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    Talking Tech

    Posted on March 13, 2014 by in general

    On Monday 17th March I will be hosting my first #IoTHour on Twitter at 2pm. What’s #IoTHour – let me explain … The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. The term Internet of Things was proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999 though the concept has been discussed in the literature […]

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  • Lancaster Social 24.2.14

    Posted on February 25, 2014 by in general

    As an experiment I’m adding the brief slideshow I used last night as a post here. It was a great event and we’d all love to see everyone again – please bring friends next time too. The evening Jane Binnion gave a great introduction and explained what we hope to achieve with Lancaster Social then […]

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    Sustainability for Freelancers

    Posted on February 21, 2014 by in general

    I recently attended a presentation by Lancashire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team at Lancaster & Morecambe College. While it was primarily aimed at businesses with a number of employees I was curious to see how freelancers could benefit from thinking about travel sustainability. Initially, the team said, people view what they do with resistance as […]

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    Barter Project

    Posted on February 17, 2014 by in general

    I am currently helping to test through an initiative from Lancaster University, the Barter Project. The BARTER research project aims to use mobile and ubiquitous computing to raise the understanding of how fiscal localism can produce new complementary economic models to build a more sustainable society. I’ve only been using the card (as a guinea […]

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    Ethical Trading

    Posted on January 19, 2014 by in general

    Last year I joined my local Ethical Small Traders Association, not because I am particularly ‘green’ although I would like to make my footprint smaller, but because I liked the idea of trading ethically. We aim to provide a mutually co-operative framework for local social entrepreneurs to work together on developing products and services which serve […]

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  • Clearing the Decks

    Posted on December 16, 2013 by in general

    So here’s the usual ‘end of the year’ post. I am spending this week ensuring that all my client work is done so that I can take the next two weeks off with a clear conscience. Not that I will be off work totally, but I will not be doing any client work as I […]

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  • Illness is Not an Option

    Posted on December 9, 2013 by in advice, general

    Well, I guess it’s inevitable that at some time or other you will succumb to illness and be unable to work. Here’s a few strategies to help … 1. Don’t hide it from your customers – especially if it’s going to be more than a few days. They deserve to know that their work may […]

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  • Local Support

    Posted on October 9, 2013 by in general

    Earlier this year I joined the local ESTA (Ethical Small Traders Association) but didn’t manage to get to many meet-ups until recently. The more I talk with them the more I know I am in tune with what the group envision for our area and the future. We aim to provide a mutually co-operative framework […]

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  • Work & Wishes

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by in general, money

    I began Bay Web Designs in 2008 to make money. I began Create Bubbles in 2012 to help people. However, as my love for Create Bubbles now matches my enjoyment of owning Bay Web Designs I am looking at ways to continue to help while also creating an income for myself and my family. Cake […]

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  • Are You Clever Enough?

    Posted on July 15, 2013 by in general

    I went to a networking & marketing event with a difference on Friday. It was held at a local college and involved year 9 & 10 girls from local schools who all dressed up as business-like as possible to take part. The college invited local women in business to come and do a session of speed […]

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