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Are you aware of the bid/tender co-ordinator apprenticeship?

By - | Thornton & Lowe

The ability to write a competitive and strong tender submission requires preparation, planning and time. A bid/tender apprenticeship can enable you to plan and prepare effectively to increase your success rates. The role of bid and proposal professionals is integral to how businesses win work. A key part of the sales and business development function, is that a bid and proposal professional works across various business teams to bring together compelling, customer focused proposals and tender submissions to win business. Apprenticeships are proven to be a cost effective way for employers to develop their own talent and to ensure the sustainability of their workforce. Here are some of the many...

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Resolutions broken already?

By Gill Hutchinson | Aardvark Marketing Consultants Ltd

January is the only time in the year when I’m unable to book the classes I love at my gym. I know that it’s temporary because many of the additional people booking in will have run out of willpower in a few days. Things will revert to normal soon. Clearly most people cannot change ingrained habits they’ve acquired over a lifetime in a few days. The quieter atmosphere in the gym or the bottle of wine on a Friday provides the proof. Running a business is full of ups and downs, some of which can be anticipated and contingencies put in place. Other changes come unexpectedly ‘out of the blue’. When you’re the boss, not only are you responsible for smoothing the course of the business for yourself...

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This Week in Brexit: 13th January 2017

By Elliot Mason | GBCC

We’ve battled through the snowstorms to bring you this week’s Brexit blog post and it’s been a busy week as 2017 shifts into gear… The Economy This week has seen the FTSE 100 perform strongly. It closed on Thursday at a record level for the 11th day in a row; the first time ever that it has managed this feat. The day was nicknames ‘Super Thursday’ because of the number of retail updates that were released. Meanwhile, the FTSE 250’s performance this week was mixed with the index closing on Thursday near to where started on Monday. Despite the pound enjoying gains against the dollar mid-week following a bizarre press conference performance from US President-elect Donald Trump, the pound’s value...

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This Week in Brexit: Politics

By Raj Kandola | GBCC

The start of the year saw an announcement which caused ripples across  the political spectrum, as Sir Ivan Rodgers handed in his notice as UK Ambassador to the EU. Despite having originally planned to retire in November, Mr Rodgers brought an early end to his tenure as Britain’s top civil servant in Brexit negotiations. Having been appointed by former PM David Cameron, Sir Ivan had hit the headlines prior to Christmas when a memo of his was leaked which suggested negotiating a trade deal with the EU could take up 10 years and still not be successful. A number of Labour Frontbenchers were quick to bemoan the news and the significant EU expertise that the Government would lose in light of Sir Ivan...

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Always be a big fish

By Chris Hutchinson | Aardvark Marketing Consultants

Are you a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? Generally, it’s better to dominate a niche than be a small player in a bigger marketplace.  Brand leadership tends to be self-sustaining, for example it is a well-established fact that over half of the marketing communication in a given category is attributed to the brand leader by customers, regardless of which brand was actually communicating.  So if you’ve got a great new fizzy cola and you spend lots of money advertising it, most of the benefit goes to Coca Cola or Pepsi, depending on which country you are in. New customers, especially those who may not know much about what they are buying are also very easily drawn to ‘the...

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Why on earth were we surprised about Trump and Brexit

By Robbie Beak | Heart of England Partnering

We normally write our blogs about our work. But today it felt like time to share some wider thoughts about society, politicians and the silent majority! I spent the morning wondering, am I surprised at the US Preseidential election result because it is not what I wanted or because it is not what I expected? I realised that it is neither of those. I am surprised because, it turns out, that along with everyone I know, I am so very out of touch with ‘the silent majority’. It may be a slim majority, numerically, both in Brexit and the US Election, but given I thought I lived solidly in the mainstream of opinion, its a pretty sizemic revelation. When you look at why people voted for Trump yesterday,...

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President’s Christmas blog

By Paul Kehoe | President

Every year, at some point on Christmas Day, I either listen to or watch the Queen's Speech. Usually, Her Majesty reflects on the year past and weaves the first Christmas Story seamlessly into her narrative. At the end of the speech, she leaves the audience typically uplifted with a message of hope for the year to come. Whilst in no way suggesting any comparison between her Majesty's annual address and mine, I suspect that she will touch on the difficult year we have just had. 2016 will be seen as a pivotal year, I am sure, where new destinies were forged, paradigms shifted  and conventions were dropped from the turmoil of voters doing unpredictable things, and others doing abominable acts....

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The bigger picture – wider skills can bring much to your business.

By Simon Chapman | Yee Group Limited

Today there are different routes out there to achieve those skills and expertise. When you look at a prospective employee’s CV prior to their interview, do you pay much attention to their skills and experience beyond their academic achievements? Increasingly employers are doing just that, having taken note on the achievements of their other employees who have progressed and made successful careers. As a client recently told me, ‘We will be looking more widely at all-round experience and the ability to handle situations beyond pure academic achievement’. ‘The way that businesses are now developing their processes and practices mean that a wider skills base is even more critical. New technologies,...

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Politics: 16th December

By Raj Kandola | GBCC

Monday saw Chancellor Phillip Hammond quizzed by the Treasury Select Committee on Brexit negotiations. Mr Hammond suggested that Britain would seek a transitional deal in order to minimise any negative impact on the economy. However, the Chancellor was criticised by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage for “backsliding” on the deal to leave the EU and by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron for a supposed lack of clarity on the issue. On Tuesday, a House of Lords report was released in which peers noted that the Government would be naïve to expect a “free lunch” when negotiating a trade deal with the EU and called for a transitional phase to stop any detrimental impacts on the economy. After appearing...

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Message from James Burn: Green Party Candidate for WMCA Mayor

By James Burn | Green Party Candidate for WMCA Mayor

I'm standing as the Green Party’s candidate for the West Midlands mayor because I want to see an inclusive and accountable authority, focussed on building a home-grown economy, based on up-and-coming areas (like low carbon manufacturing and innovation), where no-one is left behind. So, what would that look like for the business community? To start with, it means a commitment to listen to business owners, and to take an active approach to engaging and collaborating. It means setting up methods by which I can be held to account as mayor. Currently, the existing proposals for scrutinising the mayor and WMCA are very lacking indeed. If we are to expect the public, let alone businesses, to come to...

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