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Postings on this blog will mainly be my comments on topical matters in Business Enterprise, International Marketing, Business Development and Internet Marketing.
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Helping to create a "Flipped Classroom" using Mashhop

by Nigel on Sunday, October 21, 2012 5:00 PM
Just before this year's International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference in Plymouth in September, Matthew Draycott (@DraycottMC) circulated a few of us about an idea he had to work together to develop an on-line resource that would be available to all Enterprise Educators who contributed to it. You can read about Matt's idea on his blog here.

You will have seen that those of us who are "on board" need to produce a 20 minute lecture on a suitable topic. I had been think about having a go at videoing my lectures and so Matt's timing was excellent....
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My newly designed website

by Nigel on Monday, September 10, 2012 7:00 PM

At long last I have arranged for my website to be updated and I hope you agree that Oliver Loftus has done a great job.

I think that the new design is much easier to navigate, but the site still retains, in the "Archive", all the information from my old Nigel Adams & Company Ltd website.

I plan to keep blogging, probably too irregularly, but at least my Twitter Feed will be regularly updated.

Please have a look around and let me know what you think about the website and how I could improve it for students, colleagues and other visitors.

Nigel Adams' website is back on-line

by Nigel on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:18 AM

You might notice that I have not written any blogs on this site since October 2009. There are two reasons, firstly I have been very busy with the BSc Business Enterprise programme at the University of Buckingham (http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business/bbe/) and secondly I have had a problem with this site.

Now, thanks to Oli Loftus of Linkgraph Ltd (http://www.linkgraph.net), the site problem has been resolved. I have also taken some holiday from the University, so I should have time to improve my website.

You will also see that "Nigel Adams & Company Ltd" is no more, I am now using this site as my personal website.

Start a business and achieve an honours degree in just two years at the University of Buckingham

by Nigel on Saturday, October 24, 2009 7:34 PM
From mid January 2010 you could be studying for an honours degree in Business Enterprise and starting a business on the innovative BSc Business Enterprise (BBE) honours degree programme at the University of Buckingham Business School.This is a two year (8 terms) undergraduate programme, during which you would have the opportunity to establish and run your own business, as an integral part of your honours degree. See http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business/bbe/ The first cohort of students started in January 2006 and as the University of Buckingham works for 4 terms each year, they completed their studies in December 2007. Three more cohorts have studied on the programme and you would be one of the fifth cohort starting in January 2010.Details of the programmeIn the first two terms you would study a range...

Do I need thousands of contacts in my e-networks?

by Nigel on Sunday, August 30, 2009 8:54 PM
As you will see in the links on the home page of this website, I am a member of a quite a few e-networks, such as Ecademy. However, I feel that I am getting far too many contact requests from people who seem to be just trying to get a large number of contacts, rather than developing quality contacts.

I understand and accept the argument of Penny Power (Founder of Ecademy) that a large number of contacts are needed and it is also important to offer help and assistance to contacts. See more about this in Penny's new book "Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me".

However, unlike some other members of Ecademy, I have found that helping and advising my contacts has not resulted in any business for Nigel Adams & Company Ltd.  This is probably because my business is very specialist, working with and advising British...

Poland's GDP unlikely to decline in 2009

by Nigel on Friday, July 31, 2009 5:09 PM
Unlike almost every other EU country, Poland's GDP is unlikely to decline in 2009.

Recently I have been looking at the forecasts for Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria and only Poland is forecast to be in the black!

The GDP in Czech Republic and Slovakia is forecast to drop by about 3 to 4% in 2009, whilst the forecasts are that the GDP in   Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria will drop by between 7 and 8.5%.

Talking with my business friends in Poland, I find that in reality business is certainly not declining, though it is not increasing at the same rate it was in the last few years. The property market has, however, dropped.

What can we learn from this? Well, from my experience, I know that the management of banks in Poland learned a lot from their disasterous lending policies in the early 1990's and they have maintained their cautious lending policies throughout the boom years since then.

If only UK and US bankers had applied the same policies in...

Why no interest in exporting from the East Midlands?

by Nigel on Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:51 PM
I am amazed that we have had very little interest from members of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in an excellent one day seminar that we have arranged in liaison with UK Trade and Investment in the East Midlands.

The event, entitled "Take it to the world - the power of exporting" will be held at Loughborough University on 10 June 2009. It will have several high profile speakers and a range of practical workshops to help newcomers and old hands to improve their companies' exporting activities.  I feel that this is topical, as the pound is quite low and several counties, especially those in Central Europe are not suffereing the same declines in their economies as the counties of Western Europe.

I will have another go at promoting this excellent event to members of the CIM in the East and West Midlands, but perhaps UK Marketing people are just not interested in developing their skills and knowledge in the frield of export marketing...

Entrepreneurship in Difficult Times

by Nigel on Thursday, April 30, 2009 6:28 AM
Recently I have given a couple of talks on "Entrepreneurship in Difficult Times" and I am now more convinced that young, enthusiastic entrepreneurs will be the people who will help us to defeat this recession.Why? Well this recession has not just been caused by the bankers, but by a "state of mind". Commerce needs confidence, without it we can see what happens to the world's economy.Most of the young entrepreneurs that I meet are "brimming over" with confidence. Some observers, those with “half empty glasses”, say that this just leads to disasters. I join those with “half full glasses” and welcome youthful enthusiasm and new ideas, especially in these difficult times.There are many reasons why a recession (depression?) is a good time to start a new business, see http://bizfinance.about.com/od/startyourownbusiness/a/startup_in_recession.htmandhttp://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/03/20/five-reasons-why-recession-good-time-start-companyIt also is interesting to note the number of successful businesses that started...

A great way to embed presentations on websites - Slideshare.net

by Nigel on Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:59 AM
When attending the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG) meeting at the University of Reading on 26 March 2009, I saw a very interesting presentation on "Alternate Reality Games" (ARG) by Simon Brookes of the University of Portsmouth.

Simon kindly told me that I could see a copy of his presentation on "Slideshare". I then looked at the Slideshare site and decided it would be very useful to use it to show presentations on this site, so I joined Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net).

You can see the result on a new page on my website (Presentations and Talks), where you can see the presentation I recently gave at a UK Trade & Investment meeting in the City of London. I plan to add some of my other presentations and talks in future.

If you have any questions about my presentation on Poland (or Slideshare) please contact me.

The negative effect of media on the Polish economy

by Nigel on Saturday, January 31, 2009 4:58 PM
As I mentioned in my last blog posting, the credit crunch had not had such a dramatic effect in Poland and some other Central European markets. However now there has been a reduction in market confidence in Poaland due to negative comments in the media, not due to a reduction in bank lending.Polish banks are still willing and able to lend money to companies and individuals for property and commercial purposes, however people are not borrowing, due to what they read in the newspapers. The effect has been that the Polish property market has almost stopped and many developers and builders now have unsold property on their books. In both Poland and the Czech Republic the forecasts for the growth in GDP have reduced dramatically from around 4 to 5% to 1 to 2%. These forecasts are, of course, far better than forecasts for the economies of Western Europe. In addition the drop in the value of Sterling means that UK exports have not been so competitive for many years. As a result, Central Europe currently presents great...