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Summer / Autumn 2019

OPPORTUNITY

In the latest issue, Del Sharman, Director of Pound Gates Chartered Insurance Brokers tells us about his life and how his career path could have been very different if he’d kept to his original intention.

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“I am a firm believer that hard work, focus and determination will always lead to opportunities. It’s then just a question of choosing which ones to take when they come your way.”

“I have realised that opportunity can come from all sorts of situations, not just positive ones, if you are prepared to be tenacious, work hard and keep going.”
Del Sharman


Content this issue


Protecting your interest in your limited company

In the early stages of a business, focus tends to be on developing the business, but shareholders can benefit greatly from putting a shareholders’ agreement in place early, as a mechanism for dealing with future changes. Tim Field at Birkett Long explains.


The right culture provides the opportunity to grow

Tarnia Robertson at Ufford Park Woodbridge talks about how a positive interaction with your employees can leave the customer feeling warm and fuzzy.


Opportunity: Is your uncertainty holding you back?

Growing your business can be a daunting prospect with a mounting feeling of ‘not being in control’. Carole Burman from MAD-HR gives advice and some tips on facing the fear so you can continue to successfully grow and seek opportunities?


Don’t Waste your Opportunity

Waste. It’s not exciting, but it’s a necessary evil we all have to deal with. Nigel Slinn at Sackers talks about how they can help businesses with their commercial recycling.


Room to Grow

Ben Grey from Suffolk Strength Academy explains how we can view our faults differently, more positively and as a real opportunity for further growth and improvements in all areas of our lives.


Spotlight on...

Lee Steward, Joint Owner and Director of Morrison Freight


Identifying Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

The causes of stress and anxiety can be very complex. They can start at home or at work, with either being the trigger for the problem. CBT specialist, Garry Barnett explains how more than ever, companies have a responsibility to act and support employees to prevent situations getting worse.


IoD Director of the Year Awards

The IoD East of England Awards lunch was held in June at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket, and the 100 plus guests were entertained by an emotional and inspiring presentation from local racehorse trainer and vet, Ilka Gansera-Leveque. But, who were the Norfolk and Suffolk directors picking up the winning awards?

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5 steps to expand your business globally

Whilst rewards can be great, taking your business into international markets is one of the most challenging steps you may take and is not for the faint hearted. Fiona Hotston Moore from Ensors gives five tips to success.


How being underinsured could threaten your business

Your business is your lifeblood, and as new opportunities enable growth, you should do everything you can to protect it. David Collins from Pound Gates explains how many are risking their survival as a business by unwittingly remaining underinsured.


Driving Game Changing Business Growth

When it comes to disruptive technology, East Anglia represents a goldmine of opportunities. Linn Clabburn from Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor explains.


a digital hub for storytelling

Some of the world’s biggest organisations are undergoing big transformation which they want to share with customers and industry leaders. James Pepper explains how BizClik Media is helping.


Ipswich Vision: turning the town around

Entering its fifth year, the Ipswich Vision was set up to provide the impetus for Ipswich to achieve its full potential. Read about the projects which have been delivered or are progressing.


Play Wild with Wild Play

Based in the Suffolk countryside, Wild Play is a unique outdoor learning and forest school company, that encourages people of ALL ages to absorb the health and wellness benefits of being in the great outdoors. Heidi Franklin talks about how it is helping businesses to address their duty of care to employees.


Great golfing opportunities

Stuart Robertson is PGA Golf Professional at Ufford Park Woodbridge. He talks about how if you are looking to further your career or develop new business alliances, one of the strongest links you can establish is by playing a round of golf.


Director’s Toolbox:
Managing Employee Conflict

At some point, anyone who is responsible for managing people will be faced with that challenging employee. Knowing how to deal with these issues can be tough but it should be a top priority for employers and managers.Carole Burman from MAD-HR and Julie Temple from Birkett Long discuss how to stay in control to get the right outcome without getting yourself into hot water.


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
— winston churchill

Are we all looking for the next opportunity?

Pat Lewis at Source One Consulting discusses how the bigger challenge when growing your business is continuing to see those big ideas and opportunities.


opportunities to Invest in Local Businesses

Recently, the opportunities open to cash-rich directors and entrepreneurs to directly invest in other local businesses have become more available and attractive. Justin Nevison-Grainger at Conatus discusses why.

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Winning the race for today’s top talent

Beverley Gedge from Compass Point Recruitment discusses why in the race for the best employee talent, companies must look to elevate, enhance and extend their competitive advantage.

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Delegate to put a spring back in your step

Jane Cattermole at Bay Tree VA shows how enlisting the services of a virtual assistant can help make your life easier.

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Our Special Friends

Our Special Friends is a West Suffolk-based human-animal bond charity which recognises the importance of companion animals for our health and wellbeing.

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