[ 20 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]
Antonia Chitty

Having a new baby can be overwhelming, and starting a new business is all consuming. So why do so many mums do both? Despite developing flexible working legislation, many jobs still don’t offer sufficient flexibility, and some mums want the freedom of being their own boss to allow them to prioritise time with their new family. Starting a business when you have a newborn can be a big challenge, but it is entirely possible too. Here are some pointers from Antonia Chitty of Family Friendly Working, to get you going:

If …

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[ 28 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]
Autism and me – it’s about not making assumptions #StandOutForAutism

 I once heard a parent say ‘Oh, don’t worry about him, he enjoys sitting in the corner with his hands over his ears.’  She was describing her son who happened to have autism.
It’s easy to make judgements and only look at the surface without exploring the world from the child or young person’s perspective.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects the way a person thinks and responds to the world around them. Most individuals will have difficulty to a greater or lesser extent with social communication, social interaction and …

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[ 27 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]
Business News:  Apply now for Social Enterprise Leadership Programme #careerchange #socialenterprise

Like a job in a social enterprise? New recruitment programme now open for business professionals looking for a new career.
Applications are now open for the October 2015 On Purpose social enterprise leadership programme.
On Purpose is a leadership programme that helps driven, talented professionals find a career that matters.
The one year On Purpose Associate Programme combines paid work placements in organisations which are using commercial dynamics to create social or environmental benefit (including Virgin Unite, Big Society Capital, National Citizens Service and JustGiving), along with weekly training (with professionals from organisations …

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[ 26 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]
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Emergency services urge drivers to remove them when there’s no child in the car
The almost ubiquitous ‘Baby on Board’ car sticker – used by a million parents to brag about their tiny offspring, or to hope that other road users will overtake carefully – are an important indicator for emergency first responders and should be removed when there isn’t a child in the car.
That’s the important advice from a national car leasing company which has found that virtually no parent takes the sticker out when they’re not with their baby, …

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[ 25 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

Even if you’re comfortable delivering a presentation for which you have prepared, you may feel the nerves kick in when it comes to taking questions. Delivering a prepared presentation is different from answering questions ‘off the cuff’. However, if you are giving a speech, particularly one in business, then the ability to answer questions – effectively and confidently – is a skill that you’ll need.
Paul Carroll, Toastmasters International has a few tips to help you develop the skills you’ll need:
Pause before you reply
Pausing gives you the opportunity to take a …

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[ 24 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

Author Tom Evans has created a new time management system with Mindfulness at its core called Living Timefully. Below he gives advice about Creative Scheduling that helps boost productivity.
We can be very creative about not being creative. When we schedule time for our creative activities, quite often other more pressing tasks pop up. As a result, our books don’t get written and deadlines move from being comfortable to being tight.
There is a knack to scheduling creatively which involves going with the temporal flow. When we block out creative times wisely, …

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[ 23 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]
Ebonie 1

 “Before I was seven years old I had lived in a house truck, on a commune, in France, in New Zealand, in Ireland, and several homes in England. I had been bathed in a sink, had a pet goose called Lucy, and I think it would be fair to say that my parents gifted me with a curiosity for the world.”
Ebonie Allard writes about her new book…
My first career was as a freelance TV & Film Production Buyer. I worked hard and played harder. I suffered from burn out at …

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[ 22 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

When Shweta Jhajharia’s father turned 50, he was at the peak of his career managing one of the world’s leading metal producers. Ten years later, as he left the role for his first ‘retirement’, he carried with him the same passion he had always had for personal growth along with the years of wisdom. Today, at the age of 67, he has completed his Ph.D and is Head of Department at a leading Engineering College.
His remarkable achievements got Shweta, founder of The London Coaching Group, thinking: A lot of us …

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[ 22 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]
Naomi West and Family

New data released by Startup Direct shows that the number of women over the age of 30 seeking start up finance and mentoring increased by a third in 2014.
In 2013 women over the age of 30 made up just 25% of enquiries to the Government start up loan provider, but this grew to 57% in 2014, an increase of one third (32%). This trend is being driven largely by ‘Returners’; women who have taken a break from the workplace to have a family and are motivated to start their own …

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[ 21 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

A competition to find the best ‘Bright Ideas’ to create a better life for people affected by dementia in Scotland has been launched today. The competition is being run by the Life Changes Trust, an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.
The challenge is to come up with a new and innovative approach or idea for something that would improve the lives of people who …

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[ 21 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]
Hayley and family

Hayley Goleniowska publishes conversation cards to break down the myths surrounding Down’s syndrome and allow new parents to get to know their baby for the unique individual they are. Around two babies with Down’s syndrome are born in the UK each day and Hayley Goleniowska’s “Talking about Down’s Syndrome, Conversations for new Parents” is a vital tool for parents as it allows them to appreciate their new baby for the individual he/she really is. The aim is to help new parents of children with Down’s syndrome cut through the old …