Behind The Scenes Of My Business... July 2019

Behind The Scenes Of My Business... July 2019

July is one of my favourite months - and not just because after work I like to take a blanket, book, picnic box and gin and tonic down to the beach and stay there until the sun goes down. July means Wimbledon, an institution that sums up everything I love most about England.

I love repairing to Henman Hill with a glass of Pimms, tennis players past talking improvised gubbins to fill up time when rain stops play and the intense anticipation of glory, only to be shafted by the crushing disappointment of cruel defeat. How, oh how did the sublime Roger Federer let slip two match points to lose to Novak Djokovic?

From a business standpoint, July is often the month when I start to slow down, in readiness for my month’s sabbatical from this blog. Not so this year. I’ve been working closely with one of my clients as their part-time interim MD to boost sales and improve the bottom line.

I’m delighted to report that the team generated a staggering 65% increase in sales I July; £28,000 in monetary terms; their best month ever. This was the result of work I did earlier in the summer to restructure roles and responsibilities, as well as to make sales systems and processes more efficient and effective. We’re continuing to make changes and improvements so I’m excited to see what happens over the next couple of months.

If, like my client, you’d like to improve your business results, email me to set up a meeting or call to discuss how I can help you.



July is the month where my amazing client, Kerry of Wannado Street Dance, hosts “Get Down 2019.” This is when the street dancing ninjas from her academy dance their hearts out in an incredible annual showcase. It’s the individual stories which capture my heart. Check out this short video about Jasper who “felt like a turtle in his shell” until he started street dance lessons with Kerry.

Leigh Otterson-Walter of The Blue Penguin Company has not only been jetting backwards and forwards to Italy to bring groups of work experience students over to Sussex to enjoy a language and educational experience, she’s also been attending events in Milan hosted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce.

Rebekah Hillman has launched a new website for her London based wills and probate legal services company. The aim was to create a fresh new look that reflects the diversity of our multicultural capital city, as well as to convert traffic landing on the website into paying customers. It has!


Earlier this month, I went to a  breakfast seminar about how to future proof your business, jointly hosted by Brighton based accountants Hartley Fowler and solicitors Dean Wilson. This inspired me to write a series of articles about how to future proof your business in the run up to Brexit:


In line with one of my four priorities for 2019, to create more memories by taking more day trips,  I took a day trip to Emsworth a picturesque old fishing village on the edge of Chichester Harbour, an area of outstanding natural beauty. With its narrow streets, Georgian houses, walled gardens and mill pond, Emsworth retains an old-world character.

Within easy reached of the capital, A Lady In London has just written a guide to a coastal walk around Chichester Harbour. After a walk round the inlet, I had lunch at Driftwood Café which didn’t disappoint.

In July, I also:

Read … Margaret Heffernan’s Wilful Blindness: Why We Ignore The Obvious, and for fun, The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore.

Listened to…The Work Like A Woman podcast with Mary Portas and Glambition Radio with Ali Brown.

Saw: A Star Is Born at a local open-air screening.

Was gripped: by Madam Secretary. 



What were your highlights from July? I love reading your feedback so please do take a moment to tell me in the comments box below.


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