We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of the team at The Business Exchange (TBE).
2017, what a year it’s been! At the beginning of the year I invested my time in the Swindon & Wiltshire Growth project and took advantage of the 12 hours free growth funding that’s currently available for SMEs (find out more here).
Working with Oxford Innovation, I mapped out where the business was, where I wanted it to go and worked out how I was going to achieve my ambitions both personally and professionally. I created a three-year plan with set goals and I’ve referred to this throughout the year. I also created short-term goals, based around my magazine deadlines.
Being a complete pessimist about these things and finding the term ‘visualising success’ a bit cheesy I really didn’t think I would see a difference, but I have. By sticking to my plan and constantly remembering the goals I set, I’ve not only hit them, but I’ve smashed them!
Our fourth anniversary edition in September marked the biggest issue of The Business Exchange so far, but that record was soon to be broken as the current December/January magazine has overtaken it!
I’m also proud that our second title, The Business Exchange Bath & Somerset, is going strong after just over a year in business and is still growing in terms of pages, revenue and in audience share. Read the Winter edition here.
As we move into 2018 and our fifth year in business, our plan is to keep growing, keep listening to our advertisers and readers and keep creating products in print and online that are engaging and bring marketing results.
New for 2018 is The Techies, a Business Exchange initiative to celebrate the innovation and entrepreneurship of the IT community in Swindon and Wiltshire. If you’re based locally and work in tech, you need to enter. Find out more here.
We wish all of our readers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2018. My top tip would be, set your new year’s resolutions now, stick to them and who knows where you’ll be this time next year.
Pictured above: Anita Jaynes, owner and editor of The Business Exchange South West