Business

I married a micro-enterprise

Growing up in a family-run business set Chubb’s Ruth Polyblank on course to launch a ground-breaking digital insurance initiative to help the UK’s smallest...

Your early career

Sarah Beeny A lot can be said for how your first role shapes the rest of your career. And leading property and interiors expert, Sarah Beeny,...

Three trends many opportunities

As a consumer futurist, the most fulfilling part of my work is helping clients position their business for the future, and then seeing those...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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),...

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....

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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;...

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...

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...

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5 Years Strong

Last night I overheard my two girls debating the fact that the TV was a “liar!” I stopped by the door and listened to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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....

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...

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