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Time Management



Overview
 

Time Management is the act or process of exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or productivity. Time management may be aided by a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to accomplish specific tasks, projects and goals. These include planning, setting goals, scheduling, and prioritising, delegation, monitoring. Time management is a necessity in any project development as it determines the project completion time and scope.

As a self employed person Time Management is hugely important to get tasks underway, worked through and completed. An Action Plan template will help clarify tasks and motivate their progress and this guideline will take you through the steps needed to use it.

Head-to-paper task
 

As a creative person you might have a hundred and one ideas buzzing about in your head - this is great, but you can’t do all of these things at the same time, it takes some planning.

The first thing to do is to get things out of your head and onto paper - this is simply a “Brain-Dump”. Nothing has to be in any particular order but it will give you the opportunity to look at the options and make some priority decisions: some things will be ridiculous, others may need looking at in 2 years time, some even longer; however a few will be credible and achievable in the short term.

It is these you will need to separate out and prioritise, but keep it simple, maximise these to 2 or 3 options only.

Brainstorm
 

Choose an option and put down everything that needs to be done to achieve it, what are the key tasks that you need to do to make that happen? Again, get all of this down on paper.

List
 

Initially the brainstorm might look like a big bowl of spaghetti with no clear structure and so the next part is crucial. You will need to take a look at each task and put them into an order so that you have a clear methodology of what you need to do and in what logical order.

Action Plan
 

Objectives/tasks: Transfer your key tasks (as above) into the right handside column of the Action Plan template, starting with the first thing you need to do at the bottom and working up until you have all your tasks in order on the table.

Action Plan Template

Example Action Plan

Deadlines
 

You must decide, realistically, how long this goal is going to take you, or how hard you are prepared to work on it. Or it may be that it is dictated to a particular time in the annual calendar (ie the Christmas market). Each task that you have identified needs a deadline and each square/cell running left to right represents a week in time. Plot in how long each task is going to take you on the grid.

Cost
 

If there is a costing element to an action then add this into the cell. By doing this you will realise, for example, that a task to be done in 16 weeks is going to cost you £200, so you are aware you need to be making provision for that spend.

Review & Reflect
 

Review your action plan at the end of each week to see what you haven’t achieved and plot this onto the action plan, marking in major priorities that have slipped into a different colour code.

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Duo of appointments for expanding creative agency

Thursday 16 August 2018

Yorkshire-based creative digital marketing agency The Bigger Boat has strengthened its growing team with the appointment of two new shipmates. Carrie Webb has joined the company as a senior content writer, having spent the last three years of her career based in Leeds at marketing agency Sticky Eyes. With an English with journalism degree from the University of Huddersfield – plus seven years’ writing experience at Press Association – under her belt, Carrie will be responsible for all in-house and key client copywriting, with toy giant Little Tikes one of her key accounts. Joe Vickers is also now on board as a junior account manager, following a previous sales-based role at cloud-tech firm Vapour Cloud. Joe – who has successfully completed the Google Search Advertising exam – will be assisting his colleagues on a range of tasks, including general maintenance of client sites, Google Ads, email marketing and SEO. The hires follow the recent news that the business had achieved a record 43% increase in turnover for the 2017-18 period, and was committed to plans for further expansion as a result. Commenting on the latest additions to the team, director Andy McCaul said: “These new appointments are crucial for us to further aid the growth of the agency at such a pivotal time. Carrie joins us with a wealth of writing experience, and her skills will certainly be put to good use. Joe has all the right client-facing qualities we look for in our junior staff members, has fully embraced his role, and is already showing tons of future potential. He continues: “We read so much about the battle for great people, but our vibrant culture and idyllic office location attracts some of the finest talent on offer in the North. This allows us to continue to provide high-quality design and digital services to our wide range of customers, and we’re always on the lookout for more!” Last month, The Bigger Boat was shortlisted in the Digital Impact Awards for its work on the digital rebrand of client Little Tikes, and is now on the hunt for a further designer as expansion continues.
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Force24 appointed to supercharge growth of Vapour Cloud

Monday 13 August 2018

Elland-headquartered Vapour Cloud has enlisted the support of marketing automation platform Force24, as the tech firm ploughs on with its next chapter of growth. Vapour recently hit the headlines when the board announced a £10m pot to fund at least two acquisitions before the end of 2018. But with plans to expand to a £12m business by 2020, Vapour’s market activity does not look set to end there. The cloud specialist is also on the hunt for 10 new channel partners, to further cement the brand’s position as the leading provider of connectivity, voice and storage solutions for UK clients. Marketing automation technology from Leeds-based Force24 has therefore been implemented to supercharge Vapour’s multichannel communications strategy, during this pivotal expansion phase. Commenting on the investment, Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer said: “The IT industry is unfortunately renowned for a ‘smoke and mirrors’ approach to working with clients. This has to stop. We believe in being extremely straight talking and specialising in only what we’re good at. That way, clients can truly experience the value of great tech, without being burned. “But we also recognise the benefits of collaboration – something many of our peers seem to shy away from. Force24 will therefore help us to actively target, communicate and nurture relationships with prospective partners – we’ll even support them with their comms activity too. We have proven that we can add upwards of £2m revenue to a partner’s bottom line, in a matter of months, so there are advantages all round, to this way of working.” Force24 has also been tasked with supporting on other marketing projects including Vapour’s upcoming Innovation and Disruption event. The cutting-edge tech expo first came to Leeds in October 2017, but Tim is now keen to build on its inaugural success. “This year, we want to go bigger and better. We’re aiming for more than 300 delegates, and already have some fantastic speakers lined up to talk all things AI, virtual reality and digital transformation,” he explained. “Yes, the tech is next-generation, so it will be exciting to see some ‘first reveals’ on October 18th. But we will focus on its application in businesses of any size, which is where things get really interesting. We want to rev everyone up to aim for higher performance by 2019, and Force24’s deployment of multi-channel communications, will help us get as many relevant bums on seats as possible. “The pace of our growth is undeniable, so it is the perfect time to take our automation efforts to the next level – especially in a company that revolves around using the very best tech.” Force24’s commercial director Nick Washbourne concluded: “Vapour is fast becoming a leading light in the tech sector – particularly in the North – so this represents a great client win for us. The brief is also right up our street because Tim is clear on the company’s objectives – we therefore have the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the bottom line impact that savvy use of marketing automation can have.”
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Towngate widens property portfolio with first residential site

Friday 03 August 2018

With over 50 years of commercial property experience, Brighouse-based Towngate PLC has successfully secured its first residential purchase. Situated on Mill Dam Lane in central Pontefract, the 6.4 acre site is ideally positioned for local and national transport links and schools, presenting the opportunity for a well-connected new housing development. Demolition on the site is now complete, with a further phase of remediation under way in order to create the development platform. The land will be ready for purchase in November 2018. With the advice and expertise of the firm’s agent, Harvey Burns & Co, Towngate has managed to apply and be awarded vacant building credits. This has resulted in planning permission from Wakefield Council for up to 80 dwellings with no affordable housing on the former large industrial facility. Tom Lamb, Towngate’s property manager commented on the purchase: “Close to the M62 and rail network, the site is ideally located, which will be an attractive proposition for any future homeowners. We’re delighted to bring this development opportunity to the market – the versatile land has a lot of potential and will be a great project for one of the region’s house building experts. “Our strong commercial experience has certainly aided our involvement in this project and we’re pleased that we have been able to diversify in this way, thus adding to our talents and expertise in the Yorkshire region”. Lyndsay Burns of Harvey Burns & Co added: “It has been a pleasure to be involved in this project, especially as the space enjoys the benefit of such a lovely environment, taking in views of Pontefract Castle, and just a short walk from the town centre. There are excellent communications on the doorstep and Monk Hill Station has direct routes to Leeds and York. There is a brochure and data room which can be viewed for additional information. “We will shortly be seeking offers to purchase and expect a great deal of interest.” Property developers should contact Harvey Burns & Co selling agent Lyndsay Burns for further information on 0113 243 2400, or visit the Towngate PLC website. Headquartered in Brighouse, Towngate PLC is a lettings specialist with a substantial portfolio of industrial and commercial sites in the North of England. Established in 1962, the company has a strong history of refurbishing properties to accommodate tenants across an array of industrial and commercial sectors.
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York businesses set to get to grips with Google

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Google is coming to York to help small businesses from across the region learn crucial skills for the digital age. The free ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event will take place at the City of York Council West Offices on Thursday 23 August from 8.30am till 4.30pm. The event is being delivered by the Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the government-backed Digital Enterprise business support programme, which helps eligible, growth-focused businesses, based in the Leeds city region to scale up and achieve digital transformation through access to funding and free learning opportunities such as workshops, masterclasses, digital conferences, digital audits and one to one mentoring support. At the ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event, experts from Google’s Digital Garage will deliver a session on ‘Knowing your business data’ with attendees learning how to set up analytics, define business goals and discover insights through reporting. Anj Handa, founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a dynamic movement of women leading social change, will share her story of how she has been able to generate leads and forge new business relationships from all over the world by implementing the google and search engine optimisation techniques. Anj Handa said: “The knowledge I have received from being part of the Digital Enterprise programme has allowed my website to rank number one on Google for 'women changemakers'. It has also led to new speaking opportunities in Paris this September. “I’ve even had an invitation from last year's Mother Theresa International Award winner, and an Australia-based movement '1 Million Women' got in touch to ask about my young changemaker leadership programme, Inspiring Global Citizens. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable support from Digital Enterprise. Any small businesses that want to increase their profile and visibility should definitely attend this Google event.” Attendees will also hear about some announcements from Google’s recent conference and have the opportunity to learn some tips and tricks that will help their small businesses to succeed. The event will also look at how to maximise the Google toolkit, YouTube, Video Marketing, Google Adwords and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Beth Hewitt, Project Manager for the Digital Knowledge Exchange, said: “Our one day ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event is a great way for businesses to take time out of the office to learn something new which could have a real impact on their future success. We have a number of experts on hand including those from Google’s Digital Garage, who will help attendees understand how Google can help their business. There is nothing like hearing from someone who has put these ideas into practice, and Anj Handa’s story will reveal just how successful they can be.” Ian Gillies, Leader of the City of York Council, responsible for Finance and Performance, said: “I would encourage small businesses across the region to take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about the great range of tools that Google offers and how using the full toolkit effectively can really boost a small business”. Chief Executive at the City of York Council, Mary Weastell, will be delivering an introduction to all of our SME attendees, sharing York’s digital strategy and the importance of SME’s within the city of York. For more information on these events and to register with the Digital Knowledge Exchange visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/digital-knowledge/events/ or contact the team on 0113 426 0535 or email kanta@digitalenterprise.co.uk Getting to Grips with Google takes place on: Thursday 23rd August, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA
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Tech Scale-Up Appoints KC Communications to Support Growth

Monday 16 July 2018

yboo, the mobile app firm, has appointed Huddersfield based agency, KC Communications to handle their PR requirements following a successful pitch to support yboo’s ambitious growth plans. yboo, which stands for ‘you’re better off on’ is a mobile app available on iPhone and Android which monitors consumer mobile phone usage and recommends the best SIM only deals, based on price and signal strength. It also allows users to gain access to exclusive discounts, offers and codes. The app enables UK consumers to save, on average, £156 per year on their mobile phone bill. yboo also provide a second unique product which allows Mobile Operators to understand more about Consumer behaviour via Big Data profiling. KC Communications will be responsible for developing both yboo’s traditional and stunt-PR strategy and implementing it to raise the profile of the money-saving app in both the UK and overseas markets. Commenting on the appointment, KC Communications founder, Katrina Cliffe said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have been appointed by yboo and having the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of our capabilities. yboo is an exciting business and has the potential to be one of the world’s leading apps.’ Martyn Gould founder and CEO of yboo, added, “We’re really pleased to be working with KC Communications to deliver our Consumer and Big Data growth plans in the UK and Internationally. We chose KC due to their proven capability but also due to their positive attitude and values/ambition which align with our own”
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Access North Structures relocates as turnover hits new heights

Monday 11 June 2018

Following a 35% uplift in turnover, rope access specialist Access North Structures has relocated to a new office in Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield as it prepares for further expansion. Newly released figures for 2017-18 demonstrate significant growth for the work at height experts, with client numbers reaching 54 – a 38% increase on the previous year. To facilitate a marked upturn in service demand over the last 12 months, the firm has also welcomed three new recruits on board, bringing the in-office headcount up to eight. With technical project manager Richard Knight having been appointed last spring, the latest additions to the growing team of specialists are Diane Basnett and Tara Calvin. Joining as a project manager, Diane will be a single point of contact for clients and work closely with Richard to plan and manage assignments. Meanwhile, office administrator Tara will be responsible for providing essential support to the whole team. Requiring additional space to accommodate its internal expansion, the firm has relocated to a larger unit at Brooke’s Mill in Armitage Bridge, where it has been based since 2013. The new office is twice the size of the previous base and will provide scope for further recruitment – a key focus for the company in the year ahead. Managing director Berenice Northcott commented on this continuing growth: “2017-18 was a brilliant year for us and with client numbers rising, we’re expecting our turnover to increase even more over the next 12 months. “Further recruitment is on the cards for 2018 – especially for our on-site team – so our relocation to a new, larger office will provide us with ample space to expand our core workforce. We’re also looking to increase the number of vehicles we have, in order to fulfil nationwide demand for our services.” Notable names to have joined the firm’s growing client roster in the past 12 months are the British Racing Drivers Club – which is headquartered at the world-renowned Silverstone Circuit – along with the University of Huddersfield, Denbighshire County Council and The Bulwell Academy, Nottingham. Berenice elaborated: “We’re already working and winning contracts with small, local companies and blue-chip clients throughout the UK – spanning an array of different sectors – and we have the expertise to provide fully tailored assignments to them all. “Having such a varied customer base requires us to be versatile, so we’re constantly balancing our professionalism with our trademark down-to-earth approach, in order to deliver our work at height services safely and efficiently.” Established in 2011, Access North Structures specialises in the installation, inspection and maintenance of complex structures, ETFE facilities and tensile fabric canopies via rope access techniques. The company additionally deploys fall protection solutions and is an approved partner of SFS intec – provider of the industry-renowned SOTER safety systems.
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Market-leading customer engagement platform appoints Scriba PR

Friday 08 June 2018

Visitor behaviour tracking specialist Boostify has appointed technical public relations specialist Scriba PR to help boost brand exposure. Conversion rate optimisation expert – and managing director – Jonathan Thirkill first entered the sector in 2013 with a live chat service. The last five years has seen him invest considerably in the development of the platform, which has resulted in the tech start-up transforming into a fully-fledged conversion rate optimisation platform. Now providing a completely integrated service to customers, the next generation technology firm is looking to further raise its industry profile through a strategic communications collaboration with the B2B agency. Jonathan commented on the reasons for appointing Scriba: “I knew that the team specialised in technical PR, which is why I specifically approached them. Our product isn’t easy to explain, and after seeing the other clients Scriba work with, it was clear that they have extensive experience in complex fields. This gave me the confidence that they could convert my product into something everyone can understand. “I have some big goals and objectives for 2018, and I believe Scriba will play a key part in helping me to achieve them.” Boostify’s cutting-edge technological development is the only ‘all-in-one’ hub on the market, which empowers organisations to track, engage and convert website visitors into revenue. This is achieved through its powerful suite of customisable widgets, granular targeting and segmentation functionality. Elaborating on the new partnership, Scriba’s founder Katie Mallinson added: “There are tech companies of all sizes within our client base, so I'm pleased that Jonathan thought of us when it came to supporting the successful launch and onward growth of his exciting start-up firm. PR is a valuable tool, especially in the early stages of a company's communications journey, and we look forward to seeing how Boostify's story unfolds. “Boostify is a shining example of the level of tech innovation taking place in the North, and I'm sure the interest in his business is going to be huge.”
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New look website for Little Tikes

Thursday 07 June 2018

One of the UK’s most renowned and trusted toy manufacturers – Little Tikes – has undergone a complete website overhaul, to propel the company forwards in line with the current digital climate and reflect its updated direction and brand values. Designed and developed by Yorkshire-based creative agency The Bigger Boat, the online platform reflects the best practices of design and digital, and amalgamates a range of existing information from various partner sites into one ‘brand hub’. This both supports retailers and enables visitors to easily access full, detailed product advice for the entire Little Tikes range of merchandise in one central location. To further revamp the site, a range of unique typography has been introduced throughout – alongside custom drawings – to give the platform a fresh and modern feel. The homepage has also seen the integration of user-generated content, with social media now feeding into it via Facebook and Instagram, to provide the target audience – millennial parents – with a more engaging experience. Reflecting on the design, creative director Doug Main said: “In addition to the new website we also helped to reposition the Little Tikes brand online. We updated the logo to make it simple and flat – as opposed to skeuomorphic – and refreshed the colour palette. The creation of bespoke hand-drawn doodles helped inject personality and fun to imagery throughout the site.” The six-month project – which involved over 500 hours of manpower from the multi-disciplined Bigger Boat crew and was strategically timed to launch at one of the quietest times of the year for the toy arena – was designed via a mobile-first approach. The call to action buttons on each page are even positioned in a more accessible place for a phone user’s thumb. Andy McCaul, managing director at the agency said: “The fact that 80% of people use mobile technology when visiting e-commerce websites meant that we had to cater for this audience first and foremost when planning the site – whilst still delivering a rich desktop experience. We tackled the brief from a data-driven perspective to ensure that we delivered the best possible UX.” He continues: “This was a huge project for our 12-strong team, and we are extremely proud of the finished article. The move away from stock shots and a custom style of text has made the site more eye-catching and vibrant, and given the Little Tikes team a solid platform for growth.” Developed using Wordpress and WooCommerce to better support future development and provide enhanced reporting functionality, early statistics are already showing an improvement on the previous offering, with the average order value up by 30%, the goal conversion rate up by 130% and a 35% increase in engagement. Michelle Lilley, head of marketing at Little Tikes said: “We’re really pleased with our new direction and website, which helps to bring our exciting range of toys to life online. Importantly, it delivers on our key objectives – to engage millennial parents, become a brand hub and support our retail partners. We’ve had some fabulous feedback globally and our new brand style is now being rolled out internationally.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Kirklees TV Interview

Saturday 02 June 2018

We recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Liz Hey from Kirklees TV as part of their series of business programmes. We were delighted to be able to discuss how important using the Objective Management Group sales evaluation and sales candidate assessment tools can help improve sales performance in companies with sales teams. We also had the opportunity to discuss how we use the tools of one of other partners Sales STAR to help develop sales managers into super coaches. Enjoy watching the interview. http://bit.ly/2JlyThB
Posted by Ventas Sales Ltd
Branding specialist launches customer experience workshop for local businesses

Tuesday 08 May 2018

Huddersfield branding consultancy The Engine Room is kickstarting a series of workshops for local businesses, focusing on how to enhance the customer experience. Aimed primarily at established companies looking to find a competitive advantage, the first event will explore how teams can better engage with existing and prospective clients by boosting brand performance. The 3-hour session – ‘Designing the customer experience’ – will be hosted on Thursday 24 May at Bates Mill, Colne Road in conjunction with Design Network North. Practical and activity-based, the workshop will immerse attendees into a ‘design thinking’ mindset – equipping them with the tools to better understand their customers, map out their consumer journey and balance brand promises with deliverables. With more than 17 years’ experience in strategic design consultancy, The Engine Room advocates the importance of conveying purpose and values within brand identity – as well as matching customer expectations with the experienced reality. Commenting on what attendees can expect from the workshop, founder and design director Darren Evans said: “The session is sure to be fast-paced, as we want people to leave with a real understanding of the importance of crafting a great customer experience – as well as the steps they can take to do this. “We’ll be talking and walking attendees through a series of practical tools, which they’ll be able to put to good use in their own businesses. It will benefit anyone who is serious about making their organisation stand out from the crowd and gain a competitive advantage – whether within the private or public sector.” Having previously delivered numerous workshops on strategic branding and design, the consultancy is planning to run further brand experience training sessions for start-ups in the coming months, as well as sector-specific workshops homing in on key industry issues and opportunities. Elaborating on the importance of brand experience, Darren continued: “Businesses that invest in understanding who they are and what value they deliver are the ones that survive. How you design your organisation around these purposes is key, and many of the clients we work with place a huge emphasis on this. “So many companies want to portray their passion for delivering an exceptional service. But we’ve found that it’s only when this care is incorporated throughout the entire brand experience, that the business is able to deliver on its promises.” Tickets for The Engine Room’s ‘Designing the customer experience’ workshop can be purchased now through Eventbrite, at £40 for Design Network North members or £80 for non-members.
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