Category Archives: Business

UK Trade and Inspiration


An established oxymoron in my business book is the concept of sound, creative advice from a Civil Servant. This is a breed without entrepreneurial experience. They haven’t felt the pain, have they? My company makes a very clever British invention … Continue reading

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A tale of clever women and country cottages.


The charms of a weekend in the country have largely eluded me over thirty years as a Londoner, mainly because I feel safe in these smokey streets. So when invitations to go there began to arrive, I thought long and … Continue reading

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The last week in April: 100 midwives and a 50th birthday


Last month I fell in love. I fell in love with Midwives and with Edinburgh. The combination contrived a fitting warm-up act to my birthday celebrations. To be specific, that birthday celebration. Edinburgh is a place through which I have … Continue reading

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Carry On Construction: the modular home and merchant banker


My PR consultancy closed its doors some time ago, so I was surprised and pleased to be approached last November by a trio of Gentlemen to whom I had been recommended for management and media services. Flattering indeed. The Gentlemen … Continue reading

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Butterflies … and a debut on the BBC


“My name is Helen Grady, producer for Evan Davis on The Bottom Line. There’s a programme coming up on doing business with Government, for instance the NHS, and Evan thought of you.” About eighteen months ago, I attended a Bookshop … Continue reading

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Tales from the traveling (female) business executive


About four years ago, my company took part in a healthcare event in Harrogate. I secured a nice little deal at the deliciously luxe Hotel du Vin and after a hard day’s graft, made my way to dinner. I was … Continue reading

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Preparing for Launch: how The Hood came good


A launch isn’t just any old launch when it’s yours. When you are CEO of the company launching the thing to be launched, you can’t feign invisibility, safe in the knowledge that your lack of cuticle care will go unnoticed. … Continue reading

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That was a week, that was


Seven days in the middle of May: a more varied, demanding, entertaining week I can hardly remember and although it threatens to belie description, I’ll try. My efforts are necessary if only because, as a failed diary keeper this blog … Continue reading

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Dial 007 for Urologist: the EAU Congress, Paris


Last week I had an overwhelming sense that my career path and health were inextricably linked, for I suffered my first UTI in over ten years. Not just ouch … super-double-and-treble ouch. I won’t bore you with the details, but … Continue reading

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Struggling with the NHS, Mr Lansley? Meet Medical Futures


Picture if you will, 6.30am on Monday morning. Your author is slipping into a new dress; a beautifully tailored, slim business sheath, of deep brown and charcoal hues. A most flattering frock, designed to give her gravitas, presence and a … Continue reading

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