Well, that’s 2014 done (nearly)!

2014

So, as we ease down the pace a little for the Christmas break we may have a little time to reflect on the year that was 2014, what went well, what not-so-well? What did we learn that will help make 2015 a year to remember?

There were some really interesting trends and unusual phenomena this year!

The #IceBucketChallenge

A truly viral internet sensation that swept the world. Raising awareness of a little known disease and raising huge amounts of money for research. Skills Hive’s Maria Kamburova wrote an in depth post exploring the phenomenon and what we can learn from it from a communications standpoint.

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DID YOU KNOW? – The challenge is still on! It’s not just about cooling down by the pool mid summer! http://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/donations/Christmas+Appeal/christmas-appeal-2014

 

Black Friday

We found out just last month how the Brits do Thanksgiving! When presented with a time limited consumer offer what do we do? KICK OFF!

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Clearly not something to be proud of but none-the-less a fascinating phenomenon that has rather soured what could have been a really positive boost for the British economy, as well as an opportunity for consumers to further leverage their web based control over global brands. Yes, they are trying to drive us all to a purchase but they are now forced to listen and act on what we say about them. Open online communications mean we will always have more control over their brand perception than they do!

But in some ways the Black Friday phenomenon is similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s another example of how the internet and online marketing communications can influence behaviour on a massive scale.

 

Ebola Outbreak

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If there’s one thing we didn’t want to see go viral it’s Ebola! There still seems to be less information  about the impact of this potential epidemic than anything else on the web. Hopefully it is just because crisis is being successfully averted. One positive we can take from this I suppose is that, when it hits the fan, nations around the world can work together as equals to deal with shit that needs sorting out! Not just protecting own borders but getting out to Africa and helping deal with the root of the problem they face, proper collaboration. I am sure there is still more to do, maybe there will be a people driven awareness campaign in 2015?

Relentless Tech Acceleration

As in 2013, the pace of change in the world of technology continues to accelerate. In business, acquisitions of brands we have barely heard of by other brands we have t-shirts older than take place for fiscal numbers we didn’t even know existed! (Yes I’m talking about Facebook buying WhatsApp but there are other examples!)

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What fascinates me is the amount of press coverage science has received this year, especially astrophysics and space exploration. I often state that I read science fiction because I find it more relevant and inspiring than business literature, so this trend seems to me a reassuring acknowledgement that as a species we need to invest heavily in areas that previously seemed too speculative. Let’s hope Governments and businesses make leaps forward to try new things that could address the challenges our planet faces in the not too distant future be they environmental, economic, social or all of the above!

 

So what is it about 2014 that gives you a sense of achievement?

For Skills Hive it has been about becoming a real change agent in the world of business, in particular…

Team building

We continue to build the community of workers, involving them in events, training and project work that meet their needs. One guy in particular has become a key player in the development of Skills Hive this year, International MBA Student Sifei Ma, a big thanks to you Sifei!

Training

Feedback from our workshops show we are really helping to empower and inspire people to tune into their talents and use online tools to attract the right sort of work opportunities for them. Simple guidelines that help tell your personal story in an engaging way and demonstrate your skills, knowledge and general way of thinking.

Consultancy

Having helped deliver a number of EU funded business support projects we have been invited to Brussels to talk about our unique model. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about sustainable business from the standpoint of flexible working.

Project Management

As well as delivering a number of smaller tech and marketing projects for clients, we completed the second Take Your Shot program for Sony and Slenky. This activity has really started to attract attention, Manchester Metropolitan University even wrote a case study on our collaborative model as a demonstration of innovative 21st century business.

“For Sony, the project can be viewed as an extension of the corporation’s own human resource while at the micro level numerous small organisations and individuals interact in a dynamic network to deliver.”

We’re really looking forward to sharing our plans for 2015 with you and hearing about yours. For now why not tell us about your 2014 highlights?…

You are now about to witness…

 … The Strength of self knowledge

 

We’re all unique and that’s great.But it is difficult to benefit from that fact unless you really get to know yourself. We all have talents that enable us to do something better than others, but do we really understand what they are and how to put them to best use? One interesting way to start developing our understanding is to prioritise “talents” by defining our “strengths”.

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Recently I read a book “Now, discover your strengths” where the authors, Markus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton create a rigorous and compressive argument about why we all need to discover our strengths. Apart from talking about the core value of our strengths, in directing our natural purpose and “flow”, and quoting widely recognized research (trust me – there are hundreds of studies on self-cognition and self-development and not all of them are practical or useful), they’ve also designed a way for us to instantly discover our top five talents via a simple online questionnaire in association with the highly reputable Gallup Organization.

Methodology and Practice

The authors studied over two million people globally who have excelled in their careers. This helped them identify 34 broad themes under which to explore a range of associated strengths. Every theme shows different strengths, but no value judgement or weighting is assigned. (Be honest to yourself, there’s not wrong answer).

By knowing our strengths we can not only make critical decisions about our future direction, but also enhance our employability in relation to current market conditions and impacts on demand.

It seems intuitive that your performance will be better if you’re doing what you naturally do well. But some of it is counterintuitive: No amount of training will help you excel in your areas  of weakness. You can’t do anything you want to do – or be anything you want to be-because you’re just not going to be good at everything. But if you work with your talents, you can be extraordinary, says Tom Rath, the author of “Strengths Finder 2.0”.

Knowing our strength could benefit us…

- As an individual we are able to thoroughly assess our value and suitability in relation to opportunities in the environment we operate in, helping us identify those hard to find roles where we can truly flourish.

- As a manager we are able to be mindful of our own managing style in relation to the individuals we work with and to cultivate better the talents in our team.

- As a business, we are able to be thought leaders anticipating change and realising the potential of our collective strengths and talents.

I found their test really interesting and a useful exercise in reflection. I’ve always felt my main strengths were creativity, responsibility and creating harmony. However, the exercise showed that I am mainly strong as…

“Positivity” – People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

“Activator” – People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

“Maximizer” – People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

“Learner”- People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

“Intellection” – People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

For short definitions of all 34 strengths visit http://www.strengthstest.com/theme_summary.php

The results made me take a new look at my own situation and my past. Maybe some of the stresses and strains of life so far may have been caused by a mismatch of who I think I am and who I really am? People tend to feel more comfortable with things we’ve already understood and prefer to believe those we don’t know are what we are not good at. Is that true?

Try the test yourself or simply start to think about your top strengths. And let me know about your story. If you aren’t ready to commit to buying the book so you can access the full functionality of the website, you can try out this free “approximation” before deciding…

http://freestrengthstest.workuno.com/free-strengths-test.html

Have a great day and see you soon,

Mariella Kamburova

Communication Assistant

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About the organization:

As you hopefully know by now, Skills Hive is an online community of freelancers and project workers. We put together virtual teams to help our clients deliver business development opportunities and grow revenue. As we grow our client base there are many more opportunities arising for project assistants and project managers.

Purpose of the role…

Skills Hive are running a new project for a client, putting together a team to develop relationships with companies in the West Midlands. As usual it is all about putting together the right mix of people to deliver the task and bring the best out of each other. Although there will always be fun to be had on a Skills Hive project the timeframe is tight and we will need to focus to hit deadlines.

It is estimated that the project will be completed within 3 months. Your involvement is likely to be 3 to 6 days per month.

You need to have…

For this project we need an expert communicator to help us to…

-          Shape the communications strategy

-          Map the contact base

-          Develop communications toolkit

-          Write excellent copy for a range of audience types

-          Manage the messaging schedule to meet deadlines

You will get…

We are really keen to build a virtual team of excellent project managers to help deliver our pipeline of client opportunities, so this is your chance to establish yourself as a contender for future work in our core team.

-          Flexible working hours

-          Opportunities to travel

-          Exposure to major brands and influential contacts

-          Potential for further financial bonuses

Payment terms

We have budgeted to pay a pro-rata day rate of between £100 and £150 dependant on experience

Ebarts Entrepreneurs

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About the organization:

ebarts is the social e-currency that enables people to buy and sell without money.  We are an early-stage start-up with a strong social purpose – to unlock the wasted skills and resources within communities.

Unlike other digital currencies, you cannot buy ebarts, and it is not issued.  Instead, the currency is created by account holders as they buy and sell from one another. You can trade your time, skills, possessions, goods and services in a flexible and friendly way.  ebarts extends social networks into local communities, creating a new social economy.

ebarts was set up by three women, one of whom is a professor at the University of Greenwich, which is where we will launch ebarts in January 2015.  Our company culture is very open and supportive, and this is an opportunity to be involved in revolutionary technology that will give people the power to create their own currency.

Purpose of Job is

- To create trading opportunities before the website is formally launched.

- Set up trading activities or groups, such as a vintage clothing shop, a running club, Spanish conversation classes, IT support, cookery classes, maths tuition, bicycle repair, knitting, make-up, personal training… the possibilities are endless – we want your innovative ideas.

- To advertise the goods/services/events on the ebarts site and recruit traders

(There is a small budget for off-line marketing and events if these are required.)

You need to

- Have energy, ideas and commitment

- Be passionate about the potential of ebarts

- Able to promote it to others, both on-line and face to face

- Be fully capable of delivering your product/service.

- Be a current University of Greenwich Student (For the current phase of our pilot)

You will get

- Training and support will be provided, and we are open to applicants immediately

- The opportunity to try out your ideas

- Feedback from customers

- Potential new customers and networks

- Experience that is useful to your future planning

- A fun way of meeting new people and supplementing your income

Payment terms

Ebarts will pay you £100 for setting up a trading activity/opportunity/group, and recruiting 20 active traders.  You will be paid once these targets have been met.

There is also the opportunity to be paid in ebarts for ongoing recruitment, retention and management.

 

What do you know about #icebucketchallenge?

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No doubt this campaign will be remembered forever. Over 3 million people, including celebrities, famous business men and women, politicians and even ex- presidents got involved by pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads and posting video of themselves in social media.

The aim of this massive social media event was to create awareness of ALS Disease and to raise money for research. The campaign started on 31st July 2014 and by 29th August 2014 the donations had reached $ 100.9 million. Compared to the same period in 2013 where the donations were $ 2.8 million, the ALS Association reported a 3500 % increase of their donations just for 1 month.

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Isn’t that awesome?

Before we go any further, please take a moment to ask yourself – what do you really know about the ALS Association and this condition?

Let’s dive into this case study and find out more about the story behind #icebucketchallenge

ALS and ALS Association http://www.alsa.org/

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) http://www.mndassociation.org/

Global awareness of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis was brought about by Lou Gehrig in 1939, however the ALS disease was first identified in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (US) = Motor Neurone Disease (UK) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord of the patients, which in later stages may become totally paralysed.

The ALS Association is a US national non- profit organization raising money and working to “aggressively search for new treatments and a cure of ALS disease”.

 

Ice Bucket Challenge

When I saw for the first time a video of my fellow student Lidia Ivanova (https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152724187764388&set=vb.738494387&type=2&theater) pouring a bucket of ice water over her head, I thought that she probably has a hangover from last night or just doing some crazy video for fun. Then she nominated three other people to do the same thing including Tim Dickinson (also a fellow student) (https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152806895192224&set=vb.686122223&type=2&theater) he explained in his video why he was doing this and that is how I first learnt about Ice Bucket Challenge.

For a while I was thinking of those videos as just entertaining without thinking too much about the main message behind the campaign. I even got a bit jealous when my boyfriend was nominated, he did the #icebucketchallenge but he did not nominate me so I missed the chance to pour a bucket with ice water over my head. Shame indeed ?. Anyway. I forgave him!

Instead I took the challenge of our PR teacher Paul Simpson, who suggested we find out more about “the rules of the game”, other lesser known conditions and what made the activity so popular and successful for the charity. I found out some very interesting facts which could help others harness the real power of social media.

(https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152834777853296&set=vb.669513295&type=2&theater).

These were the rules for the Ice Bucket Challenge…

  • The person who has been nominated has 24 hours to accept and to do the challenge
  • People who accept the challenge have to donate $10 while those who don’t want to accept the challenge have to donate $100
  • The bucket of water has to contain ice as well
  • Before or after completing the challenge you have to nominate at least 3 other people
  • Before “the video star” starts pouring the ice water over his/her head they have to explain what it is all about (quite a few people missed this bit out)
  • Adding a link to the ALS website would be really helpful

Last and very important rule – children, animals and people with poor health condition cannot be challenged or force to do the ice bucket challenge.

The Facts – how everything started

The origin version of the ice bucket challenge started in mid 2013 to early 2014 and was known as a “Cold Water Challenge”. The challenged person had an option either to donate money or to jump into cold water. At the beginning the challenge wasn’t committed to any specific charitable causes.  Then in the middle of July Chris Kennedy, a golfer from Florida, was nominated by his friend. He posted his video on 15th July 2014 and passed the challenge to his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia, whose husband Anthony is the one suffering from ALS for 11 years. She did the Ice Bucket Challenge on 16th July 2014.

Soon after that Peter Flater a former Boston College baseball player, also diagnosed with ALS, was challenged by a friend. On 31th July 2014 his wife poured a bucket of ice water over his head and by posting this video on Facebook the campaign “Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral. “Everyone is being made aware of this disease and the reality of it,” Frates said.

People accepting the challenge started using hashtags #takingiceforantsenerchiajr and #StrikeOutALS to support a newly-formed not for profit baseball tournament to honour Anthony. Because of that the ALS Association received $15 million donations in just 5 days.

No professional marketers or PR specialists are behind the Ice Bucket Challenge. This totally spontaneous and authentic campaign was brought to the World organically through the people power of social media only.

The Challenge for Ice Bucket Challenge

Even though this campaign looks so noble and benevolent a few very serious allegations have been made against Ice Bucket Challenge and  ALS Association.

Wasting drinking water was one of the most discussed topics. Pictures of little children with statements like “Let me get this straight – you waste clean water as a challenge, in order to raise money for charity” or a group of Chinese people in Henan protesting against the ice Bucket Challenge by pouring buckets of rice over their heads. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2014/aug/25/ice-bucket-challenge-drought-henan-california-animal-rights-rice)

Another challenge for the campaign was given by the US Catholic Church. Recently The Independent newspaper announced that the US Catholic Church blocked donations over “immoral” embryonic stem cell research. ( http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ice-bucket-challenge-catholic-church-in-us-blocks-donations-over-immoral-embryonic-stem-cell-research-9689502.html)

Some Bloggers accused ALS Association by giving incorrect information and saying that 73% of the raised money will go fundraising, overhead, executive salaries, and external donations. (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/02/blog-posting/bloggers-incorrectly-blast-als-ice-bucket-challeng/)

But all this balanced dialogue and conversation is typical of the way social media works and why you should never try and control the natural evolution of the message. All this publicity, whether considered “good” or “bad” has helped raise awareness of ALS Disease worldwide.

The Lessons to take away

People love to be involved in causes and they are happy to give. As a marketing student my lesson from this campaign is something very obvious:

  • When something is communicated genuinely to the World it will always succeed

Chris Kennedy gave the key point of the success of “Ice Bucket Challenge” by saying “What started out as a small gesture to put a smile on Anthony’s face and bring some awareness to this terrible disease has turned into a national phenomenon and it is something we never could have dreamed of” (http://time.com/3136507/als-ice-bucket-challenge-started/).

Yes, that’s right -giving is a gesture. Many people do it every month by making monthly payment to some charity organization.

  • However, giving to charity causes shouldn’t be just about giving money

The Ice Bucket Challenge created awareness in such a wonderful way by having fun and bringing smiles to the faces of millions of people around the World.

Our lesson to take away from #icebucketchallenge is simple but very real:

  • Give from your heart, not just from your hands. The real way of making a difference is by giving with a smile, by giving with positive thought and by giving from your heart.

From a more professional business standpoint, it is also interesting to consider how we can inspire action in others in a legitimate and authentic way.

From that perspective The Ice Bucket Challenge has taught us that all communications should be…

- Clearly understandable

- Include an element of fun

- Involve action that is easy for participates to complete

- Leverage relevant channels such as twitter and youtube

- Have the potential to evolve as a story

- Be attractive to influential figures who can amplify the message

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If you can tick off most of those your communications will have the potential to go viral too!

So, I really want to know what you think about the Ice Bucket Challenge? Have you been challenged? Did you accept it? What’s the lesson you learnt?

Please, leave your comments below and if you like this post – share it with your friends.

 

Mariella Kamburova

 

Bid Writer for Funding

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Purpose of Job…

The role is an essential element of strategic development for the Business’s approach to project funding.

- Write and edit bids, proposals, expressions of interest, presentations and pre-qualification questionnaires to secure funding

- Complete bid documents to deadline and prepare them for dispatch, ensuring they are of consistent quality to meet the company’s high standards and conform to established branding style

- Project manage bidding opportunities working with colleagues to develop proposals, support bidding activity, monitor and report on progress, to support the achievement of projected growth targets

- Understand the public funding landscape and the approach by national and local government including European Union requirements, to identify and assess relevant business opportunities

- Analyse opportunities, assess risk, determine the business case and work in consultation with the finance department on bids, to secure funding partnerships

- Assess creative business ideas and develop plans to secure funding for them

- Undertake other duties appropriate to the post under the direction of the Business Development Director

You need to have…

- Excellent written communication skills including editing/précis ability, with an interest in developing them to produce high quality, successful proposals

- Comprehensive IT skills to produce high quality documents; competence in using Word, Excel (and preferably also Access and PowerPoint – must be willing to learn)

- Ability to research and establish evidential links to support bidding proposals

- Sufficient numeracy to understand the implications of project budgets and develop skills to draft budgets accurately and assess financial risks

- Able to develop presentations creatively, articulate and deliver them confidently, using a variety of media, to persuade and influence others, making the business case for the company

- Must be willing and able to work flexible, non-standard hours, under pressure, to meet tight deadlines

- Able to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of contexts

- Evidence of analytical skills and paying attention to detail, producing appropriate, accurate, high quality written work within often challenging word limits

- Knowledge of sources of information about tendering opportunities, understanding of and ability to assess new market opportunities in support of business strategy

- Good networking and interpersonal skills

You will get…

- Opportunities to work with large organisations

Payment Terms

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

Copywriter and Proof Reader

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Purpose of Job…

The role is to provide high quality written communications for all aspects of Business.

- Develop and proof highly-creative and engaging copy for marketing campaigns, and for the website

- Develop creative and brand-aligned copy for email marketing campaigns

- Provide compelling and persuasive content for our sales campaigns

- Develop copy that delivers a positive customer experience improving user journeys.

- Support the wider business in providing copy for Operations and Field Sales Executives (customer-facing emails, letters and brochures for example) and Corporate Partners

You need to…

- Be able to quickly become part of an existing collaborative team

- Have a passion for writing and an active interest in all things digital, with the ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, acutely passionate and agile team.

- Understand the importance of high-quality, straight-talking and creative copy in positioning the brand, delivering a best-in-class customer experience, and driving traffic and conversions.

- Have a keen eye for accuracy in terms of spelling, punctuation and grammar usage, ensuring we appear professional at all times

- Have an agile approach to resolving problems

You will get…

- Opportunities to work with large growth brands and entrepreneurial companies

- Creative freedom to explore your skills in line with the briefs issued

Payment Terms…

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

 

Financial Services Administrator

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Purpose of Job…

The role is to provide complete administration support for a team of Independent Financial Advisors.

- Booking meetings

- Preparing schedules

- Completing applications

- Delivering Financial analysis

- Managing client communications

You need to…

- Be able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision

- Be comfortable using Microsoft Office and dealing with simple formula’s in Excel.

- Be good at carrying out computer based research and data analysis

- Be skilled in organising tasks and monitoring progress to hit deadlines

- Have an agile approach to resolving problems

You will get…

- Regular flexible work that can be completed from home

- Development of key employability skills and knowledge around financial services

Payment Terms…

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

 

Accountant Service Sales

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Purpose of Job…

The role is to generate business growth for a firm of accountants.

- Excellent cold calling skills with a flair for building opportunities from scratch

- Close deals selling accountant services, managed services

- Work with the accountants regarding possible contacts/appointments or campaigns

- Report back to the Manager with accurate information and attend internal Sales meetings

You need to have…

- Good networking and interpersonal skills

- Strong customer facing skills (ideally including accountancy service experience)

- Ability to organise tasks and monitor progress to hit deadlines

- Excellent report writing skills

- Ability to adapt, understand and find solutions to customers’ business problems according to their requirements

- Proven presentation skills, able to represent the company at road-shows, exhibitions and seminars

You will get…

- Opportunities to work with large brands and entrepreneurial businesses

- Potential for travel

Payment Terms…

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

 

What makes you unique? GUEST POST

I was always told that with a name like mine, I must be destined to do great things.  My name?  I’m Sanchia De’Cage; a Behavioural Specialist who has worked with children with special and additional needs for over 10 years, with a background in Psychology and a particular interest in autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). The fruits of my labor during this time have been in being a catalyst for children learning to speak and communicate effectively instead of injuring themselves out of frustration; or seeing a more holistic environment for a child due to their parents learning the effects of their behavior on their child; or even seeing a teacher learn more effective and long lasting ways of engaging with a child with a special need.  I suppose in some ways, this may be observed as a great act.  It has a ripple effect, impacting the lives of the child needing support or early intervention, their siblings, family members, peers, teachers and so on.

If you were to imagine going a whole day without having any of your needs met, and how this would leave you feeling, is to give you a snapshot into the importance of this work for children with additional needs and the impact on the lives of many.

Imparting change is not an easy thing to do; it requires dedication, hard work, and patience if a child can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach the way they will learn.  Systematically, this is the ethos that Head Start-ASD takes when working with children with challenging behavior and additional needs.

We are a specialist training and consultancy business providing support to families and professionals with limited experience in teaching and managing challenging behaviour in their children.  We are like a psychological Supernanny provision working to provide children and young people with access to happier childhoods, and this is exactly what I communicated to the judges at the 2014 Greenwich University Business Plan competition.  As always (so I am told), there was a high calibre of entrants and after being narrowed down to one of 11 finalists from 150 initial applicants, Head Start-ASD worked hard to win over a range of five judges, achieving a place of second runner up!  This outcome was a great achievement and validated the hard work and dedication that has so far gone into developing a viable business that meets a real social issue and need.

Some great advice was received from the judges, who also included Skills Hive’s Mike Orchard, who has since been a great business connection/advisor in business development and strategy.  At an unrelated course some time back, I was told how important it is in starting a business, to prepare the network that you will need in the future.  This stayed with me, and I have since had the pleasure of attending a great networking session with Skills Hive to do just that, meeting likeminded professionals, making great contacts and bouncing around ideas.

It takes a village to raise a child, and like many new businesses, to create the impact of a potential (or virtual) village, Head Start-ASD aim to grow to provide a virtual team through Skills Hive to support the work that we do, the reach that we can have and therefore the positive impact on the lives of children with additional needs.  Such a team could involve sales and marketing members to widen our growth and customer awareness of our training courses and consultancy services, it could be to conduct research for our social media pages and blog posts, or the development of our merchandise through market research, sales and distribution.

Frontline team members may also be trained to implement direct social skills training and interventions with children, and/or to support in the delivery of our courses.  The depth and breadth or the work that we do requires great commitment, and this often offers the greatest reward.

There are 1.5 million children diagnosed with learning and behaviour difficulties in England alone, yet it is a worldwide issue. The theory of six degrees of separation between everyone and everything guarantees that you are connected to someone, somewhere who could benefit from such a service.

Join and connect with us via our Facebook (www.facebook.com/HSASD) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/HeadStart_ASD) Pages.  Visit the website at www.headstart-asd.com or write us an email at: info: headstart-asd.com

 

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Head Start-ASD