Undervaluing your value

Experience and skills have  a value. People are prepared to pay for these things. When starting out in your own business, however, it is hard to know where to pitch what you are going to charge for what you have to offer. You are an unknown quantity in two ways. Your customers have yet to … Continue reading Undervaluing your value

Cyber = resilience

It is just before 3 o’clock in the morning and the phone rings. Not your mobile, you’ve left that downstairs so that work doesn’t impinge too much into your home life. It’s the landline. This must be trouble. As your brain flights to engage, your thoughts turn to your children but the voice on the … Continue reading Cyber = resilience

Are food banks good?

I have been pondering over the question ‘Are food banks a sign of a successful society or rather and demonstration of a failing society?’  I am of two minds. Food banks are an increasing phenomenon. In 2017 there were nearly 1.2 million three-day food packs issued by the Trussell Trust, one of many such organisations … Continue reading Are food banks good?

Continuous blood

‘We are sorry’ said the text ‘but your session is running late.’ Great I thought as I was already parked up and walking into Morpeth Rugby Club to give blood. ‘Please allow 30 minutes extra for your donation today. Could you please still arrive at your appointment time’ the text continued helpfully. This was the … Continue reading Continuous blood

British Jobs

There has been a lot in the news recently about British Jobs for British people . It seems that there is a rising wave of so called nationalism and protectionism. It is easy politics and panders to the belief that somehow we need to look after our needs first. It is a seductive argument. It … Continue reading British Jobs

The wedding planner

I can talk about it now. The wedding that occupied so much of my time last year has come and gone. It has been a year. The months of planning and running around have stopped and the nightmares of impending doom and disaster are gradually fading. For some odd reason they happened even more after … Continue reading The wedding planner