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LIZ RUSHTON - DON’T LET YOUR PROFITS DISAPPEAR INTO AIR!

LIZ RUSHTON - DON’T LET YOUR PROFITS DISAPPEAR INTO AIR!

21/08/2017

As an Energy Efficiency Advisor working on the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP), my role involves visiting local businesses and encouraging them to become more energy efficient through free advice and grant funding.

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F8CREATES - WHAT MAKES A WEBSITE WORK?

F8CREATES - WHAT MAKES A WEBSITE WORK?

21/08/2017

A website needs to load and function correctly. But for it to really work, a website needs to lead its visitors to complete a predefined goal as effortlessly as possible.

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DUOMO – BEING ADAPTABLE IN WAKE OF BREXIT

DUOMO – BEING ADAPTABLE IN WAKE OF BREXIT

10/08/2017

As reported by The Telegraph in July, small-to-medium sized enterprises account for 99% of all companies in the EU, acting as a backbone to the European economy. With the anniversary of the Brexit vote, Duomo (UK) Ltd, a small enterprise in Droitwich, Worcestershire has been reflecting on the challenges that they have faced and will continue to face.

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GARY MARTIN COOK - WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE?

GARY MARTIN COOK - WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE?

31/07/2017

 Some 15 years after Customer Experience (CX) first began to make a real appearance in mainstream business, it seems to now be taking on a more strategic role. But who should actually take responsibility for it in the business? 

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TDM - HOW AN APPRENTICESHIP CAN BENEFIT A BUSINESS

TDM - HOW AN APPRENTICESHIP CAN BENEFIT A BUSINESS

27/07/2017

The Development Manager has been delivering apprenticeships for over a decade and we have identified these key benefits to a business when taking on an apprentice...

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DAWN HARDMAN - WORCESTERSHIRE WORKS WELL ... IN SYDNEY!

DAWN HARDMAN - WORCESTERSHIRE WORKS WELL ... IN SYDNEY!

21/07/2017

 It has been a very eventful week!  In my last blog, I was looking forward to the Worcestershire Works Well 10th bi-annual event which was to take place in November at Hogarths Stone Manor.

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V8 MEDIA - CREATE A SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY

V8 MEDIA - CREATE A SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY

13/07/2017

The majority of organisations are perfectly aware of the importance of having their own website. That’s a given. 

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BEN GUY - THE SECRET TO BUSINESS GROWTH

BEN GUY - THE SECRET TO BUSINESS GROWTH

06/07/2017

Business growth is rarely possible without investment; in new kit for expansion or replacement kit when something breaks.

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AGATA MCCRINDLE – SIZE DOESN’T MATTER, RELATIONSHIPS DO

AGATA MCCRINDLE – SIZE DOESN’T MATTER, RELATIONSHIPS DO

29/06/2017

I feel privileged to be able to run my own company. My translation business is small and uncomplicated, but I get to do what I love best: working with languages and people.  

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JUSTIN NEALE - CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT + SUPPORT = SUCCESS

JUSTIN NEALE - CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT + SUPPORT = SUCCESS

22/06/2017

This is the last of 3 articles focusing on performance management. The final episode looks at Continual improvement and support.

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LIZ PULLIN – ENTERING THE TOURISM AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

LIZ PULLIN – ENTERING THE TOURISM AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

14/06/2017

The Visit Herefordshire and Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence are a chance for local tourism businesses to celebrate what makes them great. The 2017 Awards for Excellence officially launched on Monday 5 June, with entries already coming in.

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ELIZABETH DAVIS - SHORT ON TIME? BE SMART ABOUT WHERE YOU SPEND IT

ELIZABETH DAVIS - SHORT ON TIME? BE SMART ABOUT WHERE YOU SPEND IT

12/06/2017

Has anything frustrated you today? How much time have you spent thinking about it? How much of your precious energy have you directed towards it? 

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PETER BAYLIS - WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LEAD GENERATION

PETER BAYLIS - WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LEAD GENERATION

08/06/2017

Have you ever been in conversation with a business contact and either heard or used the phrase “Oh we tried that but it didn’t work” in relation to generating leads?

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RACHEL GENT - LEAVING THE DESK.....TO CONNECT FOR SUCCESS!!

RACHEL GENT - LEAVING THE DESK.....TO CONNECT FOR SUCCESS!!

19/05/2017

We’ve all been there - an invite pops into your diary for a meeting which means a day out of the office, a trip to London.... my first thought: “I’m so busy I have no time to do that!”

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JACOB STYLER - WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA?

JACOB STYLER - WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA?

11/05/2017

Over the last few years, Social Media has grown from being used recreationally by the public into one of the most powerful digital marketing tools in business.

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BCC ELECTION BLOG #1 - BUSINESSES NEED A VOICE IN LOCAL DECISION-MAKING

BCC ELECTION BLOG #1 - BUSINESSES NEED A VOICE IN LOCAL DECISION-MAKING

04/05/2017

 With five weeks until the Election, each week the British Chambers of Commerce will focus on one of five key “asks” from the BCC Brexit Manifesto

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JUSTIN NEALE – MANAGING PERFORMANCE

JUSTIN NEALE – MANAGING PERFORMANCE

27/04/2017

This article looks at performance management, and focuses on evaluating team and individual performance, feedback and conflict.

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AGATA MCCRINDLE - TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS IN THE WORKPLACE

AGATA MCCRINDLE - TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS IN THE WORKPLACE

06/04/2017

Employing and managing an international workforce has its benefits, but also some challenges. Outsourcing translation and interpreting services is crucial in certain circumstances.

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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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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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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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