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A little bit about the School we are supporting with our Make Digital Work Live event.

I first met Mark Frost the Head at Meadow Park Academy earlier this year, when as  a Rotarian we ran a Dragons Den programme for them. I was so inspired by the pupils and the staff, that I was determined to help them get broadband, so they can offer the pupils the use of technology as part of their education. So after deliberation, I decided that Rotary and I could set up a business event in Reading, about Digital, so you could all help us make this a reality for this amazing school.

In Marks Words

At Meadow Park Academy we have a passion for teaching and learning and a deeply held belief that every child deserves the best opportunity to succeed in life. It is our commitment to this belief that underpins everything we do.

Meadow Park Academy is a happy place, because it offers children a welcoming environment where they are inspired to learn, feel safe and have confidence to take on challenges because they know they will be supported. We want every child to exceed even their own expectations and to do so by understanding the importance of self-discipline, hard work and good manners.

At our Academy children receive a high quality education that combines traditional learning with a modern, relevant and subject-led curriculum. We believe it is vital to teach children explicitly how to learn, how to evaluate and how to be successful. Our children will leave us fully prepared for the next step in their education.

One of the areas we are looking to significantly improve is our Information Technology provision. We want to be able to prepare children fo


r the future by allowing them access to a range of technologies and software. We want children to be regularly using computers and tablets to enhance their learning and support their development.

At the moment we are restricted by the IT infrastructure that we have in place. The biggest issue is that we don’t have a wireless network and therefore staff and children are unable to access the internet without the computer being plugged into a socket. With the shift towards mobile devices and laptops, we feel that it is essential that we not only put a wi

We have a young and enthusiastic teaching staff that is eager to use new technologies in their classes. I am confident that this will have a significant impact on the learning and enjoyment of all children in our care.reless network in place, but that it is future-proof as well. We can’t have a network that will crash if ten or more devices connect at the same time.

So make sure you come along on the 22nd of November and meet 250 other motivated businesses.

You Are Not Richard Branson

Tamsin Fox Davies of Constant Contact is our Guest Blogger today, she is one of our speakers at Make Digital Work Live event on the 22nd of November, come and hear her talk about how to really grow a busines with email and Social.

imagesAs entrepreneurial small business owners we get bombarded with messages about what we should and shouldn’t be doing with our businesses, what we should be striving for, and gurus and celebrity entrepreneurs we should emulate.

This is something that I care passionately about, and I care about it because it’s rubbish.

Yes, you read that correctly – I think the message that we should all be chasing super-star status is a whole heap of hooey, bunkum, and even tosh (feel free to add in your own expletives, but this article is rated PG).

If you, personally, WANT to be the next Branson, that’s just fine and I will cheer you on as you follow that path, but it’s not for everyone.

As I see it, the problem is that entrepreneurial types like you and me (and if you run your own business, however tiny, you ARE entrepreneurial at heart) push ourselves harder and further than many others. Consequently, we tend to feel that we’re failing, not because we don’t achieve anything, but because we don’t fully acknowledge those achievements because we’re already moving on to the next thing we have to do, and the next, and the next.

So, when we get all these messages telling us that Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, or Cath Kidston, are the measures of success that we should rank ourselves against, we automatically feel like what we are doing is not good enough, big enough or clever enough.

Here’s the truth about that:

1. Whatever you want out of your business is just fine. THAT is your measure of success.

2. If you have been in business for more than a year, through the current recession, and you’re still going, you are doing really well.

3. If you are employing other people, or using outsourcers or contractors of any kind, you are doing great AND you’re putting money and work back into the economy and your community.

4. ..and finally, if you’re just starting out in business for yourself, I am beyond impressed by your courage (and you CAN do it).

Please be proud of your own measures of success, don’t strive for other people’s, and be proud of what your fellow business owners are achieving too – together we are slowly putting our economy back on it’s feet.

P.S. Mr Branson, if you are reading this, I think you’re great, just not the role model for every business person out there.


Come along on the 22nd and hear Tamsin’s amazing tips on going from zero to hero when t comes to Social and email marketing. Oh yes…  And every penny we make at Make Digital Work Live goes to charity.

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