Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby…

Oh, I’m sorry. This is a business site. I forgot the rules there for a second. So, no sex. How about religion?

No?

Politics then.

No politics either?

It can be tough as a business owner, when the world tries to force you into following a set of rules. Many people will advise you to take the safe route. Don’t express a strong opinion, you might alienate a potential customer. But passion can be strong, staying quiet frustrating. 

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Fundraising Event for Childrens Cancer Charity

Every Wednesday morning I attend a breakfast meeting at The Novotel in York. It is a referral based networking group, one of the more formal forms of networking that I engage with.

That doesn’t mean we’re not able to have fun though. This weekend the group are holding a family friendly music festival at The Red Lion, Upper Poppleton. Visitors will discover great live music from local headline bands; entertainment for the children, beer and food. 

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A Micro Brewery Mystery Tour with Brewtown

Mark Stredwick is most definitely crazy about craft beer. Sixteen years abroad presented an opportunity to explore the industry on an international scale; including work as a guide with a brewery tour company in Australia. His return to the region happily coincided with a boom in local micro-breweries – and Brewtown Tours was born. As a female beer drinker I may be one of a growing number of people converting to the cause, but Marks’ enthusiasm would persuade even a determined beer cynic.

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Stay healthy for your business with Lion Fitness

When Mark Wilson moved to Orleans, France, to help a friend he had no idea that it was the end of a fifteen year career in business finance. Returning to the UK 2 years ago, Mark founded Lion Fitness and launched his new Personal Training & Fitness studio last September. Driven by a desire to see people take better control of their health he is determined to see Lion Fitness continue to thrive.

In January I met with Mark to have a chat about his work at Lion Fitness and the values that keep him turning up every day..

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Stay motivated with your regular business blog

I regularly have conversations with my fellow business owners about their blog. Or rather, their lack of it. It seems that many of us have thought, “I must write a blog” without fully thinking it through. Getting started is one thing, but staying motivated when faced with the day to demands of running a business can be hard. Whilst it is true that there are many benefits to a regularly updated blog on your website, it also true that a neglected one can do a lot of harm. So how do you stay motivated and consistent? Here are a few tips from the world of writing.

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How to Write a Great About Us page

A successful About Us page is a wonderful thing. This is where you can shout about a rich history or champion your team of people working behind the scenes. But too often this chance for great brand storytelling is neglected as an after thought. If your About Us page isn’t living up to its potential, here are a few pointers to get it jump started.

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Get to know your ideal client – More than just vital statistics

When working with a copywriter, at some point you will encounter the question – “who is your ideal client?” The question they really need answering is “who are we speaking to with this copy?” Without a clear idea of the reader it is almost impossible to write text that willl attract and convert the right people.

As a freelance writer I take the same approach to creating a customer profile as I do when building a new character for a story. I like to get to know them, walk around in their skin and get a feel for how they think. Here is my step by step guide to getting started.

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Develop Know, Like, Trust in your copywriting

As business owners we have all heard the term know, like, trust in reference to creating good working relationships with potential and ongoing clients. It’s easy to see where these principles apply in face to face networking, but how can you build on this useful tool with your online and written content?

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A gin paradise

In the immortal words of Debbie Harry, picture this, a day in December…the 1st of December in fact, and I am at the end of a week long retreat of writing, long walks and endless cafe visits in Whitby. But all is not lost. Before my return I have one last duty to perform – the tasting of four different brands of gin kindly provided by Rebekah at Liquid Indulgence.

Regular readers will know that my knowledge lies more with food than drink, but I am partial to a drop of the old Mother’s Ruin and gin suits my taste buds perfectly. All of the samples described were accompanied by the excellent Fevertree tonic and stored at room temperature before serving. So let us begin…

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