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Work-Life Balance Biggest Issue According to South East Wales Business Show at Chepstow


Business people may have made a New Year’s Resolution to make more time for themselves in 2017 but a new survey undertaken last week reveals that, in many cases, that resolution has already been broken.

The survey was undertaken at the South East Wales Business Show that took place at Chepstow Racecourse.

The survey has shown that business people still do not have a real balance between the hours they put into their work and the time they take off.

dr-bridget-kirsopIt is the second survey of its’ kind undertaken by NLP Trainer and Master Coach Dr Dr Bridget Kirsop and her team at One Life Coaching and underpins results found last November when a similar survey was undertaken in Cardiff Business Week.

Around a hundred business owners, company directors and self-employed people were asked to rate ten questions between one and ten – one being the worst and ten the best – about their mindset for business.

Dr Kirsop said:

“The vast majority of people who responded said that they did not have a work-life balance that suited their lifestyle.”

The survey at a business exhibition in South Wales last week confirms findings from a similar survey taken over two days at another show at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium three months ago when 114 people were surveyed.

But this mindset can be easily changed with a bit of practical help, believes Dr Kirsop, particularly from her Breakthrough programme that many business people have benefitted from in the last few years.

Dr Kirsop added:  

“The health of people running their businesses is being directly affected by people’s conflict between being successful and relaxing. Most of my clients are business owners who have forgotten to live in line with their values for their life and business and are getting overwhelmed and then take no action which then becomes a revolving circle.

“This leads to loss of confidence and has a direct effect on relationships at home and in the business”

Dr Kirsop, who not only delivers these Breakthrough programmes but is also an NLP Trainer and Business Coach and Business Mastermind Facilitator, will be an exhibitor at the Carms Means Biz Show on the April 6 and will be running a workshop there.

She added:

“Only with a fit and healthy mind are you able to build a flourishing business and reach the goals and targets you have set for it.

“Without being clear and positive mentally, you will always be stumbling over that first hurdle in your race to reach your targets which will slow you up and mean those goals will take longer to achieve.

“This is why surveys of this kind, to discover the issues facing business owners and directors in 2017, are crucial so that their problems can be resolved for a successful future.”

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Gary Baker MA founded Wales and West Media Ltd in 2007 and works within journalism and PR across all sectors of media, from TV, radio, sport, print and new and social media.

Gary has written for all the London-based tabloid and broadsheet papers and worked with clients from many different industries, from childrens charites to recyling and, particularly, sport.

He is a Masters degree graduate in entrepreneurship and business development and founded Welsh business magazine SME Wales in 2013. In 2014, after working with a client within the umbrella of national governing body Sport Wales for ten years, he founded Welsh Sport magazine.

Gary has worked within Welsh organisations to bring major events to the Principality, most proudly the British Cycling National Road Race Championships in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2014.

He has worked with many people on developing business PR strategies within their sport, and, as a former sports editor and writer, knows what it is like on the ’other side of the desk’ when press releases and pictures land in the inbox.

Gary has written for newspapers and websites at some of the biggest sporting events in the world, such as the Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. The proudest of all, however, was working for 17 days, with an Access All Areas media accreditation, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. This is his personal gold medal.

Gary is a member of national bodies the Sports Journalists Association and the Rugby Union Writers Club. He is also a long-term member of many business clubs in Wales and the West of England.

His teenage daughter means everything to him but he also enjoys rugby union, walking, films, cyclling and the company of friends – and is somewhat known for an ability to scout out cheap train tickets on the internet.

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