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Just Ask Juli

Just ask Juli started as an idea; I wanted to do something different; to work for  a variety of people; to make peoples lives a little easier … so Just ask Juli was created.

Small businesses are under a lot of pressure at the moment and do not carry any extra staff so, when things become very busy, staff take holiday or go off sick, the implications are felt very quickly. This is where Ferndown Business Network member Just ask Juli comes in. Due to my extensive employment experiences (more about those later) I can help with a variety of tasks ranging from answering the phone, responding to emails to planning an event or managing social media campaigns. All you need to do is Just ask Juli! I’m happy to work for just a couple of hours to help you catch up, a couple of days or a couple of weeks … whatever you need to make a positive difference to you.

Many small companies are aware of the benefits of social media but many do not have the time, knowledge or inclination to “post”, “like”, “tweet” or “re-gram”. I can take all of this off your shoulders and manage your social media on an ongoing basis.

Due to my employment history (yes more of that later) I can also help small charities. They, like businesses often run with the very minimum of staff and rely on volunteers so when something extra needs doing there isn’t always the personnel able to do it. Just ask Juli, and I can come in and help. I can complete funding bids for specific projects, help with preparation of documents, policies, role descriptions or plan a major funding event.

Finally, I would like to be able to help local people. People who have hospital appointments often have to face these alone but would prefer a bit of company. I can pick people up from their homes, take them to their appointment, stay with them while they wait and even have a cuppa with them before we head for home … all you need to do is Just ask Juli.

Now my employment history … I worked for a national publishing company in Poole for 18 years as a senior Production Manager, I’ve worked in several local charities and have been a Samaritan, am a presenter on a local radio station and am an avid dog lover!

So what can Just ask Juli  help with? (list is not exhaustive)

  • Event management
  • Social media management
  • Website updates
  • Creation of newsletters
  • Answering the  phone
  • Email management
  • Diary management
  • Inputting invoices onto accounts system
  • Data entry
  • Spreadsheet creation / updating
  • Updating systems (reducing paperwork)
  • File management
  • Charity fundraising
  • Charity documentation
  • Project research
  • Lifts to / from appointments
  • Shopping companion
  • Online shopping
  • Dog walking
  • Clearing out (recycling) unwanted items

So could I help you or someone you know? ….

Enhancing our clients digital footprint

Irwin Edgehill Training approached Ferndown Business Network member e-nexus LTD to help them develop their marketing. They wanted to work with an agency that could help them enhance their profile and reach new customers. 

Irwin Edgehill Training has been supporting individuals and teams for over a decade.  Founded by Irwin Edgehill, a Bournemouth based trainer and personal development coach, they have helped hundreds of people build their confidence and resilience empowering them to transform their personal & professional lives.

Building on their existing marketing efforts, our initial phase of activity was focused on enhancing their digital footprint to make it easier for potential clients to find them and ensure there is a consistent narrative.  To date we have:

  • Built a new company website (irwinedgehilltraining.com) focusing on content, design and SEO
  • Set up new social media channels and refreshed existing ones
  • Written & posted content for the company’s new Blog and social media channels based on our Social Media Management programme
  • Updated and supplied content to business referral sites
  • Grown social media followers, blog followers and engagement with followers
  • Identified, joined & engaged with other social media communities

Irwin Edgehill Training’s feedback on what we at e-nexus have delivered to date has been: “The best things come to those who wait. Having finally attracted the right company to market my business, I am infinitely pleased that Richard is now helping me move my business to the next level. A straight up guy who professionally delivers on everything he creates, the feedback I have and continue to receive from others on the work e-nexus has produced is fantastic. A very good professional and a nice man, highly recommended.”

Interested in discussing with e-nexus how we can support your marketing needs then email: info@e-nexus.co.uk or call Richard Milton on 07535 612652

AFCB kicks off group for local men living with cancer with Wessex Cancer Trust

AFC Bournemouth, in partnership with Ferndown Business Network member Wessex Cancer Trust, will be holding a monthly MENTalk group at the football club to support local men living with cancer. 

The initiative launched at Vitality Stadium on Thursday 7th November. Men of any age, who either have cancer themselves or are supporting someone through it, can visit the club, enjoy a stadium tour and find out more. The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month between 7 and 8.30pm starting on 5th December. 

MENTalk enables men to come together to share knowledge and experiences whilst supporting each other. They will also be able to learn skills to help them deal with stress and adjust to their changing situation. Additionally, it will provide a safe place to talk openly about feelings and fears. It will be led by a trained facilitator and attended by cancer specialists. Wessex Cancer Trust already runs well-attended MENTalk groups at its Support Centres in Cosham and Waterside, Hythe.  

Steve Cuss, the Head of AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust, said:

 We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wessex Cancer Trust. We are fully aware through community engagement and our fanbase how cancer affects so many people. The opportunity to support through the MENTalk group is one that we are looking forward to, and welcoming to Vitality Stadium. 

Colette Cowan, Wessex Cancer Trust’s Head of Service Delivery, said the launch of the new MENTalk group will address a specific need in Bournemouth:

 Wessex Cancer Trust is a charity set up specifically to provide emotional and practical support to anyone living with cancer in the Wessex region, but men make up just 22% of clients accessing our support services. This is despite them being 16% more likely to receive a cancer diagnosis and 40% more likely to die from the disease. 

This year, in partnership with the Wessex Public Health Community Fellowship, we commissioned an assessment into why men living with cancer might not be seeking support as readily. We found that men diagnosed with cancer were mainly concerned with their own prognosis and how their family would cope. The main barriers to them seeking support were a lack of awareness of the support services available, a lack of time and the perception that they did not need help or that seeking support would be uncomfortable for them. Cancer will affect half of us in our lifetime and we’re delighted that AFC Bournemouth will be encouraging men to access support as part of its healthcare education in the local community. We’re sure it will make a big difference to any man living with a cancer diagnosis. 

Anyone who would like to find out more about MENTalk can contact Wessex Cancer Trust’s Bournemouth Cancer Support Centre on 01202 315824, or email bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk.  

‘Dr Peter’ recommends …. “Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!”

This time of year is hard on your skin, but help is at hand from Ferndown Business Network member ‘Dr Peter’!

Have you noticed that in autumn, almost as soon as you’ve switched on your central heating, your skin becomes unhappy and thirsty, to say the least?

If you, or anyone else in your household has problematically dry skin, you should review your everyday ‘bathroom products’ as these can actually be contributing to the problem. ‘Dr Peter’ recommends the following action:

1. Don’t use biological washing detergent or fabric conditioner. These usually irritate sensitive skin. Try Aloe MPD (Code 307), an environmentally friendly, biodegradable, all-purpose detergent that effectively lifts grime and cuts through grease to remove stains. Its versatile cleaning power can tackle your laundry, floors, bathrooms, tiles, carpets, windows and dishes! This highly concentrated formula only takes a few drops to get many jobs done, so you don’t need a cupboard full of other cleaning products. Incredible value for money long-term.

2. Here are 3 of ‘Dr Peter’s’ moisturising recommendations:

Aloe Lotion (Code 062) This finely-textured moisturiser helps to condition your face & body and contains nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, collagen & elastin to keep the skin smooth and supple. This softening lotion also includes apricot kernel oil which locks in moisture and creates a lightweight barrier on the skin. Contains lanolin.

Aloe Moisturising Lotion (Code 063) A thick, velvety moisturising cream containing nourishing aloe, jojoba oil, collagen & elastin to leave skin feeling soft & supple. This lotion moisturises your face, hands and body whilst maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. Its easy-to-absorb formula also makes it a great base for makeup application. Does not contain lanolin.

Aloe Propolis Creme (Code 051) A rich, creamy blend of aloe vera, bee propolis and camomile that helps maintain healthy, beautiful skin tone and texture. Its moisturising and conditioning properties make for an excellent everyday moisturiser and helps to soothe irritation. Particular suitable for those with eczema, psoriasis & dermatitis. Contains lanolin.

Don’t forget that these products are available via ’Dr Peter’s’ online shop (www.wessex-aloe.com) or by calling him on 07947 685785.

Let me introduce myself

I’m a new member to Ferndown Business Network so it was great  this week to have had the opportunity to present to the group telling them more about my personal and career life as well as my company,  e-nexus that I founded 18 months ago.  

So I’m Richard Milton, founder of e-nexus. We are a Bournemouth based marketing consultancy focused on Strategic Marketing Planning & Performance Measurement.  As well as being a career long marketeer, I’m a keen runner and a family man. I love networking, live music and I’m also a huge AFC Bournemouth fan.

My career to date has all been about helping businesses flourish & thrive through effective marketing.  Our approach being to help clients review their marketing efforts and utilise data to understand its impact on their business success.  

All members of Ferndown Business Network get regular chances to update the group on what they have been up to whether that is through our weekly ‘one minute updates’ or our presentation slots.  It helps us all support each other as well as refer each other to others outside the group if they are looking for support, services or goods that members provide.

Thanks to Ferndown Business Network for giving me the opportunity to present.  I’m loving being a member of this really friendly and welcoming group. 

 If you are interesting in finding out more about FBN and joining us at a forthcoming networking session then please get in contact.

Utility Warehouse

Success for Utility Warehouse

Not one, not two, but four Moneywise Home Finance Awards 2019. This makes it the second year running that Utility Warehouse has swept the boards at the Moneywise Home Finance Awards. 

In 2019 the awards they defended and earned again were: 

  • Best Value for Money 
  • Best Customer Service 
  • Best for Clarity of Bills 
  • Best Money-Saving Tips and Gadgets 

Utility Warehouse is a discount club dedicated to saving you money on essential services and household purchases. They offer great value and superb customer service on services such as Telephone, Broadband, Gas, Electricity and Mobile phone.   ‘Gold’ customers also receive free LED lightbulbs and gourmet society membership giving up to 50% discount on selected restaurants and cinema tickets.   

Want to find out more. Give Ferndown Business Network member Gail Bannister a call and she’ll show you how the club could work for you. 

Giving Others Strength Through Our Roles at Wessex Cancer Trust

When you are facing challenges in life, no matter how big or small, support means everything. Without a shoulder to cry on or someone to share the happy moments with, your journey can feel lonely and isolated.  

Having a safe space – somewhere where people can feel supported and welcomed – can turn a situation around. Compassion is a big factor in support, by simply having somewhere to feel loved and looked after. This can be from anyone, but especially those who are caring for you.  

Emma Ormrod, Wessex Cancer Trust Support Centre Manager in Bournemouth shares the importance of having a place to find strength, courage and just be yourself.

More Than Just A Service 

“There’s a difference between fixing someone medically and taking care of them. You can’t give someone treatment and send them away, they still have a long way to go,” explains Emma. 

As Emma sees it, once you have experienced something like cancer, you come out the other side as a different person. In order to help heal people fully, we help them find their new normal. In a holistic way, healing is much deeper than just having a clear medical record. Steering away from a clinical approach with white walls and disinfectant can provide that healing environment that people need. 

“We pick people up from where their physical treatment ends. They don’t have any other aftercare. What we offer is a home from home, a community family which is big on connections.”

Knowing You’ve Made A Difference

“Actually coming to us is a big deal in itself. It is easy to put a face on and act like things are okay. You don’t need that mask here – you can offload, cry, anything you need.

“You can be you.”

It might sound small to some, but being yourself can be a big sigh of relief. Once you have let your guard down and spoken to someone who understand your situation, such as our volunteers, a weight is taken off of your shoulders. 

At Wessex Cancer Trust, represented by Maria Tidy at Ferndown Business Network (FBN), a lot of the team has experienced cancer in some form in their lives. They won’t say anything clichéd or shy away from hard topics, so there’s no barrier to what you can and cannot say. You form a relationship with everyone and become personally invested in them getting better, just one reason why people turn to us. It is a form of care you can’t get elsewhere. You walk away uplifted, helping your mental wellbeing along with the physical. 

“Cancer is a reality. People look at you differently, you can’t always work, and you might lose your hair. It comes with all these challenges, and we’re here to help you through them all.

“We act as a hug. We hold your hand, give you a shoulder to cry on and be your emotional rock throughout.”

Making Sure The Service Is Helping

The journey towards finding yourself again can be a long and painful one, but there will be a point in which you’ve found yourself again. 

“As I’m in charge of that space, I feel like the mother of the ship,” Emma clarifies. “I just wanted to make more of what was already existing. There’s so many services, but so many gaps in care too.”

Wessex Cancer Trust prioritises care for each individual, it’s not a one size fits all policy. If we think another service is more tailored towards you, we’ll recommend them. It works the other way round too, so people recommend us.”

Not only does this help the people looking for an extra bit of support, but it helps us providers too. Less pressure is put on the NHS and other bigger charities to increase services and decrease waiting times. The more options available to patients, the better.

Being Yourself 

“When people are having to go to the hospital day in day out, it’s wearing. Some people can’t even drive past the hospital any more, as it’s too much for them. That routine is what we’re breaking. Having a separate supportive space is key.”

The moment you come through our door, everything is on your terms. You can say as much or as little about your experience to our staff, knowing that Wessex Cancer Trust is here for you regardless.

Emma gets to know everyone in the Centre, and they know her equally as well. Things like our coffee mornings and art groups bring people together in a way the hospitals aren’t able to, building that community. The groups become friends, and those friends see each other in their own time. It takes the pressure off of our workers, and gives the building blocks to people finding themselves again. 

“We can look at people and figure out what they need, even if they don’t know what that is yet. 

“It’s all about supporting yourself and others, that’s how you find your strength.”

‘Dr Peter’ recommends …. advice on travelling abroad.

Ever been on holiday abroad and suffered with an upset tummy? 

It’s common to blame foreign bugs in either the food or the water, thinking that the local hygiene standards are not the same as ‘back home’, but in fact, this is rarely the case (unless you’ve had a really dodgy meal) because it’s largely due to the difference in the mineral content of the local water.  Sure, most of us will drink bottled water, but what about the ice cubes in your drinks?  Your sensitive gut tends to react with symptoms ranging from mild indigestion to chronic diarrhoea.

People who are susceptical to gut problems abroad usually take various potions with them of course – things that help put them right after the event.  And that’s fine.  However, there is a preventative alternative.  If you build up your gut’s ‘good bacteria’ before you travel, you are far less likely to be stricken during your holiday.  So, how does this work?

‘Dr Peter’s’ recommendation is a 4-week regime of PREBIOTIC (Aloe Vera drink – code 715) and PROBIOTIC (Pro-B tabs – code 610).  The prebiotic creates the correct gut environment for the proliferation of all the ‘good’ bacteria, and this Probiotic contains the 6 most important & beneficial strains of friendly bacteria in a tablet form, not requiring refrigeration, which is designed to bypass the stomach and be released in the large intestine, where it does its work.

So, ‘Dr Peter’s’ prescription is this: – One week before your holiday departure, start taking a daily dose of one Pro-B tablet and 100ml of Aloe first thing in the morning and continue for 4 weeks – i.e. take them with you on your 2 week holiday, and continue for one week after your return.

You’ll need one tub of Pro-B (30 tabs) and three litre bottles of Aloe to last you for 4 weeks.  Orders can be placed directly on the Wessex Aloe website shop or by calling Dr Peter on 07947 685785.”

The value of ‘Print Advertising’

I have had several people tell me that I will “have to keep up with the times” and that, “print advertising will go out of fashion”. Well, I beg to differ. There have been many studies on how we buy, why we buy and what we buy. Print advertising, especially of local companies and those companies wanting to be seen as family, friendly and service orientated benefit hugely from a print presence in the local community. People trust print.

Digital, online advertising can be untrustworthy and unknown. How do you know that company will still be there tomorrow when you have a problem with their service or product? Are they real? Do they have experience? Will they give you a good product?

While a good website and some social media is a must to back up any print advertising, it is often the printed advert which leads the customer to look at that website. Here at Dorset Publications we have been helping companies grow year in, year out. Each magazine has a local feel for that area and we include community data for free. This gives a voice to local, small groups that otherwise have a hard time making themselves known and heard. From this they have gained new members and support for their important causes.

Everyone wins. The advertisers gain work, that keeps the local economy thriving, the charities and small independent groups gain support and the resident has an easy guide to find exactly who they are looking for to help them. It is a win win situation all round.

Please Click here for an independent view.

Signs Express Bournemouth link with local businesses

Industry professionals and local business owners gathered yesterday evening for the Digital Décor Opportunity workshop, hosted by Richard Morris, Managing Director of Signs Express Bournemouth.The evening explored the revolution of bringing digital art, which was until recently only available online and in galleries, into the liveable space.

An insight to the endless opportunities around us kickstarted the evening, before attendees enjoyed a live demonstration and showcase of the technology available in branch, taking away their very own bespoke artwork printed onto specialist substrates.

The atmosphere on the evening was one of a keen desire for knowledge from an enthusiastic and interactive audience. Overall the workshop was a success with much positive feedback having been received from the audience. Deborah Jones, of Deborah Jones Design Ltd said:

‘I have nothing but praise for Richard in the visionary approach to both his products and the service he offers. He has taken time to reflect, consider and really examine his offering in order to elevate it above his market at large. He is looking to see what will give his business the edge in light of what is a saturated market. He has invested both in his people and his technology to ensure he is delivering the best product possible to his customers whilst also caring about their customer journey and experience. Last nights workshop still further demonstrated Richard’s obvious passion and commitment to his business. I very much look forward to working with this innovate company in the future on some of my interior design projects.” Deborah JonesDeborah Jones Design Ltd

Based on the success of this first training workshop, plans are currently underway to host another event at our unit based in Christchurch.

Richard Morris comments,

We are very pleased and inspired by the enthusiasm shown at our first event. We are passionate about bringing art lovers, interior designers and technology together to create and enjoy the new art forms of tomorrow. Digital printing means wallpaper can be whatever you want it to be, and to take tradition into the future is a very exciting time

Should you wish to be notified of these future events, email bournemouth@signs-express.co.uk or go to www.signsexpress.co.uk/branch/bournemouth

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