166,000 newly self employed in the UK

Articles from Daily Mail Wednesday 28 december 2012

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I noticed two articles in the paper on Wednesday
(28/12/11), one which highlighted the fact that
there were an extra 166,000 (according to the
Office for National Statistics) joining the ranks
of the self employed between August and
October 2011, taking the total in the UK to
4.1 million, and the second (see below)
covering the increase in unemployment.

There are suggestions though many have become self employed to avoid the stigma of claiming benefit, whilst others are earning lots less that they need to survive in our inflation ridden country.

I have been self employed since 1988, and admit at times it has been tough, especially working on commission only in 2001, when the company I was representing suffered its own financial downturn. I learnt my lesson and soon diversified, creating many income streams, the latest this year, when I joined with NABO Networking.

So what has been your experience of running your own  business, and what tips would you offer?

Conversely the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) forecasts that the unemployed will reach 2.85 million in 2012 as opposed to 2.65 milion in 2011. Eventually reaching 2.9 million in 2013 – this being the highest figure since 1991.

Certainly, I have seen many more out of work than previously amongst my contacts, and likewise, I have seen many more join one of my businesses on a self employed basis too and starting to build themselves a future with Utility Warehouse – information here: www.future-biz.co.uk

So what has been your experience, whether going self employed or being made redundant?

NABO Networking Croydon – who will be the 30th member?

Quite quickly, the group has grown to twenty-three 
members, and now people ask, when will we
get to 30?

Our present members, who are investing time on their business by learning together, include:

Andrew Adams – Adams Knowledge Network
Andrew Eade – Barclays Bank
Bill Smith – Reaching New Heights
Claire Scaramanga – Scaramanga Marketing Ltd
Dayo Badejo – AOB Estate Agents
Dee Bell – The Bell Group
Don Hooper – Butlers Wharf
Eddie Mir – ZBM Aviation Consultancy
Helen Ascott – Fly Design
Ian Marvin – Amalux
Ian Miller – Allen Barfields Solicitors
Jude Germain – Dynamic Transitions Ltd
Laurence Lowne – Combyne Group
Maria Mina – Albion HR
Mark Marcano – Alfa Communications
Martin Briggs – Hands on IT Services
Michael Omolegan – Pro Touch Group
Peter Burke – Cruse & Burke Accountants
Peter Hunter – Website Division
Steve Pinto – Access Self Storage
Tony Darlington – Innovative Web Media
Yinka Conde – Conde Consulting

The group are particularly looking for the following to join, add value and gain business for themselves:

Printer – Osteopath or Chiropractor – Florist – Events Organiser – Executive Car Hire – Insurance Broker – Stationery Supplier – Hairdresser – Copy Writer – Business Centre – Removals & Storage – Domestic Appliance Repairs – Electrician – Motor Mechanics – Translater – Van & Car Hire – Photographer.

Who do you who could be seeking additional business, and would like to visit our thriving group? Please ask them to visit this website and register to attend:

http://nabo-networking-croydon.eventbrite.com/

Updated May 2012

After a very enjoyable 12 months of success, NABO itself withdrew support from this venture, and therefore the group closed.

There is a replacement meeting at the same venue, and details can be found here:

CRX Croydon blog/website at croydonrx.co.uk/

NABO Networking – Success in Croydon

When we launched early in June at The Hilton in Croydon, simply put, it was unknown quite what the reaction would be from the many business people, who like me, had become a little cynical about ‘networking’. Was there anything different that could be offered apart from paying your money, having a meeting, doing your presentation, and passing referrals, and perhaps getting some business?

Well it seems that NABO Networking has captured the attention of many up and down the country. Croydon is the largest group so far, and each and every guest who has attended, has left with a smile on their face, more importantly they have contributed to the meeting in a positive way. I think that is fantastic. How often have you been to a meeting, and felt like a fish out of water, gasping for breath?

Is it the low joining fee? No, but it does help.
Is it the great food? No, but it does help.
Is it the venue? No, but it does help.

Is it the structure of the meeting and the focus on relationship building, whilst learning together in how to improve your business? I think it could well be, since the pressure to perform like a circus seal has been removed from the meeting. The whole meeting is supportive, and attendees are not in competition with each other, but there to share their knowledge for the benefit of all.

I am delighted that new friendships and collaboration has resulted from the first few meetings – it is the sign that the group is working together.

Would you like to sample the future of networking, or perhaps know a business person, who could benefit?

Then, please visit here to find out more and register to attend: http://nabo-networking-croydon.eventbrite.com/

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