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The Growth Voucher Scheme

I just wanted to let you know about a great way for you to get some help with the growth of your business. The Government has recently introduced a Growth Voucher scheme which you can use, and I don’t want you to miss this great opportunity.  Here is some information about the scheme:

Did you know that you can claim up to £2,000 towards the cost of strategic business advice on:

Finance and cash flow
Recruiting and developing staff
Improving leadership and management skills
Marketing, attracting and keeping customers
Making the most of digital technology
… through the Government’s Growth Voucher Scheme?

The Growth Voucher programme is available to small businesses in England who are actively selling goods and/or services, have a turnover of less than £35m, own 75% or more of their business and have 250 employees or less.

If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, give me a call and we’ll see what we can do to help you.

Contact us here.

A Little Coaching Exercise for the New Year

Hi everybody,

 

Each year as we approach the close of one year and the beginning of another I go through an exercise with my coach which I find extremely beneficial and rewarding. I have asked if I can share it with my clients past and present, and other close contacts.

 

This is way beyond creating New Year resolutions and is much more about moving on to the future with renewed optimism and focus. I hope you have the chance to do it rather than just read it. It is important that you write down the answers rather than just think them through especially as it is a really enjoyable exercise to complete.

 

Step One

 

Look over the past year and:

A)   Make a list of all the wins, successes and breakthroughs in the past year. Look at all areas of your life. What do you want to celebrate and acknowledge?

B)   Make a list of all the losses, disappointments and breakdowns in the past year. What do you want to forgive yourself for and release?

C)   Bring this list to our session. We will discuss what it means to be “complete” with each item. Incompleteness holds us back from taking on the next exciting opportunity.

Step Two

 

Looking over the past year, what are the 5-7 lessons you have learned?

Choose the lessons that you want to carry over into the New Year.

What learning is there to deepen?

Some examples of learning:

  1.   I learned to windsurf, play bridge or speak Spanish
  2.   I learned that my mistakes do not mean I am a failure
  3.   I learned that more is possible for me than I ever imagined

 

As you review your goals and commitments for 2014, which areas do you want to maintain, bring into the New Year, revise, be complete with?

 

Step Three

 

Consider these questions as you prepare your vision for 1 year from now:

  • As you stand on one of the peaks looking forward, what future is calling?
  • What is the essence of what is next for you?
  • What do you want to achieve or accomplish?
  • What risks and challenges will you take on?
  • What more of you wants to be expressed — for example, self-love, self-compassion, self-value?
  • What self-lies (e.g., “I am not powerful.”) are you ready and willing to end?
  • What new level of abundance and success are you willing to embrace?

 

Imagine one year ahead, and write a list of all the wins, successes and breakthroughs for the coming year. What would you like to learn or accomplish by the end of the next year? Write this list as though it has already happened. Make it as long as you choose, and be sure to look at each area of your life.

Prioritise the list. Look at how each item fits with your values, make plans and set accountability for the next year.

 

Step Four

 

Much like the Chinese tradition that gives names to each year, choose a name for this coming year. Use images, symbols or ideas to name the coming year. What image allows you to step more fully into what you want to be, and are already becoming? Find a name that stretches your imagination and moves you into greater possibility.

Examples: Year of Balance, Year of the Soaring Eagle, Year of the Wild Woman Set Free, Year of the Creative Genius, etc.

Step Five

 

Finally, consider where we are in our relationship:

  • What do you want more of, less of, the same of?
  • In what ways might this relationship and our work better serve you?

 

Please try PRINTING IT OFF and DOING IT… it may not be as artistic or colourful as a Greetings card but I guarantee the positive attitude, actions and focus will last for a whole year.

Have some great time off and a prosperous new year.

Cheers for now,

 

David T Preston

Business and Executive Coach

94% Government subsidies for Your Business Coaching and Skills Training Costs.

A brilliant new programme for businesses, charities and social enterprises with the capacity to grow.

Would you like to employ more people in your local area?

Or grow your profits by 20% year on year?

Well, now you can claim back some of that hard earned money you’ve paid to the Government to help you do just that.

If you would like to benefit from up to 7 days of coaching and six half day workshops plus a free IP audit from as little as a one off £600, then please read on. This government funded programme is aimed at growing your organisation in the number of staff, net profits or assets. If you have less than 250 staff and do not have a larger or foreign parent company, then this is the scheme for you. If this is not for you, but you know others who might benefit, please pass this information on.

Companies with less than 10 staff will pay £600 for this programme, those with 11-50 staff £1500 and organisations with 51-250 staff pay £3000 for a package worth £10,000!

If you are accepted on this programme, you can also claim £2000 of match funding per member of staff in your organisation for leadership and management training.

Here are two examples:

Example one: Two man company:
Pay £600, claim £10K’s worth of coaching and workshops. If one of you wanted to do an MBA or other leadership qualification, you can claim £2K towards those costs too. Total package of £12K for a one off outlay of £600. Companies with less than 5 staff get the benefit of an intensive one day strategy planningworkshop plus around 4 days worth of coaching in this programme.

Example two: 200 staff company:
Pay £3000, claim £10K’s worth of coaching and workshops. If you get 20 of your staff to do leadership or management training, you can claim another £40K in costs. Total package of £50K for £3K. Companies with 5-49 staff get around 6 days worth of coaching, companies with 50-249 staff get around 7 days.

The scheme is even available to Sole Traders!

For a full list of the workshops, more information on the coaching or eligibility, please contact me using the form below as soon as possible. For the best chance of getting on the programme, please make your enquiry at the earliest possible opportunity.


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Please contact me so we can see how my Business could benefit from the scheme

Name: *
E-mail address: *
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Government subsidises 94% of Your Business Coaching and Skills Training Costs.

A brilliant new programme for businesses, charities and social enterprises with the capacity to grow.

Would you like to employ more people in your local area?

Or grow your profits by 20% year on year?

Well, now you can claim back some of that hard earned money you’ve paid to the Government to help you do just that.

If you would like to benefit from up to 7 days of coaching and six half day workshops plus a free IP audit from as little as a one off £600, then please read on. This government funded programme is aimed at growing your organisation in the number of staff, net profits or assets. If you have less than 250 staff and do not have a larger or foreign parent company, then this is the scheme for you. If this is not or you, but you know others who might benefit, please pass this information on.

Companies with less than 10 staff will pay £600 for this programme, those with 11-50 staff £1500 and organisations with 51-250 staff pay £3000 for a package worth £10,000!

If you are accepted on this programme, you can also claim £2000 of match funding per member of staff  in your organisation for leadership and management training.

Here are two examples:

Example one: Two man company:
Pay £600, claim £10K’s worth of coaching and workshops. If one of you wanted to do an MBA or other leadership qualification, you can claim £2K towards those costs too. Total package of £12K for a one off outlay of £600. Companies with less than 5 staff get the benefit of an intensove one day strategy plannign workshop plus around 4 days worth of coaching in this programme.

Example two: 200 staff company:
Pay £3000, claim £10K’s worth of coaching and workshops. If you get 20 of your staff to do leadership or management training, you can claim another £40K in costs. Total package of £50K for £3K. Companies with 5-49 staff get around 6 days worth of coaching, companies with 50-249 staff get around 7 days.

The scheme is even available to Sole Traders!

For a full list of the workshops, more information on the coaching or eligibility, please contact me using the form below as soon as possible. For the best chance of getting on the programme, enquire as soon as possible.


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Yes please. I would like to grow my business with the help of a Government Grant.

Please contact me so we can see how my Business could benefit from the scheme

Name: *
E-mail address: *
Organisation *
Addit Info
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