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Being inspired in business bishop stopfords school voiced version


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A talk to fire up Secondary school students to tackle their task of turning £30 into more. And sharing with them the secrets of my success.

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Being inspired in business bishop stopfords school voiced version

  1. 1. How To be Inspired in Business<br />Karen Mercer, Co–Founder of My Coffee Stop<br />
  2. 2. Just a bit of Background...<br />My Coffee Stop is a little shop at the end of Platform 1, Enfield Chase Station.<br />Two people run it, myself and Gunter Hollenstein.<br />We serve quality coffee quickly within 30 seconds from the moment you order.<br />
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  4. 4. Our Coffee & Cake is really good BUT....<br />My Coffee Stop is about more than coffee & cake, it’s about creating a pleasant space in the world and being a positive influence!<br />
  5. 5. We opened over 1 year ago, in February 2009.<br />
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  8. 8. In that time, we’ve been in...<br />The Enfield Gazette, The Enfield Advertiser, The Enfield Independent & several other North London papers....<br />On television on the BBC News...<br />On several radio stations, including Radio Enfield, Radio 2 and Smooth FM.<br />
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  22. 22. We are an Award Winning Business<br />We are the winners of the North & West London Business Award for Innovation, sponsored by HSBC<br />We are the winners of the Enterprise Enfield Green Business of the year award, sponsored by the RSA Trust<br />We are the runners up in the Enterprise Enfield’s Start-up Business of the year award<br />We were shortlisted for the Linked In – European Business Awards for Innovation<br />
  23. 23. Photo by Andy Barnes<br />
  24. 24. And Now!<br />
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  26. 26. Yeah!<br />Londoners in the Smooth FM, Love London Awards have voted for My Coffee Stop as one of the two best loved neighbourhood coffee shops! <br />
  27. 27. How did we do it?<br />Our ethos is....’Heart is at the Heart of our business, our business without a heart will die.’<br />This means that every decision we take in our business is made with financial and moral considerations.<br />We realise that we have a responsibility to our local and global communities.<br />We made the conscious decision to support two main causes through our business.....<br />
  28. 28. Chickenshed.......<br />We support Chickenshed through our Book Swapping Service....<br />
  29. 29. Book Swap @ My Coffee Stop...<br />Now regular event days, involving local businesses!<br />
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  31. 31. Our Next Book Swap Event...<br />Is on Wednesday August 4th from 7am to 10.30am<br />Local Photographer Daniel Davies will be taking Guerilla Portraits...<br />Free three minute session portrait sittings...for a suggested minimum donation to Chickenshed of £1.<br />Free Fairtrade Divine Chocolate tastings!<br />Free Book Swapping put only a donation of what you feel you can afford into the Chickenshed collecting tin.<br />And you are of course invited!<br />
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  33. 33. Fairtrade...<br />We are the first coffee shop in North London to be awarded membership of the British Association for Fairtrade Shops...<br />
  34. 34. All our Coffees, Teas, & Hot Chocolates are Fairtrade<br />In our first year we have expanded our Fairtrade range so that we have the widest range of Fairtrade products of any coffee shop or independent shop in the Enfield area.<br />We are members of the Enfield Fairtrade Steering Group and actively help to promote Fairtrade within the borough.<br />
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  36. 36. We’ve created our own Muffins....<br />So that we can use Fairtrade Sugar & other Fairtrade ingredients...<br />
  37. 37. & Our Own Cakes...<br />
  38. 38. The work we have done has...<br />Made our business more attractive to customers...<br />Brought us greater enjoyment & happiness...<br />Recognition of our ideas has increased our profile...<br />This recognition has given us the confidence to create even bigger projects, to contribute to the global and local communities...<br />
  39. 39. Fairtrade Fortnight &Chickenshed...<br />Fairtrade Fortnight ran from February 22nd to March 7th, this year.<br />We organised three exciting projects...<br />
  40. 40. An Art Competition...<br />Enfield Primary School children were invited to imagine an amazing and special Fairtrade Food creation, using at least one Fairtrade Food ingredient!<br />The top nine entrants that were shortlisted were invited with their families to have a Fairtrade tea party with the Mayor of Enfield, which we catered for and all the short-listed entries were exhibited at My Coffee Stop, for the whole of Fairtrade Fortnight.<br />
  41. 41. Chickenshed & Fairtrade...<br />Chickenshed Theatre went into Enfield Primary Schools and presented performance/workshop experiences about Why Fairtrade is so important.<br />This is a My Coffee Stop initiative connecting & supporting local & global communities.<br />
  42. 42. The Big Swap @ My Coffee Stop<br />We held our usual Book Swap event but with a twist<br />People brought along unwanted books and bought books by putting money in the tin for Chickenshed.<br />There were Free Divine Chocolate tastings<br />And Tea with a Tenor, where Enfield Tenor, Geoffrey Strum sang while we gave out free Fairtrade Tea.<br />
  43. 43. We’re in the business...<br />Of making your journey better....not just on the train....but through life too....we hope to affect people’s lives for the better, even if they’re not our customers...that’s the ethos of our business.<br />
  44. 44. Now it’s your CHANCE!!!<br />You are going to get into groups<br />Each group will be given £30<br />You will take this £30 and turn it into more money<br />The group that makes the most money will be proclaimed The Winners<br />And will WIN a PRIZE!!<br />
  45. 45. It’s a CHALLENGE....<br />How are you going to do it?<br />
  46. 46. One Key Ingredient to Success?<br />
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  48. 48. PASSION<br />
  49. 49. Passion in Business?<br />Yes, believe in what you are doing!<br />Yes, make sure you follow your heart!<br />Yes, do something that you care about!<br />Yes, enjoy what you’re doing!<br />
  50. 50. PASSION<br />Will give you the drive to ensure your success!<br />
  51. 51. I leave you with one question<br />One Question<br /><ul><li>What cause in your community do you feel passionately about?
  52. 52. Answer that question and follow through with your challenge and I guarantee that your business idea this week will be a success.</li></li></ul><li>Just a few more things....<br /><ul><li>This is your chance to get creative...
  53. 53. Share your ideas. (No such thing as a bad idea, as even if you don’t do that particular idea, it could lead to another idea, from someone else).
  54. 54. Work as a team and share your ideas...
  55. 55. And very importantly allocate each other roles in your team. You need to have a leader, or you’ll get lost, you need someone over looking the finance, someone for the marketing and so on.
  56. 56. Did I creative? (Mentioned twice because it’s so important).</li></li></ul><li>That’s How You Can....<br />BE INSPIRED IN BUSINESS<br />
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  58. 58. THE END!<br />Now Go and BE INSPIRED!<br />GOOD LUCK!<br />