Who is the April Fool? 1-Step too far when 2-step is required.

  Usually, Google enters into the April 1st tomfoolery with an excellent and often funny gotcha. This year, however, they took it 1-step too far and it went badly wrong. So we would like to write about 2-step which we hope you will read. It’s really difficult to catch the public’s eye and try and offer advice

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Counselling for Children and Teenagers

An effective early intervention In every classroom in the country 10% of the class will have an identifiable mental health disorder (approximately 3 pupils in every classroom). The types of difficulties they may face include: Anxiety and panic attacks Fears, phobias, Depression Eating disorders Aggression Counselling has been shown to improve wellbeing and encourage young

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A Good Website is Never Finished!

As a general rule in life, the better you look after something, the longer it will last and the more value you will get out of it. If you never bothered to maintain and service your car, sooner or later you’re going to find yourself grinding to a halt and facing some hefty bills –

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Making a Difference

3 ways to differentiate without changing your offering Competitive advantage is important, but tends to be short lived. We’ve found that no matter how successful a company is at creating something unique, it’s not long before someone else has picked up on the idea. Even Apple, with their slogan ‘Think Different’, are fighting to keep ahead

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Dealing With Complaints

We all make complaints and when we do, we often develop different and more aggressive personalities! On the telephone the caller who complains often gets more worked up than if dealing with the same matter face to face. We are all braver when there is a telephone between us! This is because callers cannot see

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HMRC Free Training For New Businesses

HMRC has a wide range of  freely available businesses education products and  information to help new and growing businesses, just click on the links below for more information: E-learning packages for self- employed customers and employers. Starting your own business for the self-employed covers all aspects of starting and growing a business. Becoming an employer deals with taking on and paying employees. Thousands of

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Tragic news

On 30th October 2014 our friendly club lost one of its wittiest, most humorous and generous members. Paul Champion left this world, and our group, too early and in far too tragic circumstances and he will be sorely, sorely missed. We will continue to honour Paul every time we open a bottle of quality wine, we

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Making time for marketing

How much time for marketing do you allow? One of the first exercises I like to do with a new sole trader client (especially a new business) is a reality check on turn over expectation. You might think this belongs to finance and you wouldn’t be wrong but it impacts all areas of businesses. My motivation

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RBC teams in Lexus Reading Dinton Duathlon

A field of more than 200 completed the first Lexus Reading Dinton Duathlon on Sunday 17th November, led home by Surrey triathlete David Chapman who finished in a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 10 seconds. The sell-out race was centred around Dinton Pastures Country Park, in Hurst, near Reading, and comprised a 5.25km off-road run

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Your Perfect 10

Depending on your age and interests, the phrase “Perfect 10” might remind you of Bo Derek, the gymnast Nadia Comaneci, a song by The Beautiful South or a website featuring scantily clad (or unclad) women.  This blog will not comment on the merits or otherwise of any of them: for Reading Business Club member James

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