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Rising energy prices

by Steven Godfrey from Auditel

14th August 2013

Post Type: Education Item

Whilst the abundance of shale gas in the US has caused energy prices to plummet, in the UK British Gas has announced an expected price increase in the next two months – it raised residential gas prices by 6% last November.  If it does, the other “Big 5” will follow suit blaming the cost of implementing the Government “Energy Company Obligation” scheme to help the lower paid insulate their homes.   In addition, prospective increases in “Green” surcharges such as Renewables Obligation and Feed In Tariffs mean that energy is going to become increasingly expensive.   Whereas previously “best advice” was to opt for short-term contracts to enable switching if one supplier became uncompetitive, it now worth considering locking in to a longer contract to give certainty over future costs.


Preventing data shock on your Android phone

by Steven Godfrey from Auditel

22nd July 2013

Post Type: Education Item

One of my clients has just received an unexpected shock in the form of a big invoice for mobile phone data, which they have no knowledge of using.  Find out how to reduce the chances of that happening here.


Growth Accelerator Client Success via Coaching Dynamics

by Tina Dulieu from Coaching Dynamics: Tina Dulieu, B.Ed., Dip CEC

20th July 2013

Post Type: Other
Growth Accelerator Client Success via Coaching Dynamics

Coaching Dynamics’ clients, Danny Taylor and John Grehan, Directors of Novo Construction, Hertfordshire, are delighted to celebrate their successful completion of the Growth Accelerator programme with Business Coach Tina Dulieu.

Novo Construction, whose head office is in Standon, Hertfordshire, have experienced a huge rise in enquiries and projects as a result of implementing actions to achieve their ambitious goals and vision for the growth of their business.  A three year strategic plan, created through a six month Growth Accelerator Business Coaching Programme with Tina Dulieu, has resulted in Danny and John employing three more office staff and a site manager, with more key staff planned to join the growing team to facilitate these major construction projects.

Tina commented ‘I am delighted to see the success of Danny and John’s hard work and commitment to the growth of their company.  Their dedication to implementing the actions decided through our strategic planning, along with their expertise to deliver first class construction and building projects, has sealed their success in winning new contracts.  Long may it continue!’

Tina Dulieu is a registered and approved Growth Coach for the Government funded Growth Accelerator programme.  This programme is to help ambitious and entrepreneurial businesses achieve rapid and sustainable growth through strategic planning and implementation supported by Business Coaching.  For further details visit the Government Funding page of Coaching Dynamics’ website www.coachingdynamics.co.uk


Award-Winning Business Thanks Coaching Dynamics

by Tina Dulieu from Coaching Dynamics: Tina Dulieu, B.Ed., Dip CEC

20th July 2013

Post Type: Other

Such a delight to know that Coaching Dynamics’ clients benefit from Business Coaching sessions with Tina Dulieu. Thank you to Jan Hunter and David Porter, Directors of Knight Property Management, Hertford, who kindly wrote: 'Tina, this is just to say a big 'thank you' for your ongoing support of us and our company. Your help and advice means such a lot to us, and is one of the reasons why we recently won our FSB Award for East Herts Business of the Year 2013. We simply would not have won this award without you.'

www.knightpropertymanagement.co.uk


Stylish and effective packaging at the drop of a hat

by Noel Greenwood from GWD

11th July 2013

Post Type: Education Item

In the last blog we considered one particular royal connection that GWD are fortunate enough to have, and whilst we’re on the subject of royals, we now turn our attention to Royal Ascot – the glamorous annual event that takes place this week.  Racing enthusiasts will no doubt be licking their lips and looking forward to some exhilarating races; whilst plenty of the aristocracy will no doubt be strutting around in their finery.

IMG_5124Ascot is known for many different things, and one particular aspect of Ascot that I thought we’d focus on is the glorious array of hats that are on show.  Not only do you see plenty of grandiose hats amongst the women (let’s see whether Beatrice and Eugenie are there!), but you also get some pretty fancy hats among the riders.  The jockey cap is a great equestrian institution, and it’s the jockey cap that we’ll dwell on first of all.  You may be wondering what the connection between Ascot and GWD is, so I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.  We make a chocolate box in the shape of a jockey cap as pictured.  Ideal for hotels in close proximity to racecourses - and indeed racecourses themselves – to use during the racing season.

IMG_5122It’s not just jockey cap boxes that we make though: in the past we have made a variety of boxes with hat likenesses, and staying with the sartorial theme;whilst the morning suit is on the wane, it’s still not uncommon for us to make a top hat box like the one pictured.  If a customer is looking for something slightly more feminine, we can offer a snazzy floral number that certainly wouldn’t look out of place at Newmarket or other racecourses.IMG_5123

Of course, it’s also graduation season, and another box in our repertoire is the mortarboard or graduate hat box, which can be used for chocolate or other gifts and is ideal for a graduation gift of promotion.  Getting a box like that made is often the icing on the cake as far as promotion goes, and it’s certainly an eye-catching and memorable way to showcase a product.  However, as well as promotion it can also be used as a gift for the graduands or can be sold commercially.  One particular customer of ours is based in Oxford, and the graduate hatboxes for chocolates are used to allude to the great academic heritage present within the city.IMG_5119

Boxes in the shape of hats can be a great way to draw attention to a product or reference a particular theme or subject, and as such we’re often asked to make them for a variety of different clientele.  If you’re looking to add something slightly debonair to your product, then a hatbox could well be the answer.  We’ve made a pretty eclectic mix of hat shaped boxes in the past, so we’re more than happy to accept any new hat-related challenges.

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Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website: www.gwd.ltd.uk