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It was a full-house on 25th June when we held our first "Tools for Success" business seminar and networking event...

About 12 months ago, Junari embarked upon a massive R&D effort, out of which came our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software product JunariCRM+® . This powerful product has gone on to deliver significant cost efficiencies and growth acceleration within our clients’ businesses.

So! In celebration of this, and in recognition of the part the GrowthAccelerator scheme had with our own business growth, the Tools for Success event aimed to “pay-forward” to local businesses with an opportunity to gather business friends – old, new and yet-to-know – together so we could network and share tips for how to manage that universal business aspiration; success in your marketplace!

We hosted the event in the recently refurbished, entrepreneurial surroundings of St John's Innovation Centre, meaning we were able to attract businesses from across East Anglia.

Take-up of tickets for the event was swift with people keen to know what would enable their business to push through the pain of growth.

Thank you to all the attendees who came along and shared their own business success and growth-target stories.

If you came along to the event - we were delighted to meet you and share views.  If you weren't able to make it this time, don't worry as we hope to be able to repeat the event in Essex later in the year.  Watch this space for details...

" I was slightly concerned that as a new business the event would not be relevant, but completely the opposite. Lots of helpful info, tips and talks. Thank you Steve and Junari " Kelly Woods, Norvic Credit Control.

" That was a very useful overview of some very valuable business tools "  Madeleine Morgan, GrowU

Our presenters were:

A big thank you also has to be said to all our presenters who helped to make it an entertaining and interesting event:

Steve Austin: Junari’s very own Managing Director, Steve founded the company in 2006 with a clear vision that successful business is built upon successful human relationships and that trust and mutual benefit are key growth generators. The name Junari is a Japanese phrase meaning “chosen path” and is indicative of the honour, responsibility and sense of direction that Steve and the Junari Team imbue into everything that they do.  Steve is an inspirational leader with a keen desire to mentor and support and is the winner of the “Colchester Businessman of the Year 2013” Award.  He enjoys working with businesses to solve problems and drive growth. Steve is a compelling presenter who is able to communicate serious messages in a light-hearted, collaborative manner. Steve presented " How to unblock your opportunities and join the growth community! "  and included categorical proof that each of us is already connected to the cloud citing scientific medica research from Dr. John Lorber neurology professor of the University of Sheffield which got the audience thinking!

Janette Pallas: Janette is Head of Consultancy Services at St John’s Innovation Centre delivering services such as GrowthAccelerator, which provides coaching support to businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors, helping them all to prepare for growth and avoid costly common pitfalls. Janette provides plenty of hands-on experience having started, grown and subsequently sold an IT and marketing consultancy and training business. In 2005 Janette was awarded 'Specialist Advisor of the Year' by the Institute of Business Advisers for her work supporting SMEs in their usage of Information and Communication Technologies.  She has worked with universities and the business community, advised pre-start, young and growing companies and received the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2008. In recent years Janette was the regional director for the ‘Access to Finance’ team at Grant Thornton, providing specialist help and advice to companies looking to raise finance and discover new routes to funding and investment to support business development.

Andrew Hatcher: Andrew is the Managing Director of The Applied Knowledge Network Ltd, which owns the MAPP coaching system – a sophisticated planning tool used by hundreds of companies to create and implement their development and growth plans. He has extensive experience in identification, development and management of innovative business solutions within all sizes of business across a wide variety of sectors. Andrew is the author of two books; “Inventuring – Why Big Companies Must Think Small” and “Strategic Marketing Decisions” and is a compelling and engaging speaker. Andrew spoke about "Creating and implementing your plans for growth"

Jon Bellamy, Xero , Strategic Alliance Partnerships Manager: Xero is the emerging leader in online accounting software, providing business owners with real-time visibility of their financial position in a way that’s simple, smart and secure. For advisors such as accountants and bookkeepers, Xero forges a trusted relationship with clients through online collaboration and gives them the opportunity to extend their services. Xero is a global company with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Paul Pritchard: Paul is Director at Abacus Accountancy (GB) Ltd, which he incorporated in 2004 after 13 years of being self-employed. He is a financial accounting executive able to draw upon far-reaching experience in all aspects of accounting, taxation and financial management. Paul particularly enjoys working with small businesses and start-ups. A quick scan of Paul’s recommendations confirms him to be a ‘helpful’ and’ ‘human’ face of accounting with a passion for delivering excellent customer service.

Jon and Paul comprehensively covered the issue of " Free up time with Cloud Accounting "

Ruth Smith: Ruth set up her marketing agency Simply Ruth in 2012 with the aim of helping businesses make the most of their marketing budgets – but with a social responsibility twist as Ruth is fervent about giving back to the local community and sharing tools that make local businesses more sustainable.  Possessing natural lead ership qualities and excellent business judgment, Ruth is a vibrant, energetic advocate of all things relating to online, digital marketing media. Ruth spoke about " Be Clear With Your Digital Brand – How, Why & What Explained "