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Social Business Networking Evening

The Thames Club in Staines-upon-Thames are holding a Social Business Networking Evening on Wednesday 14th November from 6.30pm.

The cost is just £6.75.

This is a great  opportunity to meet local people and businesses in a convivial environment – over 70 people attended the last time we held this event!  There will be an excellent buffet, included in the price, and a fully stocked bar.

There will be a raffle to raise funds for MidasPlus. If you have a prize that you can donate, please let me know.

We expect a big response so if you wish to attend you need to book in advance at:

See you there

Best Regards

07803 706440

Succeeding in China: How to Mitigate Intellectual Property 5 November 2018


In partnership with the Intellectual Property Office at British Embassy in China, Enterprise M3 is organising an event for our EM3 digital tech businesses which are potentially interested in export to CN or already present in China and would like to learn more how to protect their IP. ‘Succeeding in China: How to Mitigate Intellectual Property Risk’ event is now live on Eventbrite and the EM3 website.


Date: 5 November

Time: 09:30am-12noon

Location: The Manor Park Reception Suite, Alexander Fleming Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YW

Title: ‘Succeeding in China: How to Mitigate Intellectual Property Risk’

Speaker: Tom Duke, British Embassy in China  

Succeed in China Event

The importance of vitamins and minerals – Your guide for an ideal diet

In an ideal world, we would get all our vitamins and minerals from the food we consume on a daily basis.
However, many of us lead very busy and pressured lives. Some of us may not have sufficient time to put together a detailed and well thought out dietary plan that addresses all our needs.
That is why vitamin and mineral supplements have an important role to play as they are designed to complement and support our daily diet, to help ensure that our intake levels of essential micronutrients are maintained at an optimum level.
A healthy, balanced diet is important in order to obtain all of the nutrients which are key to our health. However, few of us find it easy to live up to this ideal.
The use of vitamin and mineral supplements can reduce dietary gaps and improve nutritional status without exceeding safe levels of intake. There are many potential reasons to complement your diet with a vitamin & mineral supplement, depending on factors such as age, gender, dietary habits, and lifestyle.
Herbalife Nutrition can help complement your diet with vitamin & mineral supplements which meets your individual needs.

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A sense of humour in the workplace

A sense of humour judges one’s actions and the actions of others from a wider reference. It pardons shortcomings, it consoles failure.” Thornton Wilder

Appropriate, well placed humour can be a key to success at work.

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author says “In workplaces that encourage people to be themselves … that are less hierarchical and more innovative … people tend to be more open with their humour. Even those who aren’t always comfortable sharing their humour tend to do so in more relaxed environments where the use of humour becomes second nature.”

In general, employees feel more comfortable using humour with their colleagues rather than with their bosses or line managers. Or they may be reluctant to offend someone; they may worry that they are not funny or will look stupid.

According to Lynne Parker, founder and CEO of Funny Women, women use humour liberally to bond, reassure, and instil a sense of wellbeing within their communities. It give us confidence, charisma and may even help us to climb the career ladder. “However, recent research has suggested that female bosses are less likely to make jokes in the boardroom. When they did, more than 80% of their quips were met with silence. By comparison, 90% of jokes made by men were met with a positive response.” (Baxter, 2011)

“I have seen a growing willingness for women to experiment with humour in their business and personal lives, just as they are on the comedy circuit.” Lynne will be speaking on ‘The Power of Female Humour in the Workplace ‘ at The Room Upstairs dinner in London west end, February 2019.

One of the most difficult aspects of office humour is ensuring that it is appropriate. For many years I worked with a delightful individual who was great at his job and extremely popular. However, his jokes were racist and sexist and no matter how often I told him he genuinely didn’t believe me.

We spend more time at work and with our employees, colleagues and boss so it makes sense to make it as pleasant as we can. But remember, whether it’s fun or not, to paraphrase American journalist and film maker Nora Ephron: all life is copy!

Humour can be the only way to get through difficult times or when dealing with difficult people – hence the old phrase ‘laugh and the world laughs with you’! And while humour means something different to each of us at its most successful it need only be as simple as a smile.

A good sense of humour may get an employee through their day, but it can also be the key to successful leadership. According to Forbes Magazine, 91% of executives surveyed believed that those with a sense of humour are more likely to do a better job. While research by the Bell Leadership Institute found that the two most desirable traits of a leader were a strong work ethic and a sense of humour.

If we think about it, that makes sense. If your boss is worried, angry or depressed, after a while you pick up on it. It is unnerving and inevitably it undermines the team and the potential for success.

There is a body of research that shows that strategic and purposeful humour impacts positively on an organisation. It improves brand, creativity, innovation, productivity, communication, positioning and morale; staff engagement improves; stress is lowered; retention is greater, as is customer service and companies find it easier to attract staff.

89% of CEOs say they would prefer to hire someone with a good sense of humour … managers with a sense of humour, who can laugh at themselves, are able to diffuse uncomfortable situations, improve personal interactions and align employees with the objectives of their boss or company.

You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian any form of positive humour makes the office environment pleasant and improves job satisfaction. Just don’t try too hard to be funny … you don’t want to emulate David Brent!

Well placed, clever, humour that is apropos to a business situation can enhance an employee’s career opportunities. Being funny shows confidence and an ability to take risks; it also requires timing, empathy and intellect.

To quote President Dwight D. Eisenhower “A sense of humour is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”

Sandi Goddard is a strategic brand and management consultant,

A prolific networker for over 20 years, Sandi works with business leaders, boards and leadership teams, using the experience informed by her corporate background with global enterprises to prepare and enable clients to achieve demonstrably significant growth and profitable, £multi-million returns. Her approach, and very personal service delivery, is results-driven.Her clients look for more than strategic marketing and business consulting; they want a trusted advisor, a sounding board or a Non-Executive Director.

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly salaries paid to men and women – and it is growing.

According to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2017‘ it will take 217 years to bridge the gender pay gap! 217 years!! So what can we do to drastically reduce that time scale and make sure the next generation of men and women experience workplace equality?

Read More:   The Gender Pay Gap – and why it matters!

Closing Soon – Spelthorne Means Business Awards

Have you entered yet?

The new Spelthorne Means Business Awards closes to new entries at the end of August 2018. If you haven’t entered your business yet then why not complete the online entry form now?

With 7 different categories there is something for every business and it is an ideal way to raise your visibility within the borough, to show customers how great you are and to thank your staff for all their hard work.

Don’t delay…. enter today!