Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Director Development and Mentoring

The Director Development Programme (DDP) provides leadership and management advice and subsidised training to the principal decision maker or key decision makers/directors of companies with between 5 and 249 employees in the West Midlands.
Would you or your team gain from receiving mentoring, coaching and support in:
Leadership: Key Development Areas:
· Strategic
· Analytical
· Inspirational
· Personal
Management: Key Development Areas
· Products and Services
· Developing Markets
· People Development
· Finance
· Sales and Marketing
· Operations
Grant Funding from Business Link of up to £1,000 is available:
First £500 grant is not required to be matched by the client and is available to the key director (principal decision maker).

Additional £500 grant is available but must be cash matched. It can be utilised by the key director or additional key decision makers identified by the Key Director.
Training can be delivered on a one-to-one or group basis. In terms of groups, this can be to management teams from the same company or to a network of leaders and managers from the different companies. The same grant funding regime applies. For example, a management team from the same business (which includes the principal decision maker) can receive a £1,000 grant towards training costs of £1,500.

Equally, for a network of leaders/managers from different companies, those that are principal decision-makers in their business can receive grant funding of up to £500 (fully-funded) and other key decision, up to £500 with the same level of cash match funding.

Interested? Then call Nick Booker on 01926 864900 or email with DDP in the title

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Recent projects and visits

Most of our projects are very visual so we take photographs. For some recent and current projects and also some visits to places we have some views and comments on see

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Using blogs for marketing and site optimisation

Last year Nick Booker of Attract Marketing provided marketing advice and support for three privately owned historic houses including The West Wing Abbey Manor at Evesham, Worcestershire. The West Wing does stylish country house bed and breakfast and as part of the effort to increase bookings built a blog that is effectively an additional web site at Nick has been tweaking the content over the last few months and the site also has in bound links from Flickr and Youtube - it's featured on both sites - as well as other relevant sites . Put 'bed breakfast Evesham' into Google now and its on the first page. In fact it beats West Wing's own site at that's handled by another organisation.

It goes to show that low cost routes to market work - the next step is to get the owners of West Wing to use Twitter and start Twittering.