Competitors in a swimming race

As somebody who is a bit of a sports fanatic, I am always interested with how business owners view their competition. In sport clearly competition is good, partly because otherwise it wouldn’t be entertaining, but also because it actually improves the players. Men’s tennis over the last 20 years or so has been a fine…

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Atomic habits book

I have been a member of Ros Jones’ Business Bookclub now for almost two years. I have read some really inspiring books and some that were a struggle; until now none of them had made me change what I do before I had even finished reading the book. That is what Atomic Habits has done…

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The 10th January is MicroBiz Matters Day and founders Tina and Tony will be celebrating with a conference over in Preston. They have also requested that micro businesses share their top 10 tips so, as 2020 will see Red Kite Services celebrate our 10th birthday, I thought I would share some of ours (in no…

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Pile of business cards

Are you looking to have an office clear out? An easy place to start is by sorting out your business cards. If you are anything like me and go to lots of networking events, you will probably have a pile of business card in a box or a drawer. Here are a few hints for…

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I see a lot of business cards. I network, so I receive a lot and I offer a service that inputs info from business cards onto contact management systems. Some of them make me think “Wow,” some make me cringe, some make me search for my glasses. Your business card is important. If you go…

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This book was music to my ears! Using examples from the fields of building, aviation and, finally, medicine Surgeon Atul Gawande explains how a simple checklist saves lives. This was the April book for the York Business BookClub and was met with enthusiasm right around the table. What was most interesting is how in an…

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We are delighted that we have become a Partner of She Loves York.  She Loves York is a luxury lifestyle club offering exclusive discounts to members throughout the year. As one of the growing number of business service partners we offer 10% off our basic services to all She Loves York members and partners. We…

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The written word is becoming a rapid and throw-away form of communication. More and more information is sent and stored electronically. It is a quick, easy and cheap way to get a message across and to keep in contact. But do you proof-read your website, blogs, e-mails or tweets? Does it matter?

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10 tips to improve data security

I am lucky enough to be a member of The Business Network in York and to be able to rub shoulders with many experts. One of these is Andy Gambles from Servertastic, who frequently shares his expertise on data security issues. So, some of these tips are directly attributable to him and some of them…

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York Business BookClub meeting

It is hard to believe that How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, was written at the same time as “Think and Grow Rich.” It was easier reading and a lot less cringeworthy in it’s attitudes. All of us at York Business BookClub thought it was a really good book for life…

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