It’s not unusual at the beginning of the New Year to make some personal resolutions and even do something new like join a club. It got me thinking about a refresh of my business plan, with some new year resolutions that would have a positive impact on both my own and my clients business.
For many years my business has had associate membership of the trade body ERSA (Employment Related Services Association) and I have professional membership of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), specialist organisations in my particular field. But what about something closer to home? As a twitter fan and follower of all things #Bridgnorth and #Shropshire, I couldn’t help notice a post about the recently re-launched Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber website (http://bridgnorthcofc.co.uk) states “Bridgnorth CoC is here to promote, advance and protect the commercial, professional and general interests of Bridgnorth and the local economy. Over the coming year we will be developing the functions of the chamber to include business support functions for member businesses, information point for all businesses operating in the area and to actively promote Bridgnorth businesses both locally and regionally”. Perfect – sold!
I am delighted to say I am now a fully paid up member of Bridgnorth Chamber and look forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength.
Have you made your new years business resolution?
The common theme of my week has been professional development – both my own and that of individuals who work in the ERS and related sectors.
On Tuesday evening, I was privileged enough to attend the second annual Institute of Employability Professionals Fellows Lecture delivered by Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP. It is a key event in my own Continued Professional Development (CPD) event diary – an opportunity to be challenged, learn about new developments and reflect on current practice, as well as network with like-minded professionals.
Part of my responsibility as a Fellow is to support others in their career development, and outside of the IEP I mentor a couple of individuals who are looking to develop their careers, particularly within the business development arena. I have found mentoring to be a rewarding and mutually beneficial activity – where I believe I have developed and learnt as much if not more than my mentee’s!
I have been fortunate to be able to combine my passion for lifelong learning and the need for high quality professional development to improve quality and performance, with 20+ years ERS operational and business development experience. This has led to my involvement in a partnership project developing and delivering a suite of frontline advisor training. It is a challenging but exciting time for the ERS sector and more than ever we need to develop capacity and competency within our frontline delivery teams. To do this we need to put training and development at the heart of our businesses. Author: Christine Brown, Owner & Principal, Future Excel
Christine has worked at a senior and executive level in the employment, skills and training sector for nearly 20 years, across the private, public and third sector. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) and was elected as a Non-Executive Board Director of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) in October 2013. Christine’s passion for the role of SME’s and third sector organisations in the delivery of public services, led her to found Future Excel in 2011.
Owner & Principal of Future Excel