16 11, 2018

Is your Networking working?

By | November 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

THERE is a well-known saying that goes: “People do business with people they know, like and trust". This couldn’t be truer for entrepreneurs starting out in the market. But where and how can a start-up entrepreneur make these connections with people to grow their business? Tradelane Managing Director Betsy Ings explains. (Net)-work the room If [...]

16 10, 2018

Is your Networking Working? (Part 2)

By | October 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

NOW that you know why networking is so important, and have an idea of the rules of the game, what's the next step? How can you make meaningful connections with people to grow your business? Tradelane Managing Director Betsy Ings explains. Pay it forward By simply talking to people, you connect with not only the person you [...]

21 09, 2018

Are we as women having the right conversations?

By | September 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

WHILE many women’s rights advocates do not believe in celebrating Women’s Day or Women’s Month - maintaining that women’s rights should be top of mind 365 days of the year - I appreciate the opportunity the commemoration of these women-focused events give us. It gives us a time of reflection on how far we as [...]

15 08, 2018

Make the most of your time

By | August 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

EVER get the feeling that there are just not enough hours in the day? Time is our greatest resource and there are many ways in which to maximise your ability to manage this precious commodity. But how can you avoid a To-Do list that never gets ticked off by the end of the work day? [...]

13 07, 2018

The importance of knowing your competitive advantage

By | July 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

WHAT is your unique selling point and why is it important? Knowing your competitive advantage will enable you to choose a growth strategy that exploits your business strengths and your competitors’ weaknesses. “Don’t try to be all things to all people. Concentrate on selling something unique that you know there is a need for, offer [...]

17 06, 2018

The Value of Reflection

By | June 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

IT is important to know the Key Success Factors (KSF) of your business as it will determine your success and potential growth. Business growth is only possible when it is competitive and financially successful. Therefore we have to actively review our approach, competitive abilities and competencies continuously. 5 KEY SUCCESS FACTORS According to the Total [...]

27 05, 2018

How to grow your business

By | May 27th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

NO idea works until you do the work. Building dreams and ideas are great, but what makes mastery is the execution. Business leaders continuously explore various growth strategies to retain and grow market share. HOW TO THRIVE Being in business is about thriving - not just surviving. To thrive, marketing gurus insist that you need [...]

21 04, 2018

Vital Building Blocks for Business Growth

By | April 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

RAYMOND Ackerman, successful businessman who started the Pick n Pay supermarket group in 1967, firmly believes in the “four legs of the retail table.” He believes that each of these legs, representing the business, needs to be equally strong to balance the table. WHAT ARE THE FOUR LEGS? 1. Administration: This refers to the various administrative [...]

27 09, 2017

Understanding Business Growth

By | September 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

UNPLANNED growth can be disastrous for our business. We need to ask why we want to grow and plan for it. Growth and change will be uncomfortable. We need to highlight the obstacles and prepare for them with a good action plan. The need to move forward “No company can afford not to move forward. [...]

18 08, 2017

Preparing For Business: run your own race at your own pace

By | August 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

SMALL businesses are not only an empowering tool, but also a vital chain in our economy. We employ the most people, we pay taxes and we contribute to the fibre of society. However, being in business is hard work. We have to have staying power and work strategically. It’s a Marathon I compare business with [...]