By Janine Van Throo 2 days ago . 3 minute read
Launching a natural hair care business - Blogspark Post

Launching a natural hair care business

By Janine Van Throo

Back in 2004 when I started my first web shop, I imported hair care products and offered them to my customers in the Netherlands where I then lived. Since then, my journey as a business owner has gone through so many stages and phases and has transformed drastically.

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By Konark Ogra 2 days ago . 2 minute read
Co-existence of sustainability and handmade - Blogspark Post

Co-existence of sustainability and handmade

By Konark Ogra

Cities around the world are progressing towards a new future with a growing urban population which accounts for 54%. This number is projected to be 66% by 2050, which means that world cities will be home to more than six billion people in the coming decades. Environmentalists, Authorities of World Forums across are pushing their best to educate citizens to save a better future.

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What it's really like podcast 003 - 2018 recap & what we can learn

By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
By Vicky Shilling 3 days ago . 3 minute read
Following your passion and listening to your audience

Following your passion and listening to your audience

By Vicky Shilling

Hello my name is Vicky Shilling and I’m a wellness industry business coach, helping entrepreneurs grow inspiring and sustainable wellness businesses. But I didn’t always do this. For the first decade of my career I worked in the music industry – working with classical music orchestras and by the end of that time, taking them on international tours to countries like China, Argentina and Iceland.

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By Dexter Moscow 2 weeks ago . 3 minute read
People hate being sold to – they love being consulted

People hate being sold to – they love being consulted

By Dexter Moscow

Today it is not enough to ‘sell’ by demonstrating your expertise, today you have to be a Master Communicator. You need to understand not only what your clients, customers and prospects need from a business point of view but also from a personal perspective.

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By Tope Longe 2 weeks ago . 3 minute read
4 easy hacks to quickly grow your small business

4 easy hacks to quickly grow your small business

By Tope Longe

Starting a successful business can be pretty scary. In fact, research has shown that startups are more likely to fail than succeed these days. But as hard and scary as it may be to start a business, growing it can be even more daunting.

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By Marie Meskheli 3 weeks ago . 3 minute read
Creating a successful international cosmetics brand

Creating a successful international cosmetics brand

By Marie Meskheli

Marie Meskheli, Female Beauty Entrepreneur and Founder & Creator of Delfy Cosmetics shares her journey on how to create a successful international cosmetics brand...

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By Will Hinch 4 weeks ago . 3 minute read
The key to improving your productivity : sleep

The key to improving your productivity : sleep

By Will Hinch

We can all have a rough night’s sleep. Tossing and turning through into the early hours, your difficulty at dropping off is exacerbated by knowing how tired you’ll be the next day. Those painful, sleepy days in the office are a reality we all have to experience – but how damaging can it be if it becomes a habit?

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By Preet Dev 4 weeks ago . 5 minute read
Daughters of India: converting liability into asset through empowerment

Daughters of India: converting liability into asset through empowerment

By Preet Dev

It is clear that the forefathers of India had a strong vision - to create a country where we could all live together with dignity and respect. This leads me to review a longstanding question: “why India has developed into a patriarchal society?”.

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By Nicola Barrett 4 weeks ago . 2 minute read
Beauty must come from within

Beauty must come from within

By Nicola Barrett

Nicola was born in Jamaica in 1973 but, after divorcing her husband, came to the UK with her family in 2001. As the eldest daughter, Nicola found herself having to take on a lot of responsibilities. Nicola was determined to make something of herself so she went back to college and studied legal studies.

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By Caroline Knight 1 month ago . 2 minute read
Herbaceous blends: ‘the business of business’

Herbaceous blends: ‘the business of business’

By Caroline Knight

Hi, I'm Caroline, the founder of Herbaceous Blends. We make loose leaf, naturally caffeine-free herbal tea blends. I'm also extremely caffeine intolerant, which means herbal tea is my only hot drink of choice. Even before my caffeine intolerance kicked in, I'd been drinking herbal tea for years.

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By Mark Wiggins 1 month ago . 7 minute read
Women at work: the industries where women are making an impact

Women at work: the industries where women are making an impact

By Mark Wiggins

The role of females in society and the process of tearing down outdated views is happening faster now than ever, but how is this affecting women in the workplace? The old-fashioned ideals of men and women being designated very different roles are long gone, and the need for change when it comes to career equality and closing the gaps is of strikingly clear.

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By Marian Kwei 1 month ago . 3 minute read
Life in fashion

Life in fashion

By Marian Kwei

Growing up she was fascinated by fashion, design and luxury and would scour magazines to feed her appetite for the beautiful. Often she saved all her school lunch money to buy imported magazines from the West. Even at that age she was fascinated by clothing and noticed beautiful accessories, like a well-made shoe or a decadent luxury handbag.

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By Rob Twells 1 month ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 016 – what does an effective sales process look like?

What it’s really like podcast 016 – what does an effective sales process look like?

By Rob Twells

I’ve been thinking about how much our sales process has evolved recently to get to where we are now. So I’m basically just giving away all my secrets!

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By Maria Lloyd 1 month ago . 5 minute read
The secrets behind BC Beauty Training

The secrets behind BC Beauty Training

By Maria Lloyd

While working for others I always felt there was something missing. I continuously thought of ways in which their company could be more productive and profitable, so I think starting my own company was inevitable.

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By Rob Twells 1 month ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 015 – john newbigin obe on the creative economy

What it’s really like podcast 015 – john newbigin obe on the creative economy

By Rob Twells

John Newbigin OBE shared his thoughts on the power of regional creativity and the creative economy.

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By Rob Twells 1 month ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 014 – problems with pitching

What it’s really like podcast 014 – problems with pitching

By Rob Twells

Is there a problem with the agency pitching model? Rob takes you though his problems with it and some potential fixes!

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By Rob Twells 1 month ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 013 – setting expectation

What it’s really like podcast 013 – setting expectation

By Rob Twells

Rob takes you through the most recent 'process' updates at Frogspark, which mainly revolve around expectation setting. Setting the right expectations from the outset sounds simple, however it's actually difficult to achieve. But why is it so important?

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By Stef Brown 2 months ago . 4 minute read
How to improve wellbeing in the office

How to improve wellbeing in the office

By Stef Brown

People are the greatest asset in a business. Taking care of their health makes business sense.

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By Amanda Yitzhak 2 months ago . 2 minute read
Healthy mindset – healthy life

Healthy mindset – healthy life

By Amanda Yitzhak

I was inspired to focus on the field of diet and nutrition because I like to be able to help people to change the way they live their lives. I work in a unique way combining Nutritional Counselling with Health Coaching to ensure that my clients not only know what steps they need to take but how to put the steps into practice in a way that works specifically for them.

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By Enzo Giannotta 2 months ago . 3 minute read
Have you ever considered investing in wine?

Have you ever considered investing in wine?

By Enzo Giannotta

My love for wine stemmed from an early age, I was born and raised in Ealing, West London to Italian parents, as with many who moved over in the 50's my father brought with him the tradition of producing a family wine each year, importing grapes from his native Campania.

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By Rob Twells 2 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 012 – don’t take your eye off the data!

What it’s really like podcast 012 – don’t take your eye off the data!

By Rob Twells

As you grow, it's important to take into account the added costs and how that affects your service/product pricing. You can't do that without data!

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By Rob Twells 2 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 011 – is trust the most important factor in business?

What it’s really like podcast 011 – is trust the most important factor in business?

By Rob Twells

This week Rob dives into "trust" - why trust is one of the most important factors in business. Trust within the team, and trust with your customers - find out how trust can change everything for you!

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By Rob Twells 2 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 010 – is your time providing the most value?

What it’s really like podcast 010 – is your time providing the most value?

By Rob Twells

This week Rob goes through a small event that eventually led him to restructure his entire role within this business. This is all focused around how to spend your time in order to get the most value!

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By Annie Wenu 2 months ago . 3 minute read
Overcoming challenges with project management

Overcoming challenges with project management

By Annie Wenu

Have you ever had a challenge in your life?  It was a sunny day outside. I suddenly heard a big bang inside the courtroom; it was the sound of the judge hammer giving the verdict: My mother won the custody dispute and the verdict was not accepted by my biological father’s family...

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By Rob Twells 2 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 009 – pechakucha x mainframe talk 23rd january 2019

What it’s really like podcast 009 – pechakucha x mainframe talk 23rd january 2019

By Rob Twells

Rob gave a PechaKucha talk at Mainframe in Derby on 23rd January 2019. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Check out Rob's talk in today's podcast all about what it's like running a creative agency!

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By Rob Twells 2 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 008 – easiest way to make big decisions?

What it’s really like podcast 008 – easiest way to make big decisions?

By Rob Twells

Rob goes through the impact of a particular decision that needs to be made within the business. He then goes on to explain an effective 7 step decision making process which should make your life as a business owner a little bit easier!

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By Sapphire Gray 3 months ago . 5 minute read
The ceiling has a crack in it: women in property investment

The ceiling has a crack in it: women in property investment

By Sapphire Gray

“With the ceiling firmly still intact and women still fighting for equality is it no wonder some women are fighting back, but not in the way we think.”

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By Ann Bird 3 months ago . 5 minute read
Revolutionising the support for dementia caregivers

Revolutionising the support for dementia caregivers

By Ann Bird

I have always been passionate about nursing; from my early days in primary school, I never thought of doing anything else. I joined the nursing profession in my native Trinidad & Tobago and moved to London in 1990. I began work in the UK at a Continuing Care Home for older people and enrolled at the Royal College of Nursing...

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By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 007 – giving your customers feedback?!

What it’s really like podcast 007 – giving your customers feedback?!

By Rob Twells

Rob travelled to London this week to give one of his customers feedback. Is it ever ok to tell your customers how to work, or should you always work around them? This podcast will really highlight the importance of open & honest communication...

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By Ania Jeffries 3 months ago . 5 minute read
How to build self-belief and confidence

How to build self-belief and confidence

By Ania Jeffries

We all have the power to believe in ourselves. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Henry Ford was right when he said: “Whether you think you can or that you can’t, you are usually right”. As a Life Coach and Mentor, who works in the areas of self-belief, confidence and personal development, allow me to share a few simple steps to help you become more confident and have greater self-belief.

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By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 006 – what podcasts am I listening to and my gameplan for this week

What it’s really like podcast 006 – what podcasts am I listening to and my gameplan for this week

By Rob Twells

In this episode, Rob takes you through the top three podcasts he is listening to right now to get inspiration. He also touches on some books he’s read recently that gave him actionable changes to be implemented at Frogspark!

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By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 005 – how we got our first paying customers

What it’s really like podcast 005 – how we got our first paying customers

By Rob Twells

In this episode, Rob tells the story of how his business got their first few clients. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to starting a business is how you get people to pay for your services and how to generate leads. Follow the advice in this podcast and you’ll be sure to get some paying customers!

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By Phyllis Marlene Benstein 3 months ago . 5 minute read
“Engineer to entrepreneur”

“Engineer to entrepreneur”

By Phyllis Marlene Benstein

For many years my life was defined by Corporate America. Although my roots were in the fashion and beauty industry, I graduated from college with a B.S. in Electrical engineering and began my 25-year career in a male dominated, fast paced and demanding environment as a high frequency (Rf) design engineer.

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By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 004 – 2019 personal & business goals

What it’s really like podcast 004 – 2019 personal & business goals

By Rob Twells

In this episode, Rob takes you through his 2019 goals for both business and his personal life!

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By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 003 – 2018 recap & what we can learn

What it’s really like podcast 003 – 2018 recap & what we can learn

By Rob Twells

In this episode, Rob recaps on 2018 - what happened and what went well. He then reflects on three key learning curves from the year that will help shape 2019 and make it the best one yet!

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By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 002 – how we got started & what it took

What it’s really like podcast 002 – how we got started & what it took

By Rob Twells

In this episode Rob takes you through the journey of how Frogspark began and what it took to get the business off the ground.

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By Rob Twells 3 months ago . 2 minute read
What it’s really like podcast 001 – trailer

What it’s really like podcast 001 – trailer

By Rob Twells

What it’s really like is a Podcast taking you through the ups & downs of running a small business with big aspirations. In this episode Rob takes you thought his reasons why he started the Podcast, what you can expect and a brief intro to his business journey so far.

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By Mariatu Turay 4 months ago . 3 minute read
Key traits of successful entrepreneurs – Intuition

Key traits of successful entrepreneurs – Intuition

By Mariatu Turay

There are times in business when in the presence of facts or the absence of, you've got this 'feeling'. This 'feeling' or intuition (abstract at very best) could present itself as a warning bell or excitement. Many times, you can't quite put your finger on it, but it’s birthed from a sixth sense - one that somehow seems to have converged on you from the universe. Unseen, but a co-conspirator that's somehow trying to guide you. Truly successful entrepreneurs have a heightened sense of intuition. They feel it and they trust it.

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By Frances Day 4 months ago . 3 minute read
Value vs price

Value vs price

By Frances Day

Pricing is about positioning your product or brand; it needs to be competitive but also make a profit. The price sends a signal to customers about the product quality and exclusiveness. There are powerful psychological and behavioural aspects to pricing. A product is only worth what a customer is prepared to pay for it. But this does not necessarily mean it needs to be the cheapest. A small business may be able to compete with its rivals by adding extra services and details that will offer their customers better value for their money.

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By Angelika Breukers 4 months ago . 3 minute read
Escort to entrepreneur

Escort to entrepreneur

By Angelika Breukers

Sometimes the thing that changes you is yourself. Thought patterns, belief systems and attitudes are accrued throughout life, imprinting heavily in childhood. It is these very things that can be changed to change your story and change for life.

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By Mario d'Aragona 4 months ago . 7 minute read
Business basics: the finance fundamentals you need to master for growth

Business basics: the finance fundamentals you need to master for growth

By Mario d'Aragona

Small to Medium Enterprises are quite exposed to the changes in the external environment. In the earlier phases of their business life cycle and before maturity, SMEs fight for their survivals; some little mistakes and wrong decisions can result in devastating consequences on their going concern.

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By Sandrine Galbert 4 months ago . 5 minute read
“It’s been a long journey… but now i see it all coming together”

“It’s been a long journey… but now i see it all coming together”

By Sandrine Galbert

Sandrine was always driven to be an entrepreneur. Originally from Martinique, she studied fashion design in Paris before arriving in London at the age of 19, with just a backpack and a French/English dictionary. Shortly after arriving in London she found herself on the streets after her money being stolen. Luckily a friend from Paris was running a model agency in London and Sandrine was offered a position as a booker. Sandrine soon realised she wanted to run her own business.

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By Marie Spreckley 4 months ago . 3 minute read
Staying fit and healthy with a busy schedule

Staying fit and healthy with a busy schedule

By Marie Spreckley

Are you trying to stay fit and healthy yet find it hard to fit this into your busy schedule? It’s easier than you may think. Here are some tips and tricks that barely take up time yet will make a huge difference.

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By Charlie Whyman 4 months ago . 3 minute read
Top 10 mistakes people make when using LinkedIn (and how to avoid them)

Top 10 mistakes people make when using LinkedIn (and how to avoid them)

By Charlie Whyman

We all make mistakes when we start doing something new. If you learn from them and don’t repeat the process then a mistake actually turns into a huge opportunity.

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By Nigel O'Donoghue 4 months ago . 5 minute read
Why starting a business is no easy feat

Why starting a business is no easy feat

By Nigel O'Donoghue

Starting a business is no easy feat. In fact, it’s estimated that 80% of all new UK businesses launched between 2007 and 2016 failed within a year of launching. These daunting figures aren’t putting off budding entrepreneurs, though. With more than 610,000 startups opening their doors this year alone, there are clearly many people who believe in their big business idea and are willing to put everything they have into making it a success.

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By James Harford-Tyrer 4 months ago . 5 minute read
Don’t fake it! A newcomers guide to premium purchasing

Don’t fake it! A newcomers guide to premium purchasing

By James Harford-Tyrer

With Instagram leading the high fashion frenzy, getting the lux look for less is something the image-conscious are striving for more than ever before. However, a less than premium purchase can often be hard to spot at first glance – particularly when browsing online. You may think you’re getting a steal, but as they say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. To ensure you’re not compromising on quality and are investing wisely, there are a few key pieces of advice to follow.

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By Scott Keyser 4 months ago . 12 minute read
My entrepreneurial journey and the 5 lessons I’ve learnt

My entrepreneurial journey and the 5 lessons I’ve learnt

By Scott Keyser

Here’s my elevator pitch. When I have 60 precious seconds to introduce myself at a networking or round-table event, here’s what I say:
“Hi, I’m Scott Keyser, The Writing Guy. When I was six I wrote a story called ‘I am a shoe’ and since then I’ve been having a love affair with the English language. 54 years later, I’m still in love. Now I show businesses how to use language that resonates with their client or prospect, whether it’s a presentation, pitch or proposal.

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By Catalyst Collective 4 months ago . 5 minute read
Changing the dialogue around inclusion

Changing the dialogue around inclusion

By Catalyst Collective

Diversity is a hot topic at the moment – everyone has their tick boxes and KPIs. Creating inclusive workplaces is complex and challenging otherwise we’d all have done it by now! In our experience, to actually bring about transformational change takes time with intentional consistent effort, leaders need to walk the talk, and become aware of bias, privilege and how it plays out inside organisational systems and shows up in our own leadership. This is fun challenging and hard work, AND we believe significant change is possible!

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By Kike Oniwinde 4 months ago . 3 minute read
Changing the black narrative

Changing the black narrative

By Kike Oniwinde

When I started BYP, it's because I saw it being the future. Working in FinTech, I recognised the power of apps and tech, but I noticed diversity in this sector was what was missing, not only in terms of the lack of women but also the lack of black people. We all know diversity is the key to success in any organisation, and inclusion is vital for ensuring we keep progressing.

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By David Rothwell 5 months ago . 5 minute read
Why redundancy spurred me on to start a business

Why redundancy spurred me on to start a business

By David Rothwell

The advice I would give to others who have just been made redundant and are weighing up their options is to realise that there has never been a better time to get into your own business because of free and cheap ways to get your message heard in the world by people who will be receptive for the skills and experience you could offer.

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By Matt Kepple 5 months ago . 5 minute read
Coaching versus criticism

Coaching versus criticism

By Matt Kepple

“Using performance data for the sole purpose of determining whether someone or something has passed or failed is like using a smartphone solely to make voice calls. There is so much more that a smartphone can do if you are willing to embrace its apps. Similarly, there is so much that any kind of performance data can tell us about our work if we are willing to embrace its insights.

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By Neil Elliot 5 months ago . 4 minute read
When life gives Brexit make lemonade

When life gives Brexit make lemonade

By Neil Elliot

Brexit, bloody Brexit, a whole world of pain for Brexiters and Remoaners alike. Most of you, well those that can even be bothered any more, are sick to hind teeth with the whole debacle. And who can blame anyone for giving up the ghost? At present it could look like Walesland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England will become no man's land.

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