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A co-working idyll in the heart of Devon
DBEC Team
21 June 2017
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A co-working idyll in the heart of Devon

A co-working idyll in the heart of Devon Co-working is not new.  Collaborative spaces are two a penny in the cosmopolitan melting pots of San Francisco, London, and Berlin.  They have become a welcome response to the breakdown of traditional businesses relationships, requiring formal employment, hierarchical organisational structures, and attendance (or perhaps, presence) in employers...

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How to make your Awayday one to remember!  (and for all the right reasons!)
DBEC Team
14 June 2018
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How to make your Awayday one to remember! (and for all the right reasons!)

How to make your Awayday one to remember (and for all the right reasons!) Be honest, how do you feel when your manager tells you that you are all going on a team awayday?  Joy, trepidation, intrigue, anxiousness, horror? Depending on your viewpoint, you might feel any of the above emotions or many others.  The thing is - awaydays aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. Being whi...

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How to turn your idea into a business
DBEC Team
6 June 2018
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How to turn your idea into a business

How to turn your idea into a business   “I have this great business idea that will make me millions!” Whilst many an idea has commercial potential, in truth, it is only a fantasy until that point when you take the brave step of communicating it to others and risking the slings and arrows of receiving their feedback.    But before you take the leap into the...

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Why green venues are good for business
DBEC Team
30 May 2018
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Why green venues are good for business

Why green venues are for good for business   When we embarked upon our journey to develop a sustainable venue in the middle of rural Devon we were faced with a wide range of choices.  In pure terms, Devon Business & Education Centre is a compromise based on good intentions, a fixed budget, but also a need to satisfy the varied needs of all our visitors. The trade-offs are ea...

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How to run effective meetings
DBEC Team
22 May 2018
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How to run effective meetings

How to run effective meetings We often hear people saying they hate business meetings or that they are a waste of time, uttering phrases like “that is an hour of my life that I will never get back!” or “what was the point of that then?” The trouble is, meetings are essential.  Without them businesses can easily become flotsam on the high seas, bobbing around with...

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The Joy of Networking
DBEC Team
3 April 2018
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The Joy of Networking

The Joy of Networking   Forget "joy", for some the thought of plunging headlong into an environment where they are surrounded by strangers with whom they appear to have nothing in common is worse than frightening, it's the nightmare scenario. "What will I say to them?" and "what if they don't like me?"......   The grea...

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Developing a lean mindset
DBEC Team
13 February 2018
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Developing a lean mindset

Developing a lean mindset If your clients, suppliers and staff are telling you that “your business is difficult to engage with” – you have a real problem.  Even more in the Digital Age, instant responses are the norm, and a sluggish or bureaucratic reaction will reduce the likelihood of customers returning to your business.  Staff, also, hate papering up the crack...

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Exeter Consortium establishes an East Devon Centre
DBEC Team
31 January 2018
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Exeter Consortium establishes an East Devon Centre

Exeter Consortium establishes an East Devon Centre Exeter Consortium and Teaching School Alliance (EC) has agreed a partnership arrangement with Devon Business & Education Centre (DBEC) whereby courses, training and events can be run at the centre as an alternative to existing locations.  Set in the rolling hills of East Devon between Cullompton, Honiton and Ottery St Mary, DBEC is ...

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Building life saving communities
DBEC Team
16 January 2018
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Building life saving communities

Building life saving communities Idyllic as they often are, when you are based in a rural community you may find yourself asking, “What would I do if I was unwell?.  Realistically, you are fully aware that the emergency services will do well to get to you within 30 minutes and that gap could mean the difference between life and death. As a co-working space, set in the rolling hill...

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Detox your business to achieve your goals
DBEC Team
8 December 2017
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Detox your business to achieve your goals

Detox your business to achieve your goals As we enter the season of overconsumption, we also know this will soon follow with the consequent feelings of regret and requisite intent to put things right.  We also know full well that New Years’ resolutions rarely last, unless they are properly planned with sufficient focus placed on creating supporting structures to aid success. At So...

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What's the point of sustainable business?
DBEC Team
18 October 2017
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What's the point of sustainable business?

What's the point of sustainable business? ‘Sustainability’ is one of those concepts which over time can become little more than a trendy buzz-word, a vague notion of goodness we know we should be aiming to achieve in our homes and businesses. The general reasons why we should strive to live greener lifestyles are not new to us; over the last few decades, the destructive impac...

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Start as you mean to carry on
DBEC Team
11 September 2017
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Start as you mean to carry on

Most of us stumble into self-employment - unexpectedly waking up to find we have to consider customers, cashflow, and marketing.  Before long we realise we have staff and wider commitments - all too quickly what started as fun has turned into a chore. However, whether your business has just started up, is a year old or, even, you are wanting the confidence to launch it - then a l...

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Why financial literacy is key to business success
DBEC Team
6 September 2017
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Why financial literacy is key to business success

Why financial literacy is key to business success Understanding how your actions affect the bottom line of your business is crucial for long term success. You may think that accounting and finance is best left up to your accountant or finance manager. Or that as long as you are selling your goods/services for more than they cost then you are doing ok.  As long as the result...

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