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January 29, 2016
New Year, New Business?

New Year, New Business?

‘new year, new you’ how long did your resolutions last? I’ haven’t broke mine yet, still early days yet… But everyone else is joining the gym, promising to learn something new or going through the pain of dry January. So let’s be honest, many of these resolutions have been broken already (like really quickly). But, while the concept of the […]
November 12, 2015
How to take the headache out of networking

How to take the headache out of networking

In most cases, networking is fun and full of great prospects; furthermore networking goes hand in hand with running a successful business. But sometimes, it is just a nag and a drag. Follow these simple and yet basic golden rules to take the headache out of networking… (to be on the safe side, don’t forget to take some paracetamol) 1. Don’t […]
October 12, 2015
How enterprise support can add focus and encourage communities to thrive

How enterprise support can add focus and encourage communities to thrive

Last week we found some information out about our companies which astounded us. In the last three years 3,248 businesses launched or were supported in the Tees Valley and wider North East with the support of Enterprise Revolution and Enterprise Made Simple. That we’ve achieved this – working exclusively in what are usually counted as deprived areas is a testament […]
October 1, 2015
We have some amazing news

We have some amazing news

We have the best news ever!! After lots of hard work we have just been informed that we have had our Level 3 qualification approved by the Government. We now have our own fully accredited Level 3 qualification in Expanding and Growing a Small or Medium Enterprise. What’s amazing about this is we are the only training provider in the […]
September 30, 2015
Could you sell ice to an Eskimo?

Could you sell ice to an Eskimo?

How to Get Better at Sales in just 24 Hours (Even if You Hate Selling) This post will be uncomfortable for many people. Sales is an essential part of business, but many new entrepreneurs have negative associations with the word sales. This post introduces some of the concepts that the most successful sales people in the world use in an easy […]
September 22, 2015
Steely Teessider’s needed

Steely Teessider’s needed

As you may or may not know, I was born and raised in Teesside, born in Middlesbrough and have lived here now for the most of my adult life. I have an affinity with the area and am really proud of my roots. I have talked and blogged about my hero Henry Bolckow and the difference he made to my […]
September 17, 2015

Finalist for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

I am really, really proud to tell everyone, that I have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. I am so humbled to have been shortlisted in the Enterprise Champion’s category, but I am also so pleased and proud. I love what I do and it is really exciting to be recognised for doing a job […]
August 25, 2015
What are you staring at?

What are you staring at?

It’s uncomfortable isn’t it? Being stared at, it is very uncomfortable. I’ve been away for the last three weeks and I had lots of time on my hands to think, to stare and to examine. Not only did I have a wonderful holiday but I took the opportunity to take a long hard look at myself and the business. I’ve […]
July 27, 2015
Teesside is a great Innovator – FT 29th May 2015

Teesside is a great Innovator – FT 29th May 2015

Oxfordshire has the most innovative economy in Britain, while areas such as Merseyside and Teesside outperform London and Manchester, according to the first “innovation map” of the UK. The findings by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) challenge the commonly held view that Britain is dependent on London for innovation and growth. is an “arc of innovation” stretching from Cambridge through […]
July 19, 2015
Business Lessons I learnt from being skint ! !

Business Lessons I learnt from being skint ! !

Until about 15 years ago, I made a healthy living with a recruitment consultancy in the Financial Sector. It was a job and a business I loved and thought would be my sole source of income for the indefinite future — until something happened. That something occurred in late 2000, when one of my colleagues suffered a stroke at age 35. This caused […]
July 2, 2015
It's scary running a business, I live in constant fear do you?

It’s scary running a business, I live in constant fear do you?

I was asked recently whether there was some magic pill that I take that helps me get up and keep fighting the entrepreneurial good fight every day at Enterprise Made Simple and Enterprise Revolution.   My answer: Yes, it’s called fear. I feel it every morning.   There’s something really powerful about the idea of fear within the entrepreneurial experience of […]
June 17, 2015
The real lessons I have learnt through running Enterprise Made Simple and Enterprise Revolution.

The real lessons I have learnt through running Enterprise Made Simple and Revolution

While it may sound poetic, Enterprise Made Simple was not born in a flash of inspiration. Rather it emerged from my desperate attempts of avoiding redundancy and working using Enterprise as a force for change. Through my time spent working with start up businesses I became increasingly aware that there were key elements missing in the prescribed business courses and […]
June 8, 2015
Why are you even bothering to start a business? Go and get a job, its what you really want isn’t it?

Why are you even bothering to start a business? Go and get a job, its what you really want isn’t it?

I was thinking today about all of the businesses we have helped, during their set up period and all of those that are still successful. This also got me to thinking about those, that I thought had a great idea, would make a great go of it and be the business that would be the next best thing. It was […]
June 1, 2015
5 Things to do the night before to ensure you have a productive and successful day at work

5 Things to do the night before to ensure you have a productive and successful day at work

I try to stick to a bedtime routine that allows my mornings to be just a little bit more relaxed. Who couldn’t use an extra 15 minutes of calm in the morning? To shut your body down for the day and get a restful night’s sleep, it’s important to put routines into place. This enables the body to relax and […]
May 9, 2015
Have we now stopped talking about the death of the High Street?

Have we now stopped talking about the death of the High Street?

We ran the Reaching Retailers  scheme in Stockton on Tees for a year and we found out lots about how hard it is to start up and run a business on the High Street today. I’ve recently worked with some retail business in San Diego and although they don’t have a traditional High Street such as it is in the […]
May 1, 2015
9 ways to get more traffic on Social Media and to your website

9 ways to get more traffic on Social Media and to your website

I am getting obsessed with Social Media, I am reading as much as I can about it and more than that, trying as much as I can into practice. One of the people I have been following Kim Garst wrote this about trying to get more engagement with photos on Facebook. Facebook photos are more than photos. They are opportunities to […]
April 28, 2015
Seven Ways to use cold calling to successfully build your business

Seven Ways to use cold calling to successfully build your business

I used to do this for a living and I can remember the fear the first times I ever had to make those calls. However if you follow these seven rules you will find it easy to make the call, but more importantly to get the sale.  1. Plan Ahead Who will you be calling? When will you be placing […]
April 19, 2015
Creating a customer base that loves your business

Creating a customer base that loves your business

Loyal customers are more than repeat business – they are evangelists for your brand. Brand evangelists not only purchase your products, they promote your company to their social networks, both on and offline, and remain faithful even when your prices are not the lowest. Converting a dispassionate customer to a brand evangelist requires purposeful, positive relationship building, and these six […]
April 15, 2015
47 Social Media Ideas, Formulas and Shortcuts to Kickstart Your Business by Rebekah Radice

47 Social Media Ideas, Formulas and Shortcuts to Kickstart Your Business by Rebekah Radice

Facebook 1. Write down your goals. Are they still the same as when you started your Facebook Page? If not, you need to adjust your strategy. Identify your goals and the tactics that will push you towards them on a daily basis. 2. Update your profile. This includes your about, long and short bio, company contact information and web address. […]
April 13, 2015
10 Reasons to avoid starting a business or becoming an Entrepreneur

10 Reasons to avoid starting a business or becoming an Entrepreneur

Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you? How do you know if you should be running your own company, or concentrating on that queue of work that someone else has built for you? Now […]
March 25, 2015
San Diego airport

They said regenerate and people will come

So I arrived in San Diego two days ago, after getting over my jet lag, I have had a little chance to explore the City yesterday and spent today working with some of the small businesses in the local area. It was an eye opener to say the least. The problems of the small businesses were absolutely no different to […]
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