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Back to Basics: A refresher to reignite your enthusiasm for engaging with your customers. As a newbie to the KWIB team, I thought I could "kill two birds with one stone" and tell you a little more about myself, whilst...

The role of the Non-executive Director

A Non-executive Director, (NED, NxD or External Director) sits on the board of directors within a company or organisation but does not form part...

Making the web happen for you

          Hi, my name is Wanda Ross, Operations Director of …Happen Web Technologies – a bespoke, full-service development house based in Tonbridge. With a wealth...

Facing the future head on

An Englishman, an Italian, and an Icelander walk into a bar. As the committee of the University of Kent’s European Law Students’ Association (ELSA),...

An interview with Annabel Karmel

Annabel Karmel MBE is proof-positive that you don't need a business degree to build a successful brand After growing her business empire from scratch at...

New to Leadership?

Is there such a thing as a natural born leader? Leaders are people who inspire others to take action, who instil confidence in people's...

An interview with Laura Bounds

Kent Crisps, is a brand that is now reaching out beyond our county borders and looksset to expand into new markets in the future....

Slaying your sales demon

If making sales calls fill you with dread, you can learn with commitment, the tools you need to make every call a success Many years...

Funny Women – How laughter helps you go the extra mile

Success can be measured in many ways. My personal measure of somebody who is successful in life, work and all things, is a joyful...

Creative Crafts for an online presence

Are you considering selling your products online but are put off from creating your own website due to time and financial constraints? Fortunately, there is...

Funny Women Rising

I have been battling with the misconception that women aren’t funny for over 13 years. Sometimes it seems longer, because it is still harder...

Tiny Dancers

I own Diddi Dance which I started in 2003 when, as a teacher of dance, I realised a gap existed in the dancing arena...

Employment engagement

Creating a work environment where employees are committed to the values and goals of the organisation, while remaining motivated and actively contributing to the...

More than just a day job

There are lots of good reasons to consider a more agile and flexible workforce making sure you attract the best talent to your team....

Kent Women in Business Awards 2017

The 5th Kent Women in Business Awards has shown once again, that Business Women in this county are prepared to go above and beyond...

Lulu Prima Presents

We welcome Laura Williams, aka Lulu Prima to KWIB. Laura, who has her finger on the music and entertainment pulse, spends all of her...

Women know your limits!

I loved the Fast Show, stupid humour at its best – a tongue in cheek sketch requesting women know their place, sarcastic views of...

Keep calm and say no

When I am running Personal Effectiveness Courses and Assertiveness Workshops, what often comes up is how often we struggle to say no to other...

Rising star, problem child, cash cow and dog

This may sound like a description from one of the many parenting manuals as opposed to anything related to products and branding, however you...

How to use LinkedIn to maximise sales

Many people don’t realise it, but LinkedIn is probably one of the most underused and undervalued resources for bringing in a steady and compounding...

Speak up dear!

Hollywood, there was the equal pay debate, with Jennifer Lawrence calling it for female leads to get the same pay as men and Geena...

Blurring boundaries – The challenge of working at home

I was born and grew up in Kent, a Kentish Maid no less. I moved to Buckinghamshire aged 18, when I left home to...

Setting up your Start-Up Business the right way

So, you have made the exciting decision to start your own business, so now what? It's time to think about the legal requirements in the...

Is setting up a business all its cracked up to be?

Why do some people make a success of their ideas while others just never seem to get off the ground? Over the past year...

Making a breakthrough

As a woman in business, you’ve probably attended at least one female-focused networking or support event. What did you think of it? Was it...

Off to school & back to work

Ten2two introduces businesses to the hundreds of local professionals returning to the workplace. Playground Noise With over half a million children experiencing school for the first...

So…you want to start up a business, let’s not call it small

If you have embarked on, or are just about to embark on setting up a business, then, although to start with it might be...

NHS. Is it broken?

The UK has changed beyond recognition since the birth of the NHS in 1948. The population has grown, people are living longer, and prior...

Amanda Cottrell OBE

Do you remember the stories about a Kentish lady who walked her sheep across London Bridge back in 2008 and then again through the City...

The Snapchat Revolution: Is your business ready?

For those that haven’t heard of Snapchat, it’s the mobile app launched in 2011 that is now worth $19 billion. The app was initially very...

Constructive Career Development

People who forge ahead in a successful career have adopted certain levels of behaviour that help them stay one step ahead of the competition;...

Instagram for business

Instagram has grown into one of the world’s largest social media networks and can work for your business Instagram is a place where you can...

The Business Café

95% of the UK’s Business population is a Micro Business. In fact 75% of those are sole traders. The heroes of our economy, amazing...

The waiter and the lemon

A quick one minute story on making company highly productive When life gives you lemons, what do you do? The old adage says you should...

Should you appear in a fly on the wall documentary?

Reality TV used to mean being locked in a house built by Channel 4, alongside individuals with no discernable talent, other than being mediocre...

An interview with Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes, the iconic and brightly coloured fashion designer, opened the door to the penthouse above the Fashion and Textile Museum, which she founded...

How emotional intelligence can help you and your business thrive

Commitment, passion and drive are just a few of the qualities required for success, but perhaps one of the most vitalskills is emotional intelligence. With...

The 7 most common interview questions… and how to answer them

Earlier in 2015 we ran a survey questioning both interviewers and interviewees about the most common questions they ask or have been asked. Here’s...

Creating your career plan

Having a career plan is a clear way for you to understand and explore what it is that you want out of your working...

Introducing Sophie Walker

"The political landscape is changing..." The Women’s Equality Party (WEP), was co-founded earlier this year by author and journalist, Catherine Mayer, and broadcaster and author,...

Pick another one liner

They say ‘go with your gut’ or ‘listen to your instincts’, ‘do what you think is right’…and there are a considerable amount of additional...

Corporate to Blacksmith

Painted red nails, suit and high heels, this was Lizzie’s life up until she left her well paid corporate job to follow her dreams....

Making outsourcing work for you

There has never been a better time to start up or run a business. The internet has opened up a whole new world of...

10 behaviours of un-stoppable entrepreneurs

There are different types of people; those who talk about their great ideas but never get started, those that give up at the first...

Top tips before signing an agreement for your business premises

There are many different type of leases or agreements for occupying business premises, whether offices, retail, industrial or something else. The more traditional arrangement is...

Lembit Öpik: a life less ordinary

Lembit Opik is famous for many things, a regular panelist on ‘Have I Got News for you’, the MP with the wonky jaw, the...

Dame Kelly Holmes and Cafe 1809

When we first featured Kent’s own Dynamic Dame, Kelly Holmes, on the cover of the third edition of KWIB magazine, we knew she was...

Marketing or PR?

What's the difference? Why do I need both? Marketing and PR… what’s the difference? Which one do we need in our business? Which one is...

Gary Turner From Xero to Hero

Gary Turner is UK co-founder and managing director of Xero, the revolutionary accounting software taking the world by storm. He has shown that what...

Imperfect imposter syndrome

Are you faking it or really making it? At the end of 2012, I introduced myself to people at a networking event as 'Editor of...

Digital marketing on a shoestring

Raise your hand if you have ever invested money in a digital marketing platform and you feel it went down the drain? Pretty much all...

Wellbeing Warriors

Raising the profile of workplace wellbeing The issue of workplace wellbeing is increasingly becoming a headline focus for businesses in Kent but do senior leaders...

Kent’s Premier Business Networking Event is Back!

Now in its 31st year, Kent B2B is the county’s premier business networking event and this year returns to the Ashford International Hotel. The event,...

Applied Piper

Susannah Schofield had the pleasure of first meeting Lucy Piper at the Mum&Working Awards nearly three years ago, since then they have shared a...

The Rules of Engagement – Lulu Prima

Back to Basics: A refresher to reignite your enthusiasm for engaging with your customers. As a newbie to the KWIB team, I thought I could...

Brexit opportunities

Whether the Brexit vote has left you jubilant or terrified, depending on what you wanted the outcome to be, the most important thing for...

Returning to work?

A long absence out of the workplace, for whatever reason, doesn't mean opportunities aren't still available to you. If you are looking to return to...

Introducing our new Wine Man, Stuart McCloskey

Whilst writing my debut article for this exciting, although rather daunting position (given the all-female readership, which is a new one for me) I...

Crowdfunding for Creatives

You have a creative idea, it costs money to get it off the ground, money that you don't have to invest. Is there any...

Women in business: the numbers

Research by the Women’s Business Council has shown that the UK economy is missing out on more than 1.2 million new enterprises due to...

Fearful to FABULOUS at Finance

Finance is the language of business and a basic understanding of finance can be the difference between success and failure in any organisation. Let’s make 2017...

Feathers, fitness & thrills

It’s a sunny Friday afternoon when I meet with “The Two Sam’s” (one male, one female, both equally fabulous). They are from Kent Women...

An interview with Francesca Watson

We had the pleasure of meeting the founder of SevenoaksMums.com. Find out why Francesca Watson set up the website and why, for her, community...

Give your business the S factor

Success isn’t a ‘given’ when you start a business, it’s something that is achieved when you know where you’re heading and have identified the...

The demo day

The Hosts story: I’m not going to lie to you, the thought of a vacuum demonstration didn’t fill me with the joy of spring (or...

Thinking small

SMEs are often described as the life blood of the UK economy. But what do these business owners and their insurance providers really think...

Is cash not the same as profit?

For many, this is so confusing – if  a company is profitable, does this not mean that these profits are in the bank? You hear...

8 communication skills every entrepreneur should master

Most entrepreneurs are driven by a need to build something great, help other people, or leave something behind; no matter what the motivation, when...

Sometimes the best ideas are the completely BONKERS ones.

Nineteen years ago, my mum had the bonkers idea to use strips of plaster bandage to capture the shape of my enormous pregnant belly. Three...

Streets ahead

We caught up with the International business woman, writer and stand up comedian to find out how she does it all. We all have the...

Rosemary Shrager serves up a tasty dish for Kent – with a little...

The celebrity chef and media personality tells Trevor Sturgess about the crucial role IoD Kent played in teaming her up with a business partner I’m...

Relaunching YOU from the inside out

I was wondering what to write about for my first article and then I got to thinking about the relaunch of the Women in...

The future needs a face

It was a true pleasure to be able to present at the BIBA conference in May. To my delight the room was busy and...

Shh…

Anthea McCarten, aged 45 years, is the founder and manager of Restore the Years, a qualified therapeutic counsellor and author; she is a survivor...

Customer Experience vs Customers’ Experience

Customer Experience or CX is defined in Wikipedia as the “product of an interaction between an organization and a customer (business or consumer) over...

Learning The Language of Business

If you asked a hundred warriors on the Business Battlefield what brought them here, you'd get a hundred different answers - but we can...

Auto-Enrolment & pension Schemes, Employers be aware

As you may be aware, the government has introduced pension legislation that means all employers, regardless of size, have to automatically enrol their employees...

If you’re in business, you’re in sales!

You DID it! You left that confining corporate job; you completed a business plan; you started your company and PRESTO...you're in business! As the iconic...

An interview with James Caan

CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw and former Dragon in the ‘Den’ speaks to us about both employment and entrepreneurial success. What advice would you give to...

Travel suppliers failing female business travellers

New research highlights opportunities for significant improvement Hotels need to provide better inroom facilities. Airlines should provide more assistance with luggage. Both airlines and train...

Fighting the ‘after lunch slump’

The after-lunch slump hits us all from time to time but we can make a few key differences and nutritional choices within our working...

At the top of your game in a world that is changing

It was my absolute pleasure to give the Keynote Speech at KITA (Kent Independent Traders Awards) last month. Not only was the event filled with...

IoD Kent – Women need masculinity

...but not too much to succeed in the boardroom Women should possess a combination of feminine and masculine skills and attributes to counter gender imbalance...

Fry on fashion

I’ve not only dipped my toes in the fashion world, I jumped in, head first, swallowed a ton of water but managed to doggy...

Social Notworking

My son recently announced that he was considering quitting Facebook because it takes up too much time and disconnects him from the real world....

Move over Dyson and Hoover

When it comes to vacuum cleaner brands, there’s a new kid on the carpet. German brand Vorwerk is taking the UK by storm with its...

An interview with Catherine Spencer

Catherine Spencer, former England Women's Rugby Captain, joined us for lunch, where we wanted to explore the world of women's rugby and how one...

The seven steps to successful credit control

“Getting paid is the most important part of your business.” – Lord Alan Sugar It’s so frustrating, isn’t it? You’ve established your own business, you’re...

Marginal Gains: From Sport to Finance

We have to have some sporting analogies with the Olympics kicking off this Summer, don’t we? As a big cycling fan (the touring, tea and...

The gender debate – How far have we come?

Two years ago, we wanted to test the temperature of the world of business in the first ever Gender Debate. Dice Matrix Consulting and Ditto...

5 ways personal growth can make your business stronger

When it comes to creating results in your business and your life, it is no secret that a large part of success is directly...

Mind the gap!

Meet the men and women who are redressing the UK’s gender imbalances At first glance, the fact that we have a female Prime Minister again...

The “F” Word..why businesses fail

Taking time to consider why a business can fail should be viewed positively. Knowing what could happen gives you the opportunity to put steps in...

In focus with Jo Schumann

Making the jump from a childcare employee to self-employed photographer - we interview Jo Schumann on the motivation behind her big step Have you always...

Breadth over height equals great career management

When we talk about career management, I would propose that the single most important word we need to remember is ‘control’ and, to be...
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