Building a Community of Practice in the Domain of Entrepreneurism
Try to cast your mind forward thirty years from today; what does the NE Essex and Suffolk region look like? Is it a thriving community – a cultural and creative hub where opportunity abounds for those who choose to live here? A place where your children, your grandchildren and their children have an equality of opportunity, regardless of gender, ethnicity and sexual preference? Is it a haven for quality job creation, in collaboration with robotics and automation – with work that builds self-esteem, pays well and allows for personal growth? Is it a community of self-starters and problem solvers – pragmatic dreamers who push the boundaries and take everyone with them?
If your answer to these questions is an unreserved yes, then we share a similar vision for the future. One we believe is in our grasp.
Relocon contribute to this vision. We are a high-value membership group that is building a ‘community of practice’ in NE Essex and Suffolk. Relocon is centred around business expertise, drawing together key supporters of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. If our local soil is rich and fertile, then we can grow the strongest of trees.
We work with ‘for profit’ and ‘not-for-profit’ enterprises that share an aspiration to be bigger and bolder. We believe that good business is business that does good, and to that end, ethics and values are vital to the way we work and who we work with.
Real Stories. Real Strategies
Businesses that learn are businesses that can adapt, are agile and responsive. Be better at problem solving, be more creative at exploring opportunities, be better in execution – in essence we help you be a better leader. We challenge you to think differently, to embrace new perspectives and to learn, so that you are resilient, robust in your self-belief. We are advocates for change and believe our past should not contain us, dictate our future or stand in the way of today. We are Stoics, we are System Thinkers and we love designing businesses that are both purposeful as well as truly ambitious to make good things happen.
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” Harvey S. Firestone, Fonder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
Building Communities of Practice
We know that there are times in business when you want to stay connected but do not need the full offer. This is why we have made ‘Flexible Access’ a model with three alternative ways of working with us. You chose which level you want – you can then freely switch between each level by simply notifying us and changing your payments. Step into a whole new world of business support flexibility.
Access Level 1
- This is our digital offer and includes:
- Access to our ever expanding level of content*
- On-line mentoring programme with a maximum of three emails a month of qualified advice
- Regular invites to funding / pitching events
- Four workshops per year
Access Level 2
- All of Access Level 1 plus:
- Face to Face (Skype / Zoom) mentoring 1 hour per month
- Access to one live webinar per quarter covering one of the following topics:
- Business Model Development using the Business Model Canvas
- Vision and Mission – a workshop to discovery
- Financial plumbing – how financial illiteracy can be vanquished
- Emotionally sensitive leadership – how you can bring out the best in your team
- Social Media review – a digital analysis of your social media platforms
- Podcast interview – creating personal content and narrative for a shared experience
Access Level 3
- All of Access Level 2 plus the completion of one of these projects.
- Creating a pitching strategy leading to a pitch deck
- Business Planning Document – with strategic outcomes
- Leadership Training – talent management, communication and vision
- Scaling strategy – using a Viable Systems Model approach
We have a close working relationship with Angel Investors & Crowd Funding platforms and work with consultants in the field of capital raising and finance. Any connections and introductions we make may well deliver commission to Relocon, money we use to reinvest into the project.
Any of the above offers provides access to our established local business community. When you join you become a member of our knowledge bank, access what we know and gain from our committment to help build a vibrant economic region.
Any of the above fees do not cover travel and subsistence or additional venue costs over those we have costed in. We chose the projects we want to work with and believe can do the job in the time allowed.
*Relocon is working in partnership with local entrepreneurs to deliver an entrepreneurial education programme. This will be delivered at a local NE Essex venue between the hours of 7AM and 10AM twice monthly. The curriculum is being written and the project will come on-line shortly.
Values & Purpose
“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” Abraham Maslow
Business is emergent, they grow from ideas and from interacting with stakeholders. We can plan but it is engaging with the unplanned where new opportunities are uncovered. Conversations lead us down a new path – we never seek the path of safety – we are accustomed to walking into change not away from it. Our presence and footprint will continue to grow, we are not bounded by borders, we do not look for funding instead we are committed to sustainable growth ourselves. Our thinking is always preceded with ‘ought’ we to do this, never to do it regardless of the ethics and values. Everything we do is and must remain ethically sound based on a philosophy that encourages the pursuit of profit but with profit that serves a purpose. It stems from the belief that we have to look at the big picture, the long term and not be derailed by short termism. We love the path of slow, time to savour change, time to be human have fun and hold dialogues, we create mutual understanding of what the next steps are, always measuring the impact and meaning of our actions, never imposing change but accommodating it. Our vision is of a region thriving, prosperous and engaged in the pursuit of quality jobs – what’s yours?
Learn, Collaborate, Share
Relocon is a doorway into the local network, helping you gain a greater footing in the local region, tap into local resources and discover fresh thinking that opens new pathways to help grow and then scale your business.
Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.
Firstly, it takes a lot of organising so I want to say thank you to Rob Wilson and his team at the OU who put this programme together for the benefit of OU students in the throws of business development. As well, to Santander Universities for their support in funding...
Every person who has experienced the pain of a failed idea, or even worse the pain of someone else’s success with their idea, has felt the world judge them as they have judged others. We need to recognise that we have a choice, to learn, to build on the foundations of an experience that is so uncomfortable that we simply can’t experience that again or, if not this, then we chose instead to lay down on the bed of contentment.
In the City the idea of daily practice was essential. The early-start – the daily coming together of people, focused on survival and a desire to get it right was a forum and place of practice and learning. We built our mental models here, learned from the experiences of others and contributed to each other’s progress. The ‘morning meeting’ was about learning. As we stood around desks, speaker boxes muted, coffees in our hands, we listened to the Asian traders over the internal intercoms recounting what the psychology of the markets were like, we discussed the forthcoming events of the day, news from the front line of what to be aware of, what to look out for, where to keep an eye on opportunity. We would also tap into early morning talk of strategies, trade ideas were proffered and implication mulled over. The meets lasted no more than 20 or 30 minutes, it teed us up for the day. These were idea-porous events, often humorous and essential in establishing the bonds of trust.
Who We Are
Real Stories. Real Strategies
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SFEDI Approved Business Adviser, IOEE member and Qualified System Thinker he is also a Trustee for Anglian Community Trust a local Health and Wellbeing Organisation
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Adam can also be found creating content on his website over at blog.adamroxby.co.uk
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Systemic thinking adds value by engaging with a complex situation such as a growing business. By choosing to act systemically, that is we seek to change our situation (we learn) whilst changing the situation of interest (the business learns) we think in a holistic way. Change always start with a deep awareness of ourselves. You are deeply rooted in the situation, and as such do not always see the bigger picture, you only engage with change from one perspective. We are systems practioners who act with purpose, not reacting wildly to extraneous events, flaying around and jumping to conclusions but actively helping the business to address change in a positive, inclusive way. We have years of experience in managing this process, experience that informs and encourages exploratioin not by imposing dogmatic, formulaic actions upon you. Systems thinking looks for interdependencies and guides improvement. Your intrinsic worldview and that of your stakeholders build a tradition of understanding, our emergent and organic approach brings people together, we do not impose we accommodate and in doing so create room for new ideas and creativity. At our disposal are tools such Soft Systems Methodology, Viable Systems Modelling methods grounded in academic rigour but also pragmatic business application. So if you think growth equals headache and the discomfort of more work, then talk to us, we could help you discover a different approach to achieving your aspirations.
Systems thinkers have a growth mindset, where some see barriers we see opportunity, where complexity and obfuscation reside we seek to clarify. We are also open to different models, visual toolkits, creative visual methods of understanding as such we combine the concepts of lean start-up, design thinking and business model canvas to help open the lid on what contains us.
Business growth is more than a strategy it is a system – as practioners we are happy to have a chat over a coffee or online to discuss our approach, how the way we work can support you in your aspirations.
We are always happy to help!
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