Best of Bristol Business Exhibition 28th Feb 2012

On Tuesday 28th February 2012, we will be attending the Best of Bristol Business Exhibition at the Bristol City Football Club exhibition centre from 10am – 3.30pm.

There will be around 140 stands offering various services to businesses. You can find us at stand number 139 in the middle near to reception.

There is FREE parking, FREE entry and some useful seminars, including one on low cost ways to win new customers, which we will be looking to attend.

For further details please see

Managing Business Stress Breakfast Event

This week saw us holding our business breakfast on the subject of managing business stress at The Glove Factory Studios in Holt. 

Our speaker for the event Jennifer Hampson gave an interesting and insightful talk to business owners on how to identify and practical strategies for dealing with work related stress.

We soon found out how little we knew about stress prior to this event. 

Her warm and interactive approach soon got groups of business owners and managers, looking at common problems caused by stress and discussing tactics to address such issues.  This caused a few humorous comments and some productive thoughts which we all enjoyed.

At the end of the talk, we received some very positive feedback, here are a few of the comments we received:

“It was brilliant to hear the massively hyped subject of stress dealt with in such a logical and approachable manner.”

“Stress is a very hard thing for some people to deal with, which sometimes turns to depression.  A lot of people cannot recognise the signs, so the earlier the problem is tackled the better !”

“I enjoyed the interaction – it got me thinking about my own stress”.

 The lucky prize draw winner of a free coaching session from Jennifer has now been notified.

With all the knowledge gained from the event, now we just need to put it all into action. 🙂


Surviving the week from Hell

 In keeping with our latest theme on business stress, here is another little article on stress, courtesy of Steve Pipes book “Stress proof your business and your life”.  

Also a little reminder that places are filling up for our free business breakfast next Tuesday, on managing business stress. 

Please contact us urgently by telephone 01225 751302 or email, if you are a business owner who would still like to reserve a place.

Facing the week from Hell ?

On really busy days with multiple deadlines, it is easy to get to the stage where you are almost scared to answer the phone in case it is another task for you to do.  To combat the panic and get to a stage where you are calm enough to think your way out of this, you need a more positive frame of mind.  Each time panic hits, decide on a positive sentence and run it though your head. Such as ‘I am serenely gliding towards my deadline and everything will get done’.

Calmer ? Good now to tackle the interruptions. 

One way to go about this is to use the ‘best use’ question.  It can help you negotiate you way through any day with dozens of calls on your time.  It will help you to prioritise ‘on the run’, sometimes ruthlessly.  On the morning of manic days, decide what you absolutely MUST achieve that day, and if anything interrupts, ask yourself “Is that the best use of my time, right now?” If the answer is no, take a rain-check and come back to it later.  So if a friend calls you at work, nine times out of ten, you won’t chat then, you call her back at a more convenient time – unless of course, she is very upset about something, in which case as a friend, talking to her is the best use of your time. 

Promises and realism.

One problem we cause for ourselves is to tell people what they want to hear, and over promise on what we can do for them.  Over promising results you can’t deliver, causes a lot of stress for both parties.  It is better to under promise rather than over promise.  That way your boss thinks you are wonderful when you get the report finished a day early rather than a week late.  Make it a rule to be absolutely realistic about how long it is going to take you to get things done.  Until you get expert at this, work out the time you reckon it will take you to complete any task and multiply it by 1.5.

Business stress can you afford to ignore it ?

With difficult trading conditions currently experienced by businesses throughout the country, we decided to run a free to attend, business breakfast event on the subject of managing business stress.

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With 9.8 million days in the UK lost through work related stress.

Each day having a negative impact on business.  We think that most business owners cannot afford to overlook this important issue.



This interactive event will offer practical and useful strategies to reduce the impact of stress on your business and nip potential problems in the bud.   

The breakfast will be held on Tuesday 11th October 2011, at 08:00am, Glove Factory Studios, Brook Lane, Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. BA14 6RL.  Refreshments and a bacon roll will be provided.

All business owners are invited to attend subject to reserving a place.  Please contact this office if you would like to attend, by emailing:, or call us on 01225 751302, for us to reserve your place.  Places subject to availability as numbers will be limited.


Closing the deal business breakfast

Our business breakfast event this week proved to be a hit.  We received excellent comments from attendees who found it very useful.

Brian O'Connor Barclays Bank

Brian O’Connor, our speaker from Barclays Bank took us through problems businesses face when trying to get a loan.  

He then went on to give some  suggestions of things you can do to make a loan application more sucessful, and outline what the banks are looking for when you apply.

Dave Smith Reaching New Heights

Dave Smith from Reaching New Heights, our second speaker went through difficulties businesses owners can often have, when trying to close a deal with  potential customers.

He gave some simple, but useful ideas of what to say, and how to deal with customers who may be expecting to buy purely based on price.

The quiet and beautiful surroundings of the Glove Factory Studios were condusive to a relaxed, informal and productive event.

Managing Business Stress

Taming Your To Do List








A major cause of stress for business owners is being confronted with a To Do list that stretches from here to eternity.

This can change with a little organisation, and also improve your efficiency when dealing with tasks.

This will ensure:

  • Urgent tasks are tackled urgently.

  • Important tasks are not overlooked.

  • Less important items can stay out of mind until they surface.

  • You start to feel more in control.

  •  One way of organising your tasks is via a spreadsheet, this can contain worksheets for each main area of responsibility.

    eg) research, writing and seminars.

  • Add each new action point to the relevant worksheet, and assign a do by date to it.
  • Ideas can also be dealt with in the same way, with idea in the due date to distinguish it.

  • Every few days re-sort your list by date and move things for that week onto a seperate action worklist printed out on A4.

  • Keep the action list on your desk marking off completed tasks with a highlighter, so you can see how much you have achieved and what is left to do.

    This method allows you to always keep focus on your highest priorities at the time, your future tasks are logged, and as your printed list is quite short, it will always seem more manageable and you should feel less swamped.

    This extract was provided courtesy of Steve Pipe’s book “Stress Proof your business and your life”.

    We are planning an event in the autumn covering the subject of managing stress, where we hope to provide advice, information and demonstrations.

    If you would like further details of this as they become available, please email your contact details to or give us a call on 01225 751302.

    Closing The Deal Business Breakfast.

    Just a quick reminder and a bit more information about our Business Breakfast next week.

    Our speaker for the morning will be Dave Smith, a performance coach and sales trainer with 16 years experience managing his own IT business.   He will offer guidance and ideas for using the skills you already have to close the deal.

    Many people are good at what they do, but find it very hard to get this message across to potential customers without feeling unsure or uncomfortable.

    At the Breakfast, Dave will lead you through proven techniques to achieve this, with ‘7 of 107 ways’ to get more sales.  Primarily aimed at small to medium businesses, there will be something for you whatever trade you are in.

    “If you are meeting lots of potential clients, but struggling to convert them into new business, then you will benefit from this FREE to attend event.”

    Places for this event are filling up, but if you are interested then please give us a call and we will see if we can fit you in.  If you are already booked to attend, we look forward to seeing you there.

    For booking please contact; Blomfields 01225 751302 or email and we will get back to you.

    Wiltshire Open For Business

    Well, what have we been up to lately ?

    We were out and about in Devizes recently.

    On 10th and 11th May we attended the Wiltshire Open For Business event held at  The Corn Exchange in Devizes.

    This was a popular event, and gave us an opportunity to meet local business owners, and find out their needs and offer solutions. 

     A number of workshops and seminars were also running to pool ideas and give information in specific areas.