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29-Mar-2018

 

Guest speaker Karise Hutchinson Provost at the Ulster University Coleraine chatting with attendees at the Power of 4 Program run by the Causeway Enterprise Agency in association with Women in Business.

March has ended on a high for the Power of 4 Programme with Dr Karise Hutchinson delivering a powerful session on action planning at the last of the four training sessions.

Power of 4 is a Business start-up programme delivered by Causeway Enterprise Agency for women of all ages and backgrounds and has 18 participants with a wide range of business ideas, from workshops for children and services for the elderly to bespoke crafts to are all ready to take those ideas into action.

Running every Tuesday over March, the training has been jam packed with input from local successful women in business.

DAY 1,REFINING THE IDEA, was all about the ideas and focused on what motivates the customer to make a purchase. Karen Yates, our first role model, told her story of being involved in Zing Marketing Design and Print, and how she was driven to set up Taylor Yates,her thoughtfully designed and beautifully made range of handbags. Karen’s gorgeous bags definitely instilled ‘desire’ among the group!

DAY 2, MARKETING, the input was all about effective marketing and selling. Camilla Long of Bespoke Communications underlined the importance of communication and networking – especially in a place like Northern Ireland. People buy from people – we sometimes forget this in such a busy online world. The afternoon, the energetic Debbie Rymer of SAND Marketing extolled on the benefits of effective social media and set up the closed Facebook page for the group which has worked a treat, with lively interaction going on between the training session. Thanks Debbie!

DAY 3, THE MONEY, we focused in on finance with input from Vincent Lusby, Invest NI. Client Executive about the sources of funding available for innovative start-ups.

DAY 4, PLANNING, Our second role model, Sue McLoughlin, founder of BlueBird Care Coleraine, spoke to the group about starting up nine years ago and the challenges and achievements she has faced along the way. Sue and Karise both emphasised the importance of making time for planning if you want to make a business succeed and grow.

Po4 helps participants build confidence and take their ideas from concept to launch, along with offering both practical and specialist support.

NEXT STEP

The next element of the programme will be monthly evening networking meetings with input from expert and peer mentors. Expert mentoring will cover such start-up areas as finance, marketing, planning and tendering.

Developed by Women in Business NI more than 60 women have benefited from the support the programme offers to date. With a success rate of 67% of participants making their business idea a reality, Power of 4 is a hugely successful model.

Thanks to Women in Business NI for providing the funding for Power of 4 Causeway programme and enabling the women of the North Coast to avail of this support.

View full galley here

If you have a business idea or need some help contact Causeway Enterprise Agency on 028 7035 6318 or email info@causeway-enterprise.co.uk or Women In Business NI on 084 5607 6041 or email info@womeninbusinessni.com



Powerful Women encouraging Female Entrepreneurship

23-Mar-2018

Sarah Travers hosting the Q&A session with entrepreneurs Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct, Terese Charles Tech Entrepreneur, Grainne Kelly of BubbleBum, Edel Doherty of Beyond Business Travel and Celebrity Chef Paula McIntyre at the 2nd Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018 held at Galgorm Resort and Spa organised by Women in Business and the Causeway Enterprise Agency

Have you forgotten already? We hope not, we are of course referring to the amazing panel of female entrepreneurs that we all got the chance to listen to at the Be Bold for progress conference two weeks ago. As promised this is the second blog in our series with the thoughts and ideas we captured on the day. Time flies and we would like to bring you back into the room that day and help each one of you to grow and learn from the best.

This year’s panellists were, Tracy Hamilton from Mash Direct, the mashed potatoes, Paula McIntyre, author, broadcaster, chef, and cook, Therese Charles, tech entrepreneur, educator, researcher, and wannabe Astronaut, and Edel Doherty from Beyond Business Travel, who knows everything there is to know about business trips….

The panel were interviewed and challenged by the lovely Sarah Travers and joined by one of our key note speakers Grainne Kelly from BubbleBum.

We are lucky to know people in business that are prepared to share their personal story, but this panel showed extreme bravery, honesty and integrity by sharing huge personal and business challenges with us.

Tracy Hamilton was first up. Mash Direct was established with her husband Martin, after they decided to diversify their farm business by adding value to their wholesale farming business. Fourteen years on, Mash Direct is a flourishing farming and food production enterprise and exports its innovative range across the world. Tracy has been instrumental in turning Mash Direct into a household name and Brand Leader throughout the UK and Ireland, ranged in over 5,000 stores. In fact, they have now launched in the USA but Tracy explained the difficulties of running the farm and the business, the challenges and benefits of working with your husband and now her children. She keeps it altogether with her own brand of tenacity, determination and ‘if it’s not in the diary its doesn’t happen’, under Tracy’s leadership the business has not only grown, it has won over 125 awards, truly inspiring.

Therese Charles was probably largely unknown to most of you, in truth that’s how she likes it, but we are pretty sure that most of you still remember her story…Therese explained that school, ‘didn’t work for me’, she didn’t know why, she knew she wanted to be an Astronaut but her teachers had a different view stating in one school report that, “Therese’s imagination runs away with her to the detriment of her English and grammar”. So she became a Rally Driver, as you do, competed, did well and broke her back in an RTA when she was 18 years old. She was told she probably wouldn’t walk again, the first of 7 surgeries was carried out on her 21st birthday. It was 1994, she couldn’t be an Astronaut or a Rally Driver, she went back to school, fell in love with technology, found she had a skill, completed 2 degrees and decided she wanted to research the addictive nature of games and help ‘kids like her’ to learn. Do you remember how quiet the room was when Therese told her story? She created Silverfish in 2011 along with her team of geeks, she made apps, educational games and applied game technology in other sectors like healthcare. Often this would be the end of the story where the clever entrepreneur reaps the benefits of all their hard work, for Therese there have been more challenges. Her fit and healthy appearance on the day belied further health problems that she has bravely fought through, she is driven by wanting to help those ‘kids like me’, she gets up everyday to do just that. What got you out of bed this morning?

Edel Doherty was a director of Selective Travel management for 17 years before she started her travel management company BEYOND Business Travel 7 years ago. The Business under Edel’s leadership has grown year on year to the successful company it is now with a turnover of £13 million and a team of 20 people. Experts in travel management for ambitious companies BEYOND make sure everyone is at their best no matter where they are in the world delivering world class service and cutting-edge technology. Softly spoken she may be but there is no end to this business woman’s achievements, she selflessly praised her team as key to the company’s success and glowed at the client feedback, a few days before following the chaos caused by the ‘beast from the east’. Her team had worked late and over the weekend to get people home. One client had managed to get home on Sunday night to see his family before he left again on Monday and her team had also managed to get another client home in time for the birth of his first child. Edel understands that her business doesn’t just book flights and move people from A-B, they deliver a service that enhances their life and often enables them to have a life, a great example of putting the customer at the heart of the business.

Paula McIntyre, fell in love with restaurants when she was 14, she begged her mum and the local restaurant, McDuff’s to give her a job, she got to wash the dishes but she loved being there. She went to college in Belfast, got a scholarship to America, owned her own restaurant in Manchester and then decided to move home. She describes herself as a Cook, not a celebrity chef, a Cook. She believes you ‘make your own luck’, her career has developed organically. Today she divides her time between lecturing students at NRC, judging the Radio 4 Food & Farm awards, she is a director of Slow Food, regularly contributes to Kitchen Cabinet and Farming Life and is a huge advocate and champion for NI Food. She was heading off to do some more food demos in Borough Market in London. Put simply in her own words Paula said, “At the end of the day I cook and I love food and I’m lucky,” wise words from the girl that started washing dishes age 14.

We captured the final piece of advice from the panel below:

Tracy – “keep talking, keep sharing and doors will open”

Paula – “if someone offers you help, take it”

Edel – “setting goals is key and helps keep you focussed”

Therese – “Don’t die with the music still in you”

Over 200 delegates attended the Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018, made up of business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The event was supported by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Causeway Chamber, Enterprise Northern Ireland & Ulster University Business School.

If you have a business idea or need some help contact Causeway Enterprise Agency on 028 7035 6318 or email info@causeway-enterprise.co.uk or Women In Business NI on 084 5607 6041 or email info@womeninbusinessni.com

View the full Gallery from the event HERE

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What do Business Trips, Astronauts, Cooks and Mashed Potatoes have in common?

16-Mar-2018

 

Tourism and Hospitality students at Ulster University Coleraine recently took part in a Lego Serious Play workshop and apart from the obvious fun of spending the day playing with Lego, the students learnt some serious Boardroom lessons!

The Serious Play workshop was organised by Causeway Enterprise Agency as part of Creativity Month with support from the Department for Communities and Ulster University. The concept of playing with children’s toys may seem strange but LEGO Serious Play is a powerful method to solve problems, explore ideas and achieve objectives. The process of building bricks and making something prompts the brain to work in a different way, and encourages creativity and new thinking.

Students started the day by competing against the clock and against each other to fulfil a simple brief to build the tallest tower out of Lego. In delivering on this simple project, students applied what they learnt to a business scenario of bidding for a £1m contract and learnt a very valuable lesson - to give the customer what he wants.

The students then recreated their goals and challenges in brick and came back together to discuss their creations. This helped to stimulate debate and really engaged all the participants and helped build their confidence in talking in front of the group.

Five local tourism businesses also joined the workshop sessions and students were presented with real life business challenges. Instead of articulating the problem, students were able to build it, and visualise how to solve it. By building a physical 3D model, students expressed what they might not otherwise be able to put into words. This method got participants to use metaphors and it helped to unlock their imagination.

By looking at problems through a different lens the Lego Serious Play workshop served as a basis for problem-solving, creative thinking and decision making.

 

View the full gallery from the event HERE



 

The power of play

14-Mar-2018

 

IT’S NEVER TOO YOUNG TO START UP! …That’s the message from Causeway Enterprise to the Lil’ Divas and the younger members of the Bushmills Residents and Environmental Forum.

With support from the RBS Skills & Opportunities fund, Causeway Enterprise have officially launched their new enterprise programme with the Bushmills group. The programme consisting of creative classes and enterprise workshops will focus on developing skills in the craft/designer maker sector and the wider creative industries.

Through a series of hands on, fun activities the young entrepreneurs will engage in a number of sessions where they work on the early stages of launching a fledgling business. Through the programme they will learn the importance of teamwork and learn more about different roles that contribute to running a business while also developing their design and creative skills through hands on creative workshops.

 

 

 


 

It's Never Too Young to Start Up!

09-Mar-2018

 

Attending the 2nd Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018 held at Galgorm Resort and Spa are l-r conference host Sarah Travers, Jayne Taggart CEO of the Causeway Enterprise Agency, keynote speaker Norah Casey Broadcaster and Publisher, from Women in Business NI Roseann Kelly and keynote speaker Grainne Kelly inventor of the BubbleBum Booster Seat. The conference was organised by Women in Business and the Causeway Enterprise Agency along with sponsors Causeway Coast and Glens Council, Mid and East Antrim Council, the Ulster University Business School, the Causeway Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise N.Ireland. 

If you grew up in Northern Ireland or anywhere in Ireland for that matter, the chances are that at some point you will have been told, ‘not to be so bold!’ Last week at the 2nd Female Entrepreneur Conference over 240 female entrepreneurs, one brave man and a 10 week old baby girl were encouraged again to Be Bold.

 

It was International Women’s day, at Causeway Enterprise Agency we have been hosting an event on this day for 17 years. Last year we decided to take it up a notch, along with the team at Women in Business and our supportive sponsors, this year we did it again, with new speakers, a new panel and a new challenge to #be bold for progress. As always our host was broadcaster and entrepreneur Sarah Travers, this year we were at the stunning Galgorm Resort and Spa. There was so much to learn and share so we have decided to make this blog 1 of 3, we have the beginning the middle and the end of this insightful day, starting with our first speaker of the day.

Grainne Kelly a mum-of-two, authentic ‘Derry Girl’ and former travel agent who revolutionized the child travel industry by inventing Bubble Bum: the world’s FIRST inflatable booster seat, burst on to the stage to tell her story, with humour, honesty and integrity and a single minded determination to succeed. According to Grainne, “No is just a temporary obstacle,” this certainly resonated with a few people at our table, what do you think?

Grainne told of how she wasn’t always destined to run a business, in fact as often is the case she had been told at school that she was, ‘a waste of a brilliant mind’ but instead of believing what she was being told she said this was the first time in her life that she recognised resilience. At that moment she knew that she was the only person that could affect her life, it was up to her.

She went on to save up for University with her babysitting money, decided not to go, worked for a construction company where being the only woman was, ‘no bother to her’ but wasn’t to be. She moved to the travel industry and found success largely by competing with herself to be at the top of the leader board. During this period and due to frequent trips to England with a young family, to visit a poorly relative, Grainne had the idea for what today is known as BubbleBum. Her mantra of ‘No is a temporary obstacle’ came in handy as she was frequently told her idea wasn’t possible.

We heard how she kept pushing, put the work in, understood how to get her product made, crash tested, the first time this had ever been achieved, and ultimately started to look for a manufacturer in China.

There were plenty of bumps along the way, securing to her patent, costly legal battles, moving to the USA without enough money. Throughout it all Grainne advised, “its always important to do the right thing and ask yourself, would my mammy be proud of me for this?”

BubbleBum is now being sold globally and has been successfully crash tested in the states. Grainne has said no, yes and no again to the worlds largest retailer Walmart because they simply weren’t a good fit. She has overcome a serious road traffic accident involving her kids and health problems that brought her to the brink. Her story of sheer determination, passion for her purpose and resilience, let the audience in awe.

She left us with some final thoughts – “For every inhale there has to be an exhale or you will combust”, self care and family is important, Grainne answers her phone to her family wherever she is in the world. The final word went to her beloved Dad, ‘there is no such word as canny’

From Derry girl to global entrepreneur with a business that saves children’s lives everyday, not bad for a girl that was told she was a waste of a good brain…

 

Over 200 delegates attended the Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018, made up of business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The event was supported by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Causeway Chamber, Enterprise Northern Ireland & Ulster University Business School.

 

If you have a business idea or need some help contact Causeway Enterprise Agency on 028 7035 6318 or email info@causeway-enterprise.co.uk or Women In Business NI on 084 5607 6041 or email info@womeninbusinessni.com
  

 

View the full Gallery from the event HERE

Join Women in Business NI HERE

Join Causeway Chamber HERE


Were you told not to Be Bold when you were growing up?

05-Mar-2018

At the Armstrong Medical stand for the Careers Convention are l-r David Grainger of the Causeway Business Education Partnership, Sam Goodchild of Armstrong Medical, student Sean Gillen, Edward Montgomery of sponsors The Honourable the Irish Society, Jayne Taggart of the Causeway Enterprise Agency, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council Business Development Officer Bridget McCaughan, student Emma Farren and Helen Canning of Armstrong Medical at the Causeway Business Education Partnership Careers Convention sponsored, through the Causeway Enterprise Agency and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, by The Honourable the Irish Society. 

The CBEP Careers Convention which is held annually to assist careers decisions for Year 11 and Year 12s took place on Friday 2nd March at Lodge Hotel. The event welcomed 1400 students from the CC&G area on the day.

There were over 40 exhibitors supporting the event. Exhibitors were drawn from across the UK; with Universities there from England and the local universities, Ulster University & Queens University strongly represented too. The Law Society NI were a very welcome new exhibitor this year, with their stand proving very popular with the students!

Local employers were out in force this year; Nicobrand, Hutchinson's Engineering, McAuley Engineering, Cranswick Country Foods, Armstrong Medical and Lacpatrick were there to educate the students about the career opportunities available in their local workplaces.

The further education colleges, NRC & NWRC demonstrated again this year that Apprenticeships and Careers are high on their agenda, offering qualifications in Hairdressing, Performing Arts, Media, Catering, Business and Computing, Engineering, Bricklaying, Joinery and Sports Science among others.

The highlight of the day had to be the NRC Performing Arts students “Flash Mob”, which promoted a career in Performing Arts. The daring students added a dramatic element to the day, showing off their skills in performance and dance to the crowd there. It was delightful to watch our local creative talent flourishing.

Chairman of CBEP, David Grainger said on the day "Fantastic day - great to see the students so engaged with the exhibitors. So much potential in our Borough. Proud of the young people in all our schools."

A busy day was had and the students were keen to find out their careers options, with high levels of engagement reported by the exhibitors and the students this year. Another successful event this year, now looking forward to next year!

The event is organised by Causeway Business Education Partnership and was supported by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council as part of Enterprise Week 2018, The Honourable The Irish Society, and managed by Causeway Enterprise Agency.

 

CBEP Careers Convention Helps Students to Make Careers Decisions in 2018

26-Feb-2018

Causeway Enterprise Agency and Women in Business NI were delighted to bring Niamh McAuley of Purple Dot Videos to Coleraine for a Mobile Movie Making Masterclass. A sold-out audience of lively female entrepreneurs were ready and willing to get to grips with using video to market and promote their products and services.

Over the course of the information-packed session, attendees learned what equipment they should look out for (and it costs a lot less than they thought!), tips on taking framing the perfect shots, the apps and programs, both paid and free, that they could use to edit their footage, and the free resources available to make their videos ‘pop’.

With videos accounting for more and more content online, and having a far better reach than traditional text articles, it was shown how vital it was for our attendees to get to grips with online video. Because as Niamh showed with some case studies she shared with us “30 seconds of video beats a sales pitch!”

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View the full gallery for the event here


Why Mobile Video Matters

22-Feb-2018

Announcing the 2nd Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference 'Be Bold for Progress' to be held at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena on the Thursday 8th March 2018 and calling all women are Roseann Kelly Chief Executive of Women in Business and Jayne Taggart CEO of the Causeway Enterprise Agency with host Sarah Travers.

Hot of the heels of the hugely successful, inaugural Female Entrepreneurs Conference, Be Bold For Change, which was held at Drenagh Estate, last March. Causeway Enterprise Agency and Women in Business are back with an even bigger event. As usual it take’s place on International Women’s day, Thursday 8th March and will be hosted by the fabulous broadcaster and entrepreneur Sarah Travers, at the stunning Galgorm Resort and Spa.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Be Bold for Progress” it has been designed to inspire, by providing with world class speakers and role models who will share their view on building a business for the future, what it will look like in the future and how we will work in it.

This years keynote speakers are Norah Casey and Grainne Kelly. Norah is a broadcaster and publishing entrepreneur was formerly a Dragon in the popular television series Dragons’ den and is a well-known radio and television personality. Grainne Kelly is a mom-of-two and a former travel agent who revolutionized the child travel industry by inventing BubbleBum: the world’s FIRST inflatable booster seat.

Jayne Taggart, CEO of Causeway Enterprise commented;

“Encouraging more Female entrepreneurs to ‘Be Bold for Progress’, by growing their existing business or starting a new one, is crucial to our economic future. We are delighted to be able to deliver a world class event with our partners at Women in Business. Following the success of last years conference our sponsors jumped on board again, this year Causeway Coast and Glens and Mid and East Antrim Councils are headlining the event together, demonstrating collaboration at its best!

Our keynote speakers and panel are all outstanding examples of what Female entrepreneurs can achieve and our delegates must agree as the tickets are already selling fast. There was so much positive feedback after last years event, so we are working hard to raise the bar again. I can’t wait to see everyone on the 8th March, it’s definitely not one to be missed.”

Over 300 delegates will attend the Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2018, made up of business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The event is also supported by, Causeway Chamber, Enterprise Northern Ireland & Ulster University Business School. The female entrepreneurs panel, a popular feature of last years conference is back too, with names to be announced.

For more information about the Be Bold For Progress Female Entrepreneur Conference visit the event page HERE


Be Bold For Progress Female Entrepreneur Conference Launched

01-Dec-2017

Karise Hutchinson has a story to tell. In fact, she probably has many stories. Karise is the mother of four children, wife of a micro business owner, a lecturer and the Provost of the Ulster University’s Coleraine Campus.

On the day after the launch of her book ‘The Power of Stories’, Karise joined us, an interested group of female business owners and leaders, to tell us how stories make connections for learning and bring issues to life. With an interest in management and leadership, Karise has explored the value of stories to business owners. Stories for business owners and managers, are not just marketing tools, they reflect reality. Stories for business owners and managers are not fiction, but are the facts and emotion on which our businesses are built.

We all have a story to tell. Our story tells the reality of what we have experienced, our own successes, our own struggles. In telling our story, we engage all the senses of the listener, and involve them in what we are offering.

Stories can help us create loyal customers. Karise explained that stories are like post-its stuck on a page, stories are almost ‘sticky memories’, and customers remember them. Stories help customers learn about the shape, the smell, the sound, the experience of our products and services. Stories cut through the noise of life, emails, tweets, texts and leave the customer with an experience which will be remembered because it has had an impact.

Some of us were sceptical; some of us were nervous and some of us doodled on our pages when Karise encouraged us to record our own story. However, when a few of the women in the room did tell their story, we listened, we engaged and we were involved, more importantly after the Women in Business event we still remember those stories.

You can purchase Dr Hutchinson's book HERE

 

 


 

Women in Business – The Power of Stories

04-Oct-2017

September ended on a high for the team here at CEA when we opened the doors to our second Lead2Grow conference hosted in the freshly renovated and beautifully located Riverside theatre in partnership again with Ulster University.

It was a sell out event, live streamed to the globe and as we write this today we are wondering how we can capture all the amazing learning from the stellar cast of speakers, but we will try!

Leadership, being a leader, the leader, becoming a leader; are all terms that some of the best leaders struggle with, are great leaders born or made? This very struggle is the reason we created Lead2Grow. Dr Karise Hutchinson opened the conference explaining that we are a small business economy, that as a community or Tribe, as we learnt on Friday, we need our business leaders to generate wealth for us all to prosper. Karise reminded us that leadership development was key to successful businesses of all sizes.

So what did we learn? Here are our takeaways and if you were there and want a refresh or couldn’t make it and want to learn more, the link to the live stream is at the bottom of this blog.

Jill Robb - Origin Digital

Jill gave us a whistle stop tour of all things digital from her Snapchat glasses for catching video on the move to the fact that in the last 6 years the number of marketing platforms available has risen from 150-1500, truly mind blowing, where do you start? She suggested answering a question, “What issue/problem/pain are you going to solve for your customer?”, Create a strategy, a plan, pick your channels, choose your tactics, measure to see what works well and turn your customers into advocates.

The Panel


Our Panel was diverse, including Fiona Bradley, a leadership coach, Andrew Lynas, MD of a £100m+ food business, Paula Hillman, MBE, PSNI Chief Superintendent, and Tre Sheppard of Hope & Fury Records. 

Our host for the day Mark Carruthers chaired an inspiring Q&A session with our panel, there was so much learning, here are some of their Top Tips;

 

Do what you are good at, don’t be all things to all people

Your Talent Pool is critical – get the right people on your bus

Leaders are Culture Chiefs, set the values and create the culture

Great leaders coach, mentor and empower their team to become leaders in their own right

Leaders use the language of success

The Keynote Speakers

After a quick cup of tea, we were ready for our Keynote, one of the top 20 speakers and futurologists in the world Patrick Dixon, accompanied by his associate Ravi Dua of Global Innovations….

To say that Patrick burst onto the stage is an understatement, he launched into to telling us that he encounters ‘institutional blindness’ everywhere he goes, that often simple things were being missed and over looked by leaders around the world.

He said, ’take off the glasses and avoid losing perspective’ and used a simple story of his time as a waiter. He learned quickly that if he smiled and was speedy and courteous his tips would be good, compared to a restaurant he was recently at where all the guests were using the torch on their phones to read the menu! No one can take their customers for granted today. Create some magic for our organisations by making small changes - move with change for success

One of the most arresting slides of the day was titled:

LIFE IS TOO SHORT

Do things you believe in

It could sound glib, even condescending coming from anyone else but Patrick went on to describe the world as it has become, he described the FUTURE as Fast, Urban, Tribal, Universal, Radical, Ethical, as small business we have the ability to be agile, reach out and grow our tribes based on the Trust we build with them.

He illustrated how impatient we have all become, if a video hasn’t loaded within 3 seconds we have lost interest! As leaders we need to connect with our emotion - our passions – our needs – our customers needs!

Ravi then encouraged us all to tear up the old roadmap of how to create and grow a business, he suggested like Patrick that we needed to go deeper find our inner compass…. where Passion meets Purpose.

If 85% of the worlds population is living in emerging countries, then they are our market, we need to Lead2Grow and go Local2Global….

The challenge is set and we are here to help whether you haven’t started yet, have just started or have been in business for a while.

A final thought on an amazing few hours spent with inspiring people, in the Riverside Theatre at Ulster University in Coleraine, overlooking the beautiful River Bann, How lucky are we…comes from our CEO Jayne Taggart.

“I truly hope you enjoyed the day and that we have inspired lots of new ideas to help you as leaders grow your business. Let’s not be a Kodak, let’s look forwards instead of backwards. In the 1920’s a business was expected to have a lifespan of 67 years, today its 15, the landscape is constantly changing, the companies that win invest in their staff and in themselves as leaders. Don’t get left behind.”

View the Livestream of the event here

View the full galley of the event here


Attendee? A further email will be released, distributing slides and an evaluation to capture your thoughts. Keep an eye on your inbox!

 

When Passion meets Purpose #Lead2Grow