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Brexit: SME business advice and help

Brexit: SME business advice and help

Like most of us I don’t have all the answers as to what the future holds.

What I do have through Star Connections is a network of trusted advisers who can help you and work with you in areas my specialisms may not reach.

Having sound advice is important to you and your business and it’s not always the easiest thing to find!

Until all becomes clear once the final Brexit deal is known I don’t have any specific answers for you, but some of the things you may want to consider include:

  • Import and export of goods and services to and from EU countries including associated  VAT payments and (potentially) custom and excise duties
  • Your people and employment
  • Transport and logistics
  • Product safety including packaging and labelling
  • Intellectual property, copyright, trademarks and patents
  • Transfer and flow of data
  • Accounting
  • Technology









If you need some help navigating through all this get in touch. 

If I don’t have an immediate answer for your query or problem or the resources you require I can call on this through my trusted network acquired through many years in business. 

Give me a call 

A Conversation with Deborah could be just what you need!

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Can you help me?  . . . And there’s a P.S. at the end which may help you go further, faster . . .

Can you help me? . . . And there’s a P.S. at the end which may help you go further, faster . . .

To be blunt and upfront I’m after your money!


Because on 11th October I’ll be joining some of Nottingham’s most compassionate business people to do something amazing!

Together we will be showing solidarity with those who need our help in Nottingham and raising awareness of some big issues.

Please will you help me to raise money and support priceless work fighting homelessness and poverty in Nottingham?

Your support will be massively appreciated by me and I’ll be delighted to tweet about you, give you (and your business) a plug on my Facebook page and I’ll be posting updates on LinkedIn too.

All you have to do is make a donation here 

All I have to do is sleep outside on what’s destined to be a cold and damp night!  

Have you noticed how much colder it’s getting night by night this last week?  Brrrr!!!! 

(you have to realise when I signed up to do this on a balmy summer’s night a couple of months ago it seemed like a really good idea!)

Anyway it’s getting close to Goose Fair time and I can feel what I always call ‘Goose Fair weather’ kicking in  . .  . it’s going to be cold pitch side that’s for sure!

Donate here – thank you so much! 

Now I totally appreciate participating in this year’s CEO Sleepout  is only a token nod to what it must really be like to be homeless and I do have the luxury of being back in my warm and cosy home the following night, but I am giving up that luxury for one night and sleeping out pitch side (no tent even) at Meadow Lane Stadium whilst you’re tucked up under your warm and cosy under your duvet! 

It will be cold.

And will be damp. 

And it might even rain! 

And  . . .

you getting the idea this isn’t going to be very comfortable (understatement) aren’t you?

So, surely,  you think that’s worth of a quid or two? Please.   

Please help me!

Please give what you can – here’s the link again to donate

I know I’m being blunt asking for money like this, but to put it bluntly, money is everything in supporting the charities that will benefit from your generosity.

The more I (and my fellow sleepouters) can raise the more people can be helped. Simples! 

Every £50 can make a big difference to somebody – and help them to turn their life around.

£5, £10,  £15, £20, £30, £40 . . . it all makes a difference. 

Thank you. 

Since 2010 people affected by homelessness has risen dramatically. People can become homeless for a number of reasons, often a life event such as a relationship breakdown, leaving care or prison. These events, without support, can put people on a downward spiral culminating in homelessness. 

The CEO Sleepout has partnered with Notts County Football In the Community, Emmanuel House and The Friary and will use the funds raised from CEO Sleepout Nottingham to continue their programme of support to the homeless and those at a crisis point who, without assistance, are highly likely to be evicted and become homeless.  

That link one more time 

Thanks so much!

You’re amazing!

Best wishes

Deborah Xx

Oh, and I promised a P.S. and something to help you

As we’re approaching the end of 2018 if you want to get ahead before the start of the new year I will be pleased to reduce my fee for a Conversation with Deborah by the amount you donate to the CEO Sleepout.  Past clients have used a Conversation with Deborah to focus on a specific project or challenge or just to get some clarity on something rather than signing up to my more in depth programmes which generally run over 3, 6 or 12 months. This could be anything from useful introductions, networking strategy, a time audit, a confidence boost ahead of a presentation, performance or personal challenge, or a strategy session.  The conversation is up to you!  If this is something you would be interested in do get in touch 

Helping you go further, faster in 2016 ~ are you ready?

Helping you go further, faster in 2016 ~ are you ready?

More than half way through January already ~ I hope 2016 is off to a spectacular start for you!

I expect you have loads planned for the year to develop your business, your people and hopefully have some time for you too.

I’ll be running my first workshop of the year on January 28th and this is new for 2016 and something of a revolution!

So, if you want to spend a day developing your vision and getting some clearly planned action steps in place this could by just what you’ve been waiting for.

You can find all the details here and there’s a copy of the event flyer at the end of this post.

If you want to dive straight in and book right now this link will take you to Eventbrite where you can secure your place immediately.

At the end of the afternoon I’ll be hosting a networking drinks reception so you may want to ensure you don’t need to dash off and take advantage of this opportunity to make some new connections.

I’ve been asked several times of late if I plan to set up my own network and I don’t at the moment but I will be putting on a few events during the year.

Watch this space for a March date for the first of those and let me know if you want advance notice or a sneaky peak of what I have planned 🙂

If you want to work on your networking strategy for 2016 my training video is live on my website along with some tips.

Last year due to demand I started to do some one off networking strategy sessions on a 1:1 basis so get in touch if you think this would be helpful to you.

Sticking with networking for a moment I am a big supporter of Unique Connections.

These events are hosted by The Galleries of Justice and help raise funds for their fundraising campaign, ‘Help a Nottinghamshire Child’ (HNC), which aims to keep kids away from crime and out of prison. The next couple of events will be sociable affairs with the first of these being the always popular wine tasting evening on Thursday 4th February with the great father and son team from Hourlier Wines. Be sure to bring your taste buds with you and leave your car at home!  You can book your place here

Following this is the annual fundraising dinner on March 10th and this year the theme is ‘When Bollywood meets Hollywood’. You can enjoy some live dancing and music from the Bollywood Belles and Campbell Bass and you’ll be in great company as you network with like-minded business people from across Nottinghamshire not to mention enjoying a delicious 4 course meal in the exquisite surroundings of award winning restaurant MemSaab.

You can book for both of these events here and there’s an invitation to the dinner at the end of this post.

Whilst you’re spending a few moments clicking through on the various links you might want to take a moment to vote and add your weight to the petition against the Government’s planned changes on dividends.  If you currently pay yourself a dividend it’s worth reading more about this here You can also  follow the Survive and Succeed campaign on Twitter and Facebook or go straight here to vote.

Tax changes are just one thing to keep on top of if you’re running your own business and you’ll be busy with so much more! All things finance, marketing, recruitment, managing your team, operational stuff, the list goes on.  If there’s anything I can help you with remember I’m only on the end of a phone or email and if I can’t help you I’m sure I will know someone who can from my trusted network.  I’ve spent years building this so you don’t have to. I know it can sometimes feel lonely at the top whether you’re the boss or the head of a department.  Sometimes it’s good to talk!

I’ve taken a number of clients through my be the Star you are signature programme since launching it almost a year ago and will be rolling this out further in the coming months.  Meanwhile, I’m looking for just two more clients to take through this programme on the fast track basis so if you want to see how you can go further, faster in 2016 get in touch for a chat and we can decide if the programme is the right fit for you.

I’m offering this at a third off the usual fee until the end of February. More on the programme here

My mantra as you know is ‘helping people go further, faster … ‘ and I would be delighted to see how I can help you do just that (don’t be surprised though ~ sometimes this means slowing down first!)

Let’s make some time to talk ~ there’s no charge for an initial conversation and it could be just what you need!

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Wishing you every success in 2016.

Best wishes


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More event info …

Click HERE to reserve your workshop place on January 28th

Flyer - Vision Mapping Strategy Workshop ~ Bringing you Vision to life!


Galleries Unique Connections invite

 Book HERE  for Unique Connections annual fundraising dinner

Are your ducks in a row?

Are your ducks in a row?

Ducks in a row

Why wait for the blah, blah, blah . . . ?

Get your ducks in a row and be ahead of the crowd and stand out from your competition.

November has started and it’s just a few short weeks to January 1.

No doubt lots of busy diaries between now and then!

Quickly following we have New Year’s Eve and, for some, the annual resolutions.

With a predictable new year you’ll be bombarded with all the articles shouting headlines with the likes of

  • New Year New You
  • Make 2016 Count
  • 15 things successful people do
  • 3 things to get right this year
  • You know the sort of stuff I’m talking about . . . blah, blah, blah


With some 10 years’ experience of Coaching and personal and professional development I’ve seen the trends come and go and with more years business experience I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t.

When you strip it all back the process is really quite simple.

The challenge is, people are not so.

I’ve developed a programme over the last few years which has been shaped by feedback from my clients.

You take the full blown programme and work with me or you can go it alone with some simple to follow instructions.

Contact me to find out more.

If you want to get your ducks in a row and make of 2016 all you want, the time to start NOW!


This programme is suitable for business owners, MD’s, senior managers and anyone responsible for a team.