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Are You Going to Wait Until It’s Too Late?

Every time I listen to the news another retailer is struggling, even the great M & S is closing stores.  Make sure you are not next.


What lessons can you learn for your business?

Organisations need time to sit back and review.  Hopefully before it’s too late.  Sometimes you need to change direction and perhaps rebrand.

How can you grow and prosper?

Review, Plan, Implement, Review

  A) Review what you are doing and plan for change

  1. Check what your customers want
  2. Look why certain competitors such as Primark and Zara are doing well
  3. Review costs
  4. Understand why customers buy from you

B) Plan for the future – look 2 jumps ahead

  1. Are your products and services right?
  2. Is the pricing fair and profitable?
  3. Can you package it better?
  4. Location, Location, Location: traditional premises, online or both?
  5. Are you using the most effective marketing and promotions?

C) Implement the plan

D) Review frequently and when necessary adjust the Plan

Your Next Steps

Want an unbiased and effective review to secure your profitable future?  Our experienced team, have a series of tools available to help you: diagnostics, review meetings, business sensing, mentoring and training.

Help to Survive and Thrive

Contact Laurie Bernard at The Business Services Partnership on 07973 361 994 or email to discuss your next steps.

Are You Moving Forward?


What do you think Richard Branson said was his best career advice for young people?  It’s "Never look back in regret; move on to the next thing".  Like so many other Branson strategies this originated from someone else.  In this case his mother.  Yes, the best advice from one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time has nothing to do with finance, or trending on social media, or hiring the perfect team.  It's all in the mind.

How do you disrupt this broken record, playing over and over again?

"The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project always amazes me," says Branson.

Simply actively move on to the next thing.  Invest your valuable energy and attention moving on, not looking back.  After all is you were driving a car you will crash if you only focus on the rear-view mirror.  Plan your journey ahead; focus on your road to success.

So, let’s work together to put together your Forward Focussing Action Plan and help you implement it.

Can We Help?

Interested in focusing on business success?  Contact Laurie Bernard of The Business Services Partnership on 07973 361 994 or email to arrange your Forward Business Action Plan meeting.

What's in Store for You?


Step back, take stock and plan for your success.  An investment “working on your business not just in your business” will reap dividends.  Time for your business review.  Here are some key areas to look at:

 * See where your business is

*  Discover how to overcome your obstacles to growth

*  Chart where you want to be – set your goals

*  Build your Action Plan to move forwards

Can We Help?

Interested in brightening your outlook?  It's easier to plan together.  Contact Laurie Bernard of The Business Services Partnership on 07973 361 994 or email to arrange your Business Review and Audit.  Places are limited.

How's Your Calendar Looking?


Putting your calendar dates together?  Here are some events that you may want to attend that I’m involved in:

Tuesday, 5th June 2018: Networking for Success: You're Invited!

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The next Grim's Dyke Business Club meeting is on Tuesday 5th June 2018, starting at 6.30 pm in the Patio Bar/coffee shop, downstairs at Hilton Hotel, Elton Way, Watford WD25 8HA, on the A41, opposite Costco. Relax in an informal business environment:

* Introduce your business

* Ask your fellow experts for advice

* Share tips

* Have a chat

No fee, just buy a drink and/or snack. Obtain some free, advice and an ear to listen? Join in; share and care.

For details or to confirm attendance: email Laurie Bernard of The Business Services Partnership:; text or call him on 07973 361 994.

We look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018: Introduction to Enterprise Course 12.30 to 3.00 pm


Laurie Bernard is pleased to be facilitating this course again for the PBC.  Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Yes!! So, what is holding you back? This free 2.5 hours course specifically for people who want to put a "toe in the water" to find out what being self-employed might be like.

Laurie take out some of the mystery and the jargon leaving you with clear insight into what's involved. He’ll help you to look at what's involved, look at some of the lifestyle implications, and help you to identify the things important to you that you ought to consider before taking the plunge.

Not only that, he will tell you about all the other things PBC can do to support you and develop the skills you'll need.

Details from The Portobello Business Centre on 020 7460 5050 or email It’s at The Portobello Business Centre, Canalside House, 386 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA. What's even better is the event is provided completely without charge. Book here.

Monday, 17th September 2018 {1st Day} Business Enterprise Course 9.45 am to 4.00 pm

At the Portobello Business Centre, 6 Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5AA.  This 3-day course will be commencing on Monday 17th Septemebr2018, with Laurie Bernard CEO of The Business Service Partnership.  Then continues the following week 10 am – 4 pm with  Carole Pyke Director of Personal Brand Hugs and Stories.  Concludes on with including guest speakers from: HSBC Bank, Your Credit Union and RBKC Libraries.

For prices and discounts, contact or call 020 7460 5050.  More details at:

Sales Made Easy – Discover What Works

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If you are looking to promote your business you need to know the secrets of how to sell. Most of us don’t like the idea of selling.  We are not comfortable selling. That’s because we have not been trained in selling, or know that selling is just: “helping other people to achieve their objectives”. 

This informative, effective and interactive workshop, delivered by Laurie Bernard of the Business Services Partnership, will help you use the sales process, developing your knowledge and selling skills, boosting your confidence.

Who should attend?

Ideal for business owners, managers, leaders or anyone who wants to grow their business by improving their selling techniques.

What will it cover?

You’ll learn about:

* The 5 Golden Rules of Selling

 * The sales process, step-by-step

 * How you can be a great sales person

 * Find out why people really buy

 * Develop listening skills

 * Learn the techniques to sell and negotiate

 * Discover why selling is a win win

 * Objection handling

 * Useful sales hints

 * Plus, so much more…

Training Process

Presentation, group exercises and open discussions to reinforce delegate’s knowledge. Leave feeling confident when you next make a sale.

When and Where:

Autumn 2018; 9.30 to 12.30 at The Maylands Business Centre, Redbourn Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7ES. To find Maylands Business Centre please use postcode HP2 7BA for SatNav purposes. Download a map and directions here.

The Fee

Just £65+ VAT.