Grow Your Business - A Day To Make Ideas Happen


Last week I attended my local Chamber's annual event The Brighton Summit.  This year's theme was Growing Your Business - A Day to Make Ideas Happen.

It was a jam-packed event, full of inspiring talks and workshops from businesses both local and national, all aimed at helping you to grow your business.

After an inspiring key note talk from Nikki Gatenby of Propellernet, a facilitated group session provide all attendees with the opportunity to discuss challenges, share ideas and look for support and inspiration to take back to their own business.

There were a few common themes coming up during this session.
  • Day-to-day busyness makes it difficult to grow;
  • TIME;
  • goal-setting;
  • planning;
  • staff/people management
  • good work/life balance - self and employees
Many of the usual challenges for businesses both large and small.

Lunch with a difference (not a sandwich in sight) was followed by an afternoon of inspiring and informative workshop sessions.  Too many to choose from and I would have loved to have gone along to more of them.  A mix of practical tools, tips, ideas and inspiration for your business.

Several of the discussions revolved around if you love your business then work/life balance isn't as important - do you agree?  There were inspiring stories from people who had grown their business through passion, persistence and good old fashioned hard work.

If you want to grow your business you need to know what you're working towards and it's not always about money.  In fact it's rarely about money.  Nikki's talk focused on the importance of dreams and how at Propellernet they incorporate many of their teams dreams into their work.  No wonder they're consistently voted one of the best places to work.

"If you can dream it, do it"

Jim Duffy from Entrepreneurial Spark closed the event with a very motivational talk from on and off the stage about the amazing things that the businesses they work with are doing and how important mindset and behaviour is to success.

"Everyone has it in them to be a success given the right situation and support."

I loved the way there were boxes of apples and pears from @FinandFarm to help yourself to during the breaks.  A healthy networking breakfast. Juices from @youjuice at the mid-morning break.  A very healthy lunch from @SpadeandSpoon. Delicious tea-time treats from @RaiseBakery.  So much more inventive than the usual standard sandwiches.

If you attended the Summit, make sure all those moments of inspiration and action haven't got lost as soon as you got back to the office.

Take time to jot down the ideas you want to put into action.  What can you change that will make a real difference to you and your business?

Commit to taking action.  If you came away with ideas, tips, a list of 'to-dos', add them to your daily, weekly, monthly action list.

Plan the time to make them happen.

Set aside time for creativity and growth.  Book a day a month to get out of the office, away from your desk and think about your business strategically - make ideas happen.

Delegate - as soon as you can.  You can't do everything, so having prioritised what's important, delegate anything that isn't core to your business or only you can do to someone else.

People.  Have the right team on board who will help grow your business and who you can confidently delegate or outsource to.

Get help.  Team up with a peer group, business mentor or coach.  Take time out to get away from the day-to-day, to motivate, inspire and challenge you.  To keep you focused and on track even when the going gets tough.

Don't know how you'll find the time ... get in touch for a free chat.

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