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CYBER SECURITY: COST OR INVESTMENT?  INCONVENIENCE OR OPPORTUNITY?

CYBER SECURITY: COST OR INVESTMENT? INCONVENIENCE OR OPPORTUNITY?

30/03/2017

The timing for this Blog on Cyber is very coincidental. In fact, based on the events of 27th March, I have completely rewritten my original words. So, what happened on 27th March? 

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TERRY HILL, MINDSCAPE ASSOCIATES - SEVEN WAYS TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR STAFF

TERRY HILL, MINDSCAPE ASSOCIATES - SEVEN WAYS TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR STAFF

23/03/2017

From praising generously to playing to strengths, Terry Hill explores how to fully engage and motivate your staff.

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AXA PPP HEALTHCARE - HOW RESILIENCE CAN HELP YOU BUILD A COMPETITIVE BUSINESS

AXA PPP HEALTHCARE - HOW RESILIENCE CAN HELP YOU BUILD A COMPETITIVE BUSINESS

16/03/2017

AXA PPP Healthcare talk about the importance of building resilience in the workplace to help your business to thrive in a competitive environment.

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CLARE WICHBOLD: HEREFORD CITY OF CULTURE 2021 – WHAT’S GOING ON?

CLARE WICHBOLD: HEREFORD CITY OF CULTURE 2021 – WHAT’S GOING ON?

10/03/2017

Hereford is one of eleven cities bidding for UK City of Culture 2021. The competition takes place every four years, and Hull is the current holder of the title.

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JACOB STYLER, PRINT STRATEGY EUROPE - HOW APPRENTICESHIPS BENEFIT A BUSINESS

JACOB STYLER, PRINT STRATEGY EUROPE - HOW APPRENTICESHIPS BENEFIT A BUSINESS

10/03/2017

Apprenticeships are becoming more recognisable in the workplace. From being an apprentice myself after going through the run of a Sixth Form College and the intention of going to University, I can clearly see now how apprenticeship schemes really do benefit a business.

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SAM TURNER, PHOTOGLIDE - CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES & TIPS

SAM TURNER, PHOTOGLIDE - CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES & TIPS

23/02/2017

Photography is an ever evolving subject with all manner of different business applications, from doing your own product photography for online marketing to personnel portraits or architectural images.

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OLIVIA WILLIAMS - RAISING YOUR PROFILE THROUGH CHAMBER EVENTS

OLIVIA WILLIAMS - RAISING YOUR PROFILE THROUGH CHAMBER EVENTS

15/02/2017

There are a number of ways you can raise your profile by getting involved with events in your area. 

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KINGSPAN INSULATION – ENTERING THE CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS

KINGSPAN INSULATION – ENTERING THE CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS

10/02/2017

If you’ve gone anywhere near a TV, newspaper or computer in recent weeks, you’ll probably be aware that the film award season is upon us again. 

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ADAM MARSHALL - CIVIC-MINDED BUSINESSES

ADAM MARSHALL - CIVIC-MINDED BUSINESSES

26/01/2017

For years, I've been put off about the way 'business' is discussed in the singular in many Westminster and City circles. 

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HAMISH GILL, F8 CREATES - YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE PHOTO IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

HAMISH GILL, F8 CREATES - YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE PHOTO IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

18/01/2017

I was very pleased to be asked by the Chamber to write a blog post about photography. 

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MIKE ASHTON - BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEW YEAR

MIKE ASHTON - BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEW YEAR

13/01/2017

January has arrived and I would like to wish a happy and prosperous New Year to the business community. 

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LIZ RUSHTON – ENERGY EFFICIENCY EQUALS BUSINESS SENSE

LIZ RUSHTON – ENERGY EFFICIENCY EQUALS BUSINESS SENSE

20/12/2016

  Hello and welcome to my first blog as Energy Efficiency Advisor here at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. 

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OLIVIA WILLIAMS - WHY SHOULD NETWORKING MATTER TO YOU?

OLIVIA WILLIAMS - WHY SHOULD NETWORKING MATTER TO YOU?

16/12/2016

More often than not, attending a networking event can be last on your list of priorities. This is because you have appointments to make, deadlines to meet, reports to finish, staff to manage - the list goes on and on. 

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MIKE ASHTON - LOOKING BACK ON 2016

MIKE ASHTON - LOOKING BACK ON 2016

01/12/2016

Around this time of year, it is customary for me to do a “state of the nation” presentation to Business Leaders at the annual Christmas dinner.

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ADAM MARSHALL - BREXIT REFLECTIONS

ADAM MARSHALL - BREXIT REFLECTIONS

29/11/2016

No one, least of all myself, can yet predict either the political endgame or the ultimate economic impacts of the transition that lies ahead.

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TANYA CUNNINGHAM – FAQS ON FINANCE

TANYA CUNNINGHAM – FAQS ON FINANCE

25/11/2016

As we have experienced quite a change in Finance, I thought it might be useful to you if I answered some FAQs particularly around some of our processes. 

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PHOEBE DAWSON – CSR OPPORTUNITIES ON YOUR DOORSTEP

PHOEBE DAWSON – CSR OPPORTUNITIES ON YOUR DOORSTEP

17/11/2016

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an increasingly important part of business life. The team at Worcestershire Business Central meet with businesses of all sizes every day and often hear that engaging in CSR activities is fast becoming something that is increasingly high on their agendas, recognising that it can deliver economic, social and environment benefits for all involved. 

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DAWN HARDMAN - WHAT'S NEXT FOR HR?

DAWN HARDMAN - WHAT'S NEXT FOR HR?

10/11/2016

Dawn reflects upon the Chamber's recent Investors In People success and the benefits of accreditation , as well as sharing some recruitment tools.

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MIKE FORRESTER - CHAMBER HAS A BIG ROLE TO PLAY

MIKE FORRESTER - CHAMBER HAS A BIG ROLE TO PLAY

09/11/2016

Mike Forrester, Vice President for Herefordshire on the Board of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of Orchard Valley Foods Limited, gives some insight into what the Chamber can offer.

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SUZI BODDY - MAILCHIMP – IT’S BEEN A JOURNEY!

SUZI BODDY - MAILCHIMP – IT’S BEEN A JOURNEY!

28/10/2016

It seems far less than four months since my last blog. In June, we were still looking forward to the summer holidays and the training department was looking forward to using the summer break as an opportunity to look ahead and alter our processes.

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MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

11/10/2016

  It has been a significant few months for the Chamber, supporting and promoting businesses across the two counties. 

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SHARON SMITH – BUILDING A BUSINESS PLAN

SHARON SMITH – BUILDING A BUSINESS PLAN

03/10/2016

A good business plan can include a number of different elements and organisations will approach the preparation in a variety of ways. For this blog I thought I would share with you some of the key components of the Chamber’s business plan.

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SOPHIA HAYWOOD - THREE MONTHS ON: ALL QUIET ON THE BREXIT FRONT

SOPHIA HAYWOOD - THREE MONTHS ON: ALL QUIET ON THE BREXIT FRONT

26/09/2016

While the last three months have been an unsettling time, the UK and indeed Herefordshire and Worcestershire are very much open for business. 

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BCC: DR ADAM MARSHALL - SUPPORTING TWO-WAY TRADE

BCC: DR ADAM MARSHALL - SUPPORTING TWO-WAY TRADE

16/09/2016

Helping local firms go global is one of the key missions of every Chamber of Commerce in the UK - and it’s more important than ever before.

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RACHEL GENT - PLAYING TO YOUR STRENGTHS

RACHEL GENT - PLAYING TO YOUR STRENGTHS

08/09/2016

To be an effective manager, it’s vital to understand the different personalities in your team. When you do this, you will be able to use the strengths of each individual to successfully accomplish team goals. 

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TRUDIE BOWMAN – HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT EXPORT DOCUMENTATION?

TRUDIE BOWMAN – HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT EXPORT DOCUMENTATION?

25/08/2016

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the UK has been thrown into a period of uncertainty. But will Brexit have any impact on the current Export Documentation requirements? 

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OLIVIA WILLIAMS – WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION STAND?

OLIVIA WILLIAMS – WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION STAND?

17/08/2016

Did you know that 93% of attendees surveyed at our last Business Expo made completely new contacts on the day? 85% of which are expecting to do business with them in the near future. So what makes a successful Exhibition Stand? 

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MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

05/08/2016

It is the middle of the golf season in the two counties and we have enjoyed a number of successful Chamber golf days, organised by AMROS Golf, with another event taking place in September.

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REBEKAH HARRIS – SUMMER IN THE TWO COUNTIES

REBEKAH HARRIS – SUMMER IN THE TWO COUNTIES

28/07/2016

Summer is the time for many of us to enjoy a well earned holiday. Whether you’re taking time off to spend with the kids or looking for summer activities to fill your weekend, there is lots happening for everyone in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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CHRIS PINDER – DON’T BE SCARED OF CYBER

CHRIS PINDER – DON’T BE SCARED OF CYBER

14/07/2016

The Government classes the threats from cyber crime as a Tier one threat and statistics show that all businesses are at risk. With the right cyber hygiene, however, businesses can significantly reduce their risk of becoming a victim.

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DAWN HARDMAN – SUPPORTING A HEALTHY WORKFORCE

DAWN HARDMAN – SUPPORTING A HEALTHY WORKFORCE

01/07/2016

There has been a lot of promotion recently about health and wellbeing and the important part employers can play in promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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SUZI BODDY – WHY INVEST TIME IN TRAINING?

SUZI BODDY – WHY INVEST TIME IN TRAINING?

27/06/2016

  Sometimes with training, as well as in many other elements of business, it is best to let the testimonials about our courses and trainers speak for themselves.

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LINDA SMITH - EXPORTING IS GREAT!

LINDA SMITH - EXPORTING IS GREAT!

09/06/2016

Yes really ….. and I hope you are all taking advantage of some of the fantastic support we have on offer to you our local exporting businesses.

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MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

02/06/2016

 June is the month of two major events for businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire – the 2016 Chamber Business Awards on Thursday 9 June and the once in a generation EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June.

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SOPHIA HAYWOOD – ONE MONTH UNTIL THE EU REFERENDUM

SOPHIA HAYWOOD – ONE MONTH UNTIL THE EU REFERENDUM

19/05/2016

It is certainly a busy time to be a Policy Executive at the moment with the EU Referendum on the horizon.

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MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

05/05/2016

As many of you will be aware, the countdown has now begun to the Chamber Business Awards, taking place on Thursday 9 June at the University of Worcester Arena.

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RACHEL GENT – GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP

RACHEL GENT – GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP

29/04/2016

In work, sport, home and just about everywhere in life, the familiar saying goes: “You only get out what you put in”. 

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DONNA HARDING – TOP TIPS FOR USING SOCIAL MEDIA

DONNA HARDING – TOP TIPS FOR USING SOCIAL MEDIA

14/04/2016

Social media has transformed the way businesses market to their customers, as reliance on traditional marketing techniques decreases and social media becomes a significant part of a company’s marketing strategy.  

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MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

MIKE ASHTON – THE MONTH IN FOCUS

07/04/2016

To begin this blog, I hope that you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend over Easter. It is nice to see the beginning of some longer, lighter and warmer days. 

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OLIVIA WILLIAMS – ORGANISING A LARGE SCALE EVENT

OLIVIA WILLIAMS – ORGANISING A LARGE SCALE EVENT

31/03/2016

One of the Chamber Events Team’s favourite sayings is “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. I guess everyone needs to plan for some aspects of their life, but when delivering a large scale event, organisation and planning are absolutely essential. 

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SHARON WILLIAMS – MY TOP TIPS FOR AUTO ENROLMENT

SHARON WILLIAMS – MY TOP TIPS FOR AUTO ENROLMENT

15/01/2016

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break and are looking forward to a successful 2016.

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JAMES BRIDGES: HELPING GIRAFFES KEEP WARM

JAMES BRIDGES: HELPING GIRAFFES KEEP WARM

24/06/2015

Find out how I helped giraffes be more comfortable at West Midland Safari Park through Resource Effciency Worcestershire.

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DAWN HARDMAN: A MONTH IN HR

DAWN HARDMAN: A MONTH IN HR

19/06/2015

Welcome to my second blog, reflecting on life in HR.

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ABOUT US: EVENTS

ABOUT US: EVENTS

26/02/2015

Hello all, Welcome to the first blog post by the Chamber Events team! 

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ABOUT ME: LINDA SMITH

ABOUT ME: LINDA SMITH

19/02/2015

Welcome to my first blog post. My name is Linda Smith and I am the head of UK Trade & Investment and the International Trade team for Herefordshire & Worcestershire. 

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ABOUT ME: SHARON WILLIAMS

ABOUT ME: SHARON WILLIAMS

12/02/2015

As my role has previously been more office based, I thought I would take the opportunity of my first blog to let you know a little more about me

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THE MONTH IN FOCUS: MIKE ASHTON

THE MONTH IN FOCUS: MIKE ASHTON

05/02/2015

Welcome to the first edition of the Chamber Blog. I will be providing a ‘month in review’, whilst other members of the management team will be telling you about their department and what’s happening at the Chamber. 

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