[ 3 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]
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I’ve been searching for the perfect work/family balance for a long time, and although it’s been a rocky road (and a lot of trial and error) I think I’ve finally found the right balance. The main problem has been that both my husband and myself want our own separate businesses, but with three children its’ proven to be quite a challenge – especially as it’s ‘the norm’ for the woman to stay at home with the children.
Before I had children I loved my job in Merchandising, it gave be independence, …

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[ 5 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]
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Employment law can appear complex and tends to make managers nervous but according to HR expert Sue Ingram, author of ‘FIRE WELL’ it’s actually, at its core, simple, straightforward and based on common sense.
When Employment Tribunals were first introduced the idea was that lawyers would not be needed.  Unfortunately one side hired a lawyer, then the other and now few companies attend without legal representation.  Consequently the costs in both time and money can be very heavy. It is therefore best to do what you can to avoid having a …

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[ 3 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]
Catherine Colegrave 4

I’ve been searching for the perfect work/family balance for a long time, and although it’s been a rocky road (and a lot of trial and error) I think I’ve finally found the right balance. The main problem has been that both my husband and myself want our own separate businesses, but with three children its’ proven to be quite a challenge – especially as it’s ‘the norm’ for the woman to stay at home with the children.
Before I had children I loved my job in Merchandising, it gave be independence, …

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[ 3 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]
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Women received the right to vote in 1920, and while superficially a lot has of course changed, certain mindsets have proven harder to shake. Despite women making up 47% of the UK labour force, a large number of Brits still believe that a stay-at-home mum is best for the development of children. So it seems that even 100 years after Emmeline Pankhurst fought for women’s suffrage and began the debate about a woman’s role in society, this discussion is still raging and more often than not, working mothers get the …

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[ 1 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]
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You probably know what your child’s sleep problem is, but, before you explore ways of tackling it, it is useful to consider some basic questions about the precise scale and nature of the problem. Read on for advice from Teach Your Child to Sleep: Solving Sleep Problems from Newborn Through Childhood by Millpond Sleep Expert Mandy that will help you to isolate the issues that are causing the problem.
1 Is your child well?
Could your child’s sleep disturbance be the result of an illness? An inability to sleep properly can be the …

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[ 29 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
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Lots of us with small children at home worry about sorting out our financial affairs. Our recent research tells us that 27% of Tired Parents say that they worry about their finances but do not know what to do, 14% are usually “too tired to think about anything financial” and 15% “put their head in the sand”. Sound familiar?
But don’t panic. If you can fit a stairgate on three hours’ sleep, making some simple changes to your financial life is child’s play in comparison.
There are three things which I think …

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[ 27 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
Carol Smillie and Annabel Croft

Organisers of the 2016 National Franchise Exhibition are delighted to announce TV favourite Carol Smillie as keynote speaker at the upcoming spring event. Carol, together with business partner and former British No.1 tennis player Annabel Croft, launched their latest business venture DiaryDoll in October 2012. Already showing huge success, DiaryDoll’s are pretty, clever pants with a secret waterproof panel for ‘life’s little leaks’. Carol comments, “So many women suffer the embarrassment of leaks as a result of pelvic floor weakness, during periods or post maternity. The idea came about when Annabel Croft …

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[ 25 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
How to spot the symptoms of cervical cancer LIVE SHOW 5pm GMT

 Log onto our live and interactive web TV show where we hear from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Doctor TBC and Samme Allen who was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 35   Show date: Monday 25th January Show time: 5pm
Every year, around 3,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Whilst rare, cervical cancer can be a life-changing and dangerous disease. Of the UK women eligible for cervical screening, almost 3.7 million are putting themselves at risk of life-threatening cervical cancer having not attended cervical …

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[ 21 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
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Most business owners hear the word marketing and believe it’s all about lead generation; pulling in new enquiries and gaining new customers. However according to Shweta Jhajharia of The London Coaching Group this is not the whole picture. Marketing is actually about getting more business. And that includes getting more value out of your existing customer base.
In order to understand how to achieve this there are two customer terms that need to be defined:
“Profitable” – i.e. the customer is bringing you high value. This is the absolute gross profit taking …

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[ 21 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
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When you work in a home office, it’s easy to find that you are using an odd assembly of furniture that has been borrowed from other parts of the house. This higgledy-piggledy approach works when you are getting started, but it does have its down sides. I’d been working at a big wooden table, just using a dining chair, until I started my MA. As part of that, I got a work station assessment, and a fabulous new supportive office chair. It is super-adjustable – I can change the height …

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[ 19 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
How to Save Money on Motoring

According to a survey carried out by insurance company Admiral MultiCar, British households are now spending an astonishing £200 billion more on motoring than they did 20 years ago. As many working families struggle to stretch their income across energy bills, food shopping and other household costs, a car can seem like an unnecessary expense. However, for many it is simply the only practical solution when it comes to juggling work and family life. By maintaining your vehicle and driving fuel-efficiently, it is possible to enjoy the amenity of a …