EPO inventors award

Every year the EPO runs a major competition to identify and reward the most outstanding inventors, both in Europe and beyond. I have had the privilege of being on the jury for a second year. Reading the submissions truly is an uplifting experience.  

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Essential Viewing

I'm often asked to speak at events about my story as a successful woman entrepreneur. On these occasions my brief is to inspire and encourage my (mostly) female audience to achieve their goals and potential, as the statistics show that the number of women who reach the top in business trails woefully behind men, with just 16% in the top jobs or Board level. 

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1 Aug 2012

Today's the day

I was so excited that last night I didn't sleep a wink. I felt like a toddler on Christmas Eve with a tummy full of butterflies (well, cake actually. The diet went well and truly out the window last night).

Today is the day I've been planning, anticipating and awaiting for over 5 years. It's the day that Haberman Products online shop www.anywayup.com goes live!

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11 Jun 2012

Managing Emails

I've just come back to work, having been uncharacteristically ill for 3 weeks. Nothing serious, just a nasty virus that laid me low. I'll spare you the details. Let's just say that I'm now a dress size smaller!

I was dreading opening my inbox, anticipating close to a thousand messages vying for my immediate attention. Yes, the messages were there and, for a nano moment, I felt chuffed. How important am I, that all these people want to talk to me! That feeling rapidly evaporated as the enormity of what faced me made my stomach churn. I took a deep breath and plunged in, mid-way.

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7 May 2012

To make or not to make in the UK? That is the question.

Many people's knee jerk reaction to manufacturing in the UK, is that it must be cheaper to have products made in the Far East or Eastern Europe. Are they right?  Let's look at the big picture.

Consider that for many products a significant part of the production cost is the cost of labour. If we run a lean, state of the art machine and automate as much as possible to keep labour costs at a minimum, then there is no reason why British manufacture cannot be competitive on price. In addition it is only a matter of time before the Chinese labour force demand better wages.

Not only is it cost effective, there are actually advantages in local manufacture, including significant risk reduction and lower carbon footprint. 

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