27th February 2017

Redundancy?  Business advice: Get your ducks in a row

There are many reasons why people choose to make the jump into launching a business start-up.  Redundancy is one of those reasons we hear all too often from Nwes clients.

I have worked for organisations in the past where the dark cloud of redundancy has loomed – and it’s not a nice feeling.  I’ve always weathered the storm and come out of the other side holding onto my job, unscathed, however others have not been so lucky.

Or have they? 

I recall the time, whilst working for another organisation, that I heard that my colleague was to be made redundant.  It came as quite a shock.  She was somebody who was at the top of her game; driven, determined, successful.  She had supported me through thick and thin, and taught me lots in the process.  She wasn’t just a colleague – she was a mentor and friend.  Soon she would be unemployed.

I had no idea how she was feeling, but I was devastated!

I emailed her.  She replied:

“I’m fine.  I’m just getting my ducks in a row.”

With emotions ranging from anger, confusion, uncertainty, fear for the future and shock – even if the news wasn’t entirely unexpected – people who have been made redundant often have to battle through their own low morale to push themselves to the front of the job-seeking pack.

Circumstances such as this have the potential to send self-confidence plummeting, but many people manage to see the positives and turn things around.

For some are able to see their situation, not as a loss, but as an opportunity.  It’s the push they need to pursue their business ideas, to take their future into their own hands and have an autonomy that they might never have experienced in all their years as an employee.  They decide to explore the possibility of how to start a business.

It’s an opportunity to use those skills developed over many years in the workplace for their own benefit, to bring that product to market that they feel so passionate about, or develop a hobby that brings so much joy, into a full-time job.

Many of our clients have stared redundancy in the face.  Rather than being dragged down by the prospect of it, they have grabbed the opportunity with both hands.  However, despite having a business dream or an idea, they need some support to ‘get their ducks in a row’.

Whatever you need, be it advice or support, access to finance, workspace, help with a business plan, training, or if you simply don’t know where to start – Nwes can help.

We can’t predict in which direction your ducks will swim, but we will help you line them up ready to go, and will encourage you every step of the way – for we want your business idea to succeed.

So what became of my friend who was made redundant?  She now runs her own successful marketing consultancy business and she has never been happier.

Rachel Hogg, Nwes Marketing Coordinator

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“Many of our clients have stared redundancy in the face.  Rather than being dragged down by the prospect of it, they have grabbed the opportunity with both hands.  However, despite having a business dream or an idea, they need some support to ‘get their ducks in a row’.”

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