[ 27 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Back to school sleep tips – the countdown starts now

Late nights, long lie ins and days without structure are just some of the joys the summer holidays bring kids – but it also plays havoc on their sleep patterns.
“As the start of a new school year looms, now is the time to get children back into their regular sleep routines,” said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council.
“It’s not uncommon to find that the long break disrupts bed and wake up times. However routine is key for a good night’s kip and in order to readjust sleep patterns, specialists recommend …

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[ 29 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Learn about VAT from HMRC

Do you have questions about VAT?
During September, HMRC has organised a number of webinars to answer and inform questions about VAT. Whether you are new to VAT or are already registered, these webinars will provide you with up-to-date knowledge.
This is where the journey begins if you are new to VAT:
Thursday   1 September   13.00 to 14.00   What is VAT – an introduction
Find out how to complete a VAT return:
Friday       2 September   11.00 to 12.00  How to do your VAT return
Information about the different rates of VAT, what can and cannot be …

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[ 27 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Back to school sleep tips – the countdown starts now

Late nights, long lie ins and days without structure are just some of the joys the summer holidays bring kids – but it also plays havoc on their sleep patterns.
“As the start of a new school year looms, now is the time to get children back into their regular sleep routines,” said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council.
“It’s not uncommon to find that the long break disrupts bed and wake up times. However routine is key for a good night’s kip and in order to readjust sleep patterns, specialists recommend …

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[ 25 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
New Mum Nurturing in Sussex #motherhood #specialoffer

This October Australian retreat group Motherground are so excited to be sharing the Motherground experience with our mumma friends in the UK. Partnering up with the amazing Suzanne Cork Yoga to offer you a retreat experience like no other.
Becoming a new mum is a time when there is so much giving of yourself, a Motherground retreat will give you back what you need, so you can take a breath for you. Take some time out for you and your baby and make it your time to unwind, relax and reground. This is a dedicated time …

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[ 23 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
back to school

Top tips on preparing your child for starting in Reception from Emma Williams, a mother of four with a child starting in reception and Executive Director, PTA UK
Whether it’s your first child starting school in September or you’ve done it before, I would highly recommend taking a moment beforehand to try and understand what September is going to look like for you and your family.
As a family with both parents working full time, it’s the logistical things that preoccupy us the most and cause the most stress and therefore have …

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[ 21 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Virtual PA-98-Edit sml

As the new term approaches, are you looking for a flexible way to earn alongside looking after the kids? The Society of Virtual Assistants has some interesting facts and figures relating to home working, based on their new survey. Read on if you want to find out if becoming a VA is the career that will fit with your busy life.
7 myths about being a virtual assistant
I can’t be a VA – I don’t have the money for training… 73% of VAs are self-taught. SVA also name the courses which …

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[ 18 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Club Meeting COPYRIGHT TOASTMASTERS (1)

Speaking in public – even about the business you love – is a widely held fear. So how do you turn fear into confidence? Frances Cahill of Toastmasters International has twelve easy DIY tips:
1)   Speak in public whenever you get a chance
It doesn’t matter if it’s for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Even if it’s just saying an affirmative ‘Yes’. Take that first step. Step forward and take the opportunity.  By starting, and breaking through the fear – even for a moment, you’ll find that in no time you will …

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[ 15 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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Retro games and activities can involve everyone, it’s easy to let the children wander off and play in their own world without you, whilst you go off and get into general house work and lose track of time without getting involved. AXA PPP Healthcare has four retro ideas to keep your kids occupied this summer:

Get skating! I’m sure that most of us can remember having a pair of funky coloured quad skates at some point? Yes… roller skates, leg warmers, fluorescent head bands – I am sure you remember how …

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[ 13 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Leading leaders – how to be a successful Super Leader

There comes a point for many leaders when they find themselves leading other leaders. This requires a whole new set of skills and ways of operating because we have to guide those leaders and inspire them to deliver results though their teams.  That way we become Super Leaders.
Jean Gamester is from Toastmasters International and for the past five years she has been training the organisation’s “Super Leaders to be” in how to lead the leaders of their clubs across the UK and Ireland.
Here are Jean’s three top tips – based …

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[ 11 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Does Your Business Need Storage? 7 Tips so You can Choose the Perfect Provider

Whether you have recently hired new employees and are now running out of space in your office, or your company is currently being run from a spare room which is now piled high with stock and stationary – what your business really needs is storage!
This could be data storage so you can remove the rows of cabinets full of paper or physical storage for stock, spare furniture and equipment – or both! This is imperative if you want your business to succeed because a cluttered space is bad for morale, …

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[ 11 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Garry-Smith-LR

By Garry Smith, business coach at Advantage Business Partnerships and the co-author of Creating Business Advantage: Setting Up and Running A Successful Business
Perhaps the most important thing for any new business owner to realise is that you need to be ready for constant change, and the stress which can result. Change is now normal and, if you’re not equipped to deal with it, you will fall behind very quickly. However, you can reduce the stress of this by setting up a solid base of policies for your business early on, …