Your country needs YOU… to get back on its feet

If you are an SME then the Government is putting its faith in you to help get the country back on its feet.

You need to be in a position to grow and take on more staff so that we can reduce the unemployment rate. So are you ready?

Do you feel capable of taking on this responsibility? If you are not sure you are ready, or don’t feel quite capable, then read on…

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10 steps to thriving in today’s economy

This exciting presentation will help you think about your business and what you can do to thrive in today’s challenging economy.  The event is hosted by Shrewsbury Business Chamber.

You are warmly invited to the next Shrewsbury Business Chamber members event – a presentation by Gaynor Gravestock of Synergy & Strategy at 6pm at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury Town Football Club, on 16th February. Gaynor Gravestock, a master of business, runs business growth master-classes and offers mentoring and coaching to businesses, to enable them to grow in a profitable and sustainable manner. Gaynor is also a member of the Business Chamber Executive Committee.

Gaynor is dedicated to helping Shrewsbury businesses thrive in today’s challenging economy. Just like Mary Poppins she comes armed with a  bottomless bag of useful tools, but in this case they will be a wealth of business tips from how to increase your cash flow, to how to create a marketing niche.  The ‘10 steps to thriving in today’s economy’ presentation will be most beneficial to all businesses so I would welcome you to come along and enjoy what promises to be a highly-informative presentation.  You can even invite a friend.

The meeting is for members of the business community, and although it is admission-free booking is essential by clicking below (or by contacting Val Povall on 01939 236001 or via  info@shrewsburybusinesschamber.com). Refreshments will be served from around 6pm.

Gaynor Gravestock said: “I love to help businesses work smarter, not harder. You need to get the right business strategies for your business and then you need to make sure that they are implemented in the right way.

“It is tough out there, but we all have untapped potential and we need to make sure we are doing the right things to thrive in today’s economy.  I am really looking forward to this Business Chamber event, so that I can share my passion for business and offer lots of free business tips to everyone who comes along”.

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Is the candidate as good as they say they are?

The team we employ, whether in-house, out-sourced or our suppliers, are crucial to our business so it is imperative that we choose wisely.  Here are some tips to make sure you really are choosing the right team members to enhance your business, and to ensure that candidates really can do what they say.

Even if we think we are good at selecting the right team there is still so much we can learn! I have found that it really is a case of not basing it on just one thing (too often people place too much emphasis on the interview), but here’s another interesting perspective. Continue reading

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What will the new year bring?

New Year is a funny time of the year.  We say goodbye to the old and welcome to the new.  Many of us make resolutions, much the same as the broken ones from last year, and nothing really changes.

The change from one year into the next is a time when we acknowledge that the last year wasn’t such a good one, but the next one will fare for the better.  We always seem to be optimistic as we change from one year to the next, yet will 2012 really be better than 2011?  Did anything really change when you woke up this morning? Continue reading

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Are you in a winning position?

Is your strategy in place and your business in a position to win?

Over the holidays did you stop to think about where your life’s heading and what you want from your business?  If you are like most of us you will have done.

So given what you are currently doing is your business heading in the right direction? Are you implementing all the right strategies and is your business growing successfully?  If not, there are some things you can do to improve the situation…

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Build a more valuable business and consider your exit strategy

Have you ever heard of these sayings:

Begin with the end game in mind

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

These sayings are heard for a reason!

Most business owners don’t stop to think about an exit strategy—they are too busy working in their business.  But you don’t have to leave your exit to chance.  Consider your options and shape your own future!

In this Masterclass you will learn the importance of

  • Having an exit strategy
  • Planning for your future
  • Setting objectives
  • Measuring your key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Building a more valuable business
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Building a top-class team – in-house or out-sourced

Whether you employ staff or whether you are a one man band, you still need a team around you.

So your team can help you build a more profitable business, in this masterclass you will learn more about

  • the importance of leadership and how to be a better leader
  • how to maintain motivation
  • how to become more innovative
  • building a team – in-house and outsourced
  • how to build a better team through effective human resource management
  • human resource management and the law – complements of our guest Charlotte Bateman from Bennett’s Legal
  • interpersonal relations
  • work life balance

We meet in a private room at the beautiful Lion & Pheasant in Shrewsbury where we sit around
a single table exploring valuable business strategies covering key aspects of your business,
which you can implement into your business right away . . . And all this while enjoying
good company and tasty refreshments.

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Business Direction

How can you be sure you are going to get there… if you don’t know where you are going?

This masterclass helps you understand the importance of developing a clear vision of where you want to go, and a map of how to get there.  With a clear vision, mission and values for your business you have a strategic framework that will help you make decisions and build long term success.

Significant global players such as Coca Cola and Save the Children do this for good reason.   When embedded within your business strategy they will help you build a business culture that will support your objectives and help you achieve greater success.

At the end of this session you should be well on your way to having a vision, mission and values as well as key objectives for the next few years.

We meet as a small group in a private room at the beautiful Lion and Pheasant in Shrewsbury where we sit around a single table exploring valuable business strategies covering key aspects of your business, which you can implement into your business right away . . . And all this while enjoying good company and light refreshments.

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Your proposition and your market

If you can’t tell me what you do in 10 words or less, how are your potential customers supposed to understand what you can do for them?  Likewise, if you try to talk to everyone then everyone will  think you are talking to someone else, not them.

In this masterclass you will learn the importance of clarifying your business proposition and being clear about who you are targeting.  We will explore

  • What  is your product / service?
  • Who is your target market?
  • What is your goal for market share?
  • What turnover / profit will you generate?
  • What resources do you have / require?
  • What are your timescales?

We meet in a private room at the beautiful Lion & Pheasant in Shrewsbury where we sit around
a single table exploring valuable business strategies covering key aspects of your business,
which you can implement into your business right away . . . And all this while enjoying
good company and tasty refreshments.

Contact us to take part, or for more information.

You can also see what others have said about the masterclass series.

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Understanding customers and your unique selling proposition

Do you find that you are very busy, but not necessarily making as much money that you would expect?  Do some customers require a lot of servicing, while others don’t? This could be because you are targeting the wrong ones!

In this Masterclass you will learn the importance of

  • Identifying which customers are the right ones to target
  • Understanding how they behave and how to communicate with them
  • What personality you should portray
  • What is your story
  • Why should customers should buy from you – your Unique selling Proposition

We meet in a private room at the beautiful Lion & Pheasant in Shrewsbury where we sit around
a single table exploring valuable business strategies covering key aspects of your business,
which you can implement into your business right away . . . And all this while enjoying
good company and tasty refreshments.

Contact us to take part, or for more information.

You can also see what others have said about the masterclass series.

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