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‘Staying Laser Focused’ – Newcastle Spot Chat – February 2017

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Business Insights | 0 comments

‘Staying Laser Focused’ – Newcastle Spot Chat – February 2017

Last week we had another great group of cowokers come together for the day at the Business and IP Centre based within Newcastle City Library. Armed with my valentine’s day themed treats of heart shaped chocolates, I lined up with the rest of the public for the library opening at 10am, each time I host at this venue I am amazed at how many people are queuing outside to use these fantastic facilities. Our day consisted of lots of tasks being ticked off our to-do lists whilst sharing business event information, laughing, chatting about TV...

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MBE recognition for Founder of Colleagues on Tap

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

MBE recognition for Founder of Colleagues on Tap

When you mention the name ‘Jayne Graham’ in any business arena in the North East region – everyone knows who you are talking about! Jayne is very well known whether it be for her time in the Recruitment industry, Chief Executive of Business Link, Founder of Colleagues on Tap or running 2020 Consulting working with clients across the UK. However last month she was provided with another substantial string to her bow when she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours for services to small businesses in the...

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Self Employment – a Blessing or a Curse?

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

Self Employment – a Blessing or a Curse?

The answer to this question will depend on the time and day you are asked…. certainly for me anyway! Today it is both – I am working from the sofa after pulling a muscle in my back last night, so although I didn’t need to call in sick this morning, I did have to cancel a meeting with a fellow coworker and instead of putting my feet up I have ploughed through a back log of emails and treated myself to a bag of Hula-Hoops for lunch! Who ever said self-employment isn’t glamourous? Branching out as a business owner you are often the envy of your...

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5 minutes with….. Sharon MacArthur – Red Handbag

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

5 minutes with….. Sharon MacArthur – Red Handbag

Sharon MacArthur is our fabulous host at our Blyth Colleagues on Tap venue’s. It was great to find out more about Sharon and her successful business Red Handbag.   Tell us all about Red Handbag….. I set up Red Handbag to help women in business get their power back. When you manage other people, doubt and fear can creep in. This  can mean you don’t take action and feel stuck. People issues left untouched rarely ever go away but have a nasty habit of growing bigger. I help take the mystery out of day to day leadership, providing practical...

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5 minutes with….. Claire Jenks Graphic Design

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

5 minutes with….. Claire Jenks Graphic Design

Claire Jenks is a regular coworker at our Clavering House and Blyth Colleagues on Tap venue’s. It was great to find out more about Claire and her successful business Claire Jenks Graphic Design.     Tell us all about Claire Jenks Graphic Design….. As a graphic designer I work with a variety of clients from small start ups to worldwide companies. As a consultant and an extension of their company I help them communicate effectively with their customers in order to hit their business targets. Building relationships with clients is...

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5 minutes with….. Hayley Ramm – Supportiv

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

5 minutes with….. Hayley Ramm – Supportiv

Hayley Ramm is a regular coworker at our Sunderland Colleagues on Tap venue based at Software City with host Sue Stott. It was great to find out more about Hayley and her exciting business venture Supportiv which focuses on Recruitment Support Services.     Tell us all about Supportiv….. Supportiv offers advice to businesses with their recruitment practices, policies and processes. With over 20 years of experience in HR and Recruitment we offer guidance on how best to attract and retain talent. Supportiv strongly believes that by...

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5 Minutes with….. Andy Gray – Andrew S Gray Photography

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

5 Minutes with….. Andy Gray – Andrew S Gray Photography

Andy Gray is a regular coworker at our wonderful Northumberland Colleagues on Tap venue based at the Red Lion, Alnmouth. It was great to find out more about Andy and his unique style of photography. Tell us all about Andrew S Gray Photography….. I’m what I’d call an abstract landscape photographer, producing work that is not your run of the mill scenic type of images they are more artistic and painterly. Prints and other items can be bought, I’m available for commissions, tuition, image licencing and of course normal photographic assignments...

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Turn Complaints to Compliments by Nancy Radford – Roundtuit

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

Turn Complaints to Compliments by Nancy Radford – Roundtuit

Complaints are bad for us and bad for business Even when a complaint is unjustified, it still hurts you, and could potentially damage your business. A new EU directive which comes into effect January 2016 states that all business trading on the web will need to inform consumers about ADR on their websites and in their general terms and conditions. If you aren’t prepared for this, you could be subject to penalties. The National Complaints Culture Survey reports that Nearly all customers would recommend a company to their friends if a complaint...

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5 Minutes with…… Anne Painter – Green Tara Consulting Ltd

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Business Insights | 0 comments

5 Minutes with…… Anne Painter – Green Tara Consulting Ltd

Anne Painter had quite a year in 2015 by celebrating her eigth year running her successful consultancy business and relocating her home to the North East. Anne contacted us after reading an article about Colleagues on Tap in the NECC Contact Magazine in August and she has been a regular coworker ever since!   Tell us all about Green Tara Consulting….. The purpose of Green Tara Consulting is to support companies in developing their talent to achieve their business strategy. I have three strands…leadership development, executive...

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‘Working On It’ by Gary Pollard from Men Tell Health

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Business Insights, Business Showcase | 0 comments

‘Working On It’ by Gary Pollard from Men Tell Health

Do you remember when you were a child and that 500-word essay you’d received as homework had to be written and handed in on time? It was probably on a subject you hadn’t fully paid attention to. It was a big problem at the time wasn’t it? When you eventually grow up, get a job and have a huge mortgage to pay, that essay doesn’t quite seem to be on the same scale as it once was. It’s all about perspective I guess.   Working in the 21st century has its own set of pressure and stress. If your job doesn’t, you’re probably not doing it...

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