Monthly Archives: November 2011

Do not apologise

Sometimes people stand up to deliver a presentation and apologise. “I’ve not had much time to prepare!” It might be that they are trying to lower expectations so that the audience will actually end up being pleasantly surprised. However, the message it can send is “I’ve not given this presentation much time – I’ve not […]
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What businesses need to know about the changes to the planning system

The Localism Act has received the Royal Assent. It has introduced some fundamental changes to the Town Planning system and the way that planning decisions are made. All businesses need to be aware of the changes and the implications for their land and property. Localism Act: a short guide for businesses Our planning services Contact […]
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Global Entrepreneurship Week

I ran a workshop for Liverpool University as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week  this was just one of 40,000 events over 104 countries. The aim is to drive the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners. I was helping the students to use business networking to find out about job opportunities and to get themselves […]
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Getting your head round the The Localism Act

The much talked about Localism Act received Royal assent on 15 November.  The Act provides the potential for a cultural shift in the way planning decisions are taken in England and Wales, but it remains to be seen whether it will meet the Government’s objective to make the planning system clearer, more democratic and more […]
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Presentation tips: Don’t use a small font.

I think I will scream if I hear another presenter say, “I know you can’t read this but…” Solution: if you have a lot of data, try converting it to a graph or other picture. If you need the detail, use a handout.
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Training for emergency responders to help Victims of Critical Incidents

As part of my role as Business Advisor at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace I attended a workshop yesterday in Warrington for staff involved in emergency response. These are fire, police, ambulance staff and also volunteers who set up rest centres, call centres etc whenever there is a critical incident. The speakers […]
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Mike on Granada Reports

Mike Gibson appeared on Granada Reports today in an interview with Ashley Derricott about the merits of High Speed Rail, following the Transport Select Committee’s decision to back the new rail plans.  Mike, a strong supporter of HSR, was asked for his views as a Director of Connectivity Associates, a company whose efficiency and competitiveness […]
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Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

Mike Gibson and Phil Cusack at the Greater Manchester Chamber’s Annual Property & Construction Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, where they announced the finalists of the Building of the Year Award. Sir Howard Bernstein presented the award to the winner, which was Peel Group’s MediaCityUK.
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My whole career passed before me

I have been going through my Contacts List. There were so many contacts that Outlook was taking a long time to load. So, I put the radio or a podcast on and settled down. It has been a fascinating process. I have found contacts from projects all over the world – some successful, some less […]
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Mike hits the headlines

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