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Sharing our journey as we build and support our business partners.
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Discover The Business Connection

Business has changed. We all know that business is built on relationships and relationships at work come with expectations. Our relationships with our customers, our colleagues and our contacts all bring expectations of what we will do, by when and how we will do it. A firm handshake and an exchange of business cards has […]

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Fully charged: The motivated life!

Our monthly November breakfast saw us welcome back Dr Tharaka Gunarathne. Since his debut talk at TEDx 2016, Tharaka has been invited to speak at various events across Aberdeen in helping people shift the way they think to gain more freedom in life and increased results. A graduate from University of Aberdeen Medical School he […]

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A view from both sides at the top!

Friday 7th October 2016,  saw The Business Connection welcome Ian Marchant, Chairman of Wood Group, an Aberdeen Headquartered global business with in excess of 32,000 staff, to share at our monthly breakfast,  his view from both sides at the top!  Ian, a committed Christian, gave us three tips on leadership synonymous with the 3 point sermon […]

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Practical tips on managing stress

At our September 2016 monthly breakfast we were delighted to welcome Dr Susan Murray of Positive Mind Mechanics who provided an interactive input in managing stress.   A lot of time we hear the importance of getting rid of stress however as Susan highlighted that is practically impossible and it is our attitude to the […]

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Engage 2016
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The Business Connection support Engage 2016

On the evening of Sunday 31st July 2016,  more than 700 people gathered from a wide range of churches to attend the annual worship event ‘Engage 2016’ held at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen.   Gregor Howitt of TBC was participating in the Engage event and introduced Jim Grimmer to share the principles and work of TBC.  We were delighted […]

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5 Gears
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How to be present and productive when there is never enough time!

Wow! What a question and one regularly asked by people that The Business Connection support.  This led to an invitation to Eddie Bracler, based in Edinburgh, who gave an informative and practical talk on ‘5 gears: how to be present and productive when there is never enough time.’   With massive lay offs in Aberdeen those […]

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Change your thinking
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Shifting the way you think

For The Business Connection May monthly breakfast we welcomed  Dr Tharaka Gunarathne, a Clincial Psychiatrist based at Aberdeen Cornhill Hospital working with teenage children who gave an excellent and engaging presentation on ‘Shifting the way you think’.      Tharaka is a great supporter of The Business Connection.   His subject matter is captured at […]

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How is your mental health?

Looking after our mental health may not be something we give a lot of thought to.  Yet with 1/5th of all visits to GPs connected to psychological problems and 40% of all work related illness being linked to stress, perhaps we underestimate the importance of increasing our awareness and of how we can help ourselves and […]

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What should you being doing to find that new job?

The Business Connection monthly breakfast event on 24th March 2016 saw Suzanne Burr and Chris Clark from Thorpe Molloy Recruitment agency speak on ‘Career Management in a Challenging Market’ and the type of things to be doing to help get yourself another job.   It’s often said that despite being the ‘Oil Capital of Europe’, Aberdeen is a ‘village’ as historically those […]

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Ditch Debt with Dignity
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Need help managing financial debt?

The Business Connection inaugural monthly breakfast held at The Palm Court Hotel in Aberdeen in February 2016 had Wendy Fleming of ‘Ditch Debt with Dignity’ come and give advice for those in financial distress. Interestingly, but perhaps unsurprisingly,  Wendy shared that she had had more requests for support this year than the whole of 2015!   […]

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Work, rest, work, rest – is there an end to the vicious circle?

Glad it’s nearly the end of that week? If you’re anything like me, your Christmas holidays are a dim and distant memory. You already feel tired and are looking to ‘switch off’.  Perhaps you have even booked a holiday for 2016 so you have something to look forward to. It’s a vicious circle; work, rest, work, rest, […]

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25 Days or more?

Have a very Merry Christmas from The Business Connection team!! 25 days to open our advent calendar with a surprise behind each door! This year, perhaps more than any other, has got me thinking on how our attitudes are influenced at this time of year.   Traditionally Christmas is the time when we tend to become […]

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Be intentionally ‘Beyond You’

Many times, practicing “Beyond You” leadership isn’t instinctive or natural for us.  How we intentionally choose to lead others in a way that empowers them and helps us become better leaders is a challenge. The following strategies recommended by Andy Stanley help you to see beyond yourself; 1. Make as few decisions as possible: Empower […]

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14 lessons from the crucible

14 Lessons from the crucible – walking with the Lord in the furnace of secular employment Let me cut to the chase: in my early 20’s I thought I was going to be a missionary, in my late 20’s and early 30’s I became convinced I was being called to ministry of the word, thinking that […]

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25 things I’m learning about the ministry of the word in within the mundanity of work

As I stumble out of bed for another early morning commute to work I wonder, again, why God has put me on this never-ending treadmill. For many years now I have struggled to balance two compelling, and sometimes conflicting, visions – the one is a calling to the ministry of the word, the other is a […]

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