Inspiring Business Owners to Help Each Other
through collaborative learning
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There is no lack of information about how to run a successful business – its all out there free of charge but most people download material, buy books and programmes and then do nothing with them. What is missing is real accountability from people just like you who know all the excuses for not getting things done – and how to fix them.
If you are a business owner who likes to make ideas happen, who prefers conversations to pitches, collaboration to competition, making connections that light you up, challenging the status quo, making a ruckus, giving credit where its due and sharing stuff just because you can, you’ll fit right in!
The Inspired Group is a bunch of business owners who like to do things differently, with and for each other, mentored and lightly led by Ann Hawkins.
Join a group, ask a question, get ideas from people who’ve made them work, get some accountability from your peers to help you stay on track, pick you up when things go wrong and celebrate your successes.
Listen to our radio show and podcasts of interviews with inspiring people. Give us an interview and inspire a few yourself. Read our blogs, write for our blogs and take part in our on-line discussions. Elect to be mentored and held accountable for your business growth.
Who joins The Inspired Group? People! People – not businesses!
People who like to learn from each other , people who range from having staff and premises to working on their own at home but who are so much more than a business owner. They like eating chillies, collecting Lego mascots, bee keeping, loving their kids, gambling in Las Vegas, running, extreme ironing, martial arts, wheelchair racing, supporting their football club, writing, playing bass, restoring canal boats, having secret tea parties, drinking dirty Martinis, driving cars across the Sahara, speaking four languages, being arrested but never charged, geeking out on Jazz music, kissing in the rain, owning too many cars, liking DIY, tearing across Europe with a van full of books, singing in a choir, scuba diving, cooking and challenging the status quo. Of course, they are all also ”in business” and hoping to realise a dream of doing what they love by loving what they do.
Deep networking is when you find out about this stuff, find the people you can like and trust and how they can benefit from the things you know and start sharing.
Try a few things and choose for yourself how you want to play.
When you put your head up and say “I’m in!” other people do too, then something really happens.
So …. are you in?
Achieving success and consistently hitting your goals is a tough thing to do on your own. Combining the best elements of peer groups, workshops and 1 – 1 mentoring, using the most up-to-date thinking and building on proven and tested business strategies, The Inspired Group is a practical way for any business owner to improve their profits and enjoy success.
Don’t let your business become more of a pain than a pleasure, join us now, get control of your business and realise your ambitions!
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“We’ve hired Ann to work with us on several projects this year. She has provided mentoring support, business finance guidance and most recently, and on an ongoing basis, is helping us scale up to manage a new business route which will be a huge activity for us. Her knowledge in terms of breadth and depth seems to be never ending and she’s helping us achieve the turnover, profit and results a year earlier than we expected. Liz Weston. M.D. Weston Communications
Here’s what other business owners think about us!
“It can be difficult working out what the next steps are – you know where you want to get to but don’t necessarily know how to get there. Working with Ann is one of the most valuable things you can invest in to help you. Ann is expert at knowing what you need to do to achieve the next steps in your business and her guidance and support in putting things in place to ensure you get there make it all so much easier. Instead of racing around wondering what the answers are I am now happily creating a really solid foundation to take my business to the next level and it just feels so much more enjoyable and effective.” Tamsin Higgins, Owner, Tom Higgins Exhibition and Retail Interior Designs
“Everyone setting up a business needs an Ann Hawkins in their first year. Supportive, inspiring and very well connected. The Inspired Group was the most effective network I have experienced, and the Mastermind events focussed my attention on what really mattered to get my business going. Ann is a business partner you can’t afford NOT to have” Steve Hoare, Principal Trainer, Management Made Easier
“Ann is a great Mentor, she is encouraging, always on my case, full of wonderful ideas and information….and we have fun (which is important to me) She has great integrity and I know that she will always give me constructive feedback – Highly recommended.” Lindsey Reed Glows Coaching.
“Ann is an inspiration …so it is wonderfully appropriate that she runs The Inspired Group. She is also one of the warmest and kindest people I have met through business in recent years. Ann is so attentive and caring, which shows itself in the quality of her work. Garry Mumford, Managing Director, Insight Associates.
“I met Ann quite a few years ago and was totally impressed. She made a lasting impact on my mind. I have since taken parts in as many events as possible over the past years, getting everytime stimulated and inspired. Ann herself is always warm, vibrant, funny and inspiring. For a few months I worked on a project with Ann and discovered how dedicated, how competent and efficient she is in all her dealings. I also attended one of her brilliant workshops. My wish is to be able to share as much time as possible with her. She is a gem, a true inspiration to us all in business!” Francine Rouanet-Démocrate, Founder & Director, The Way To France
“Ann has been a great support during some difficult times and has helped us to stay focussed. Her input on the marketing side has been invaluable and she has not only come up with some great suggestions but also makes sure we get on with the job! I don’t know where we would be without The Inspired Group.” Christine Seymour, Director KTS Computers Ltd.
“I joined one of Ann’s mastermind group to leverage the skills, abilities, experience and knowledge of all her mastermind members. To be able to share ideas, thoughts, information, feedback and resources proved invaluable as well as having access to Ann 1-2-1. It is a great concept Ann launched to provide this facility to small business owners; in addition to the mastermind group you also have access to her networking forums. Ann is very personable and cares. She is extremely knowledgeable in running small businesses and this is a great service she provides.” Jennifer Baker.
“I am proud to have Ann Hawkins as my Mentor. When I started my new business earlier this year I knew that I would have to improve my exposure . When you don’t know what you don’t know, then what you do know is that you need help. I attended one of Ann’s Workshops and was most impressed with the way she cared for and treated everybody in the room, whether they had no previous experience when they walked in, or quite a lot. Everybody came away from the event with so much. She is a master and from that event I more fully understood how to rapidly increase my contacts and so much more. She is always happy to take my calls and answer my questions and is so free with her advice and encouragement. So if you need to ramp up your activity contact Ann for the “fast-track” to excellence!” Nick Ratcliffe Director, Partners in Motivation.
“I have know Ann for a number of years now, she is a lady with a great personality and will always give her best to help and guide her clients to achieve their best, Her professionalism and duty to her work is second to none and I would fully recommend her in everything she does.” Anne Hardesty Owner, T&A Plant Hire
“Ann was very good and worth every minute of her time. I have subsequently recommended her and my clients have also been happy with the service Ann has provided” Andrew Lindsay, Moving Up Media
“Ann is a wizard at giving clients fantastic, easy to implement insights. She offers ongoing one to one backup that means we can put into practice the lessons of the day with confidence knowing Ann is only and email or phone call away. Rhonda Deal, Interior Design
“Ann is a fantastic person to know. She is not only a brilliant networker, but has all sorts of useful tips and guidance for someone like me, who was starting a business from scratch and didn’t know who to talk to and how to meet the right people! Ann’s Mastermind group is a fantastic source of help and gets you moving. I thoroughly recommend Ann’s work. Sally Storr, Director, Blue Sky Reflections
“Ann is an empathetic and approachable business mentor who always gives her best to help and guide her clients to achieve their desired objectives. I have always found her advice to be pertinent and applicable to the issues faced by businesses.” Gareth Howell.
“Everything that I have attended that Ann has been involved in has been very well planned and I have always gained from any event I have attended. She has helped me to see what I needed in order to make my business more efficient and I have no hesitation in recommending her.” Eric S Britt Owner Integrity Wills
“ Ann is extremely approachable, offers ongoing backup to ensure you are confident and able to put into practice what you learn. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Ann.” Michele Judd, First Aid Training for Business
“Ann Hawkins…. A name that you just won’t forget after meeting her and The Inspired Group. Having been an accountant for over 8 years now – and only being 25, I have managed to develop my skills in many areas (not just accountancy), this is thanks to Ann. I have found these provide me with the energy – not just the inspiration, to continue to develop my skills as a business person. The speakers are so engaging I could listen to them all day long, she really knows how to get the audience’s attention and thus these events continue to grow – along with her sparkling reputation as a mentor. She is an expert in many fields and I can only learn from her!! A true star and a LOVELY person too. If you haven’t been to The Inspired Group…. I can assure you, you wont get that sparkle in any other group. I’ve been networking for 4 years now, I should know! Kelly Anstee – Tyrrell & Company Accountants
“Ann is real pleasure to work with at any level, her professionalism and attention to detail is truly commendable. From the initial conversation to project completion Ann ticks every box; for those who really desire growth in their business and are prepared to be positively challenged Ann is the ideal business partner. Her huge experience speaks for itself and she is absolutely committed to everything she puts her hand too; I would recommend Ann without reserve to any company or individual seeking tangible growth and development.” Keith Brown, Professional Speaker
“Ann brings focus to your business, a brilliant mind that is capable of seeing through all of the noise that clouds the direction of your business from time to time. We have made radical changes to our businesses based on Ann’s recommendations and each time this has given us brilliant results.”Mark Peters, Managing Director, Star Radio Cambridge
“An expert in her field, regardless of whether you are seasoned in business or a novice, attending in person or on-line, Ann will welcome,engage and introduce you to the latest business development methodologies, the finest speakers, thought leaders and visionaries. Her style and enthusiasm are infectious, Ann is frighteningly expert in all that she does and I recommend her, her training and support network and all that she provides without reservation.” Bob Brotchie Anglia Counselling
“Ann has been my business mentor for well over 12 months and is second to none.” Phil Begnett Cast Resourcing
”Ann gave our group a great talk on the 12 Steps to Success which was very motivational and enjoyed by everyone present. Ann is very clear and concise when talking so people listen and take note of the inspirational things she says. People go away with new ideas and thoughts to apply to their businesses. I have no hesitation in recommending her. Elaine Vandelli, Director, Hi 2 Events Regional Secretary for FSB
“Thank you very much for taking our Business Spotlight. The talk was really fascinating and you held everyone’s attention the whole time. I can tell from the way you talk about Napoleon Hill and the original Mastermind group that this is something that you passionately believe in and I’m sure you have converted many others as well. I look forward to hearing you again at another of our venues in the near future.” Kathryn Fletcher
“Ann has been the Keynote Speaker at both The Cambridge Business Club and The Norfolk Business Club where her highly acclaimed ‘12 Steps to Success’ presentation held the audience spellbound. This interactive presentation takes us on a journey from the very first ‘Lunar Groups’ through to today’s more commonly known Mastermind Groups. The twelve steps are explained extracting detail along the way from an eager audience, climaxing with a live demonstration on how like-minded business people can really work together in a very powerful way to drive their respective businesses forward using combined experiences. Very powerful indeed” Richard Kerrison, Chief Executive, The Business Club.