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Happy Client Story

- October 20, 2020

It’s always good to be reminded of your worth! “Graham is unlike many web designers in that he really understand business. It is this that sets him apart. He works with you to clarify exactly what your business needs, where it is now, where you are looking to get to and helps you to create […]

It’s always good to be reminded of your worth!

“Graham is unlike many web designers in that he really understand business. It is this that sets him apart. He works with you to clarify exactly what your business needs, where it is now, where you are looking to get to and helps you to create a strategy and approach to fit with your organisations goals and your own.

In addition this tailored approach allows you to invest in the priorities for your web approach at times when your business can afford to. He really is a partner to your business and can work with simple websites to a full web strategy including linked in, Facebook and other social media for a fully integrated solution. A no-nonsense approach combined with business experience, technical know how and a great guy. I can warmly recommend Graham to anyone who needs a website that really works for their business.”

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Feel Good Friday

- October 16, 2020

It’s nearly the weekend. So what do I do to relax and unwind: Cooking – I enjoy cooking. I’m no masterchef, but I follow recipes and come up with something edible. Family time – If it’s not spent ferrying my two children around, it’s watching or participating in their sports or hobbies. Grace is on […]

It’s nearly the weekend. So what do I do to relax and unwind:

Cooking – I enjoy cooking. I’m no masterchef, but I follow recipes and come up with something edible.

Family time – If it’s not spent ferrying my two children around, it’s watching or participating in their sports or hobbies. Grace is on her Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice. William has taken up golf this year and I’ve dusted off my clubs too!

Eating out – Meeting up with friends and enjoying food. It’s Greek at Gr.EAT this weekend.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words!

- October 15, 2020

Answers to this statement please? Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Answers to this statement please?

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Location, Location, Location

- October 14, 2020

I’ve often been asked where my favourite place in the world is. I’ve been fortunate to have travelled to many countries with work and with holidays but there is one that is special. The island of Leros in the Greek Dodecanese. Not only have I spend many a happy holiday there but it’s where I […]

I’ve often been asked where my favourite place in the world is.

I’ve been fortunate to have travelled to many countries with work and with holidays but there is one that is special. The island of Leros in the Greek Dodecanese. Not only have I spend many a happy holiday there but it’s where I stayed for 10 weeks not long after I was made redundant from A T Cross.

Grace, my daughter was only 17 months and we had planned to go for a 2 week holiday as a break from job hunting. Instead we didn’t take the flight home and rented and apartment on the sea front. That picture is the view from our window! It was there that I decided no more corporate world for me. I researched and signed up for a franchise with WSI and, after a short stint with Waterford Wedgewood, I embarked on this amazing journey.

I revisited Leros with Grace when she was 16 and she got so many hugs from locals she had no memory of. Happy days!

Training with WSI

- October 13, 2020

The government announcement yesterday about exams being delayed by three weeks in 2021, is especially relevant to me with a daughter doing her A Levels and son doing his GCSE’s. It reminds me too of those years (seemed like an eternity) when I sat exams. O Levels, Highers, University Degree, Teacher Training. It just went […]

The government announcement yesterday about exams being delayed by three weeks in 2021, is especially relevant to me with a daughter doing her A Levels and son doing his GCSE’s.

It reminds me too of those years (seemed like an eternity) when I sat exams. O Levels, Highers, University Degree, Teacher Training. It just went on and on with every Easter holiday spend studying for the day of reckoning.

What it did teach me was that you always have to be open to learning new things. When I embarked on this Digital Marketing journey 15 years ago, it was with some trepidation. I knew little about computers or how they worked. But the first thing I learned is that it is not about computers. I still get people saying: (Oh you know about computers, don’t you? How do I ……..?”. Yes, the medium is via a computer but that is it. It’s like inviting Stephen Spielberg round for dinner and saying: “Hey you make films don’t you? Could you just have a look at my television, it’s not working properly.”

That aside it has been a huge learning curve and there is always something new every day especially in the world of Social Media. I’ve been proud to have achieved some recognition too. In 2010 I presented at the WSI European conference on how to manage the process of getting new clients. Locally our business has received awards for Support Service Company of the Year.

And you know what? This journey of discovery never ends. Who says you can’t teach and old dog new tricks?

What have you had to learn recently that was way outside your comfort zone?

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The WSI Journey

- October 12, 2020

I’m taking this opportunity to say Hi in my social media networks to those people I haven’t yet met or had the opportunity to engage with. Indeed, it might be news to those that I do know as well! 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of when I took the plunge and bought into a WSI […]

I’m taking this opportunity to say Hi in my social media networks to those people I haven’t yet met or had the opportunity to engage with. Indeed, it might be news to those that I do know as well!

2020 marks the 15th anniversary of when I took the plunge and bought into a WSI Digital Marketing franchise. It wasn’t easy in those early days for a number of reasons:

  1. I was totally new to this industry
  2. I had just moved to Eastbourne where I knew absolutely no-one.
  3. My son was due to be born 2 weeks after starting up

All things that many experts would suggest are doomed for failure.

But here we are 15 years on, and I only wish I’d done it sooner. I’ve been through one of the worst financial crises in recent history. I’m going through one of the worst pandemics in recent history. Yet still we survive and I’ve many reasons to be grateful. Prior to embarking on this venture I spent some 25 years in the corporate world, working for others with good reward, yet when the crunch came, and the axe had to fall, those late nights and weeks away from home, meant for nothing. In the last 15 years I haven’t missed a parents’ night, a sports day or a school assembly. Yes, I’ve worked long hours but not to the detriment of my family and my well-being.

I’ve visited some interesting places too – Toronto, Paris, Barcelona, Hastings!

Along the way, we’ve also helped many businesses flourish using the power of the digital world.

So, has anyone else ever felt they were stagnating in their career and what did you do about it?