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The Business Clinic Organisation - For Healthier Profits

Independent and thought-provoking, The Business Clinic delivers the
strategy, skills and support you need to develop and grow your business

“If you don’t believe, you won’t receive”

By The Business Clinic Team

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2018 has been a productive year for us at The Business Clinic, it has taken us our fair share of believing but we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We have achieved so much in supporting our local business community this year and had a jolly good time whilst doing so. Here are some of the things we are proud of that we never really shout about - if you can’t do it at Christmas then when can you?

  • Welcomed 2 new colleagues into the BCO team
  • Acquired £175,000 worth funding which assisted in the launch of 9 new businesses
  • Helped 23 people become franchise owners
  • Supported two companies in franchising their businesses
  • Held a Macmillan coffee morning raising over £110
  • Had our first ever Halloween themed Surgery
  • Completed 56 surgeries and supported 165 discussion points
  • Became a collection point for recycling used ink cartridges and books to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice

We are so proud of the business owners who have made their way through our doors to gain support, advice, knowledge and skills throughout 2018. We are proud of you for being strong enough to start your own businesses but also brave enough to seek support when you needed it and how humble you’ve been in giving that advice and support when others have needed it most.

Our #BCOXmasAdvent is currently running live across our social media networks and is a little glimpse of the tips and advice people have taken away from us this year. But even if you take away one little tip from us that changes the way you run your business for the better, then we’ve done our job!

We couldn’t do what we do here if we didn’t have like-minded business owners within our foundation who believe in the format and power that can be generated by having a solid support network and the time and space to work on your business instead of in it. Thank you for believing in ‘Peerworking’ and keep going because, to quote “I’m a Celebrity”, you are smashing it!

Thank you all for your support and have a very Merry Christmas!

From us all at The Business Clinic Organisation

 

If you are interested in building your business up in 2019 and haven’t experienced the power of our ‘Peerworking’ sessions click here and start setting your goals for 2019!

Facing and Embracing the Fears of 2018 Entrepreneurs

Peerworking Halloween

By Rebecca Allam

This year we were lucky enough to have our 'Peerworking' Surgery fall on the 31st October. The Business Clinic team saw this as an opportunity to mix things up and hold a Surgery Spooktacular to provoke thought on all things scary... in business.

We wanted to help our practitioners open up about their biggest fears in business and allow them to offer their support to others in the room, because let’s face it, not many of us in business actually feel totally fearless, but we put that mask on every day (rather than just once a year) and tell our colleagues, competitors and customers that we are fearless, strong and know what we are doing and how well we are doing!

Read more: Facing and...

Who's got the Power?

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By Nicola Taylor - Utility Warehouse

Which Energy provider?

Commercial energy is completely different to domestic energy.

Did you know that you are not in a contract on domestic energy (it’s illegal to be put in a contract), but you can have a tariff deal with an exit fee.

Commercial energy is a contract (we actually provide this with no contract) and usually the longer you take the contract out for the lower the energy price, but you are then taking a risk with the market price, and could over/under pay during that time if the prices are low/high.

With commercial energy it is extremely important to make a note of your contract end date, and your “termination window”.

Read more: Who's got the Power?

Business Telecoms - How to Maximise your Profit

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By Nicola Taylor - Utility Warehouse

In today’s fast paced world, with immediate demands, and instant technology, small businesses owners, and home office users sometimes get so caught up in operating their businesses, that they forget to look at their own outgoings and the opportunities to make savings so they can maximise on their profits.

So working from home or in an office, small unit, or retail premises can pose different questions :-

Read more: Business Telecoms...

5 Tips on How to “Social Media” for SMEs

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By Rebecca Allam

For those of you who think you might be missing a trick in your business by not being on social media, or are currently subscribed but aren’t sure where to start, this article is for you.

It won’t turn you into a guru overnight but my one promise is that it will get you feeling more comfortable and confident in picking up that phone or keyboard and getting yourself out there.

Or it might just save you some time (see tip 1 below)...

Read more: 5 Tips on How to...

Change your Mindset – Change your Business

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By Rebecca Allam

It’s not an uncommon notion as a business owner to bite off more than we can chew on a day-to-day basis. Everyone does it, and we all know we shouldn’t, but just can’t seem to help laying the pressure on thick. Some days it motivates us, while other days we struggle to remember, “what day of the week is it?” or “how do we spell Wednesday again?”
 
Small business owners, as a general rule, are driven by the passion they have for their business.   They are perfectionists by nature and quite frankly, they all just care far too much! Mostly, because their business is their baby and they want it to grow, they thrive and in turn build up a wonderful reputation. Quite often however, we bog ourselves down so much with to-do lists as long as Santa’s naughty list and end up chasing the wrong tasks leaving us to wonder at the end of the day, where did we go wrong?

Read more: Change your...

Revealed: The top five challenges facing business owners in 201810 Major Challenges Facing Public Schools sMXcSO

By Rebecca Allam

The Business Clinic runs regular peerworking sessions in Preston and Blackpool giving owners the chance to share their experiences and knowledge.

And it has used the information shared at those sessions to highlight the main issues they face as they look to grow and develop.

Read more: Revealed: The top...

Having Wellness in Mind

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Another successful, well attended, thought provoking and enjoyable workshop run by The Business Clinic. James Marquis was invited along to discuss a topic that is fast coming to the fore in many businesses and organisations, the mental health and well being of its employees.

Read more: Having Wellness in...

JoNaylorIntroducing Local Designer Jo Naylor

The Business Clinic is always excited to support local business, especially when local business owners are so passionate about what they do.

Our newest practitioner, Jo-Anne Naylor, is one of the area’s leading bespoke, soft furnishing specialists with experience of 25 years in the trade and was born and raised in Leyland, Lancashire.

Jo has turned this passion into a truly bespoke design service which gives her clients almost as much pleasure as she derives herself.

Read more: Jo Naylor Designs

Introducing Local Translator Sarah CuttsSC logo

Sarah Cutts is a freelance translator from Spanish and French into English and lives in Penwortham, Preston.

Originally from Southport, Sarah, who has always been a keen linguist, studied Spanish and French at the University of Central Lancashire, and after working in export and distribution for 7 years, moved into translation. She worked in-house at a local translation company for 10 years before setting up her own business in 2016, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute of Translation & Interpreting and the North West Translators’ Network.Sarah specialises in translations of family law, commercial and academic documents.

Read more: Sarah Cutts...

Don’t turn a drama into a crisis

By Ged Henderson, managing editor Henderson News and Media

Ged at The Business Clinic

When it comes to media crisis management many small businesses could be forgiven for asking: “What’s that got to do with me?”

Surely the danger of negative headlines is something that is only faced by multi-nationals that are always under the microscope of the press and media?

If you think that is the case – just look online. Negative headlines and stories, many originating from the world of social media, can impact on businesses of all types and sizes.

Read more: Don’t turn a drama...

Gender Pay Gap 

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by Sarah Petrie - Forbes Employment Department

A current topic on everybody’s agenda this year is the Gender Pay Gap reporting procedures coming in for April 2018.  The Gender Pay Gap is different to Equal Pay in the sense that this is the comparison between men and women on average within an organisation, regardless of job role and work carried out by those individuals. This has been introduced as a tool to assess levels of equality within the workplace to deal with the complex issue of unequal levels of pay, opportunities for progression, divided labour markets and discrimination within the workplace.
 

Read more: Gender Pay Gap


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  • Please accept this with my sincere thanks for all the support and understanding you all have shown me since I joined The Business Clinic. I get such a large... View More..
    Adele King - Owner, Ladyking Locksmiths.

    Please accept this with my sincere thanks for all the support and understanding you all have shown me since I joined The Business Clinic. I get such a large amount of support from within BNI and I wouldn’t be without it, however what the Clinic has brought to me in just a few weeks has shocked me!!!

    Yes you have brought me laughter, headaches, additional work and tears but most of all you have brought me vision to which I can now see where I am taking Ladykings. I know with your peer to peer support you will give me all the tools I will need including a kick when I need it to get me through the tough times. I would have no hesitation in recommending any of my contacts to attend The Business Clinic and gain the support, guidance, knowledge and also the opportunity to help others through testing times. I would also like to thank you sincerely as not only from within my business but as a friend for the support you give me unconditionally.
  • My business R.P. Safety Services has recently received mentoring from Helen and David of the Business Clinic Organisation. The mentoring was tailored to fit my... View More..
    Robin Dobson - MD, R.P. Safety Services (N.W.) Ltd.

    My business R.P. Safety Services has recently received mentoring from Helen and David of the Business Clinic Organisation. The mentoring was tailored to fit my business needs and has helped me to make significant beneficial changes to my aims for business growth and development and the way that I will achieve and retain those aims. The business sense and experience that Helen and David have ensured that the mentoring was right for me and instead of being a repeat of tired clichés and “facts” was a mixture of needs analysis and sensible, practical solutions. Although the mentoring was exclusive to me it was typical of the help and guidance that is given during Business Clinic Organisation surgeries and clinics. I recommend that any business large or small that wants a more sustainable business talks to Helen and David and finds out if the benefits of the Business Clinic Organisation could be available to them.
  • David Nelson has provided our organisation with consultancy and business facilitation and has assisted in the growth and development of our business in the... View More..
    Andrew Walmsley - Operations Director, Concept Building Solutions.

    David Nelson has provided our organisation with consultancy and business facilitation and has assisted in the growth and development of our business in the numerous different ways. As a successful franchisor in operation for 15 years we greatly appreciate the importance of having high calibre successful franchisees within the Concept Building Solutions network.

    We have now worked with David Nelson and his team for over four years during which time the services of franchise recruitment, training, business development and franchisee development have been provided professionally and above our expectations.

    David and his team have managed our franchise recruitment and business development on an outsourced basis and have developed on average 20 new franchisees per year always delivering in excess of our targets.

    The franchisees David has recruited and brought into our network have been first-class and long-standing and he has also had a direct involvement in the training and their ongoing development and support.

    We would highly recommend any franchisor or business looking to strengthen or grow their organisation or network to utilise David and his team's expertise and skills.
  • I would like to thank you for the help and support that the Business Clinic has provided for me over the last 18 months. Being your own boss is an exciting,... View More..
    Alison Wilson - Financial Consultant, Mac Financial

    I would like to thank you for the help and support that the Business Clinic has provided for me over the last 18 months. Being your own boss is an exciting, but sometimes daunting and scary place to be. The Business Clinic, provides a friendly and professional forum to discuss, in confidence, with people from different professions, issues and challenges that you may have within your own business. Having the opportunity to interact, and get advice from people who are specialists in a variety of professions including, marketing, networking, legal, and social media, can be invaluable in helping you get to the solution or see a clearer way to approach and resolve your challenges and concerns. The monthly surgeries that are also available to members, help develop personal skills, knowledge and focus, for being a successful business owner. Although my business has changed direction since I joined the Business Clinic I recently had the opportunity to raise a challenge and benefitted greatly from the discussions and solutions that were offered. It made me refocus on why I joined in the first place. I was also incredibly touched by the efforts that members were prepared to go to, to help me out and make me not only resolve my challenge but make it a success. I would highly recommend the Business Clinic to other Business owners and people in my networks that may be considering starting their own business and wish you every success for the future.
  • I just wanted to send you quick email to say how I just loved the business clinic session this morning. I got way more than I expected and everyone was just... View More..
    Clarissa Jordan

    I just wanted to send you quick email to say how I just loved the business clinic session this morning. I got way more than I expected and everyone was just great, very welcoming with excellent advice, I will definitely be putting the advice given today to use. It just goes to show how much being around like-minded professionals can really help move you forward and to be honest; it's a great start to the day. I'll be back next month as I currently have to take time off work to attend but when I get the business is up and running I'll definitely be a fortnightly presence.

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Lockside Road, Preston, Lancashire
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09:00 - 17:00 (GMT 0)
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