And how to tell which your business needs
And the action needs to be effective.
Just because you are an ABS doesn’t mean it will work
We are delighted to announce that we have adopted Kids Club Kampala as our Charity of the Year.
The charity originally ran clubs on Saturdays for the children of slum communities in Kampala, Uganda. Over the years further work with children means that they support education for the poorest chldren, as well as feeding. More fun comes from music and football projects. One of the effects is that children are in a safe place.
Uganda has a large number of children separated from their parents (for a variety of reasons) and Kids Club Kampala’s Ewafe project works to reintroduce them safely to their families. This in a country with few social workers.
Other projects work with women and teens, including on subjects such as HIV prevention.
This is not one of those “fat cat” charities, and the head office is run on a shoestring. Importantly, it is community led, so it is not a case of the rich West patronising Africa.
One of the needs the charity has is for regular funding, and one of the best ways to help is by regular monthly giving. For further information, see http://www.kidsclubkampala.org/projects/
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I spoke to a manager from Amey yesterday, who told me of their use of technology to manage some of their subcontractors on their contract with Birmingham City Council. For example, tree surgeons have hand held devices on which jobs and instructions can be allocated and work recorded.
This makes communication quicker, but particularly limits the need for worksheets and invoices. There is no dispute over what work has been done, and information is common (and accessible to the Council as client).
This led me to think of the importance of operating platforms for small businesses. This means everything that the business uses to “get the work done” – people, facilities, processes and technology. How these fit together make a huge difference to the success of the firm, and hold the key to productivity improvement. It is worth mapping processes and making step by step improvements.
And remember that one day you will not be there, due to retirement or otherwise. How well will your operating platform function without you?