SMART way to grow – Seminar by Octagon Technology and Business Doctors


Owners and managers of small businesses were urged to take the smart route to growth – by taking time out and reflecting on what is really going on within their enterprises.

Business Doctors (Nottingham East and West Lincs) and Lincolnshire-based Octagon Technology teamed-up to run a Breaking Big seminar in Lincoln, which encouraged delegates to explore better ways of achieving their vision and safely maximising their use of the latest IT systems.

Business Doctors’ Director Derek Irvine said that while people may have started out with a business plan, in today’s increasingly competitive and diverse marketplace, it is easy for a business owner or manager to lose their way.

Derek added “Many owners find themselves spending all their time working in – rather than on – their business.  It is important that they pause and take time to reflect on what is really going on.

He said business owners need to take responsibility, measure what is happening within their business, talk to their staff about what they are aiming to do and their people will help them to achieve success.

Business Doctors’ Svetlana Aslezova added “They need to think about their firm’s DNA and what differentiates it from others. It is vital for a business to find its edge and for managers to surround themselves with the right people. Business owners cannot do everything themselves,” said Svetlana.

Octagon Technology Technical Director Clive Catton said: “In today’s world, it has never been easier to work remotely in an office, at home or whilst on the move. Businesses can also tap into all sorts of online software packages and subscribe to, rather than buy, these outright.

“However, it is crucial that bosses think about the threat of cyber-attacks, and ransomware, and make the security of their networks and equipment a top priority. We are increasingly advising people about these issues.

“We are also urging businesses to keep a database of their computer equipment and record which members of staff have access to different pieces of equipment. It is also important to ensure they have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place – so that they are fully aware of who has access to sensitive company data. Passwords should be changed every month,” added Clive.

The seminar, which took place at Lincoln City Football Club, also featured networking time and refreshments.


Article written by Glynis Fox, FoxStar Media

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