7 tips to stay motivated when Working from Home

More people than ever now find themselves working from home and many of them are not there through choice. It is incredibly important to find ways to keep up motivation and productivity whilst working from home. We all know it isn’t easy. Picking up your phone and scrolling through social media can be all too tempting whilst not under the watchful eyes of managers and colleagues.  Here are our top 7 tips for staying motivated whilst working from home.

  1. Dress for work

As tempting as it may be to remain in your PJs, you will instantly feel more energised and focused if you get up and get changed. Some people even find going as far as putting shoes on helps them feels like they are really at their desk and ready for work.

Dress for the occasion and you will see your focus grow. I personally find I do everything much better with a bit of lippy on!

  1. Organise your day

Make lists! There really is no better feeling than seeing a big tick next to each task you have to complete. By making yourself a to-do list you can set out a clear journey for your day, and make your way through it, one job at a time.

If you have several projects on the go, time blocking is a fantastic way to approach this. Set yourself a certain amount of time to spend on each thing, and ensure you stick to these times and move on when you need to.

  1. Create a good workspace

Creating a clean, bright workspace will make a huge difference to your focus whilst working from home. Find an area that can be your own, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. The last thing you want is for another member of the house to have moved your notepad from the dining table the previous night and not know where to find it.

If you are living in a shared house and don’t have this luxury, open your curtains, clear away any mess, allow yourself to focus.

Good Work from Home set up

4. Give yourself breaks

When working at the office, most workers will demand their lunch break in full and ensure they escape the office for it. So why do we then spend our lunch breaks at home, sat at our desks? Get up, sit in a different room, go outside if you can. Take your eyes off the computer screen and take your mind somewhere else for a while. You will return feeling rejuvenated.

  1. Create a morning routine

For many, a huge benefit of the WFH life is that they can roll out of bed and directly into work. However, the journey into work is often what sets us up for the day. Try and get out in the mornings, whether it’s a run around the park or just a quick walk to the shops, get yourself moving and get some fresh air. Leave time to make and eat breakfast, or before you know it, you’ll be three zoom meetings in and realise you never did put on that toast!

  1. Find an Accountability buddy

For many, this could be a work colleague or manager. Let them know what you plan to get done that day, and report back at the end of the day with how it went. Having someone hold you accountable will very quickly increase your productivity. If you work for yourself, use a close friend or buddy up with another self-employed individual and help each other to stay motivated. Whilst you may be physically working alone, in many cases, you have team members working on similar projects, reach out to them.

  1. Self-motivation

Sometimes, you just have to invest the time to motivate yourself. Books, podcasts, and webinars are a great way to do this. Refind your passion, remember why you started. Find out our CEO Liam Norval’s top 3 Podcasts and AudioBooks here.

 

These are just a few ways to help stay motivated whilst working from home. It’s important that you experiment with these and find out what works for you.


Pierluigis Beckenham Provided 100 meals for NHS Workers at Beckenham Beacon this New Year’s Eve

The NHS has always been a vital and much-loved part of the community, and this year, more than ever, we have realised and appreciated the sacrifices that they make. 2020 may have finally come to an end, but for the thousands of NHS workers, the fight is far from over.

Beckenham Beacon has given critical care to so many over the last twelve months. Covid has caused staff to be stretched and pushed, often working incredibly long hours, in order to save lives. Covid didn’t stop for New Year’s Eve, and therefore, the staff did not stop either.

There were 100 dedicated people working at Beckenham Beacon this New Year’s Eve, and Pierluigis, along with Posh Cockney CEO Liam Norval, wanted to give back to those who have given so much to so many. It’s time to thank our incredible NHS for their relentless work over the last year.

This family-run restaurant is well known in the community for fantastic food and an incredibly warm and welcoming family environment. During lockdown, they kept locals fed through their takeaway service, and last week they extended this warmth by providing 100 hot, free meals to the staff at Beckenham Beacon.

“I am privileged to have been able to provide hot meals for the incredible staff at Beckenham Beacon. They have been the heart of our community this year and I hope this is a small step towards showing our thanks and gratitude to them all.” – Marco, Owner of Pierluigis

For more information on Pierluigis head to their website www.pierluigis.com or take a look at their Instagram Pierluigis (@pierluigisbeckenham) • Instagram photos and videos


Posh Cockney partner with Rave to the Moon

Two-step all the way to the moon this NYE.

Pick a charity, dust off your rave outfit, and log in to what is sure to be the biggest virtual rave ever.

Rave to the Moon is a totally free online party, and the world’s very first Rave-a-thon, aiming to stomp the distance to the moon (577M steps…approximately) with the collective steps of ravers across the world. Similar to any other sponsored event, ravers will be able to select their own charity and ask for sponsorship from friends and family.

The event has been created by world-record-breaking beatboxer and festival mainstage staple, SK Shlomo, following his string of award-winning digital raves. Electrifying virtual DJ sets will be beamed live into homes worldwide from global stars including Rob Da Bank, Mr Scruff, Arielle Free, Ellie Prohan, DJ Yoda, Basement Jaxx’ Felix Buxton and Vula, Beardyman, Heartless Crew, and many more.

Posh Cockney is delighted to be partnering with Rave to the Moon and supporting this fantastic initiative. We will be live streaming the event directly to our social media platforms and cannot wait to join the party.

2020 has seen thousands of events canceled all around the world, this not only means that many people have lost their jobs, but incredibly important charities have lost a huge amount of donations. This virtual event aims to start putting money back into the pockets of those that need it most, whilst throwing an incredible party for everyone to enjoy.

With collective steps being counted in real-time using the free app Sweatcoin, revelers can rave at home and battle for the top spot in the live leader board to win big prizes.

Want to sign up to the event? Head to http://ravetothemoon.tv to sign up now!

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We are not Alone this Christmas

Tier 4 announcements have left many Londoners feeling alone and isolated this Christmas. We just wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to you all and let you know that we are here. This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone in the hospitality industry, but now more than ever, it is important to see the enormity of the community we find ourselves in. You are not alone in this fight, please reach out if you need to, we are stronger together.

Stay connected with friends and family. If you can’t be there in person, pick up the phone. I know we all hoped we would have seen the back of Zoom by now, but it could be the only connection for some, this festive season. That quiz that is an annoyance to you, could be the only social interaction for another.

If you can’t reach out to friends and family, there are many organisations, ready and waiting to speak with you. Below is a list of just a few.

Your mental health is important. It is perfectly okay to feel however you are feeling. If we stick together, we will get through these new restrictions, and come out the other side in a world full of vaccinations and celebrations.

The team at Posh Cockney would like to thank you once again, for everyone’s continued support this year. We are proud of how much we have grown, and we can’t wait to see where 2021 takes us.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a much brighter New Year.

Samaritans: Call 116123

Mind: Call 03001233393 Text 86463

Shout: Text 85258

Young Minds: Call 08088025544

Sane: Call 03003047000


7 Tips for Small Businesses in 2021

Here are our top 7 tips for starting your own Business in 2021.

  1. Have a Solid Business Plan

If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. It may be a cliché but, in this instance, it couldn’t be truer. Know what you want to achieve and plan how you will get there.

  1. Research your consumer market

You need to know who your target audience is and get inside their heads. What do they do, where do they shop, what social media platforms do they use? All of this information will help you target your marketing and sales strategies, resulting in a higher ROI.

  1. Know who your competitors are

Is someone else selling a similar product to yours or running a similar restaurant? What can you learn from them? How can you be better?

  1. Create a website

If you want your business to be taken seriously in 2021, you need to have a website. Take a look at our recent article The Importance of a Company Website to find out more about this.

  1. Have a social media marketing plan

Social Media Marketing is so important. And with people now spending increasing amounts of time working remotely, we all know they will be spending more time scrolling through their phones. Use that to your advantage. Need help with this? Posh Cockney are here: Posh Cockney Social Media Marketing

  1. Focus on Building a relationship with your Consumers

People are far more likely to keep coming back to your brand if they like you. Create a friendly rapport with your customers.

  1. Be Adaptable

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is the importance of adapting. You need to be prepared to pivot your business and adapt in these ever-changing times.


Café de Paris Closes its doors after 96 Years

Another day, another sad announcement.

Café de Paris is one of London’s oldest and most iconic venues. Known not only for its incredible cabaret shows and memorable parties but for its phenomenal history.

The venue first opened its doors in 1924. Back then, Café de Paris was frequented by famous faces such as Cole Porter, as well as Louise Brookes who made history there, by performing the first-ever Charleston in London.

During the Second World War, the venue initially stayed open with its manager promoted it as the “safest and gayest restaurant in town, being 20ft below ground.” In 1941 the venue was hit during the Blitz, with many performers, staff, and guests sadly losing their lives.

The venue didn’t reopen until 1948 when it firmly re-established itself as one of the leading theatre clubs in London, playing host to Judy GarlandFrank SinatraGrace Kelly, and many more. Since then, the venue has been host to many incredible performers, as well as providing the backdrop for films and TV shows.

In 2002, Café de Paris was bought by Maxwell’s Restaurant Group, which also owns Tropicana Beach Club as well as many other well-known bars, clubs, and restaurants. Unfortunately, this month the group has had to make the heartbreaking decision not to reopen any of these much-loved venues. 400 jobs will be lost, and that of course does not include the dancers, performers, DJs, and others who freelance there.

The closure of these iconic places really goes to show the impact that this pandemic is having on the nightclub scene.

The NTIA has been campaigning for better support from the Government, as the move into Tier 4 puts even most strain on the sector. “The Night Time Economy & Hospitality sector has lost all confidence in the government strategy against Covid,” said Night Time Industries Association CEO Michael Kill in a statement. “The unrelenting closing and reopening of businesses are costing owners hundreds of thousands of pounds, and coupled with the erratic decision-making around restrictions, is rapidly destroying the ability of the sector to bounce back.”

Café de Paris welcomed a new General Manager, Aaron Sinkia at the end of last year. After an incredibly successful January and February, they were set to have their best year yet. But with their doors tightly shut for the last nine months, the story has sadly had a very different ending.

Posh Cockney CEO Liam Norval spent 10 years working at Café de Paris as Marketing Director. Here he built his career, making contacts right across the hospitality world, and hosting incredible events such as Celebrity Saturday.

This is truly heart-breaking news. I spent almost a decade at this amazing venue and have some unforgettable memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I think back to some of the incredible parties we threw, the celebrities we had through the door, the people I met, and the friends I made.  Café de Paris was an institution and will always be in my heart as I know it will be in many others. The team I worked with over that 10-year span were fantastic, and I call them all very dear friends today, I wish them all the very best of luck. Who knows if this is the end for Café de Paris, I certainly hope not.” – Liam Norval, CEO at Posh Cockney

This is a venue close to the hearts of the whole team here at Posh Cockney, and we are hugely saddened by the news. However, we know that with closure, comes opportunity. We are confident that these venues will not stay closed for long, and we are excited to watch the next stage of their history unfold. 2024 will be Café de Paris’ 100th birthday, that sounds like a party everyone will be wanting an invite to.


Liam Norval is announced as Non exec director at PURE Vodka, WM Spirits

PURE is an Organic Vodka brand which has already seen huge success this year with the launch of their latest product PURE Lite. Managing Director Adam Player developed the idea for this home-grown British brand, after realising the need for a cleaner, healthier vodka alternative.

After working with the brand for over a year, Liam and Adam have built up an exceptional working relationship, this is a fantastic step towards further developing the brand.

“I am very excited to take on this new role within PURE Vodka, I have worked closely with the brand for over a year and moving into a non-exec role will allow me to help the company grow and develop further. I am delighted to be able to lend my experiences and knowledge to this fast-growing brand, watch this space for some huge announcements in the next year.” – Liam Norval

“It’s been a pleasure working with Liam and his Posh Cockney team for the last year, bringing Liam on board with his experience and contacts is a great move for the business, and we look forward to having more success as a company and seeing where this new relationship can take us.” – Adam Player, Managing Director at PURE

2021 is looking like a big year for PURE Vodka as they hope to build on their recent success. With Liam on board, we can be sure that there will be star studded events and exciting new product launches coming your way very soon.


The Vaccine is Finally Here – What does this mean for Hospitality?

There is finally a light at the end of the very long Covid tunnel.

This week, the first vaccines in the world were given, here on UK soil. This is an incredible step for science and a huge step in the right direction for getting our lives back to normal.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is the fastest vaccine to go from concept to reality, taking only 10 months to follow the same steps that normally take up to 10 years.

The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the jab – enough to vaccinate 20 million people.

But what does this mean for Hospitality?

As one of the sectors worst hit by closures, job losses, and restrictions, the Hospitality Industry is desperate for things to get back to normal.

Research suggests that 80-90% of the population needs to have immunity before Covid is no longer a threat. That is a vast amount of people. Due to the current vaccine needing to be kept at -70 degrees Celsius and transported in quantities of 1,000 doses, carrying out the vaccinations in some rural areas is going to prove incredibly difficult.

As well as this, some people simply do not want to be vaccinated, and it won’t be compulsory.

There have been talks of some travel companies, restaurants, hotels, and venues asking for proof of a person’s vaccination before allowing them entry. This has proved incredibly controversial but may be the only way that businesses can ensure the safety of their staff and customers and ultimately, allow them to keep their business open.

Is there another option?

Rapid testing could offer the hospitality and events industry the solution they need. The Answers People are offering the hospitality sector one of the fastest and most effective rapid tests.. This quick and easy test gives results in just 5-8 minutes, meaning that after a short wait, businesses can let consumers in through their doors, feeling confident that they have significantly reduced the risk to staff and guests.

The test involves a straight-forward nasal swab. Similar to a pregnancy test, the user will see a control line, and need to wait several minutes to see if a positive line also appears.

“The test detects proteins on the surface of the virus and identifies infection even before the body starts to produce antibodies. A highly effective tool at reducing risk, enabling those infected to quickly isolate. We remain focussed on bringing agile and effective solutions to our customers, offering affordable options to protect your team, your customers, and your business.” Gillian Hoffman, The Answers People.

With 98.5% effectiveness, this is a very promising option for businesses. It is straightforward to administer, and ideal for on-the-day testing. This would offer companies a way of ensuring safety for events and sports matches, for example, as well as hospitality venues and hotels. The Answers People do recommend that the test is administered by suitably trained staff, but say it is possible and easy to self-administer.

We are definitely moving in a far more positive direction and I think we are safe to start hoping for a much brighter summer, full of events and celebrations.

For more information on The Answers People and their Rapid Testing solutions, head to their website: Covid-19 Testing Solutions – The Answers People


Posh Cockney Gain Three Exciting New Clients

2020 is not over yet, and Posh Cockney are ending the year on a high with three exciting new clients. Celestial Cinema, Home Edition and The Stardust Foundation have all joined our ever-growing list of clients. Posh Cockney are delighted to be creating PR and Social Media Influencer campaigns for these incredible brands.

Following the huge success of Celestial Cinema’s summer drive-in extravaganzas which saw thousands of families and friends enjoying open-air entertainment, the brand are back every Thursday – Sunday from 3rd December to 3rd January with Winter shows that are set to be even bigger and better, and Posh Cockney will be working closely with them, ensuring people all over the UK hear all about this fantastic event.

Situated in their new home in the beautiful town of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, this immersive production will help you escape the mundane of a life indoors, as you and your family are transported into a new and magical world each evening. Customers should expect their favourite festive films, delicious, themed nibbles and an ‘elf and safety-first environment.

Can’t get out to Beaconsfield this year? Do not worry, Home Edition will bring the Cinema experience to you!

Home Edition is the brand-new cinema in a box experience. Enjoy your favourite films on 70-inch screens paired with a projector to provide the ultimate in transformational flexibility. Using hassle free technology with a variety of compatibility options, repurposing your home has never been so easy, or looked so good.

And Finally, The Stardust Foundation. Posh Cockney are thrilled to be working alongside them on what is sure to be the biggest event this NYE. Fancy spending an evening with some of the best know bands, artists, and celebrities, live in your front room? The Stardust Foundation are about to make that happen.

The Stardust Foundation has been founded to give back to those that have been most effected by job losses this year – those in the Hospitality, Events and Entertainment industries, a cause very close to our hearts. Many suffer a lack of self-worth from an absence of their creative careers, leading to a crisis taking lives at an increasingly alarming rate. The concept of the event is to create a charity and a giving back ethos to save lives and save careers of people within the creative industry. Not only providing jobs for the hospitality sector, but also supporting the artists that are usually playing in front of large audiences, in order to empower their self-worth as their belief in their own brand is vital to get them through this dark time, whilst entertaining the nation and allowing us to finally wave goodbye to 2020 in style.

It has been a tough year for all, and we are delighted to be able to work with brands that are sure to lift the spirts of all this month. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting updates to follow soon!

If you would like to know what Posh Cockney can do for your company and how we can elevate your brand to the next level, contact liam.norval@poshcockney.co.uk

For any press enquiries on the above brands, contact emma@poshcockney.co.uk

 

 

 

 


Takeaway Fatigue and Christmas Uncertainty

Lockdown one saw us grabbing a takeaway from our favourite cafes and restaurants, setting up camp in a park with people in our Covid bubble and enjoying a warm British summer. This lockdown feels a little different. With the weather far colder and wetter, people are opting to spend their time wrapped up indoors. And with job losses on the rise, we just don’t have that extra cash for a takeaway meal, when we could cook one ourselves at home.

This is becoming a big problem for businesses in the Hospitality Sector, particularly when many of them have spent time and money creating and marketing new lockdown takeaway menus and cook at home kits.

The Jersey Hospitality Association has come up with it’s own suggestion to combat the loss of income for the Hospitality Sector on the run up to Christmas. It’s asking businesses to give their staff vouchers, to be used at restaurants in the new year, in replacement of a Christmas party, in the hope that this creates income for local venues.

“This has been a devastating year for trading in our sector. We are conscious that it has also been a painful year for other sections of the economy, and this gives corporate businesses an opportunity to offer vouchers to their staff as a reward after a difficult year.” Simon Soar, Chief Executive of the JHA told ITV.

Whilst the novelty of the takeaway seems to have worn off, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Since the end of the Welsh firebreak lockdown, venues there have been fully booked since opening, and we can hope that this will be the case across England also. The problem comes as we get closer to Christmas. By now, venues would be well on their way to being booked up for Christmas Eve, Christmas day and of course, New years Eve, but with so much uncertainty over restrictions, people have been unable to make plans.  Some people have begun to get creative however, I recently spoke to a venue in Wales, planning to have a theme each hour as countries around the world welcome in the new year.

It’s clear that the UK Hospitality industry is a resilient one and it will not be going down with out a fight. A huge part of Christmas is spending it with friends and families, in the venues that we know and love. I am sure we will all be doing our bit to support them and booking a table as soon as we get some clarity from the Government on what we can and can’t do this festive season.