Top Tips for Small Businesses from the South-West Expo

    The CMD team picked up some inspirational tips from the keynote speakers at the Swindon show.

    We love to share best practice and inspiring stories, so here are our Top 5 key takeaways from our favourite talks and workshops. 

    'Super Teams' are built on respect.

    Author of “Super Teams” Clinton Wingrove, spoke passionately about the need for respect in the workplace to build great teams. Work to analyse the characteristics of excellent teams demonstrates that respect is crucial. RESPECT has seven easy to implement elements: Recognition, Empowerment, Supportive feedback, Partnering, Expectations, Consideration and Trust.

    He mentioned the English Football team’s recent success in the World Cup and speculated that the respectful management style of Gareth Southgate could be the key to success.

    Reading his book during the World Cup quarter-final, we're inclined to agree.




    Dream big and never give up.


    Entrepreneur Roslyn Bell told us her inspirational story of how she overcame a serious road traffic accident, a diagnosis of cancer, and the ups and downs of the property market, overcoming all odds to reach her goals. Read the full story here.

    Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.

    The first female CEO of British Rail, Jackie Chappell, told us the story of how she combatted gender prejudice to reach the top of a 
    male-dominated industry. She notes that women who wear bright colours can really stand out in the workplace ‘like a flamingo.’ More of this story here.

    Use the maths of marketing and the science of sales.

    The head of sales and the head of marketing at website 
    optimisation service ‘Maximiser’ shared their insights into how to analyse the figures and close that deal. For the full story, click here.



    We all need fans!

    We had a blast at the Expo, and our branded desk fans were a huge hit with attendees on such a hot day.  Don’t forget, that if you got one of our fans then you could be in with a chance of winning our Spa Day for 2 at the beautiful Aqua Sana spa!

    Simply take a selfie with your fan and upload it to LinkedIn with the hashtag #CMDfans and you'll be automatically entered! All entries must be in by 5PM Wednesday 11th and we will be deciding a winner on Thursday 12th - good luck!

    Contact inbox@cmdrecruitment.com with comments or feedback. We'd love to hear your views.