[ 29 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
Top stocking fillers and Christmas gifts for Pokémon fans

My youngest is still a big Pokémon fan. He and his school friends share tips, and with a couple of birthdays coming up as well as Christmas I’ve been checking out the Pokémon gifts on offer.
A friend recommended these Pokéballs to me – they come with a figure inside. The boys have one each. They’re not the cheapest ones, but they have a choice of balls and both the ones we received included a Pikachu. I’d buy these again … and you’ll see why if you read on.
We were sent …

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[ 3 Dec 2016 | No Comment ]
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Small Business Saturday UK is a grass-roots campaign designed to support small businesses by encouraging consumers to shop local. The day takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the aim of the campaign is to have a longer lasting benefit for small businesses.
Last year Small Business Saturday was a monumental success, with more than 17 million people shopping in small independent businesses on the day. Shoppers spent £623m with small businesses during last year’s event, an increase of £119m on 2014, and Small Business Saturday …

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[ 2 Dec 2016 | No Comment ]
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Networking, presentations, client pitches, reports to the Board, conference presentations, even interviewing for a new job – they all require some form of public speaking. If you are feeling nervous, Simon Scriver, from Toastmasters International, has seven basic rules to help you speak  confidently:
1. Look at your audience
Don’t look at the slides behind you – have a copy in front of you so that you never turn your back. Don’t look at the floor. Don’t look at the walls. Try and take the time to make eye contact with every …

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[ 30 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
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The Direct Selling Association (DSA) celebrated the successes and achievements of direct sellers across the UK at a prestigious award ceremony held at Whittlebury Hall. The second ever Stars of Direct Selling Awards took place recently and showcased eight of the most exceptional direct sellers in the UK.
The awards were judged by Shed Simove, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Tricia Philips, the Daily Mirror’s award-winning small business editor, and Lynda Mills, Director General of the DSA.
With over 400,000 people now working as direct sellers in the UK, the industry is continuing …

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[ 29 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
Top stocking fillers and Christmas gifts for Pokémon fans

My youngest is still a big Pokémon fan. He and his school friends share tips, and with a couple of birthdays coming up as well as Christmas I’ve been checking out the Pokémon gifts on offer.
A friend recommended these Pokéballs to me – they come with a figure inside. The boys have one each. They’re not the cheapest ones, but they have a choice of balls and both the ones we received included a Pikachu. I’d buy these again … and you’ll see why if you read on.
We were sent …

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[ 28 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
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If you’re struggling to make ends meet, or simply want to earn extra cash, why not embark on a small business venture to help boost your income? There are many things you can do to fill your wallet with cash, so take a look at these interesting ideas.
Set up a mobile company Whether you want to sell food from a little wagon or have your own portable market stall, this could be a great way to fill your spare time. While setting up a business can be testing, anything on …

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[ 28 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
Career change tips from Olympic swimmer-turned TV presenter Rebecca Adlington

Olympic swimmer-turned TV presenter Rebecca Adlington is encouraging Britons who aren’t happy in their job to follow in her footsteps and make a career switch. This comes after new research reveals the UK is home to millions of unsatisfied workers, as 63% of us don’t love our jobs. This has led to 39% of people now considering going back to college and undertaking further training to help them get their dream job. However almost a third of people fear they’re too old to switch sectors, and a further one in …

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[ 26 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
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As a business leader are you a fairy godmother or evil stepmother, a wise prince or nasty rogue?
People learn through observing others – how they act, how they react, how they make others feel.  They do it so they can work out how to be successful, or to survive. They do it so they can emulate them, or avoid their mistakes.  When we are leaders, it means they are observing us and making judgments about whether to be like us, or not.
So, what can we do to be the …

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[ 24 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
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National disability charity, Sense, has launched brand new ‘Play Toolkits’ aimed at mainstream play settings and parents of children with sensory impairments and multiple needs. The toolkits, which include a video mini-series and instructional guide, have been created to help make play opportunities inclusive and accessible for all children, and follow the charity’s recent inquiry into play, co-led by Lord Blunkett.
The toolkits have been developed by the charity’s Children’s Specialist Services team, in partnership with families they support. They contain simple ideas and practical tips on how to tailor play …

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[ 23 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
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With just over five weeks to go until Christmas, Royal Mail has revealed this year’s top ten most wanted presents, according to children in their special letters to Santa. Father Christmas’s team of Royal Mail elves, who have managed Santa’s mailbag for 53 years, have carried out the most authoritative survey of children’s wishes this Christmas.
Unlike most toy surveys in the run up to Christmas, the Royal Mail findings come directly from the children themselves. Traditional toys hold the top three spots for the second year in a row. The …

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[ 22 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]
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Gia Campari is one of the seven management consultants who have collaborated to co-author The 99 Essential Business Questions (published in September 2016 by Filament), and in this article he addressed the question that almost every parent faces, Family, Work, or Both?
At some stage of our lives, we all have to choose how much time we dedicate to work and how much to children, partner, family, friends or simply to ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that efficiency at work increases if we take breaks and have outside interests. New ideas …