Columbia gets sued by dollar-crazed American mining company

What’s more important? Rainforests or gold? Depends who you ask I suppose. Most sane people would say rainforests - but American corporations aren’t sane, they are money crazed, to the point of it being a mental illness. American capitalist culture is so fixated with money that the big picture seems to be really fuzzy to them. In fact, I’d say they have ‘big picture blindness.’ Hence their national obsession with suing people. If you’ve been wronged, injured or had your feelings hurt, does a sum of money make everything ok again? In the country where you can sue someone because they said you looked like Susan Boyle, apparently it does. So it’s only natural to them, that companies can sue countries if the numbers stack up. US mining giant, Tobie, has chosen to throw its weight around, threatening to sue

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By | 2016-04-12T10:15:52+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Latest News|1 Comment

Could this philosophy revolutionize learning?

I was inspired to write this piece by coming across the story of Anne Dolan on Change.org. She’s a successful entrepreneur from Bath, the CEO of AquaGlass, which makes stained glass products. She describes herself as ‘completely dyslexic’ and says that there’s a lot of entrepreneurs out there who start their business because they leave school with no exams under their belt. Her mission on Change.org is to change the way dyslexic kids are taught in schools, to help prevent their self-worth getting stomped on, and better prepare them for life ahead. As a father of three, and primarily an educator myself - albeit in a very informal way, where the only ‘final exam’ is essentially your bottom line, your cortisol levels and your capacity to spend time with your family - education is a subject close to my heart.

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By | 2017-09-22T15:26:29+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

EU don’t know what EUR doing

At the risk of sounding like those infamous and totally brilliant Judean's when they asked, 'What have the Romans ever done for us?'....I say ' What have the Eurocrats done for us?’ Aside from milk our pockets, that is. Not that it's all about costs...for me, it's all about the cost in sovereignty. It's certainly not about trade. Let's face it, the UK is such a strong economy no one in any business is going to stop trading with us. Trade loss is an absurd argument...honestly, put yourself in the position of a CEO who runs a Euro-based company and suddenly your trade partner in the UK is no longer an EU member...are you going to stop buying from them if they serve you well? Are you really going to stop selling to them if they are a good account?!

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By | 2016-03-16T19:21:13+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

6 things to consider before video marketing

If you’re one of the many small business owners who’s a bit scared of digital marketing, it’s time you conquered those fears and got stuck in. We’re living in a video world, where having no strategy for video is as dangerous for your business as a chip shop owner refusing to fit fire extinguishers. The new-fangled phrase is ‘content marketing’, but really, the reasons behind it as old as selling itself. The old word used to be ‘propaganda’ - between the World Wars that is, before propaganda was a dirty word. The general idea is that, for getting messages to the public,  news is a much more important vehicle than advertising. It just so happens that these days, half the world looks at Facebook and Twitter as a key source of news. So it pays to join the party! In

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By | 2017-09-22T15:26:29+00:00 February 28th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

How to profit big from exhibition stands, in 5 simple steps

This 3-minute read will tell you how to make loads of money from doing an Expo, with minimal cash outlay. We’ve all seen exhibition stands manned by a forlorn, lonesome sales exec just wishing the day away. Of course, that’s just a criminal waste of time and resources. But it doesn’t have to be that way – if you go with a plan, taking an Expo stand is a huge opportunity. Step 1: Pick the right exhibition Many of you will just want to meet buyers and make sales A.S.A.P; there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’re looking to grow your business, at some point you’ll need to step up and exhibit alongside the big boys, at bigger Expos. That’s how you come to be considered a true challenger brand – but you may not be ready for that.

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By | 2018-03-16T17:26:15+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Free Tips, Latest News|0 Comments

How to give good energy and be remembered as a force for good

Energy is everything. I’m not talking about how work much you can do before you’re falling down knackered… I’m talking about energy the way Aristotle described it: “The energy of the mind is the essence of life,” he said. I couldn’t agree more. We’ve all worked alongside low-energy characters, the sluggish and despondent types. Bringing a good healthy dose of Aristotelian energy to the table lifts the mood of people around you, marking you out as an attractive person to do business with – guaranteed. Fortunately, it’s something you can practice: here are three easy-to-master tips to help you bring effervescence and sparkle to your professional relationships. Step 1: Be a high energy listener: keep ‘em peeled Be a relentless listener. If you are going to give out high energy, you need to absorb information like a sponge. Make a

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By | 2018-01-18T10:48:46+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Free Tips, Latest News|0 Comments

5 sales pro hacks to get fear to push your business forwards, not block your way

In this 3-minute read, I’ll explain how a few little tweaks can make fear your best friend. By owning your fears, they will drive your business forward, not under. Whether you are a small business leader, entrepreneur or sales pro, we all get scared sometimes. All of us have days where we’d rather pull the duvet over our heads and hide. It affects each and every one of us: negativity is like gravity. A powerful force with one aim: to hold you down. But with dedication, it can be overcome, I promise you. Look your doubts in the eye and do the exact opposite Self-doubt is one of the biggest de-motivators around. Deep down inside, most people are more likely to feel de-motivated than they are motivated. You might feel that because you started your own business, you are one

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By | 2018-01-18T10:46:41+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Free Tips, Latest News|0 Comments

Want to make things better this year? Talk to yourself!

If you commit to making small changes to your business in 2016, you can get big results without working your fingers to the bone. Take 3 mins out to find out how! Most entrepreneurs never switch off. So, if you start thinking about work over the Christmas break, don’t let it stress you. Get your mind in order, think positive and ask yourself, honestly: how could I make things better? Some people might say that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness – but I reckon it’s the first sign of someone really getting their sh1t together! Step 1: Find the right moment Find a nice quiet moment, whether it’s at your office, home or in some secluded snow-sprinkled woods. You need to give yourself the mental breathing space to think. We’re looking for a moment of clarity

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By | 2018-01-18T10:50:33+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Free Tips, Latest News|0 Comments

Death of the authentic contest sends terrible message to business leaders of the future

Win at all costs and nothing else counts isn’t the way to run a business - unless that business is sport, it would seem. So much cash is poured into sports these days, be it through commercial interests or gambling, that it’s making the top-level participants a little crazy. Everywhere you look there’s cheating. “Cheats never prosper,” we teach our children. That’s all well and good, until they notice footballers diving, tennis players taking bungs and athletes injecting themselves with go-faster drugs… Where does that leave us parents? It doesn’t half water down our oft-repeated message “taking part is what counts.” Roger Pielke, a University of Colorado professor and sports governance expert put on Twitter:  “Does tennis match-fixing matter to anyone other than people who bet on tennis and companies that take bets on tennis?” Yes, it does. It also

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By | 2017-09-22T15:26:30+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Latest News|1 Comment

Inflexible fuel tax rules are a missed opportunity for small businesses to thrive

After years of happily operating in a tight knit, thick-as-thieves price fixing cartel, the OPEC countries have flooded the market with cheap fuel. You’d think this would be a reason to be cheerful for most of us. Cheaper to run your car, old folks can actually afford to heat their homes, cheaper seats on airlines…sounds great doesn’t it? Especially for small businesses, where transport and logistics makes up a sizable chunk of annual spend. But as long as fuel is taxed per litre, not per the cash value of a litre, consumers will never reap the benefits of these bizarre market conditions. Which is a crying shame, because if the benefit was passed on, the low cost of fuel could act like a tidy little tax break for small businesses and get the economy trucking along nicely. Brent crude, which

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By | 2016-01-28T17:02:53+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments