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Archive for August, 2014

Think Big, Not Small

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

20140620_115219Michelle Mone, Founder of Ultimo, grew up in the east end of Glasgow, left school with no qualifications but had a ‘can do’ attitude to life.

She had a paper round whilst still at school and ended up ’employing’ 17 other people to service the various paper rounds.

Her early career was modeling but at 19, she had a baby and thought that she should find a job although that prospect didn’t delight her.

Throughout her life, she has always had this positive attitude and believes that nobody should wait for the opportunities to appear; they should go out and find them.

Listening to her and the peaks and troughs that she has had in her life, just highlights how business life can be. Sometimes it’s good and other times, it’s tough but the one thing it never is, is boring.

The opportunity to grow the business is always there, just seize it.

Perfectly Imperfect

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

20140620_105632Adam Shaw, Founder of the Ideas Company, has a view of how to grow a business.

His view is that we spend a lot of time fearing the destination; being concerned about what’s going to happen when we get there.

That is one reason why we never ‘arrive’. Instead of concentrating on the steps to get us to where we want to go, we sometimes think too far ahead.

His comment was that his mother kept asking ‘why not’ to his queries (I often ask that!). Why can’t you just be ‘perfectly imperfect’ and once he understood this, it gave him the freedom to go forward.

So why try to be perfect when ‘perfectly imperfect’ is ok!

 

 

This isn’t waste, it’s raw material

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

20140620_104206Kresse Wesling is passionate about waste!

She looks at using household waste and creating something useful from it, like handbags! Not only does she use household waste but she collects old fire hoses and recycles the rubber into products that she can sell. She’s also now looking at industrial estates to see what they could offer in terms of raw material for her business.

‘Reclamation equals innovation, equals change’ was a thought that I took away from her. She also talked about something I’ve heard several times, to recognise the trends and try to be where the trends are going, not where they are now.

A fascinating talk on a not so unusual topic, that of re-using materials to ensure that we, as consumers, don’t waste too much. For companies such as Kresse’s ( it’s called Elvis and Kresse) a way of combining business with a passion.

As I sat there, I thought of what we already use again and again without thinking about it too much – water.

Passion is all you need?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

20140620_102422Wayne Hemingway,founder of Red or Dead, and now a driver for social change, challenged the audience to identify what makes an entrepreneur successful.

He believes that Passion plays a very important role when starting and building a business. That passion will take you to places and people that you never thought you would have access to,allowing your fledgling business to grow; but of course, you then have to deliver your promises to those people.

I’ve heard Wayne speak on several occasions and he is very passionate about the things he believes in and straight talking in his approach.

‘If you care, you will force change, because of your passion’

Now there’s a thought!

 



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