The rise of veganism: why is everyone becoming vegan?

Veganism: an investigation into the growing vegan trend

Go vegan!
Go vegan!

As a lifelong pseudo vegetarian (OK I admit I am partial to the odd bacon sandwich!) I have recently been contemplating becoming a full-blown vegan. So, I decided to go Stacey Dooley and investigate the rise of veganism and why everyone is becoming vegan.

Modern Veganism: from hippy to hipster

Veganism has come a long way: once reserved for peace-loving hippies, interest in a totally animal-free diet is at an all-time high, with celebrities like ,Jay Z, and Beyoncé  making veganism cool. Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. are all seeing an increase in the number of vegans, and millennials are leading the charge.

Vegan: Fad or here to stay?
Veganism: fad or here to stay?

The number of vegans has been steadily rising in the UK – up by 360% over the past decade and many more meat-eaters look set to switch from steak to seitan. People are understanding more about the ethical issues, and the impact it has on the environment as well as our health.

Vegan activism is on the rise and Veganuary is ever more popular in 2018. This year has seen about 150,000 people taking part.

Vegan activism
Vegan activism

With celebs like Emma Watson going to the Met Ball in an “animal-friendly” dress and Beyoncé investing in a vegan meal delivery service, veganism is now the hottest food trend. The modern day vegan  is a far cry from the lentil eating, sandal wearing hippy of yesteryear. Today’s vegan is more likely to be a cool hipster!

The growth of Veganism in the UK

vegan hipsters
vegan hipsters

Recently, veganism has become more accessible in the UK. As Tsouni Moss – owner of the popular Instagram account Yes, It’s All Vegan – told the Guardian, the “vegan pound” is real, and big businesses are keen to get their share.

Major brands are trying to bring veganism to the masses. However, according to the Vice they are doing it all wrong.

BBC Radio 4 recently explored how veganism is becoming popular with young people in the UK.It set out to answer the question: “Is this just a trend that’s fine for the hipster herbivores of Camden, or can it gain traction across the country and start a food revolution?”

Let’s look at what a vegan diet is and whether veganism is here to stay!

So, what is a vegan diet?

A vegan diet focuses on plant-based foods and beverages and eliminates all animal products. Its anchoring aim is to eliminate the use and harm of living beings. While vegetarians still consume dairy and eggs, vegans remove any and all animal byproducts, or foods that involve animals in their processing mechanisms. Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy are taken off the plate and replaced with veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and grains.

The Vegan Society’s formal definition is: veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” 

Rise of the vegan
Rise of the vegan

Vegan diet: what are the benefits?

Health benefits

There are many health benefits of becoming a vegan. Studies show that vegans enjoy a longer lifespan and lower BMI than meat, cheese and egg eaters, as well as less incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cataracts and various cancers including colorectal cancer.

However,  on the flipside, it has been reported that B12 deficiency, lack of protein and bad skin are some of the dangers of a vegan diet.

Ethical benefits

Veganism: cruelty free
Animal cruelty: ethical reason for choosing veganism

Living a cruelty-free way of life

Today most meat and dairy products are produced using intensive farming methods. Meat production obviously involves the slaughter of animals, which is enough for some people to give it up altogether. But on top of this, intensive farming also often results in appalling animal cruelty up until the animals are killed.

While opposition to the killing of animals is a common reason given by vegetarians, it’s often overlooked that dairy production also involves slaughter. Male calves are removed from their mother at birth and killed or exported to the continent for veal production. Female calves are kept to become the next generation of milk-producers.

Dairy production also involves slaughter
Dairy production also involves slaughter

Protecting the environment

Another reason people choose to become vegan or veggie is to protect the environment.   Vast deforestation is taking place in Latin America to make room for soya cultivation, and with 97% of the crop being grown to feed animals for meat or dairy production, not to mention methane from farm animals which contributes 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Meat production also impacts on human rights – while people in some countries are starving, one third of the world’s grain production is being fed to farmed animals in rich countries. Because of the demand for animal feed, a Western meat-based diet uses four and a half times more land than is necessary for a vegan diet and two and a quarter times more than for a vegetarian diet.

Vegan food: choice and quality have improved in recent years

There has been an incredible improvement in the quality of vegan food in recent years, which means you do not need to compromise to follow such a diet.

 Soy, almond and other milk alternatives are now ubiquitous in supermarkets and coffee shops.  Menus of high street chains and household brand foods have also undergone a radical change.  With the rise in vegan and vegetarian consumers, restaurants are having to do more to entice customers inside. Supermarket sales of vegan foods, produced without meat, dairy or eggs, are reportedly up by 1,500 percent in the last few years.

Millennial vegans in the UK: veganism on the rise in the 15-34 age group

Rise of millennial vegans
Rise of millennial vegans

The rise of veganism is being driven by the young. A recent study has shown that 42 percent of all vegans are found to be aged between 15 and 34, compared to just 14 percent who are over 65.

The not-for-profit Teen Vegan Network, a social network for vegans and vegetarians, has noted this rise with interest.

The rise of the power vegans over the pond

A growing number of America’s most powerful bosses have become vegan. Steve Wynn, Mort Zuckerman, Russell Simmons, and Bill Clinton are now using tempeh to assert their superiority.

Other notable vegans are Ford Executive Chairman of the Board Bill Ford (F), and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone,

It shouldn’t be surprising that so many CEOs are shunning meat, dairy, and eggs: it’s an exclusive club. Only 1 percent of the U.S. population is vegan, partly because veganism isn’t cheap: The cost comes from the value of specialty products made by specialty companies. Vegans also have to be powerful enough to even know what veganism is.

Instead of ‘Better buy this blue chip,’ it’s ‘Better eat vegan.’

Veganism goes mainstream

Veganism is going mainstream trend data suggests. The appeal and potential for vegan products is expanding beyond the small group of people who avoid animal products for ethical reasons. Many consumers are seeking healthier, cleaner foods,

The addition of these consumers to the group of potential buyers for vegan products makes the opportunity for animal-free products much larger than it initially appears.

Why the change of heart?

The reason for the expansion appears to be the mitigation of the perception of vegan beyond its traditional stereotype of being all about animal welfare.

Although veganism is still associated with animal welfare that is no longer the leading association. Instead, the association of veganism with health food takes the top spot.

These shifting associations mean most growth of vegan products are not coming from vegans, but rather meat-eaters who are cutting back. This opens the door for more realistic meat alternatives.

Other trends fuelling veganism

Increased interest in food from mission-based companies, millennial values and a desire to be part of a “food tribe” also are fueling the growth of vegan foods.

Many vegan food manufacturers’ values appeal to consumers, who increasingly are questioning companies’ motives, pushing for higher order benefits and demanding social good.

In addition, the U.S. is “becoming a nation of food tribalists with cultures built around close-knit viral communities based on personal values and behaviors,”  Other examples beyond vegan, including the paleo and gluten-free movements.

In addition, millennials’ focus on preserving the environment for future generations and sense of social responsibility is contributing to the rise of vegan eating.

Finally, consumers’ slowly shifting taste preferences for more savory and less sweet flavors favour vegan foods, which often draw from boldly flavored, global cuisines.

The Media and Veganism

The Media has often used scaremongering tactics about the dangers of a vegan diet.   Stories such as a vegan or vegetarian diet during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects are untrue. Leading health charity the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation (VVF) says that veggie and mum’s-to-be should ignore the relentless stream of nonsense written about an animal-free diet.

A new documentary called What the Health was critically panned by health experts and the mainstream media for telling the truth about processed meat and disease.

However, vegans (and vegetarians) should know something about diet planning in order to make sure they are meeting nutrient needs

Social media and the rise of veganism

The vegan diet and products are gaining traction on social media and in traditional media, which further spreads awareness of veganism. The rise of vegan teenagers ditching meat and dairy is partly fuelled by Instagram.

Social media analysis shows incredible volume for vegan-related references to the point where “vegan and Coca-Cola” are competing for space for who is getting the most social media messages and marketing.

Research analysis shows vegan and vegetarian related content were mentioned 4.3 million times in 90 days, compared to 4.1 million references to Coca-Cola in the same time period.

While half of the references to vegan are positive, about 14% were negative, which suggests vegan still has some bad connotations that it needs to overcome to realize its full potential.

.Veganism is a lifestyle choice

Being vegan isn’t just about giving up dairy and meat, it’s a lifestyle choice that goes across ALL aspects of your life including fashion and beauty.

The Vegan Society thinks the rise of veganism online is mirrored in the real world, and describes veganism as “the fastest growing lifestyle movement”.

Guess which word  has launched millions upon millions of hashtagged Instagram photos ? Yes it’s VEGAN!

Ethical Consumer’s product guides are a useful resource to see which companies use animal derived ingredients. 

 Veganism is big business 

Vegan businesses are sprouting up across the UK to service this demand. Between 2012 and 2016, there was a 185% jump in the number of vegan products launched in the UK, while 9% of food products launched in the UK in last year carried a vegan claim, up from 3% in 2012, according to Mintel.

Devout vegans Kelly Slade and Chrissy Leyland helped organise the Vegan Pledge campaign, where participants try going vegan for one month, before launching subscription-based business Vegan Tuck Box in 2013.

Temple of Seitan, the UK’s first vegan chicken shop, has also attracted long queues of devotees

Companies worldwide are drumming up alternative ways to get people to try vegan food. In San Francisco, start-up Le Cupboard has even launched vegan vending machines offering everything from lentil and baby spinach salad to chia pudding with strawberries.

Vegan Propaganda: separating fact from fiction

Vegan propoganda
Vegan propoganda

The media often bands around scaremongering claims and mistruths about veganism. This information is referred to as ‘vegan propaganda’.  However, There is also a lot of hype and mistruths around all dietary systems – not just veganism.

Many animals eat other animals. This is a fact of life. However, we should not tolerate cruelty to animals.

Admittedly, there are huge problems with the commercial meat industry and animal welfare desperately needs improving across the board.

However, I feel there’s a much better chance of doing this if animal rights campaigners focus on the facts about animal welfare. Generally, people care a lot more about animal welfare than they do about misguided health claims.

Veganism: here to stay

Modern consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. Furthermore, the health benefits have also been endorsed by the World Health Organization, which recommends ‘a nutritious diet based on a variety of foods originating mainly from plants, rather than animals’. It appears plant-based food is growing in popularity— and this global shift could be here to stay.

2018: the year of the vegan

Could 2018 be the year of the Vegan? Quite possibly yes! International meal delivery service Just Eat named veganism as a top consumer trend in 2018 as people become more aware of healthy and ethical lifestyle choices.

In 2017 Just Eat Marketing Director, Edel Kinane said

“The results from this year are a good insight into the future consumer trends and while convenience will continue to be key for consumers next year and beyond, we know that they are increasingly looking for more diverse, healthy, gluten free and plant based Vegan options”.

Are you thinking of becoming a vegan or are you already a vegan? Share your thoughts about veganism in the comments sectioin below.

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Mental health & pets: my puppy and I

How pets can benefit people with mental health issues

Coco: my pet yorkie puppy
Coco: 8 weeks old

Having a pet can significantly improve your mental health.  The enduring relationship between humans and domestic animals is well documented and there are an estimated 10 million cats (23 per cent of households with one or more cat) and 11.5 million dogs (30 per cent of households with one or more dog) kept as pets in the UK.

Studies have shown that pets can help people with depression, ADHD and autism.

A pet can also be a great source of comfort, companionship and motivation for their owners. In many ways, pets can help us to live mentally healthier lives.

The human-companion animal bond is of great public interest as well as a growing area of study for the scientific community.

A recent academic also  study found that pet-owners had higher levels of self-esteem and conscientiousness than non pet-owners, tended to be less lonely and less fearful, and were more extrovert and less preoccupied. Furthermore, there was no evidence that people’s relationships with their pets came at the expense of those they had with other people: pet owners were found to be just as close to key human figures in their lives as non-owners.

The mood-boosting power of dogs

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you already know how much fun and affection they bring into your lives. Dogs, in particular, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health.

Caring for a dog can help children grow up more secure and active or provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a dog can add real joy and unconditional love to your life. The mood boosting power of dogs is well documented.

Man’s best friend: meet Coco my 4-month-old yorkie puppy

Puppy therapy: forget antidepressants and talking therapies – get a puppy!

I have always had a great love for animals and sometimes I think I actually prefer animals to people! This might have something to do with my mental  health: for years I have struggled with clinical depression, panic disorder and agoraphobia. I have been on medication for most of my life,  been to see psychiatrists, had various talking based therapies but to be honest, none of it has really helped.

If you struggle to look after yourself how can you look after a pet?!

I have read various articles over the years about how pets can help people with mental health issues but as I struggle to look after myself some days and responsibility is not one of my strong points, I decided that I was not cut out to be a pet owner.

But, one dark Winter’s morning I found myself browsing puppies on Pets4Homes. I had considered getting a pug and a chihuahua but my mum suggested a yorkie as they are a bit like me i.e  ‘scruffy (chic of course!) and spirited’!

And so a few days before Christmas Eve I bought Coco, home. The first night I put her cage in my bedroom and she cried virtually all night. I picked her up and cuddled her. She licked my face and wagged her tail.  My heart melted.

The next few days she really tested my patience. She chewed up the carpet, the furniture, jumped all over the place, ran along the back of the sofa and leaped onto my head. She scratched and chewed my hands (which now resemble Elephant Man!) She refused to wee or poop in the garden (and still does!). I spent most of my time on my hands and knees with a can of Vanish Gold cleaning up her mess, at times with tears streaming down my face and questioning whether I could cope.  I even briefly contemplated returning her to her first human family. But, a few months on and I honestly couldn’t imagine life without her.

Exercise and a puppy: benefits for you and your furry friend

Coco recently turned 4 months and we have been going out for our daily walks.  At first, she refused to budge when I put her on her lead but after a bit of gentle persuasions and some puppy treats, she absolutely loves it.

And so do I. 

Exercise is good for your mental health as well as your physical health.

How Coco has helped my mental health

Annie and Coco
Puppy Love

Coco gives me a reason to get up in the morning. Even on dark days I can’t stay in bed as Coco needs feeding and exercising. She has really lifted my spirits and taking her for daily walks is having a positive impact on my mental health. I have more energy,  feel much more positive and sleep better at night.

I  finally feel there is real hope, since Coco came into my life, And I can definitely see light at the the end of the tunnel!

If like me you suffer from a mental health issue, I would definitely consider getting a pet. Obviously, it is not a decision to be taken lightly but having a pet  has really helped my mental health. and is rewarding in so many other ways.

Do you suffer from mental health issues and have a pet? Let me know how your pet has helped you in the comments box below.

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How to nail branding & supercharge business success

“You have to stay true to your heritage; that’s what your brand is about.” – Alice Temperley 

Nailing your branding is crucial for business success. A strong brand will help you stand out in the crowd. If you are an entrepreneur it is important to build a personal brand, in parallel and before your business brand

Branding in the digital age

Building a strong brand in the digital age is vital.  In the last few years the digital communications revolution has completely transformed the balance of control. The consumer’s voice has become louder and much more public. Consumers can publish their experience of a brand and compare it with the experience of others. The ability of a brand to respond to this can have a profound effect on the way they are perceived.

How branding can help your business

Branding can help you stand out from your competitors, add value to your business and engage with your customers.  In fact, it is so important that according to Coca Cola branding is the next essential startup competency.

Stand out from the competition

  • Branding is a way of clearly highlighting what makes your product or service different to, and more desirable than your competitors. Nailing your branding and having a unique selling point (USP) is essential.
  • For entrepreneurs, your personal brand and business brand are often one and the same. Get this right and your business will stand out brightly against your competitors.

Add value

Connect with people

How to create a strong brand

The key ingredients

  • Idea – what is the great idea that lies at the heart of your business?
  • Values – what are your core values? what do you believe in?
  • Vision – what is your vision? where are you going?
  • Personality – what is your brand identity? how do you want to come across?

Brand consistency

  • In branding and brand management a lot of importance is placed on achieving brand consistency, so that the same attributes and characteristics are evident in all areas of the business’ operations.

Brand identity

  • You need to build a strong brand identity and you can use your packaging, stationery, marketing materials and so on to tell your brand’s story.
  • Every element of your business from colours of your logo, texture of your packaging etc is part of your brand story and every element should reflect the truth about your brand back to your audience.

Reputation is key to success

  • Reputation is the cornerstone of a successful brand.
  • Your brand’s tone of voice, personality and visual identity must reflect the products or services you are selling to give you credibility.

Make your brand rock

Keep your brand fresh

Keeping your brand fresh is essential. Using designers to help reassess your designs, language or identity every few years should be an ongoing investment in your business and an essential rather than an added luxury.

All successful companies revisit their communications periodically. Even some of the world’s most famous brands have had a revamp!

Here are my top 5 branding tips:

To summarize, your brand defines your business from the big things like vision and values to your people, customers, suppliers and every interaction anyone is ever going to have with you, no matter how small.

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Top 7 tips for healthy work-life balance

Work-life balance is key to a healthy lifestyle.  As a busy entrepreneur or business owner work often consumes most of your day.

Work-life balance is vital for your wellbeing
Work-life balance is vital for your wellbeing

People want time more than they do money’, said Arianna Huffington back in 2013 but there never seems to be enough hours in the day, especially when you are running your own business. Life often takes a back seat!

However, it is important for your wellbeing to achieve a healthy work-life balance  so here are my top 7 tips to help you avoid burnout:

  1. Look after your health  – it is vital to look after yourself mentally and physically.  Your Mental health is as important as your physical health if you want to be successful. You can exercise your way to mental fitness as strength and power have been linked with both improved cognitive function and bigger brains!
  2. Work smarter not harder – working hard doesn’t necessarily mean you are working efficiently. if you want to maximise your time and supercharge your productivity you need to work smarter not harder.
  3. Take holidays – having an annual break will actually increase your productivity as well as recharging your batteries! Follow the example of smart entrepreneurs like Richard Branson who value the importance of taking holidays 
  4. Schedule regular time with family and friends – spending free time with family and friends will help you relax and de-stress.
  5. Learn to say no – it isn’t always easy to say ‘No’ but this will help free up time and keep you on track. As a busy entrepreneur, you can’t say yes to everything. There comes a time when you have to be firm and learn to say no.  
  6. Delegate – smart entrepreneurs recognise that delegation is important for business success.  Delegating tasks enables you to spend more time working on your business and not in it.
  7. Don’t be a perfectionist – perfectionists don’t make the most successful entrepreneurs and according to Steve Jobs perfectionism could be your worst enemy. Strive for excellence instead!

Grab a copy of my Wheel of Life Toolkit and supercharge your work-life balance today. We can also save you time by taking care of your To-Do List. Contact us today!

Virtual PA Handbook

Supercharge your productivity with our Virtual PA Handbook!

Thinking of becoming a Virtual PA?

Are you thinking about becoming a Virtual PA or in the early stages of setting up your business?  Help is at hand!

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Although written for Virtual PAs and Virtual Assistants based in the UK, you may find it useful if you are a solopreneur, freelancer or girlboss!

From setting up your business to running and growing your business my Virtual PA handbook covers the essentials.

If you would like tailored 1:1 support I can provide a range of online training (or in person if you live in Tunbridge Wells).  Further details are in the booklet or contact me to book an appointment!



5 Tips to supercharge business productivity

In order to supercharge your business productivity you need to work smarter not harder. Increased productivity is essential for business growth and ultimate success. Here are our top 5 tips to supercharge your business productivity.

  1. Work-life balance – Albert Einstein once predicted ‘I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.’ It seems the prophecy may be coming true! Digital technology has blurred the line between work and down time. In this connected world we are constantly glued to iphones and tablets and even when we are out with friends and loved ones we are more often than not texting and tweeting. This has a detrimental impact on our health and wellbeing. If you let your work encroach on your personal life over a long period you risk burnout.. If we are tired and stressed it can make us feel ill so we are not going to perform at our best. We need time to relax and switch off completely to recharge our batteries and maintain relationships with family and friends. Try and find some balance between your career and your personal life. Take this quick quiz to see how you are currently managing your work-life balance. It seems we are all addicted to our tech. Why not try and turn off your mobile phone for a few hours and see the difference. Studies have shown that one day without notifications changes behaviour for two years! Look after your mental health. Mindfulness will help you get the most out of life by teaching you to live in the moment.  It can also have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing by reducing stress levels. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a consultant in Silicon Valley and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He writes about technology and its cultural impact. His latest book, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, is an empirical argument in favour of more limited working hours and greater understanding of the benefits of active rest as a means of raising creativity and productivity.
  2. Get organised It is possible to do more in less time by working smarter not harder. Having a daily action plan in place will help you maximise time and in turn increase productivity. If you fail to plan you plan to fail! Whether you use a good old fashioned pen and paper or a productivity tool to supercharge your work day, it is essential to stay organised. Keeping your work space clear of clutter will also help supercharge productivity as you will be able to find things easily. If you are more organised at work it also frees your mind to focus on the bigger picture rather than sweating the small stuff! If you are a small business owner think about delegating and outsourcing to supercharge your productivity. For example admin tasks are time consuming and your day would be better spent by hiring a Virtual Assistant and focusing on the fee generating work. There are many apps that will also save you time. It helps if you are tech-savvy but if not there are plenty of digital skills training courses that will help get you up to speed. Automation and systemisation are essential for a productive business. Tools like Zapier will save you hours of time. A CRM and working in the cloud (including cloud bookkeeping) plus social media automation tools are also essential.
  3. Create a happy work environment If you are a business owner or manager you need to ensure your team are happy. Happy people are more productive. Creating the perfect work environment is crucial to business success. Flexible working can also supercharge productivity There are some to boost team collaboration and productivity when working remotely.
  4. Take frequent breaks breaks are important to help maximise your productivity and creativity. Even having a very brief break from a task can dramatically improve your ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods. Stop thinking you are too busy to take breaks and just do it. You will be happier and more productive!
  5. Exercise, sleep and nutrition – are all vital to supercharge your productivity. Exercise  is the secret ingredient of the most productive and successful people. Richard Branson says he stays productive everyday by adding in 4 hours of workouts into his everyday routine. Sleep is also important for working productively. The value of a good night’s sleep cannot be underestimated, with its ability to build up our immunity to illness, lift our moods and enable clearer thinking. According to research, lack of sleep is costing the UK economy billions and increasing the risk of death for large numbers of tired Britons.  Naps at work can also boost your productivity. Finally the importance of eating well cannot be stressed enough.  What you eat affects your productivity. If you eat the right foods and develop healthy eating habits, you can become more focussed, energised and driven. What you eat in the evening may also determine the quality of your sleep. According to our friends at Health Ambition, if you want to sleep like a baby don’t eat a big meal before bed.  However, if you eat ‘smart’ you will sleep better!  Finally, entrepreneur, author and public speaker Tim Ferriss recently discovered just how crucial our food is when writing his new book, Tools of Titans. Ferriss found that many of the world’s biggest achievers credit their eating habits with their success! 

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Top Secret Purple Book – toolkit for girlbosses


Top Secret Purple Book – toolkit for girlbosses

Here at Bijou Concierge HQ we could not live without our Top Secret Purple Book which contains everything we need to run our business and support our clients.

We hope you will find our condensed guide useful.  Our mission is to help fuel our clients’ business, events and lifestyle success! Since we opened for business in 2014 we have steadily build up a fantastic client portfolio which includes startups, entrepreneurs, consultants, coaches, executives and private clients.

We have arranged parties, booked luxury skiing trips, set up social media profiles, carried out lots of research, ran numerous digital marketing campaigns, produced countless documents, proposals, PowerPoint decks, Excel spreadsheets & Canva presentations, clocked up hours of cloud bookkeeping for clients, written lots of content for blogs, reports, job descriptions, updated WordPress sites and along the way we have discovered new tech, creative tools and resources to help supercharge our productivity.

Our Top Secret Purple Book is packed with tips, tech, tools, hacks & apps to help maximise your time and efficiency.

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p.s. did you know taking naps and drinking coffee can supercharge your productivity

Six Steps to business success

By following our Six Step Jigsaw Formula‘ you will find you can get more done in less time. The key is to work smarter not harder.

  1. Systemisation/Automation – in order to save time you need robust systems in place to speed up processes. Tools like Zapier can help you automate many business processes and help your business run like clockwork
  2. Delegation/Outsourcing – by delegating/outsourcing tasks you can spend more time working on and not in the business.
  3. Business Coaching – a business coach will help you focus on the most important issues and become more focused and productive. In recent years, professional coaching has shown a significant return on investment for companies
  4. Knowledge/Skills/Experience – regardless of the nature of your venture, there are certain skills that you will need to master in order to manage your business effectively. Your day-to-day success will depend, in great part, on your ability to quickly grasp and apply these skills.
  5. Employee happiness/work-life balance – research has shown that  happy employees are more productive 
  6. Business optimised for the cloud  – the cloud is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury in order to enhance productivity and gain a competitive advantage.

You also need to eat properly, exercise and get adequate sleep if you want to maximise productivity.

Bijou Concierge has been helping busy people achieve work-life balance since 2014.  We provide bespoke business, lifestyle and events management support to startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, consultants and executives.

Contact us today for your free half hour consultation to see how we can help supercharge your productivity.