Voted in by 28000, voted out by less than 500. She has given years of loyal service to her constituents - those who initiated this dreadful move ought to hang their heads in shame.
I am beginning to be a bit tired of the constant wind and rain, is there any chance we might get some spring like weather some time soon? Just enough to brighten spirits and get the bulbs sprouting, that's
Start up Loans are now available through IOEE to anyone either thinking about starting a business or in the first 12 months of trading. The programme offers business planning support, finance, mentoring and lots more benefits. To find out more or to request an application pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have decided that I am very definitely an 'analogue' parent in a digital world. Our 12 year old daughter is now being exposed - via her school friends - to a huge range of different types of social media applications and I am growing increasingly concerned about my lack of understanding of what each does, the associated risks etc and how - as a result - I can't help her make sensible judgements on what is and is not appropriate. At the moment she's running her ipod via my Apple account and can't download things as she doesn't have my password but oh boy this is all such new stuff! My parents didn't have this to worry about!!
Just found this ducky little cottage to stay in whilst I am running a course for a week in March. It's at a place called Tullibole Castle and the lovely owners have been so very pleasant to deal with in making the booking. I am looking forward to being able to kick my shoes off at the end of a long day and enjoy peace, tranquillity and UNDERFLOOR HEATING!
When I set up my business in 2010 I had a number of very clear goals. Firstly to make space in the school holidays to enjoy time with my growing up oh far too fast daughter, secondly not to 'work for' anyone again and thirdly not to have anyone working for me. So far it's worked well but this week I've been reflecting on the differences between being self employed, working as an associate or being an employee.
I am incredibly lucky to have a really good balance between work which I do in my own right and that which I do as an Associate for other companies. Both parties in Associate agreements need to remember that the contract is one of mutual benefit and appreciation but overall I've found it works well for me. I had the most horrendous dream the other night and it made me wake up in a cold sweat. It involved going back to work for a boss I had when I was in corporate employment and all the tensions that he, and the corporate environment, used to create. Glad to find it was only a dream! Yes, the security of a regular income was nice but oh boy being self employed is SO much better!
And those employees? Well we've expanded in the last 6 months and I have the most amazing Associate working with me. With, not for. It's a huge laugh, we get on so well and I hope that our Association will run for years to come. This year another Associate may well come on board and again I hope that we can build a very happy and productive relationship built on mutual trust and a willingness to work together for the common good. If you are pondering jumping into the big pond of 'working for yourself' give it a go, I love it!
I answered the phone at lunchtime to a lady who said 'hello, it's X here from Y company, and how are you today?'. I hate cold callers with a passion, and my response was 'actually I am not very well at all as I have a chest infection and it's made me very asthmatic'. Stunned silence, then she replied 'oh I didn't mean how are you like that, it's just something I say'. My reply to that was 'well here's something I just say - don't bother ringing me again, goodbye'.
I felt remarkably better after that!
My daughter is currently busy with a school project, writing a biography of Elizabeth Fry. It's been fascinating to read what she's put in the biography and to see how the 12 year old mind grasps the significance of Fry's work and it's impact on society. I've also read a lot of the research material which is being used and found it fascinating to read up on someone who I am sure I probably learnt about in school but have quite definitely forgotten all about! It's good to think about the impact people have had on our country and systems and to reflect on the huge battles they faced in making changes to the established way of things.
We have a passport updating situation here - mine is out of date and our daughter has never had one so I've been trying out the on-line application service. It seems to work quite well, all our data has gone in and so far I've not had any questions raised about it so now we will see what arrives in the post for us to check and return. Amazing how many companies have sprung up who will 'help you' apply - at a cost. I wonder how much business they get? it really wasn't that difficult to fill in!
I am currently doing work with one of my clients on their supplier base. We've identified that 60% of the suppliers on their database havn't been used for over 12 months so are about to do a culling exercise (only on the system!), and also that they have a huge number of suppliers with whom they spend very little so today the Procurement Manager has been tasked with 'sorting out' this aspect of the system to identify what savings, in terms of numbers and potentially cost, could be had through some rationalisation. The next task is to identify those suppliers who present the greatest risk to the business and to look at what we know about their supplier performance. It's great work to be involved in and the management team are excited by the possibilities which they can see.
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