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Key Idea: Try To Win An Award

Rosemary Skeffington entered the company in a contest but it didn't win. More...

Key Question:


Enter a contest.

Q: How is filling out a form for a contest different from preparing your financials?

A: Financials give us the numbers only. Writing about your business, your accomplishments and your goals for the future help either by keeping you on course or by getting you to try some new strategies. We are all caught up in the day-to-day operations of our companies and we seldom stop to think anew about what we are doing and why we are doing it.

Q: If it is such a good thing to do why don't more us of enter contests?

A:  We think we don't have time and we don't think our business deserves recognition. Most of us know we work hard and we deliver for our customers but we don't think we are doing things in a way that anyone would want to hear about or recognize us for. Most award winners I have spent time with are surprised that they won because they feel their story is ordinary. If you are creating good work for employees and if you have plenty of happy customers, you are doing lots of things right.

Learn from other award winning business owners: Oregon Log Home, Boston Duck Tours, and Texas Nameplate

Think about it

Should you try to win an industry or Chamber of Commerce award?  What do you think you could learn if you entered a contest?

Clip from: Time Technology where Technology Warps Time

Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom:   Meet the Skeffingtons - Rosemary, her husband, Nigel, and his brother, Peter.  They introduce us to a rather simple technology that brings people from different time zones into the same time and creates a ubiquitous space that everybody shares.  Their business is Time Technology.

What they do is teach and implement collaborative technologies. Though this technology raises some real questions about our perception of time, for them, it is just a fact that literally hundreds of people can be part of an online meeting, working on the same content, though separated by time zones and continents.
Time and space are so fundamental most of us just take the two for granted. It just seems like another application of technology, but it is the beginning of a very significant revolution --  at long last long-held beliefs about what is possible within a given space and time is radically changing.

Time Technology Ltd (RS)

Rosemary Skeffington, Founder

Brook House
Mint Street

44(0)1483 863 000

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Office: 44(0)1483 863 000

Business Classification:

Year Founded: 1992

Try To Win An Award

ROSEMARY: I entered us in a competition with one of our local government bodies called Business Link. And we were actually a runner-up. We were short-listed. And although we didn't win, what it made me do was really look at the business in a very critical manner. And suddenly I realized--I suppose that was the first light bulb that came on--that actually the organization of the business was actually as important as anything at that stage.

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