Solo Newsletter 84, October 2013

1 Regular Updates: Apprenticeships and Digital Youth Academy.

2 Wright’s Rants: Too many businesses chasing too little money from too many customers.

3 Influencer of the Month: None this month as I am off on holiday.

4 Recommended sites and newsletters:
Postponed till next month.

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

 

1Regular Updates:

Apprenticeships and Digital Youth Academy DYA.
www.digitalyouthacademy.com
The £1,500, nationally available Apprentice Grant for Employers (AGE) continues into next year but the 1,000 offers on the £3,000 London Apprenticeship Incentive have all been taken, even before the planned closing date of the end of December 2013.

 

This is not surprising as you could have had a good worker for less than £1 an hour. Given its success, let’s hope the incentive will soon be re-instated.

 

This will give you some time to create a Vacancy Profile, detailing exactly what is on offer from your company in terms of the vocational activity the apprentice will follow and the particular apprenticeship that will be chosen.

 

With over 250 different types of apprenticeship being offered at different skills levels and in some cases multiple options within the qualification, you need good advice and time to choose the right curriculum / programme for the person who will best meet what your business needs.

An added complication is that almost no College offers every option and most specialise in a selected number of vocational sectors and you need to check where the vocational subjects you want are covered to reduce travel time and cost.

 

One of my clients ended up with choosing the more generic Customer Service apprenticeship at level 2 rather than a more specific course for a potential dispensing optician.

 

The rates are changing this month to a minimum wage of £2.68 an hour. No change in a minimum 30 hour week or the minimum of 12 months before the qualification can be awarded.

However, in some places it is still possible to recruit a currently unemployed, enthusiastic 16 to 24 year old to help support you in your business for less than £1 an hour.

Do the maths. At the minimum wage of £2.68 an hour for 30 hours a week it will only cost you £80.40. An annual cost of £4,181, less a £3,000 incentive, is only £1,181, £22.70 a week, 76p an hour – “I don’t believe it!”
Compare that to the minimum wage for a 20 year old of £6.19 an hour.

One month to go before we are 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.

DYA Colleges, Students and Employers
Most Colleges have now started new groups of students including Westminster Kingsway and The Skills People at Lewisham and Southwark College.

 

In addition we are talking to Ealing and Hammersmith.

See our videos on the web at www.digitalyouthacademy.com

 

A new licensed provider this year will be Barnados.

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

New DYA Products and Initiatives

Traineeships are now available from a few Colleges and our level 1 Digital Social Routeway programme or units from it, can be incorporated.

 

Work has started on planning for our Nominet funded project to provide Micro businesses, charities and social enterprises with new websites designed by newly trained young people using WordPress, who were formally unemployed.

Our thanks to Nominet for granting us the money and to our team in Derby for winning the money against strong competitors.

 

 See our website, www.digitalyouthacademy.com 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 albert.wright@dyateam.com.

2 Wright’s Rants: Too many businesses chasing too little money from too many customers.
Many, new small businesses have the wrong strategy in today’s market for surviving in the face of increased competition.

 

Our message is differentiate your business or merge, or do both.

 

For the full facts, see my rant on my WordPress blog at  https://successfulsolo.wordpress.com/ as well as on my Wright’s Rant Group on LinkedIn.

http://tinyurl.com/psa2exp

3 Influencer of the Month: None this month owing to my step-daughter’s wedding last week and a holiday to recover next week.

Instead a reminder of last month’s winner, Robert Clay.

Robert is 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.

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.

4    Recommended sites and newsletters: None this month, but a reminder of last month’s Marketing Wisdom owned by   Robert Clay www.marketingwizdom.com

5 News and Offers

Once again, 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 November 6th.

 You must book and pay for the event in advance via Eventbrite at https://mastermindboardroom.eventbrite.co.uk

To learn more about Mastermind Groups, click here for my brief video.
In return for attending the lunch you will receive a copy of both Business Wisdom
And
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 ».
If you are a business in north London I would like to invite you to 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 October 7th. Book your free place via Eventbrite at http://nlbn020913-eorg.eventbrite.com/

On Thursday October 17th there will be a similar event in Enfield at Baskerville’s Tea Shop.

Book your free place via Eventbrite at  https://fsbbaskervilles.eventbrite.co.uk  and learn more about Start up and Small Business Loans and free skills training

 

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 
www.digitalyouthacademy.com

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 www.digitalyouthacademy.com

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, www.digitalyouthacademy.com 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 albert.wright@dyateam.com.

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

Businesses.

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  https://successfulsolo.wordpress.com/ as well as on my LinkedIn Group

http://tinyurl.com/psa2exp

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 Claywww.marketingwizdom.com

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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 athttps://mastermindboardroom.eventbrite.co.uk

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. 

And 

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 ».

BBTBTBG

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 http://nlbn020913-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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

Book your free place via Eventbrite at  https://fsbbaskervilles.eventbrite.co.uk  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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Successful Solo Newsletter July/August 2013

July / August 2013 www.successfulsolo.com © Copyright Albert Wright

Useful News and Information for Micro and Bigger Business Owners

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Holidays in the West Country, upgrading computers, sunshine, grand children, Strategic Business Alliance and Net linked Training are this month’s conspirators resulting in our second two months together newsletter with some of the usual sections missing.

1 Wright’s Rants: Decisive Action Needed – Tax bank profits at 70% and stop albertQuantitative Easing

2 Regular Updates:Apprenticeships and Digital Youth Academy

3 Influencer of the Month: No one this month

4 Recommended sites and newsletters:
None this month

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

1 Wright’s Rants / News and Comment

This month Decisive Action Needed – Tax bank profits at 70% and stop Quantitative Easing  

The rant can now be found on my WordPress blog here (Successful Solo) as well as on my LinkedIn Group Wright’s Rants 

2 Regular Updates:

Apprenticeships and Digital Youth Academy DYAwww.digitalyouthacademy.com

Big News on Incentives

London LEP, the Local Enterprise Partnership, is now matching the central government Apprentice Grant for Employers (AGE), for a limited period, which means eligible London businesses are entitled to an incentive of £3,000 over the next 12 months 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).

What this means in practice is 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. 

At £5 an hour (to get a really good candidate) for 30 hours a week it will cost you £150. Multiply by 52 for an annual cost of £7,800 and take away the £3,000 incentive to go down to £4,800, divide by 52 and its £92 a week.

Compare that to the minimum wage for a 19 year old of £6.19 an hour, £185.70 for 30 hours – almost half price.
DYA Colleges and Employers
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In London we have now added The Skills People at  Westminster Kingsway College to LeSoCo, (Lewisham and Southwark College) as our second college and are in discussions with Barnet and Southgate.

See our videos / case studies on the website at www.digitalyouthacademy.com

A business Facebook page for DYA in North London will be set up this month.

If you don’t know what I am talking about but would like to know more or get an SDA, give me a call: 07973192712.

New DYA Products and Initiatives

The first students at WorkPays have now graduated from the first level 1 Digital Social Routeway, 17-week diploma course, with over 80% going on to a job or further learning.

Discussions are ongoing with BNI at a national level on how Apprenticeships and our products might be promoted to their members.

SDAs at DYA licensed colleges are now helping over 100 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, www.digitalyouthacademy.com 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 own recruitment of Interns or Apprentices please email me on albert.wright@dyateam.com.

3 Influencer of the Month: No one this month

4 Recommended sites and newsletters:

Each month I generally comment on websites, groups or newsletters I find useful. 

This month “No Comment”.

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 September 4th. You must book and pay for the event in advance via Eventbrite at http://mastermindboardroom.eventbrite.co.uk/

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. 
And 

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 BusinessBBTBTBG 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 have been running a free, monthly, open networking event in Finchley at Cafe Buzz for Barnet members and guest on the first Monday of the month since February, attracting an average of 25 people.

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

The next meeting is Monday August 5th. Book your free place via Eventbrite at 
http://nlbmn50813.eventbrite.com/

From September we will be holding a similar event in Enfield – see next month’s newsletter for details.

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