Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
Mike Gardner, AKA The Time Doctor and one of the UK's leading time management specialists, shares his time management tips... You know that a day consists of 24 hours: sleeping should take up at least eight hours of that time, then there are the hours you spend working and studying to be taken into account. Once you add all this up, it quickly becomes apparent that there's not much time left over. In today’s fast and complex world, it would… Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
David Lynes of Unique IQ explains why Google Analytics is useful for growing your business... So you have a website, you’ve spent a bit of money on getting it done and that’s it. You sit back and wait for all the visitors and business to come in. Wrong! A website never sits still and needs constant updates and improvements. And if you don’t know what’s happening with the website – how can you improve it? That is where Google Analytics… Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
Stuart Avis of Audacious Creative continues his series of blog posts about what goes into creating a successful brand… Brand: “a person's gut feeling about your organisation, service or product”. This week's blog is born out of two very powerful insights I have recently been given that have truly freed me to be the designer I know I can be. I want to pass this on to you so can enjoy the same freedom I have found. The more I… Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
  In this series of blogs by Kevin Brent, you will discover a step by step approach for how to become a highly effective leader.  You will learn principles and ways of thinking that if you make into habits will set you on the path to business success. Kevin Brent is the founder of BizSmart Select, a group of selected businesses providing down to earth practical support and access to grant funding for business owners.  Membership is by invitation only. … Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
Ian Prowse, the man behind the Vibrant Network, has come up with some top tips for networking, which apply whether you're new to networking or whether you're an old hand.  Many of us have our regular networking groups where we know most of the attendees so we don’t have to stray too far out of our comfort zone.  If that's you, why not seek out a new group and put Ian’s tips into practice in front of a new crowd?… Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
Stuart Avis of Audacious Creative continues his series of blog posts about what goes into creating a successful brand… Brand: “a person's gut feeling about your organisation, service or product”. One of the absolute essential elements in being able to influence people's feelings towards your organisation, product or service is consistency. You only have to look at some of the biggest brands around – Apple, Coca-Cola, Google to name but three – to see that every element of every piece… Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
Select Member Philip Priest tells one of his favourite stories... A vacationing American businessman standing on the pier of a quaint coastal fishing village in southern Mexico watched as a small boat with just one young Mexican fisherman pulled into the dock. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. Enjoying the warmth of the early afternoon sun, the American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. "How long did it take you to catch them?"… Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
Paul Rhodes of Loggable writes about staying committed to your goals... Sometimes the easiest option is simply to give up! This is perfectly illustrated by the fact that I have already written this blog and accidentally deleted it. I could have given up. I set myself a challenge to write 31 lessons (blog articles) by the end of February. After only two articles, I missed four days.  Again, the easy option would have been to say to myself, “oh well,… Read More
Date: 04/03/2015 | By: Liz Painter
BizSmart Select Member Launa Walker writes about managing your staff to get the best from them… In my last blog post, “How Do You Motivate Your Staff?” I mentioned the importance of developing a culture in the workplace based on motivating your staff.  I talked about how important it is to meet with your staff individually, to get to know them, and make sure you are motivating them to their full capacity. Now, those of you who employ a number of people may wonder… Read More