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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#InconvenientCoffee - 29/09/2015

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Many of us have limited working hours for different reasons. Childcare is often the biggest reason but certainly not the exclusive one. When you‘re juggling running a business with nursery, playgroup and school runs for example, you envy everyone who has 9-5 Monday to Friday to work. Trust me, i‘ve juggled this way for 3 years!

You long to be able to book meetings on any day (not just Mondays), for once have an empty ‘in tray’ and are desperate to mark something (however small) off the ‘to do list’. So when someone says “fancy a coffee?”, you don‘t know whether to laugh at what you believe to be their absolute ignorance of your workload, be jealous that they clearly have time to drink coffee or be sad that they obviously don‘t think you are busy enough in your business. However..........turn those thoughts around.........

What if having that #InconvenientCoffee is the best decision you make? I‘ve had a few coffees that really have completely messed up my day and taken up what I believed to be precious time but in fact, they have moved my business forward. The joy of being self employed means you end up being wrapped up in your own business and sometimes forget that you‘re trying to sell to your customers, not yourself. They are different to you! By having an #InconvenientCoffee you actually are looking through a different window to your business than the one you usually see through.

These coffees can be with friends, family, customers or fellow business people. All offer the same thing, a view of your business that isn‘t yours. You‘d be surprised how different it looks through the eyes of someone else. The ideas and changes they offer make you think “Why didn‘t I think of that?” The truth is, we can‘t do EVERYTHING! We can‘t sell our business, field enquiries, do the admin, the accounts, marketing and answer the phone along with coming up with the best and most successful ideas. We are humans with lives, and we must remember that more often!

Don‘t let your business take up all of your time, it‘s easier said than done (insert personal #EpicFail here) but have that #InconvenientCoffee, talk to people, ask them opinions and harness their enthusiasim and praise. These words will get you through the days you just want to curl up with a duvet and hide!

Let me know how your next #InconvenientCoffee goes, i‘m booking one for next week!


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