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  1. Finding your new business idea is easier than you think!

    Article by Catherine Blackburn and Chris Garden More women in their fifties are setting up businesses than ever before. But how do you decide what business to start up? The authors of Employee to Entrepreneur offer some insights. Some people harbour a new business idea for years and it is really about finding the right time and the right impetus to do it.  For others though, whilst the appeal of running a business is strong, the basic business idea escapes them. If you feel that you are struggling for ideas or have a number of ideas but are unsure of which option is the best, try to take a systematic approach, write...
  2. Nicola Horlick on the value a mentor can bring to you and your business

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon. Nicola Horlick has long been known as the superwoman who ‘did it all’. Marriage, children, high flying career.   From corporate life, hedge fund manager to setting up a film music business, Nicola has never been afraid to reinvent herself or move outside her comfort zone. As Nicola says – to have just one career all your working life would become terribly boring, especially as we are all loving longer and working longer. The one common denominator Nicola has had throughout her career , however, is that she has always had a mentor. In Nicola’s case her mentors have always been men, and have always been older with more business experience than she had. For Nicola the having a mentor has been invaluable. For her having someone to bounce ideas off, and talk through the pros and...
  3. PRIME event- opportunity to network – Nicola Horlick is guest speaker


    Posted by Ceri Wheeldon

    I am a strong supporter of PRIME (Princes’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise) . They provide excellent resources and mentoring for those over 50 setting up a business.

    Networking at PRIME offers an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, as well as benefitting from the expertise shared by industry keynote speakers.

    The next  (free) event is September 26th in London.

    Nicola Horlick well known entrepreneur and financier who paved the way for women in business , showing that family and getting to the top were both possible, is the keynote speaker for the London event.

    I’m attending, why not join me?

    For details of this and other PRIME events check out the PRIME website http://www.prime.org.uk/events/

  4. Setting up a business over 50: How To Stop Your Business Running You

    Article by Sue Roberts Starting and running a business is one of the most rewarding, challenging, amazing and scary things a woman can do in her life, and one of the most common problems clients come to see me about is when, after a few years of doing their business, it seems to be running them. ‘But I don’t want to get up at 5am every morning!’ one said recently. And why should you? Unless you want to of course. And that’s the thing: we all want different things out of our life, and our business, and the wise woman considers this before she starts. The size and potential shape of a business, whether it will employ people, or just be you, if it’s a full time...
  5. Had an idea for a NEW business in your 50s? Is there a market for your business?

    Article by Sue Roberts Have you been driving along, or out shopping or on the train home and had a brilliant idea for a business, product or service? You are not alone! Creative aware people can have ideas as easy as falling out of bed! But before you go haring off to the bank/website developer/intellectual property lawyer, how do you know that there is a market for your business? Having the idea is one thing, and having the drive to set it up another, however these all these things are within your control. And at the end of the day, you are not going to be buying your product. Other people are, and it’s wise to consider not only if there is a market for your business, but how big...
  6. Is 50 too old to rebrand?

    Article by John Purkiss The short answer is no.  At the age of 50 you may well have 20 more years of work ahead of you.  You also have an opportunity to build a stronger brand than ever before. The most powerful brands are authentic, i.e. based on who you are, what you love to do and what you do best. You have now accumulated a lot of experience and can answer these questions more clearly than ever before.   There are six key steps to rebrand yourself:   What are the talents you love to use?  You can identify these by looking at the high points in your life.  Think of the times when you were immersed in what you were doing, maybe to the point where you...
  7. ARK At Home Age Aware Skincare – what are the benefits?

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon. We talked to founder of ARK Age Aware Skincare, Shula Starkey, about age targetted skincare and home based business opportunities: What do women over 50 need to consider when choosing a skincare product? Once we reach 50 the function of our skin immune cells deteriorates. We need to think about repairing the skin and boosting hydration to slow down the ageing process. Choose products that do not irritate or inflame the skin and that contain antioxidants and skin-brightening ingredients. The Age Repair range has been created specifically for skin aged 50 and over. The products are aimed at boosting collagen, maximising hydration, reducing inflammation and repairing cell damage.   Can any one product be effective in combating all the signs of ageing? I don’t believe one product can combat...
  8. Women in their 40s, 50s and 60s are leading the technology revolution

    Article by Julie Tempest. When I read the headline ‘Sorry, Young Man, You’re Not the Most Important Demographic in Tech’, I gave out a little cheer. One that grew louder when the article went on to say that despite ‘companies hamfisted, male-focused marketing efforts, women are the dominant users of a wide variety of new technologies’. And the best part was the closing paragraph: ‘So it turns out if you want to find out what the future looks like, you should be asking women. And just before you think that means you should be asking 18-year-old women, it actually turns out the majority of technology users are women in their 40s, 50s and 60s. So if you wanted to know what the future looks like, those turn out to be the...
  9. Lynn, making hand made dolls and creating a new business in her 50s

    Interview with Lynn Ede Our latest ‘Fabpreneur’ Lynn makes and sells beautiful dolls- I have been totally captivated by the images of them so  I asked Lynn to share her story about her dolls and the business she has created. I am Lynn Ede of  http://www.FloraLilly.com and live in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, UK.  I have three wonderful grown-up sons, the youngest of whom, 20, lives with me. What prompted you to set up a business in your 50s? Being 50 should not stand in the way of a good business idea; age isn’t important. In many ways, being older gives one more general knowledge and experience which is useful for such a venture.  I set up FloraLilly – so named after my grandmothers Florence and Lillian – after making things for...
  10. Fabpreneur Lesley turned impending redundancy in her 50s into an opportunity by buying part of the company!

    Article by Lesley Bailey Together Gill and I are ‘The Little Pub Company’. Gill is fifty, married with 2 grown up daughters and one daughter in her teens. She also has one granddaughter. I (Lesley) am fifty nine, twice divorced and have two grown up daughters. Gill and I worked together for a small pub owning company based in the Midlands. Gill was my boss and the Operations Director for the company, whilst I prepared the company accounts. Last year the bank called in all the loans for the company we worked for and in effect we realized that as soon as they were all sold we would no longer have employment. We  both realized that we may be facing a very tough...
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