Things we like

We love to share with you a great find, an interesting read, what we are watching and who we are following. Take a peek at a few things we've been liking lately.

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Women's Business Event 2017

Our partners in the 2017 Women's Business Event have written a great summary of the evening.

We really enjoyed hearing the speakers and meeting people who share our enthusiasm for supporting women in business.

We look forward to the next event and will keep you posted.

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Jobsharing with the University of Bristol

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South Glos Expo

We hope you made it to The South Glos Expo back in May.

Entrepreneurs Esther James and Louise Elliott joined forces to run the first South Glos Expo which supported and showcased small businesses. The pair felt there was something missing in the South Gloucestershire area so they designed an event for local businesses to come together network, learn, exhibit, and listen to interesting and thought provoking speakers.

The South Glos Expo took place on Tuesday 9 May at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It was aimed at sole traders, microbusinesses and SMEs based in South Gloucestershire or those companies wishing to become known in the area. It was a great success with over 300 attendees.

The inaugural event featured an exhibition area with 30 businesses showcasing their products and services. There were also workshops, networking and a great keynote speaker, Anita Manning.

Congratulations to all involved. We look forward to the next event.

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We have recently met the creators of a great new Job Share company and wanted to share what they do with you:

"The idea for came about because we, as two professional working women, wanted to combine our time and responsibilities as mothers with meaningful jobs on a part-time basis.

Having spent 15+ years developing our careers before the birth of our children, we would have seriously considered a job share position with our existing employers. At the time, however, there was no facility to help us find a suitable job share partner.

So was born the idea of Essentially, we would like to give other workers – like us – the opportunity to look for a job share partner using the power of the internet.

Employers too can benefit enormously from job share arrangements. Research shows that they are able to attract and retain workers with a wider range of skills and higher rates of productivity when compared with full-time colleagues.

Job sharing is a simple idea that could make a massive difference to the ways in which we work, as well as giving thousands of people meaningful choices in achieving their work-life balance.

This site is for you if you:

  • are a mother looking to return to work part-time
  • have other caring responsibilities for a family member or friend
  • want to cut your working hours in the run up to retirement
  • want to study or pursue a hobby or leisure activity
  • simply do not want to work on a full time basis


  • if you are an employer who wants to make jobsharing work within your organisation offers three main features:

  • A ‘dating-agency’ style match facility – register with us to find potential job share partners who are compatible with your skills, location and level of experience.
  • A list of current job share vacancies.
  • Advice and information on how to facilitate a successful job share arrangement and then how to make the most of it, including a discussion forum."
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More employers embrace jobshare

This article in The Guardian highlights the growing popularity of Job Sharing. We are very pleased to see that Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley are recognised as top job sharers.

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Vince Linnane shares 30 years Pensions experience

A long happy retirement spent in the pursuit of hobbies and doing all the things you have dreamed of may seem like a long way off. Your pension can provide the financial security to make the most of this time. Vince Linnane, CEO of the Pensions Management Institute has spent the last 30 years overseeing some of the busiest times in the Pensions Industry. He shares his thoughts before he takes the next step in his career.

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Building wellbeing and resilience in the HE workforce Conference

A healthy workplace is not just nice to have; it is a business imperative in a fast-changing world. A strategic approach to building wellbeing and resilience is fundamental to healthy and productive employees, sustainable business and societies.

Building wellbeing and resilience in the HE workforce took place on Thursday 5 May and we really learned a lot.

We really enjoyed hearing Louise Jones, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Educational Partnerships & Strategic Director for Health and Wellbeing, University of Worcester talking about "Creating award winning health and wellbeing strategies – A University perspective".

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New World Business Centre

New World Business Centre were fantastic hosts for our recent @50's Careers workshop. They could not have been more helpful and their facilities are ultra modern and provided everything we needed. We can recommend them whole heartedly!

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Elevate - Sales training taken to the next level

We have been really energized by some recent work in partnership with a business called Elevate. Elevate can work alongside you in maximizing your sales, and advancing your customer service. This great business is headed up by Louise Elliott. Lou has been a sales trainer and coach for over 30 years. Employed by the likes of Marks & Spencer, and Heart FM, Lou has gained extensive knowledge of the sales process and customer journey, significant commercial awareness and superb strategy and management proficiency.

“We work closely with clients who have the passion to develop their staff and achieve revenue growth but do not have the resources to achieve this ‘in house’. We appreciate the importance in choosing the right person and to gain a return on such an investment. We put you at the centre of everything we do allowing you to feel confident that you’ve made the right choice with Elevate”

'5 steps to elevate your sales' uses a consultative approach to selling, rather than interrogating or hard sells. Each step in the process involves a link to the the client's journey when being sold to and ensures the sales process is purely needs based.

Step 1 ~ Understanding different client’s behaviours

Step 2 ~ How to research and prepare your effective introduction

Step 3 ~ How to obtain, commit and clarify client’s needs

Step 4 ~ Use of features and benefits to sell against your competition

Step 5 ~ Objection Handling and effective Account Management

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The Blue Badge Company