International Women’s Day 2017!



Hi there.

Wednesday the 8th of March is International Women’s Day, and as with previous years, this blog will make mention of the celebration of females everywhere.

Not sure about what IWD is or how it came about? Check the website here What is IWD all about?

According to

‘International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.’

If you missed my previous blogs about IWD, then take a peek here In Celebration of Women Part One! and In Celebration of Women Part Two!

A film which I believe captures the spirit of International Women’s Day is Hidden Figures. If you haven’t seen it yet, I cannot recommend it enough. It is a powerful and empowering film about three super talented African-American women Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who worked at NASA and were instrumental in the successful the launch of the astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.

You can get a flavour of the film here  Trailer for Hidden Figures.  Now with all films, there is always some poetic licence so to read the story behind the film, check The Real Hidden Figures and Real Versus Hollywood.

If you are looking for your own motivation and empowerment, you don’t have to look too far. The brilliant Enterprise Enfield offer advice and run courses all the time. If you are a female and have a start -up business, you may be interested in the Inspiring Women Programme. For more information and the criteria to join the programme, check here Inspiring Women.

Who are your inspirational women? Whose achievements will you be celebrating on International Women’s Day? Get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

Take care.






Step outside your comfort zone!


Hello there and welcome to February!

So, what do you think about this? Do you think that we should step out of our comfort zones and do something that scares us?  Is it possible to do this every day?

Well, if you are self-employed, an SME or Start-up, chances are you are already doing something different and are well and truly out of your comfort zone.

Starting a business and maintaining a business is not always easy and there are all kinds of situations and experiences which present themselves.

With this is mind, do we really need to go looking for something new to scare ourselves with?

I think we do – sometimes! Having said that, I need to practice what  I preach. I too have to push myself out of my comfort zone and embrace new experiences; whether it is a cheese and wine tasting evening or a sky-dive,  a vocal training session or learning a new language. Some things are scarier than others!

Facing your fears and standing up to what scares you can only make a positive impact on your life, especially if anxiety has previously stopped you from achieving your goals.

Sometimes we need to stop and reflect on all that we have achieved and use all these accomplishments to propel ourselves forward. Reflection though is only part of the story. We need to surround ourselves with cheerleaders. You know the type, they always have words of wisdom for you, and a few funny anecdotes to keep you going.

Positive people, like the hub members at the Lets Go! Business hub at Enterprise Enfield,  remind you that you are not alone and you have a support network.  Engage with those who can see your full potential, encourage you and challenge you because they want to see you and your business grow.

Thank you, Sara Carter, Marketing Advisor at Enterprise Enfield and Diana Irinei,  of Jumping Stars for sharing a new experience with me. Diana Roy of Up Write – I am expecting you on the next leg of the journey. 

Who are the positive people around you? Who are the most encouraging people you know?  Give them a call today and suggest a new adventure that will take you out of your comfort zone.

Take care,


Press Forward!

Hello there.

It is the last Saturday of January; can you believe it?

Did you dive into the New Year full of ideas and goals and now 28 days in, you have lost enthusiasm?

Well, stick around for some words to help you press forward! Some well-known names have provided the quotes, which can all be found on Brainyquote.


First up, this Eleanor Roosevelt quote reminds us that if things do not go well:

With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.


Whether we have set goals or not, Tony Robbins says:

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.


If we feel that we have not done very well with our goals, Maya Angelou said:

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.


Something to bear in mind when trying to motivate others, as per Dwight D Eisenhower:

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.

Just remember that whatever you are facing, whether in business or in your personal life, there is always someone else who is going through, or has been through the same situation. You are not alone. Knowing this can sometimes be the best motivation to press forward.

Take care,



Let’s talk about tax!


Hi there!

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first blog of 2017.

To many, a new year means a new, fresh start. If you are self-employed what better way to start 2017 right than to make sure your tax and self-assessment are up to date. I know it’s not exactly the most exciting subject to talk about, but it is important.


There is nothing worse than picking up a newspaper and seeing a full page spread informing you that your tax return deadline is around the corner. No one needs that kind of stress.

Don’t panic!

I am no accountant or tax specialist, but then I don’t need to be, and neither do you. You can access all the help you need from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  At GOV.UK  you can register and sign in to complete your tax return, to check what tax you need to pay and ways to pay.

As well as you self-assessment, you can sign up to have email alerts reminding you of key dates.  Emails are also sent to invite you to join relevant webinars like:

Business expenses for the self-employed

Find out what business expenses you can claim.

Simpler Income Tax for the self-employed

All you need to know to help make Income Tax easier.

How to complete your online tax return

This guides you through the self-employed pages of the tax return.

If you would like face-to-face advice about working tax credit and HMRC rules, then Enterprise Enfield offer sessions to help. You can find further information –  here.



With so much information just a few clicks away, you really can’t go wrong, can you?

I hope that you have found this helpful.

I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2017!

Take care,



Happy New Year! Here’s some good news for you!


Hello there.

Welcome to the last blog of 2016. Thank you to everyone who has followed and supported my blog this year.

What a year it’s been.

I’m sure there are plenty of people who will be glad to see the back of 2016. For some, it was the shock of Brexit, for others the shock of Trump, but for many, 2016 will be remembered for the unexpected deaths of several household names in the world of music, entertainment and the arts.

On a positive note, one main event comes to mind –  the Olympic Games.

If you cast your mind back to August, you will recall that the Rio Olympics went ahead despite issues surrounding the Zika virus, a lack of funding and the Russian doping scandal.  Britain did very well and managed an even better haul of medals than those received on home soil in London 2012.

Check the BBC Chart below, which can be found-

Rio 2016 medal table top three
Full medal table
Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 46 37 38 121
Great Britain 27 23 17 67
China 26 18 26 70

The Olympics and Paralympics are not the only good news stories from 2016, check out the following websites for some positive global stories.

The really good news for us all is that 2017 is in sight so we can welcome in a fresh start.


Best wishes for the coming year and may peace and joy fill your homes in 2017.

Take care,







These are a few of my favourite things – Christmas Edition


Hi there.

Happy Christmas Eve! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read this blog. I thought I would keep it simple this week by throwing together videos and people with  Christmas being the central theme.

The first of my favourites is the Birmingham-born poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah.  I have included him because I find his poetry funny and thought-provoking.

You may recall that Talking Turkeys was a poem I used back in August. Being about turkeys, I thought it would be good to hear it again. Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for your failure to eat your turkey on Christmas Day due to the contents of the video!

For a reminder about my favourite poems, see

Okay so next on my list is a beautiful carol which I think sums up the real meaning of Christmas. O Holy Night sung by the ‘Queen of jazz’ Ella Fitzgerald takes us back to her roots in the church.

My next choice is a poem which I think has been cleverly written.  T’was the night before Christmas is a well-known children’s poem about A visit from St Nicholas, written by American writer and professor Clement Clarke Moore.

Last and by no means least is the final few moments of an animated version of a great Christmas story which has never lost its appeal over the years. A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens and was first published in 1843.

Thank you for reading and sharing in this self- indulgent blog.

All that remains for me to say is I wish you peace and joy this Christmas.

Take care,


Christmas is coming…Part Three


Hello there.

With only a week to go before Christmas, this blog is for those who may not have bought anything yet or are looking for something different to give this Christmas.

If I am honest I am not a big shopper, so when I hear about last minutes purchases, I usually wonder if, the shopper:

is a glutton for punishment who will be fighting with the last minute shoppers on Christmas Eve


has heard about the fantastic local businesses and their products via the Enterprise Enfield Directory and knows exactly where to go with their gift list!

Of course, I appreciate that not everyone celebrates Christmas, has had money to buy presents until now or has any enthusiasm for shopping.

Well, if you do celebrate Christmas and you want some ideas of where to go, then stay with me.

Last year in my blogs the Twelve Days of Christmas Parts One, Two and Three, I mentioned local events and guides for Christmas ( and this year there are some local businesses which can be found on the Enfield Enterprise Directory of hub members. There are too many great businesses for me to mention everyone, so I have selected a few below. For the full list see

If you are looking for something unique, then there are a few businesses which offer bespoke gifts.

For beautiful individual or corporate hampers check out Hamper Queens

Want something different, which will be the talk of the town? Have a look at the jewellery of Zinfinity at

If you thought that crochet and knitting were a dying art, then think again. Check out the variety of knitted and crocheted goods on the Crafty Cavy website (guinea pigs not included) –

If you fancy going further afield:.

As part of the London Southbank Winter Festival, the Southbank Centre plays host to the Christmas Market from now until the 8th of January 2017.  With festive food, drinks and gifts; opening times are 11am/12pm. Check the website for exact details. See for all the events of the Winter Festival calendar.

For another Christmas market which is closer to home:

The 3 day Christmas Market at the Lee Valley White Water Centre is from the 16th to the 18th of December 2016; With entertainment, seasonal gifts and food. Check the website for more information and prices

I hope that this information has been of help to you, but here’s one more suggestion…

If you have had enough of trawling through shops, then how about a gift voucher from Alternatives Beauty Salon. It’s lovely to give, but you may find that you need to receive, after your busy Christmas, so think about having a pampering treatment yourself! Check the website for details of all their treatments –

Well, I hope that by the time you read my next blog, you will be relaxing with your feet up, enjoying the festivities.

Whatever you do, enjoy!

Take  care,