With contributions from all our experts within The Northern Affinity, our blog is a hive of information and advice to help you grow your business and develop your skills.

November 26th, 2020

Has corporate social responsibility changed in 2020?

A number of our partners immerse themselves in projects and causes close to their heart away from their businesses. Whether local or national, it’s always important to give back where possible.  It got us thinking about what corporate social responsibility looks like 2020. And why is it more important than ever?  The pandemic happened.  Businesses,… … MORE

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October 16th, 2020

Our top tips for freelancers.

There are a number of people who have seen the pandemic as a blessing in disguise; the perfect opportunity to take the leap of faith into freelance work; the chance to be their own boss, call the shots and pursue work they’re truly passionate about. A large part of our community is made up of… … MORE

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September 22nd, 2020

How to maximise your presence on LinkedIn

Because of the very nature of The Northern Affinity, we spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. This online networking platform allows users to build up their connections and curate a feed of like minded business people who might be the key to their next big opportunity. Many of our partners are very active on… … MORE

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September 8th, 2020

How have podcasts shot to success?

The earliest podcast dates back to sometime in the early 2000’s but it wasn’t until the 2010’s that the medium really started to gain momentum. Currently, the number of podcasts available is fast approaching 1,000,000. Despite a world that’s dominated by so much visual content, listeners have continued to grow year on year. Whatever you’re… … MORE

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August 25th, 2020

Top tips if you’re new to networking

Walking into a room full of strangers can be an intimidating prospect, no matter how confident you are. Networking is a brilliant tool to get to know other like minded people and businesses in your local area, but it can be challenging. At The Northern Affinity, we’re all about helping you to build your very… … MORE

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August 11th, 2020

Mission, vision, values: what are they and why do you need them?

Your mission, vision and values are the very foundation of your business. They help you know what you do, why you do it, how you do it and where you’ll go in the future. Without them, things get murky and you might feel you’re lacking direction. It’s easy for these things to become generic and… … MORE

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August 4th, 2020

The Northern Affinity Partners Meeting – Friday 31st July 2020

Well, somehow we’ve arrived in August. It’s almost our first birthday! This latest virtual partner meeting was an opportunity to go through a number of changes ahead of September. All will be revealed soon. But it’s safe to say that The Northern Affinity is growing. We’re excited to have you along for the ride.  One… … MORE

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July 28th, 2020

How the right technology can help you achieve your business goals.

We’ve all seen what a long way technology has come in the last 20 years. We now have the power of an entire computer sitting in our pockets all day, not to mention limitless software at our fingertips on a daily basis. Technology has really had it’s shining moment throughout the pandemic with more businesses… … MORE

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July 21st, 2020

Why you need to grow your team to achieve your goals

The old saying goes, ‘divide and conquer’ and this definitely comes into play in business. It’s hard to be a jack of all trades and therefore growing your team (even as a small business) can often help you towards achieving your goals. Whether you’re outsourcing or hiring new staff, always remember to seek out people… … MORE

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