Thrive members work in different sectors doing different roles, but one thing we all have in common is the need to be financially savvy. Luckily, at Thrive we have expert accountant Mark Johnstone from Argents to give us his insight into money matters. Here are Mark’s top five tips for keeping your business finances in check. Read more
The more successful networkers, the people who use networking to build their business, are very used to spotting the people who only turn up when they want something. Most people hate selling and I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being sold to, just hearing someone’s hard pitch, their words often make me mentally switch off. I think that hard selling is now old fashioned, we’re subconsciously aware of these selling methods and marketing has come round full circle, it’s about building relationships rather than about ‘selling to’ and for me I think that all hard selling does is hack potential clients and customers off and send them rapidly on their way to someone else who doesn’t do it. I like to buy, the way I want to buy, when I wish to buy.
Before I started my own business, the very thought of networking made me pull a face – and it was not a pretty one. This face was the result of hearing one too many corporate presentations and spending agonising hours having strained small talk over a prawn vol-au-vent. These experiences were the very opposite of inspiring. Read more
The Forum is a leading small business support group dedicated to helping business owners focus on growth and profitability. Read more
Organic growth is good!
When I went along to my first Thrive meeting I had no idea that, just a few weeks later, I’d be handling the public relations for a music festival.
It all happened so organically, in the way that many Thrive connections do, during the second conversation I had with one of my fellow group members. Read more
Caroline Billings – solicitor, Hatch Brenner.
Forget what you know about aloof legal eagles in a stuffy suits, Caroline Billings is a solicitor on a mission to bring the human touch to this serious business. That’s why she’s found Thrive to be the perfect place to reach out to other professional people, and ensure she’s giving her clients an even better service.
Developing relationships with fellow business people is the key to long-term success. Get good at networking and see your business soar. Read more