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Top tips on running an exhibition stand - Carl Kruger (Part 1)

I was recently asked to provide some advice to a friend who was considering taking a stand at an event and potentially speaking at a seminar. I have been at a number of these events - large and small, heavy duty and lightweight, successful and less so! I responded with the following list of thoughts:

Location, Location, Location

So far as I can see, it is luck of the draw in terms of the

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Heart of business March news

We have got off to a great start in 2016. Membership numbers continue to grow and participation in events and activities is strengthening.

Growing membership and a new hub

To continue growing membership, we plan to hold events in North Oxford/Oxfordshire at the Jury’s Inn, off the A34 Peartree roundabout, on the 19th May and the 16th June. Click here to book your place with an early bird

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Exploration of brand, cost management and music tastes at our Thames Valley ‘Heart of business’ team event!

Our members and guests at the ‘Heart of business’ hub at the Grovefield House hotel on 8th March enjoyed another diverse & stimulating meeting and a lovely lunch.

Think Brand Not Bland

The meeting began with an interactive workshop ran by co-host Nathan King decked out in a cow-print bow tie and DJ (you had to be there!), exploring development of a business marketing strategy. The

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Choosing a networking opportunity that grows your business.

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If you’re lucky enough to work in the Oxfordshire/Berkshire/Northamptonshire/West London area, you’ll find there’s a whole wealth of networking opportunities on your doorstep for practically every day of the week. But how can you select a group that gives you the return you’re looking for, for your investment of time and money?  

In this blog we’ll look at

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Giving, Receiving and Working together to Achieve Perfect Referrals

Optional Workshop Heart of business 18th March  

With Jackie Jarvis and David Cardno  

 This workshop is designed to: 

  • To give a longer period to get to know what referrals mean to individuals 
  • Explore ways to help each other with relevant introductions 
  • Share Hob Perfect Referral guidelines
  • A reminder of the referral admin/follow-up process and how it works 
  • Inspire us all to do
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Develop an Opportunity Radar - Jackie Jarvis

Jackie Jarvis, Heart of business Business Mentor, Sales Growth Expert and author of the popular book Quick Wins in Sales and Marketing shares Quick Win number 19.

“Opportunities are everywhere for those who have the eyes to see them”

Having an Opportunity Radar is the ability to see or hear opportunities for yourself and for others, taking the appropriate actions to explore that opportunity

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How a coach could help you grow your business

Might a coach help you grow your business?

Most people who start their own company are experts in what they were trained in (IT, or marketing, or graphic design), or believe they have a fabulous idea that will plug a hole in a market. Only a tiny handful start a new company because they believe they’d be better at leading and managing than anything they’d experienced in their careers so far.

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Essential Skills for Managers - Alan Hester


Essential Skills for Managers is designed with the busy team leader and manager in mind, with a series of workshops to give you access to current management thinking and practice in a practical and engaging way. Training is interactive with plenty of time to discuss the issues that are important to you and your employer. You will go back to your organisation with new ideas, fresh

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March 8th - Pre-event workshop

How to develop your marketing plan for your business - By Nathan King

Unsure how your marketing efforts fit within your wider business strategy or perhaps how to go about creating a winning marketing plan? In this workshop, Nathan will share some of his experience in creating successful marketing plans.

You will learn about:

  • What marketing is actually all about
  • The strategic process and
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