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Planning for #MyYearAhead

By Rebecca Allam

January is that one time of the year we all use to make our vows of "new beginnings". It's something we look forward to, celebrate and for a while there we might have even been convinced it had the power to wipe out Coronavirus and allow us all to get on with our lives for 2021... Not so much luck.

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Getting Your Injection of Reflection!
By Rebecca Allam

We do not learn form experience, we learn from reflecting on experience
Throughout the month of December, we are asking you lovely people to get reflecting on the times you have had this year. Now it may not have been as straight forward as the many years before it but in some ways, you may have learned even more about yourself and your business this year than in any previous ones, as it truly has been the ultimate test for a lot of us.

Each year we like to get people thinking about the following: 

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Putting Your Finances First!

Hashtag Finance Focused

By Rebecca Allam

Throughout October, we made it our mission to remind you how important it is to stay on top of your finances. 

For the most part, people decide to embark on their business ventures for more reasons than just raking in the money. For a lot of us, it's because we have a passion for that particular skill or activity, for others, it's because they see what they do as a way of helping people and is very rewarding. But ultimately when you start your own business money has a very big part to play, it's the difference between having a successful company or an expensive hobby.

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Why Franchising Could Bring You the Future You Want

By Helen Livesey – Professional Adviser at Mr FranchiseTry These Social Distancing Date Night Ideas - Rhode Island Monthly

In today’s current climate we are all facing the unknown, whether that be in our careers through facing redundancy or having our hours cut back. Within our families and relationships with restrictions placed on who we can and can’t see whilst maintaining the health of ourselves and the people around us. As well as our day to day routines being interrupted by not being able to go to the gym and look after our mental health.

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Beating the Age-Old Issue of Time Management...

By Rebecca Allam

Throughout the month of September, we drew focus on the well-known issue that is time-saving, something we all struggle with in life and in business and continue to do so. We used the hashtag #TimeToManage in an attempt to remind you all how important it is to ensure you are re-visiting your time-saving techniques so you can make time for the important things in life and be kinder to ourselves.

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Procrastination - What harm can it really do? Let's find out...

TimeIsLife Dont Procrastinate

By Rebecca Allam

Throughout August, The Business Clinic have been raising the issue of procrastination. It is often joked about and put across in a harmless and jovial way as we all do it, whether it be putting off tidying up for another day, de-weeding the garden or putting up a picture frame. And for the most part, we feel it doesn't actually affect our lives in the long run. And you would be right to think that of these little things, but it's when it starts to creep into our business lives that's where it can really do us some damage.

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8 Ways to be a More Confident and Resilient You

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By Rebecca Allam – The Business Clinic Organisation CIC

For those of you who have felt the effects of the last 3 months on your mood, morale and motivation. If you have experienced the constant ups and downs that have come hand in hand with Lockdown and this global pandemic, then read on for tips on how you can stabilise your mind and learn to deal with all the things that life throws at you and take back control.

Lateef Badat, famous for his confidence and business coaching skills, kindly agreed to bring us a virtual workshop on how to boost your confidence and resilience in your business and your personal life in the face of our current climate.

Why do people want confidence?

  • To feel braver
  • Not to have anxiety holding you back
  • Confidence means saying yes to more and experiencing more opportunities

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So You Want to Try Video?

As a CIC we are always out and about doing research for our practitioners and you the local business community to see what business hints and tips we can share with you!

We recently went on a great workshop from the one and only Sales Geek that explored how the subject of getting started with video. Here are a few hints and tips we took away from the session to share with you...

• No gear required to start, just your smartphone and if you have a tripod or a stand to keep it steadySo you want to try video for your business
• No script required – but there are auto prompt apps available such as...
• Say what you know
• Prepared for your fist video to not be very good. And that is totally fine.
• The first one you record should be for your eyes only and be on a subject you know really well and in detail – sports or family/hobbies
• Fight your urge to write a script and just tell a story
• Title your video something engaging... i.e. “what are everyone’s thoughts on XXX” and use a relevant hashtag
• Don’t overthink length of time if it is relevant to keep going
• If you are just filming about a tip don’t build suspense or waste time, get right to it
• Landscape filming is more professional
• Have a call to action at the end
• If you want to use editing software there isn’t a specific one that’s best – use what you know and are comfortable with
• If you decide you want to carry on plan out your next 5 or so. Plan the topics are you going to release them weekly? Think it through and get a plan of the content together
• Reach out to your trusted network to comment/like and share to get the ball rolling
• For subtitles us

Needless to say, we are not the experts. These are just a taster that might give you the confidence to consider video or maybe just some answers to your questions to make you take that next step.

If you want to know more about how to get started with video for your business speak to the guys at Sales Geek here.

Can I Do My Own SEO? - We Say Yes, You Can!

By Rebecca Allam – The Business Clinic CIC

On Tuesday 9th July, a group of business owners sat down to discuss the mysterious art of SEO - all keen and eager to find out how we could master such a cryptic puzzle. Luckily we had Cate McNeal to unveil it all for us and like with most magic tricks, it seems easy when you get to peek behind the stage.

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Lockdown Recipe's to Enjoy...

Eat what you want day 11th May

How many of you took part in "Eat What You Want Day" on the 11th May?

Lockdown has brought us plenty of good as well as the bad and a portion of that comes in the form of eating... Whether it be healthy, naughty, vegan or just plain simple.

Here are some recipe's our very own practitioners have created and enjoyed throughout the last 3 months for you to try and enjoy yourself!


1. BCO Co-Founder Helen has kindly provided us with a tasty vegan main option and a delicious dessert that is certainly a tried and tested crowd-pleaser among the BCO community!

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Rasp and Almond

2. A Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry recipe to get you drooling at the mouth, from the one and only Carl Redman - AKA Professor Spice (because nowhere else is it twice as nice).

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Prof Spice

3. Michelle has brought a smile to my face with a recipe for chocolate lovers everywhere! Where would any of us be without a good brownie in our lives!



Mental Health - Let's talk about it!

Be Kind

Throughout May we have been focused on your self-care with the hashtag #SelfCareIsntSelfish. We have had some great conversations with our practitioners this month during 'Peerworking' about mental health tips to help you through your most testing times... not just through isolating, social distancing and all things pandemic related.

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Right at Home: Caring and keeping people safeJayne and Karen Lancs Expo 2019

By Helen Livesey, The Business Clinic Organisation CIC


A BCO Practitioner for more than two years, Karen Myres and her team at local home and social care franchise, Right at Home Preston, have been working hard to deliver their quality care throughout the coronavirus crisis.

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