12 December, 2014

Congratulations: St Joseph's RC Primary School.

As a Governor you can influence the success of your school, by being interested, challenging and supportive of the Leadership and Management Teams. St Joseph's is a small (280) Catholic Primary School that has risen, phoenix-like from a poor OFSTED report a few years ago to Outstanding last year, and now 3rd top in London!

We look forward to being inundated with enquiries for places: so get your children in quickly for a superb start in life.

Top ten primaries

All schools scored 100 per cent in all tests. Ties are broken by value added scores and number of pupils.

1. St Joseph’s Catholic, Southwark

2. Whittingham Primary Academy, Waltham Forest

3. St Joseph RC, Kensington & Chelsea

4. Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior, Harrow

5. Northwold Primary, Hackney

6. Corpus Christi Catholic Primary, Lambeth

7. Bygrove Primary, Tower Hamlets

8. Soho Parish CofE Primary, Westminster

9. Scotts Primary, Havering

10. Lionel Primary, Hounslow

How are your Portfolio organisations doing?

18 November, 2014

GrowthAccelerator: match-fund your business growth!

At the end of last week we told you about the fast track version of GrowthAccelerator: now some more detail about the core programme:

How does GrowthAccelerator work?

• Eligibility and suitability assessment by a Growth Manager (phone)
• Online interactive assessment tool – GROWTHmapper®
• Growth Manager meets with Directors to assess and identify priorities
to help achieve growth (face to face meeting)
• Growth Manager drafts growth plan (‘Scope of Support’)
• Once agreed, Scope used to select the most suitable Growth Coach
• Contracts signed, Growth Coach selected, coaching starts
• Identify Leadership & Management training needs at all points
• Relationship managed by the Growth Manager
• Client can attend/send staff to up to 6 Business Development Coach Workshops if on the main Coaching Programme (or 3 Masterclasses if on Access to Finance or Growth Through Innovation)

What does it cost?
Size: Cost VAT
1 – 4 employees £ 600 £700*
5 – 49 employees £1,500 £700*
50 – 249 employees £3,000 £700*
*VAT is based on 20% of the nominal value of the service which is £3,500, so all businesses pay the same amount of VAT, which you can recover.

What does a GrowthAccelerator Client receive?
Up to 4 – 6 days of coaching time, based on outputs that have been agreed, attendance at 6 x 0.5 days workshops and 3 full day masterclasses, plus up to £2,000 matched funding for each of the senior management team.

What are the benefits:

Your growth strategy could involve: Business planning, Strategic planning, Marketing strategy, Organisation change, Improving performance and efficiencies, recruitment and people management.
There is help to become investment ready and so more attractive to funders, including specialist finance coach, introductions to appropriate funders and the GrowthAccelerator's Investor Relations team.

Other businesses may be interested in how to commercialise new products, services or consider other business models, maybe developing an innovation strategy and generating profitable IP.

How can Businesses use this opportunity?

First of all it is always good to get an impartial diagnosis of where you are, which the GROWTHmapper© provides, as well as guidance and support from the dedicated growth manager and coach. By attending masterclasses and workshops with peers in the market place, and up to £2,000 per individual leader / manager, firms have a chance to make significant changes that will ensure the survival and sustainable future of their firms. Can anyone really ignore this opportunity to be part of the high growth community?

Contact Patricia or Tony Stubbs on: 0208 870 9781 NOW!

14 November, 2014

Stop Press: limited opportunity: Matched Funding, GrowthAccelerator

Stop Press! Limited offer: The Growth Impact Pilot from GrowthAccelerator:

A number of years ago the government had Training and Enterprise Councils (TEC), Business Links and other iterations of agencies to help businesses be creative, entrepreneurial, increase the use of technology, improve profitability, leading to increased employment. Today this is achieved through the GrowthAccelerator programme which is available to any business with less than £40million turnover, and less than 250 staff. Originally this programme was due to stop in March 2015 but has been so successful that the Government has extended it. Could this be the kick-start help you might find useful?

AND... there is a brilliant offer for prospective clients who are heading for high growth and:

• Have a turnover between £250,000 and £2 million
• Primarily want Leadership & Management training, already have an identified L&M requirement
• Are prepared to accept the coaching if randomly selected (see next blog).
• They will need to pay £700 VAT if they are chosen.
• The person who provides the training cannot also be their coach (see next blog).
• Know their numbers and are prepared to complete the Application Form (or talk it over with a Growth Manager) and be part of a research study – which could offer some great PR.

There are limited spaces left for the fast track version of the GrowthAccelerator programme, so contact Us: patricia@trafalgarpeople.com and we can signpost those interested.

There may be a Professional Services specialist group developing: let us know if you are interested in this.

05 November, 2014

Dappercaps: innovation - once again!

It is always wonderful when you see the younger generation developing new and inspiring products:such as Dappercaps. I have known Catherine Bedford (Cat to her chums) from her days at school with my eldest daughter and I am delighted to share with you her invention .... and it needs a Kick Start - with a little bit of help. (Please note that we are not regulated to give financial advice nor offering any here: please always consult your advisers)

Dappercaps - ready for the road is where you can find out more about the product and the business.

What an improvement it would be if all the Boris / Barclay bicycle users had strong helmets available to them too!

Get cycling - and trim up for Christmas.

best wishes

30 October, 2014

Investing in Biro Creative Arts: James Mylne

Over the past 6 - 7 years James Mylne has been developing his skill as an artist using biro so finely that you cant believe what you see. I managed to scoop up an early painting back then: now's your chance to invest in real genius art.

This week (for one week only) James has a one man show on at 340 Kings Road, London.



Get there to see just how amazing his art is.

27 October, 2014

Rocknives Do that! a Christmas present?

This is definitely out of the ordinary - but as we are great supporters of entrepreneurial businesses we just have to share this hilarious video the Rocknives Team have made.

This video is well worth watching and then look up their website and buy a set or two as Christmas presents!


How original is your marketing to your target market?

best wishes


Patricia and Adrian

10 October, 2014

Inside out Leadership - why not learn more?

Good afternoon

Why don't you join Bob McKenzie of Benchmark for Business for “Inside out Leadership” at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on Wednesday 10th December 2014. In this full-day executive master-class, Dr Alan Watkins, author of Coherence – The Secret Science of Brilliant Leadership, will share his latest ground-breaking ideas on leadership values and culture within organisations. To see Dr Watkins’ personal video invitation to you to attend please click here.
In a day of inspirational self-discovery, each delegate will have the opportunity to discover their own Leadership Values Profile and learn why values tensions, rather than dimensions of personality, commercial style or typology, are the root of most team battles.

Each delegate will learn:
• The sources of cultural confusion that block cultural change, development or transformation
• Their own value system and how this impacts on their ability to strategise, implement and manage others
• How different value systems impact customer engagement
• How to work with cultural differences when building a high performance team
• How to connect more effectively with colleagues by using value-based language rather than generic communication
• To deepen the level of trust and improve the quality of relationships within their team.

I've been to similar sessions and they are truly interesting and stimulating: so get yourselves there.
To register your places or to find out more about pricing options Bob can be reached by phoning 01224 636200.

Patricia & Adrian

PS: Bluebell Woods at Lyndey, Gloucestershire, is an original oil by Patricia Watson.