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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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Why every venue needs a dog
DBEC Team
8 August 2018
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Why every venue needs a dog

Why every venue needs a dog The Office Manager at Devon Business & Education Centre (DBEC) has all the attributes of a star employee: loyal, a great listener, welcoming and attentive. In truth, she is also a little bit invasive of personal space and no amount of feedback has encouraged her to stop sniffing guests in an overfamiliar fashion. Minnie has become a bit of a local celebrity &n...

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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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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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Feel the fear and present with confidence
DBEC Team
27 August 2018
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Feel the fear and present with confidence

Feel the fear and present with confidence   In a 2014 survey by Chapman University, over a quarter of the US respondents listed public speaking as their greatest fear - alongside being involved in a mass shooting or walking alone at night.  Our US cousins are not alone, commonly I find that senior representatives of wide ranging organisations are petrified by the prospect of s...

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Find your own community!
DBEC Team
26 June 2018
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Find your own community!

Find your own community! Goodness knows, it can be hard work keeping going whether you own your business or you are working for others – things to do, people to see, places to go to… Time is one commodity that we can never control and, on occasions, the work escalator can feel very steep and very fast.  The concept of work life balance can feel a faint memory of a time pre-...

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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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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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Helping others to help yourself
DBEC Team
22 August 2018
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Helping others to help yourself

Helping others to help yourself One of the wonderful benefits of working at Devon Business & Education Centre is the wide variety of visitors we see each month. Some are young people and parents engaged in tutoring, others run small or growing businesses or are part of larger organisations that are hiring space for meetings or being trained over the day.  Their aims of being there are ...

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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 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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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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