Successful Solo e-newsletter September 2013

Summer is leaving us, back to monthly editions. 

Regular Updates:Apprenticeships, Digital Youth Academy, Growth Accelerator

2 Wright’s Rants: Myths About Micros … Why we need a Minister for Micro businesses.

3 Influencer of the Month: Robert Clay

4 Recommended sites and newsletters:
Marketing Wisdom

5 News and Offers: Books and Events FREE Lunch in October

1 Regular Updates:

Apprenticeships, Digital Youth Academy DYA, Growth Accelerator

Latest News on £3,000 London Apprenticeship Incentive

Time is running out, you have until the end of December 2013, and the number of incentives is now limited to 1,000, regarding the combined £3,000 London LEP and Apprentice Grant for Employers (AGE).

First come, first served.

Remember, the incentive is for taking on a new apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours a week, at a minimum wage of £2.68 an hour (from October 2013), for a minimum of 12 months.

For a net cost of less than £100 a week, £20 a day, you can recruit a currently unemployed, enthusiastic 16 to 24 year old to help support you in your business.

Do the maths. 

Even at £5 an hour (to get a really good candidate) for 30 hours a week it will only cost you £150. At an annual cost of £7,800 less the £3,000 incentive, this is only £4,800: £95 a week, just over £3 an hour!

Compare that to the minimum wage for a 19 year old of £6.19 an hour its less than half price.

We will soon be providing an end to end service to help you get the best apprentice you can from your local training provider through Small Business Solutions Ltd for £1,000 – what better way to spend part of your £3,000 incentive.

More details next month.

DYA Colleges, Students and Employers

In London, both Westminster Kingsway and The Skills People at Lewisham and Southwark College, have registered their first students and employers who will start this month.

In addition to Barnet and Southgate, we are talking to Ealing and Hammersmith.

See our videos on the web at

If you want to know more give me a call: 07973192712.

New DYA Products and Initiatives

More students have enrolled for our level 1 Digital Social Routeway programme, a 17-week diploma course for 16 to 18 year olds.

In the Manchester area we are now delivering Social Digital Media Training to employees of all ages in association with PWC and we have also won funding from Nominet to provide Micro businesses with a new website.

More details next month.

 DYA licensed colleges are now helping over 120 small businesses with their online marketing and providing a link between unemployed “digital born” young people, aged 16 to 24 and internet challenged and internet savvy micro and small business owners who get help with digital marketing and social networking.

See our website, for more details and to sign up to become a supporter of our 1000 Jobs with DYA Campaign.

For advice on the process and help with your recruitment of Apprentices, email me on

2 Wright’s Rants:Myths About Micros …Why we need a Minister for Micro


Many people have the wrong images about micro and small businesses and so it seems, do some politicians and ministerial policy advisers.

For the true facts, see my rant on my WordPress blog at as well as on my LinkedIn Group

3 Influencer of the Month: Robert Clay 

This month in the “book, speaker or event I have come across and wish to share slot” we have Robert Clay.

Robert may be one of the less well known gurus and has avoided TV exposure but he has outstanding advice on marketing and excellent resources on his website. 

I first met Robert through Entrepreneurs World about 5 years ago and have attended several of his workshops and presentations and devoured and implemented many of his ideas. 

Robert has successfully set up, grown and sold a number of his own businesses and been instrumental in the success of many more.

Several of his clients have become millionaires and some multi millionaires.

Listen and learn from Robert Clay. It will be time well spent.

4    Recommended sites and newsletters:Marketing Wisdom

Each month I generally comment on websites, groups or newsletters I find useful and this month I want to introduce you to that of Robert

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5 News and Offers

Once again I am offering SOLO readers a two course lunch with wine in north London’s Chez Ton Ton restaurant / bistro for only £10, plus get both of my books for free.

I will reserve a table from 12 noon to 3pm for up to 4 people to join me for lunch with wine at Chez Ton Ton in East Barnet, north London to experience the benefits of “Peer Support” from a “Mastermind Boardroom” style group of fellow business owners. 

The lunch will be on  Wednesday October 2nd.

 You must book and pay for the event in advance via Eventbrite at

To learn more, click here for a brief video.

In return you will take away a copy of:

BUSINESS Wisdom by Albert Wright B.A. 


Breaking The Barriers To Business Growth (BTBTBG) co-authored by 13 Right Angle Consultants, available from Amazon for £15 plus P&P but from me, Free.

Breaking the Barriers to Business Growth:

A Compilation of Expert Insights into Growing Your Business
By Sarah Williams, Paul Ovington, Albert Wright
See this book on Amazon ».


Are you an FSB (Federation of Small

Business) member in north London?

We run a free, monthly, open networking event in Finchley at Cafe Buzz on the first Monday of the month attracting an average of 25 people.

Michael Lassman, chairman of the North London Region, hosts the event.

The next meeting is Monday September 2nd. Book your free place via Eventbrite at

On Thursday September 19th there will be a similar event in Enfield at Baskerville’s Tea Shop.

Book your free place via Eventbrite at  and learn more about the Growth Accelerator Programme and how you can get matched funding of £2,000 for your business.

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