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Christmas Tweetup!

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Pull that Christmas jumper out of the wardrobe and wear it on Thursday 1st December. We’ll be getting together at the Pavilion at the Park to see in the festive season.

Bring your Secret Santa present. The theme is: What is your small business must have? Share it with others. The budget is £5. Bring your gift with you and Santa will distribute them during the evening.

Doors open at 7pm and Networking commences at 7.30pm. Don’t forget your torch!

Further information and booking can be found here.

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Growth Hacking & Business Mastermind workshop

Growth Hack UK

Growth Hack UK presents Bedfordshire’s premier growth hacking and business mastermind event.  Limited to 8 attendees who are all SME business owners, you will be taking some time away from your daily routine to work on your business not in your business.

The 3-hour workshop costs just £10 and is split in to three parts…

Business Mastermind – bring your business problems and share them with the group to leave with lots of different ideas and perspectives on how you can solve them.  Listen to the problems that other business owners are facing and share your experience and ideas to help them.  Somebody else has probably solved the problems you face and knows how to get the most of the opportunities you have, so get a short-cut to success from the collective group experience.  Discuss what your business does and let the group ask you questions about it.  Let them come up with ideas on things you can do to grow your business, improve sales, reduce costs and increase efficiency.  Often these are things you haven’t even thought about!  Get a fresh unbiased perspective on what’s holding you back.

Lunch – a picnic hamper lunch is included with the workshop, and you also get unlimited tea and coffee for the duration, worth the price of the ticket alone! Om nom nom!

Growth Hacking – decide one thing you could do in just 1 hour to benefit your business there and then, work on it and complete it for immediate results before you leave!  Try a suggestion made by somebody in the mastermind or do something you need assistance with, everyone else will help you.  Bring one secret that has helped your business and share it with the group, and in return leave with several other invaluable secrets that you can use to propel and grow your business quickly in new and exciting ways.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to make the most of a few hours for your business.  Silence your phone, ignore your inbox and spend some time focusing on your own business, it deserves your attention once in a while.

44 Harpur Street logo

The Bedford group is kindly sponsored by 44 Harpur Street. Four themed rooms to meet train or break out. Escape your desk to a world of coffee, cake, tea in a pot, putting green, sweet shop and full AV set up.

Arrive as strangers, leave as friends.


£10 ticket: https://growthhackuk.eventbrite.co.uk

Our website: https://growth-hack.uk

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I Am Strong Motivational Mugs

I Am Strong motivational mugs

Designed with your favourite I Am Strong slogan of – “Strong is a mindset…not just how you take your coffee”, our fun and stylish motivational mug and spoon sets are just what you need to brighten things up. Looking for a quirky, inspirational, fun and unique gift? Looking for something a little standout to keep you company while you work? These mugs are guaranteed to make you smile.

Motivational mugs to go!
With the design commissioned by I Am Strong, you won’t find the same motivational mugs anywhere else.  Yours will be unique – guaranteed! Available in red, black, blue and pink, each mug comes with it’s own cheeky spoon that slots right into the mug handle.

We are intending to bring out a new motivational mug design every six months. This first ‘Strong is a mindset…not just how you take your coffee’ design is a limited edition and going fast at just £15 + pp each.

To place your order, whether you would like 1 or enough for the entire office, please email sarah@strongcoaching.co.uk.  Alternatively you can purchase online in the I Am Strong Store.


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Any issues or further comments let me know @daisy_media or just email here.

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Let’s get down to business!

lets get down to business

Let’s get down to business

Fridays – 44 Harpur Street – come along!

‘Strong’ will be available all day to give you taster coaching sessions, discuss what you are looking to achieve but struggling to move on, support you to plan and strategise on (not in) your business and make business coaching better understood and more widely accessible to all business owners and team managers in Bedford.

If you would like to know more then there is more information here otherwise just pop in and have a chat over some tea and quite possibly a salted caramel brownie…

Looking forward to seeing you there,


Sarah x

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Choosing, Using and Protecting Your Brand – Free Online Event


In partnership with Small Business Saturday, I’m running a workshop on trade mark protection for SMEs on Thursday 29 September. The “in person” tickets have all been taken now, but it will be live streamed on Periscope and there will be a Twitter Q&A session so if you have any questions, or want to follow along, please join in. I’d love it if you could share details with anyone else you know who may be interested – thanks!

More details can be found here.

Thanks, Clare

Stanmore IP

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Strong is a mindset…not just how you take your coffee

strong is a mindset

It can take a lot of self-discipline to get yourself feeling good

I don’t drink coffee, but I do rely on a supersize shot of positive mental attitude every day. It’s amazing that it’s still not taught in schools and I wish I’d known years back that I had the power to change my own thoughts and instantly feel different. Instead, it took me a long time to get to that point but now I make the most of it. As far as I can, I control what goes in to my conscious mind, feeding it with podcasts and programmes that are going to educate and stretch me rather than make me feel fearful, anxious and overwhelmed (like the News, for example!). Strong is definitely a mindset, and with much out there set to distract and lure us, it can take a lot of self-discipline to get yourself feeling good and sustain it.

For an athlete it is important to have a super-charged mind

A strong mindset may seem like an optional extra to most of us, but for those Olympic athletes just back from Rio, it is every bit as important to have a super-charged mind as a highly-tuned body. According to Rebecca Symes, sports psychologist with Team GB Paralympians, who was recently interviewed by The Telegraph, athletes are constantly focusing on 3 types of goals:

-Outcome goals – the ultimate achievement such as Olympic or World Champion. This could be several years in the making.

-Performance goals -key milestones for assessing performance along the way to the ultimate outcome goal.

-Process goals – the day to day training, diet, sleep, mental focus precision goals that ensure success from the micro-level.

These goals allow an athlete a vital sense of control that is complimented by having a supportive and trusted ‘Team Me’ and an ability to re-use successful past experiences to motivate future success.

Top tactics for a positive mindset

Dr Kate Hays, Head of Psychology for Team GB recommends the following tactics for creating a disciplined, focused and positive mindset:

1. Trigger words – using the name of a place where you have been successful in the past to recall that positive emotion

2. Let go of what you can’t control. Worry only about the things you can.

3. Plan – do- review. Understanding where and how you can improve is key to moving forwards.

4. Accept your mistakes. Grieve them, accept them and let them go. You can’t change them but you can influence your ‘right now’.

5. Breathing. A rapid way to bring ourselves back to just us in the present moment is to focus solely on our breathing.

Remember – you are in control

Author of Evolve Your Brain, Dr Joe Dispenza D.C., writes that “it is where we place our attention and what we place [it] on that maps the course of our very state of being”. Are we actually then self-sabotaging by not taking enough care about what we allow to permeate our minds? Just as when you are stood in Costa or Starbucks you make a conscious choice as to whether it is latte, cappuccino or espresso that is going to pep you up next, so too you have a conscious choice over the positive feed you give your mind. Try it – change what you put in and notice how it changes what you get out. It takes self-discipline and commitment, but it will change the way you feel and show up in the world. After all, strong is a mindset…not just how you take your coffee.


If you would like to read more about personal development coaching then Click here. You might also be interested in downloading the FREE I Am Strong App.

Have a look at some of the Personal Development Coaching Packages  we offer and  Book your first session today.

“We believe that success is a journey that everyone should be able to travel. We show you how that journey begins, equip you with the confidence and resilience to go the distance and deliver you to your ultimate vision destination. We provide great personal development and business performance coaching.” 

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So what exactly is business coaching?

business coaching

Optimising business performance to increase revenue

Business coaching, business performance coaching, executive coaching, C-Suite coaching – however you term it – is all about optimising business performance in order to increase revenue. It is about ensuring that every area of a business is aligned in the direction of operating smartly, efficiently and at maximum productivity.

Business coaching starts with you, the business owner, before working with line managers and other employees if you so wish. Coaching is about accelerating achievement and by bringing in a coach to your business, you will benefit from not only an impartial sounding board, but a fresh pair of eyes. A business coach will ask you the questions that you probably avoid asking yourself; they will support you to prioritise, to delegate, to make key decisions and to generate the momentum you need to move your business forward.

You know your business best

You know your business better than anyone and a coach is not there to advise or to tell you what to do next. A coach is there to draw the best answers and decisions out of you, and fast. A coach is there to support you to take your business forward in a planned and structured way.

How do you know you will get results?

Working with a coach ensures that you are committed, focused and accountable to achieving the goals that you set together. Even working with as few as 6 coaching session over a period of 3 months. business owners can achieve significant improvements in levels of turnover, productivity, new business in the pipeline and more efficient operations. Even by session 4, you will notice a marked shift in your approach and mind set, feeling reinvigorated to succeed. Coaching is a proven and powerful performance accelerator.

How will you and your business benefit from working with a coach?

1. Gain an impartial sounding board.

2. Add a secret weapon to your ‘Team Me’.

3. Grow the confidence to make solid decisions.

4. Learn how to value and optimise your time by delegating and outsourcing.

5. Understand how to motivate employees and increase productivity.

6. Develop a strategic plan and stick to it.

7. Set targets, goals and milestones to track progress.

8. Ensure that you are working smart in all areas.

9. Develop the ability to trust your own judgement.

10. Achieve targets that you didn’t think possible.


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If you would like us to work with you to optimise your business performance then we have packages on offer here. Everything we do is bespoke so if there is something specific you would like to work on, please get in touch.

Business Performance Coaching Programmes

FREE Initial Consultation

Take advantage of our  FREE 25 Point Business Surgery


Read more:

If you are interested in learning more about business performance from slightly different angles then the following are a good read:

The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber

Life Leverage by Rob Moore

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell



You may also find articles you enjoy on our blog page such as:

The 5 hows to a 5 star business plan


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