Karen Morledge is a multi-award winning marketing and PR specialist who is passionate about enabling businesses to benefit from her 15 years industry experience and knowledge. Her informative talk will provide practical suggestions for attendees to realise opportunities within a business and some top tips of how to implement effective and efficient public relations yourselves.
Karen is the founder of Morledge & Co. which launches officially in April. Having set up a PR company in 2010 and growing it to a top 20 PR and marketing agency in the South West, she sold her business in 2017. However, she is delighted to now be back working with ambitious businesses in Somerset and beyond with her new venture; Morledge & Co.
Topic: The Positive Power of Asking Questions in Developing Yourself and your Business
With Wendy Dick
Highly successful businesses ask “why” (Simon Sinek). Our approach to asking questions at work can remove barriers, unlock potential, inspire, build resilience, improve problem solving skills and so enhance business performance. This sessions combines Leadership and Coaching theories focused on the power of questions and provides tools for you to use in developing yourself and your business.
Podcasting for Business
With Russ Haworth
Podcasting is one of the fastest growing ways of speaking directly to your ideal customer, people are often put off as it is too expensive or complicated. Russ will dispel these and other myths and show you how easy it can be as he shares his own experiences through The Family Business Podcast.
Russ is a Chartered Financial Planner and Family Business Consultant with Proposito Financial Planning and also works with a Not for Profit organization called The International Centre for Families in Business (ICFIB). He is also the host of The Family Business Podcast. He specializes in helping family businesses with the transition from one generation to the next.
Check out the Family Business Podcast here!
Do you believe in aliens?
With John Holden
AI Artificial Intelligence! will your business adapt, survive and thrive.
John Holden provides an insight into Tomorrow Today being prepared to survive financially in today fast changing environment. Bring your Notebooks .
A Lancashire Lad who took the Queens shilling and joined the Royal Marines, travelled the world for 10 years before settling in Taunton with his wife Caroline and 3 children.
John was involved with finance at domestic & corporate level, then ran his own successful mortgage company, before taking a break to focus on his family and health. He spent 10 years as a (SSAFA) Soldiers Sailors, Air Force Family Association case worker, along with being the Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Taunton as well as various charities. John is currently a Professional Network marketer and the opportunity to become involved in Network marketing.
Building a passive income provided the security, time and freedom to allow John to pursue his passion of public speaking and helping others. Earning as much money as possible over the next 10 years then spending the rest of his life giving it away, using it to do good in the world is John long term goals.
With Nick Elston
Based on his own experiences of OCD, GAD & Anxiety - Nick will engage us with Top 10 Tips on how to manage Anxiety in your personal & business lives.
The Nick Elston Group specialises in providing Motivational Speakers on Mental Health & Wellbeing topics, running inspirational Workplace Wellbeing events for businesses, organisations & universities - as well as Presentation Coaching for Sales, Networking, Speaking or Private Events.
How to get the most from your numbers
With Vicki Lamch
My fellow business owners, I bet most of you didn't go into business because you wanted to be an accountant! However there is no getting around it, you can make better decisions about your business if you utilise the numbers in it. So what are some of the key financials that will help you get control, clarity and confidence in your business? We'll look at some of the key ones and what they might tell you about your business.
Pyramis Solutions offer Finance Director-like services for growing business that may not be ready for a full time internal Finance Director, which is often a cost that just cannot be supported in the earlier years of business. Vicki has worked within or with Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) since 2002 and recognises businesses need to be dynamic, resourceful with limited resources and flexible, but also benefit hugely from having an experienced financial professional available to the business on it's journey from start up to maturity, so packages with Pyramis Solutions start from half a day a month, making it accessible for small businesses to lay a strong financial foundation to build on.
The three A's of Accountability
With Niki Matyjasik
Niki is a Business Buddy working with small to medium size businesses to grow & develop to the next level! She gets to work as part of their team, rolls up her sleeves and gets to work with them. The key areas that she really helps businesses to focus on is for them to keep on track & stay accountable.
Business planning and development from the inside out
With Rosy Jeffrey
Rosy will discuss the key points to consider when developing a plan for a new or existing business. With only 30 minutes it will be a whistle stop tour, but the intention is to provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your own business and consider whether it is time to re-assess where you are and where you want to get to.
Run by chartered accountants Rosy Jeffery and David Challenger, Being Your Best works with the core values and aspirations of individuals to help produce a sustainable and financially viable plan for your business and your life.
Both have worked with and within businesses for many years. Rosy set up her own accountancy practice from scratch, built it up and sold it. David has been a partner in one of the largest independent firms of accountants in South Wales for 35 years. They both enjoy the strategic aspects of businesses, and enjoy helping people and businesses achieve their full potential.
It is common for a business to be unconscious in its development after the first rush of excitement and planning. It is easy to react to what is going on around you without noticing what is really happening within the business. Small, almost imperceptible changes, each moving you slightly away from the place that you really want to be, can result in finding yourself a long way from the dream you started with.
Customer Service Insights - Find your Extraordinary
With Janet Phillips
Surveys show that 8 out of 10 people would choose a brand because of better customer service over price.
Good customer service is important to every business in every sector, but being extraordinary is vital to thrive. Where is your differentiator?
Join Janet for a journey of discovery into customer service insights to help you to find your extraordinary and grow your business.
This interactive customer-centric workshop will give participants a greater understanding of why customers may defect, a way to examine their own beliefs on customer service and some keys elements to delivering extraordinary service.
Janet’s diverse career spans B2C and B2B, Corporates, SME’s & Microbusinesses, frontline delivery through to Senior Management and now a successful business owner and co-founder of anew South West.
Janet is a licenced Coach & Trainer, accomplished Project Manager, and Inspirational Leader, having delivered services across a very diverse spectrum of businesses including major high street banks, utility service businesses, retail, tourism, hospitality, manufacturing and engineering sectors, education, and many professional services businesses.
Janet is passionate about helping others to be successful in business and/or personally, enabling GROWTH and personal fulfilment by unlocking potential through reflective learning.
Her true passion for creating extraordinary memorable experiences shines through leaving you feeling energised and enthused to create more magical moments for your customers thus enriching your business to grow.
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Digital Taunton: Addressing the needs of our digital communities and local businesses.
With Shane Griffiths
Digital Taunton is a new initiative setup and run by a number of local businesses and individuals who are passionate in ensuring that Taunton is not left behind and known as a town with a vibrate digital community, filled with skilled people who are willing to collaborate and work together.
Taunton is lagging behind neighbouring towns and cities when it comes to a digital culture of collaboration and innovation. It effects many areas of our economy, including infrastructure, education, jobs and skills. As one of the founding members of this initiative, Shane will discuss what this means and how we plan to tackle these issues and what you can do to help.
Shane is the co-founder and designer at The Idea Bureau, A remotely distributed creative digital team focused on designing and building engaging websites, apps and digital services which have a positive impact around the world. The Idea Bureau collaborate with a diverse range of incredibly interesting clients including international NGOs, government, advocacy organisations, charities, civil society organisations, start ups and small businesses around the world.
Our 6th birthday - How well do you know businesses in Somerset? – An interactive presentation celebrating the variety and diversity of business across the region.
With Alastair Tudor
Somerset Chamber of Commerce
Head of Chamber Services
Swat-up for an interactive evening celebrating business across the Somerset region. Using the well tested medium of a light-hearted quiz, we’ll traverse the Somerset region, discovering the unusual, the market leading and the downright interesting companies who call Somerset home. Our 1600 square miles of countryside, towns and city (!) hold a wide variety of organisations; some very public household names and others who like to keep a little quieter about what they do.
The winner of the quiz will receive a sought-after Somerset Chamber of Commerce mug but hopefully everyone will leave the evening a little richer.
Somerset Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business support organisation which promotes and lobbies for business development in Somerset.
Established in 1994, the Somerset Chamber works hard to support local businesses and specifically our 550 strong network of member businesses covering all industry sectors from sole-traders to multi-national corporations. Combined with local Town Chambers, the Somerset Chamber represent over 2000 businesses across Somerset.
Somerset Chamber is one of only 52 Chambers accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce, which represents over 100,000 businesses in the UK and is the only truly independent UK business support organisation which has local representation, credibility in the eyes of the government and the media, and is consulted at all levels by Government.
Collaborate and accelerate
With Tamsen Garrie
Raising capital and accessing credit is becoming increasingly difficult for small businesses and with competitors becoming increasingly innovative and clients and customers becoming more and more selective about where they spend their money, growing a sustainable business is more challenging than ever before. More than ever, small businesses need to band together in order to compete with larger firms. There is immense power in collective energy and businesses that recognise this and actively seek to work together in partnership with others, both in their field and outside of their field, have the opportunity to achieve economies of scale and grow sustainably.
So, collaboration is good. But HOW do you do it effectively? WHO do you collaborate with? WHEN do you make the decision to work together? And HOW do you ensure that it works for all parties? In this talk, Tamsen will introduce us to the 3 C’s of Collaboration: Creativity, Capability, Capacity, and explain 5 different ways that we could be, and possibly already are, collaborating with people that are already right under our nose!
Ditching a successful HR and management career at 29, Tamsen moved to Melbourne, Australia where she re-trained in Psychology, Clinical Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy and Coaching. Moving back to the UK in 2006, Tamsen embarked on the journey of self-employment and it was the combination of corporate HR and operational management, strong leadership and an inherent understanding of people that enabled her to take her first business from start-up to an associate model in just 18 months whilst also leading the growth of the business network 4Networking nationally.
She went on to write the landmark book ‘The Act Of Attraction In Business’ and to and to develop numerous business growth programmes (including enACT) and hassince been invited to write for many business books and publications. Her experience working with thousands of businesses, training hundreds of leaders and developing dozens ofteams has resulted in a thorough understanding of the many challenges that are familiar to business owners and this coupled with her engaging communication style makes her widely sought after speaker.
Mind, confidence and performance
With Emma Treby
You have often heard the term ‘I’m in two minds….’ Emma will take you on a whistle stop tour of the brain, based on modern neuroscience, to explain in simple terms how the brain works and how you can use this powerful tool to create more success in life, work and relationships. We may have 1 brain, but we very definitely have 2 minds. In order to enable focus, confidence and performance there are steps we can take to ensure we are training our brain for success and tapping into all our resources in order to realise hidden potential
Emma began her career as a University Lecturer with a passion for recognising the importance of bringing together an understanding of our environment with that of our culture and behaviour. Having worked across environmental and health decision-making and focusing on the role of effective public participation within this, Emma’s interest in psychology and how the brain works became key. Emma then moved into the charitable sector and took up the role of Research and Development Director and here, managed and ran many successful research projects in the area of disability and health.
Emma’s recognition that ‘happiness was an inside job’ led to her retraining in solution-focused clinical hypnotherapy before setting up her own hypnotherapy practice. Now Emma can bring into play her skills and interest in bringing information to life and relevance for the individuals she sees in her therapy room.
How to hook your audience
With Elizabeth Toohig
When speaking, whether it's a 40 second networking intro, conversation with a potential client or giving a keynote talk, one of the biggest challenges is being able to quickly connect with the listener.
This evening Elizabeth Toohig, The Speech Sculptor, will deliver an interactive session where you will learn:
The Speech Sculptor: Teaching you the art and craft of a great talk Elizabeth Toohig works with people at whatever stage in their speaking career – from giving a talk for the first time (emerging speaker) to those who speak and present frequently (confident and accomplished speakers).
The Speech Sculptor helps you improve your techniques, use more sophisticated tools and refine your work so that the talk, speech or presentation you give (no matter what size the audience or what occasion) is the best reflection of you.
There are many elements to a great talk including:
Like a lot of things in life, the more you prepare the less nervous you’ll be. Of course, knowing what and how to prepare is key.
This is where Elizabeth comes in. A Toastmaster speech champion and former Head Teacher, she has a wealth of experience at her disposal. Elizabeth helps people to develop clarity, confidence and build a connection with their audience. Elizabeth does this using her tried and tested TREAT™ process.
Break through to fast growth
With Chris Lorimer
South West Growth Service
Governments, Banks, Investors… they all yearn to know the secret that turns companies from steady state to fast growth – a beguilingly small proportion of all businesses that have a disproportionate impact on global wealth creation and employment levels. Typically though, the successful menu can be boiled down to just 7 key areas, albeit each one requires a lot of thought to implement effectively.
If you are looking to drive your business forward and scale up then this workshop is for you. Led by Chris Lorimer, an accomplished business consultant and a founding Director of South West Growth Service who has helped many businesses achieve significant growth. With a previous career as a corporate banking Director, Chris understands what it takes to achieve rapid growth and develop a valuable business.
Chris' background is originally in banking, where he worked as a Head of Small Business and a Corporate Director at Barclays and then led operational excellence activity across International and Private Banking. He has been an independent management consultant since 2013 and his client base spans education, training, marketing, manufacturing, business services, and the public sector. He is the founder of two active business networking groups.
His core areas of expertise include:
The importance of Cyber Security within your businesses
With Kate Doodson
Cyber Security is a prominent topic currently as many businesses have become victim to cyber-crimes, causing major disruption to their day to day activities. This event will help businesses understand how to stay safe online and how to avoid being a target of cyber criminals.
Cosmic is digital, smart and ethical. We work in partnership with organisations locally in the South West and across the UK to enable them to benefit from digital skills, working smarter, engaging with society and delivering value to all sections of the community. Cosmic is one of the UK’s leading ethical digital businesses with more than two decades’ experience in bringing the value of digital innovations to our partners, helping them to benefit as part of the connected, digital world.
Providing rock-solid leadership to the delivery of all our projects and managing our range of project partners, Kate manages the team that delivers wide variety of projects that focus on digital inclusion, including the Connecting Devon and Somerset superfast broadband programme for demand stimulation.
She is also a key member of the training team and regularly presents at workshops and events at regional, national and international stages. She is able to bring a keen sense of technology and digital developments. She also provides input to our major website projects, particularly in ensuring the best approach to design and architecture of these project
How to create a mindful business
With Becky Wright www.newleaf.uk.com
Creating the space for mindful reflection at work fosters the skills that are considered highly critical in the business world in order to be successful. The biggest problem with mindfulness says Becky is that it is becoming part of the self-help movement—and hence part of the disease that it is supposed to cure. Becky believes that Mindfulness has been grabbed in recent years as a way to help people cope with their own powerlessness in the workplace. She seeks to move from this model to learning how to bring reflectivity and greater awareness into our work so we can develop more mindful business which helps us feel more in control of ourselves and therefore our business lives
Becky is an accomplished and highly regarded motivational speaker who enhances well being by using a unique form of coaching called Life Design, which integrates counselling and coaching. She delivers a range of engaging motivational and educational presentations, at national conferences, and to SMEs and local groups. She is a senior accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and a full member of the Association for Coaching. She spent her early years in a Buddhist Monastery and taught meditation for 7 years within prison and in community groups.
Becky has proven abilities in enhancing productivity and creativity in the workplace and optimising wellness through a range of talks including Managing Change and Transition, Developing Emotional Resilience, Managing Stress, Managing People More Effectively, Developing Leadership Skills and Stimulating Creative Thinking.
She is the Founder and Director of New Leaf Life Design, a company she established in 1992, which has developed an excellent reputation as a compassionate and supportive provider of coaching and counselling services, committed to helping individuals and businesses grow and flourish. An advocate of corporate social responsibility, Becky actively engages the community and supports a greener environment through innovative projects and activities.
A published researcher, she holds an MSc in Counselling Research and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, and has been featured in Cosmopolitan and psychology magazines. She has won the Pavilion Publishing Innovation in Training Award, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Award and achieved Finalist in Taunton Deane Business Awards, and Cosmopolitan and House of Fraser Woman of Achievement in Education Award.
Social Media Masterclass - maximise the power of Social Media for your business
With Laura Brown and Peter Andrews - www.introtweet.com
Social Media has the power to transform any business. Peter and Laura of Introtweet will discuss in this masterclass how businesses of any sector can best utilise Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to reach their customers, prospective customers and target audience.
Attend this event to pick up tips and tricks on extending your Facebook reach, using twitter to build your brand awareness & learn how you can use Instagram to gain an instant new audience! Bring a note pad to scribble lots of notes!
Introtweet was established in July 2013 by Laura Brown & since then has grown into a successful Social Media business with a brilliant reputation both in their local Taunton area & across the UK. Introtweet are great speakers & regularly speak at business events, local networking groups & are regular features at The Spring & Autumn Fair in Birmingham, Europe's Biggest retail event.
Laura & Peter help businesses maximise the potential of Social Media either via Social Media management, Social Media training or large scale workshops. Some of their clients have included world leaders in their industry & most recently, South West Water have taken advantage of their bespoke workshop services.
How to earn more from your small business
With Paul Munnery www.paulmunnery.com
This workshop will be of particular interest to owners of a micro or small business with a five or six-figure turnover.
I’m assuming a key reason that you run your own business, is to earn money. Certainly more money than if you were employed in a conventional job. Which is great, because as I hope you’ve already found, when you run your business properly, it can be a highly rewarding moneymaking ‘machine’.
But, here’s the problem.
Many business owners are not earning as much as they’d like from their small business.
Given all the hard work they put in and invest, they’re not happy and with the amount of money they earn for themselves and their family.
Fortunately, this is a problem I can help most business owners to fix.
In our workshop, I’ll share with you some of the changes that business owners I’ve coached have made to turn their situation around and earn more from their small business. Much more: and not just in the year ahead but also consistently into the future.
As a Personal Business Coach, my goal is to help owners of micro and small businesses achieve success and realise their potential faster than they thought possible.
Before providing Personal Business Coaching, I’d been a successful entrepreneur and businessman starting-up, growing and selling my businesses over a twenty-five year period, including three hi-tech companies in the wireless voice & data sector.
Since leaving the last of my businesses in 2006, I’ve coached or mentored over two hundred ambitious business owners / directors across the world, from start-up to £30m turnover, across seventy unique business sectors: and helped them acquire higher-level business skills and run a better, more profitable business that’s easier to manage.