS are the top ten pitfalls often made by new managers, and the tips on how to overcome them: To read more of this blog, click here   
12th August 2013

The Cost of Recruitment

For many businesses, the most important part of developing their business is getting the right people on board at the right time. These are the people that will work towards a common goal, and will share the same vision and mind set as the company owners. When put like that, it sounds so simple. However, as many of us know, there are numerous pitfalls on the route to finding the ideal employee. To read more of this post, click here
9th August 2013

7 Tips to Increasing your Profits by up to 125% Using Social Media

So many businesses neglect their current customers in favour of searching for new ones. When thinking of their social media strategy, most people focus on sending their message out to new clients, instead of using social media to maintain satisfaction for their current customers. Social media can help you provide your current customers with reasons to want to come back and buy from you time and time again. To read  the seven tips on how to use social media effectively, […]
8th August 2013

An invaluable service for business owners

7th August 2013

10 Golden Rules for Effective email Marketing

When it is done well, email marketing can be a very cost-effective way of sharing your message with your target audience. It can be used to reach prospective clients, existing customers and generally spread the word about who you are and what you do. Click here if you want to find out more information or the top ten tips of words and phrases to avoid if you want to stay out of the spam box  
30th July 2013

Don’t be an Egghead

When you join Twitter you get a profile. One of the first things you can and should do when you join Twitter is to upload an avatar – this could be a photo of you, your corporate logo, one of your products – really anything that represents you. Please do not remain as an ‘egghead’! To read more tips on creating a Twitter account, click here  
26th July 2013

Why do People Detest Businesses and their Owners?

If you are a business owner, this is something that you have probably asked yourself at some point in the past. After all, why should you be resented for pouring your heart and soul, and usually all of your finances, into your business? Is it purely the case that others cannot stand to see business owners being successful? To read more of this post, click here
23rd July 2013

Integrated Management

If you’re wondering whether to integrate your management system, read these top ten tips on why integration will save you money and increase your profits: 1. Optimise internal and external audits – integrated management systems need fewer audits, so reduce the demand on resources. 2. Reduce costs – avoiding duplication in internal audits, training and document control will all save time and money. To read more of this post, click here
22nd July 2013

Inspiration to drive my business forward

18th July 2013

5 Steps to an Improved Lead Time and Your Competitive Advantage

If you are trying to reduce costs, become more competitive and increase productivity, then you should consider the impact of lead time on your business. Lead time can be defined as the elapsed time between the acceptance of the order and the invoicing. To reduce lead time, you should consider the 5 following steps: Define what constitutes your lead time, identify the steps that add value and those that don’t, remove non-value added time from your lead time, re-measure your lead time, and then […]
11th July 2013

The 3 R’s of Confidence: Reflections, Raisins and Red!

Did you know that reflections, raisins and red can all boost your confidence? So, to start with reflections. Shawn Achor, a Harvard lecturer, found that engaging in only one small positive habit every day for at least three weeks can have a lasting impact on optimism, general wellbeing and life satisfaction. During a study, a group of tax managers at KPMG in New York were asked to engage in one of 5 activities every day that correlate with positive change. […]
9th July 2013

Top 10 LinkedIn Tips for Businesses

LinkedIn has become the must have/do free networking tool. It is amazing that this resource can potentially allow you to connect with almost any business in the wold – in fact there are 11 million UK users alone, and 200 million users worldwide. Any small business should consider using LinkedIn (if they don’t already), and here are 10 tips to make the most of this resource.   To read more of this post, click here
5th July 2013

Big support for small business

5th July 2013

“My own board of non-exec directors”

5th July 2013

The Chaos Theory of Referrals

Chaos theory is the science of the unpredictable. It is the study of dynamic systems that are extremely sensitive to initial conditions – this effect is commonly known as the butterfly effect. The theory is that miniscule changes in initial conditions can have dramatically different effects on the outcome – hence the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in a Brazilian jungle can trigger a tornado in Texas. I have my own theory that this can also be applied to […]
2nd July 2013

Taking Top Teamwork and Referrals on Board: Business in Yorkshire

BiY (Business in Yorkshire) is a one-stop personal and business development support network, that Quest PR is proud to be  a member of. Spearheaded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, their Associates (including Quest’s Sharon Cain) have a wealth of knowledge and experience which is available for members to tap into. From social media to marketing, finance to sales strategy, and even ideas on elephant taming (yes really), BiY covers it all. To read more of this blog, click here
27th June 2013

Don’t get Infected Online

The most common reason for having your computer cleaned by a repair company is because it has become infected whilst surfing online. Most people assume that their antivirus software will keep them protected no matter what, and they become rather blasé about security. To discover the tips on how to make your online experience safer, click here