See great local Forest of Dean Businesses below

  • A R Website Design, based in The Forest of Dean offers bespoke, simplistic and easy-to-use websites. With over 4 years experience, contact us today for help with your website, SEO & Social Media. Website Design packages start from just £850.00.

    07564 920055

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  • Lansdown Insurance Brokers have been established in Cheltenham for over 50 years and our locally based staff have built up a reputation for excellent customer service. We can take the worry away with our expertise to make sure you have the right insurance cover whatever the type of business.

    0345 8734943

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  • A 5* home from home day & holiday dog boarding service licensed under Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 standards in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Pet sitting, dog walking and wedding services available. Fully insured and police checked. Providing a professional & reliable service.

    01594 563707
    07582 784417

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  • Based in the picturesque Forest of Dean, JB Leasing offer industry leading service as well as competitive pricing on both business and personal contract hire vehicles. Whether you‘re looking for a Peugeot or a Porsche, get in touch for a friendly, no obligation chat today.

    01594 369088

  • Crossroads is a charity supporting unpaid carers, people living with a disability or in social isolation. We aim to improve health and wellbeing of service users and promote their independence, empowering them to remain living safely at home.

    01594 823414

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  • Honey Bee Collection and Removal Services
    Professional and Ethical Bee Collection or Removal at Its Best.
    24/7. Call Now! on 07840 874567 or 07483 242141.
    Best Advice and Survey for all Bee Problems.

    07895 677123

  • Peachy Impressions design and create both luxury handmade and cost effective e-mailable/printable wedding and party invitations. All of our work is printed in-house using professional printers, high quality materials and assembled and finished by hand.

    07870 681752

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You Are Never Too Old To Learn New Skills - 13/11/2017

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Sitting at our local pool watching my daughters receive their swimming lessons has made me think about how it doesn't matter how old we are, we can always learn new skills. My two weren't put into lessons at an early age so in comparison to a lot of children, they are behind on their swimming skills set. Do they look at it and feel embarrassed? Do they look at us and think we should have done it differently? Nope, they are just in that pool cracking on and enjoying learning something new and revelling in the excitement of achieving new goals.

How come as adults then we think about it differently? We could learn a thing or 2 from children.

Having been through schooling, college and University, many of us are “done” with learning. The thought of another text book or essay makes us want to scream and we are content that we have learnt everything we now need to. Except we haven’t.... the world has changed in just the last year, let alone since we left school at 16....

New skills and processes are often viewed as a chore and sometimes even a worry. I know how I feel when I have to do something that is alien to me, something that is new and scary. Do I look at it intially as building on an existing skill set? Do I see it as an achievement that I can mark as me having done it on my own? No, I look at it like it's super scary and why did I agree to it or think it was a good idea?!

It doesn’t matter what the skill is. Learning to stand up and present, gaining a new qualification or even just making a sales call is all the same as children having swimming takes hard work to learn how to do it, it takes facing your fears and it takes time BUT it sets you up for the future. The first few times are scary and you might think that it was a bad idea but as time goes on, the nerves settle and the achievements make it all worthwhile.

What makes it even better is to have someone working with you that can teach you those skills. A good swimming teacher is worth their weight in gold to your child, a good teacher in your business is worth their weight in gold to you. Whether that is a lecturer, a business coach or even a friend who has experience to pass on.......having someone to work with makes you go further than you can on your own!

So whilst my one daughter is learning to trust putting her head under water and the other is learning that you CAN float on your back, I am thinking about what skill I need to learn too as there are many more I need to achieve.


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