Collaboration – Co-lab-o-ra-tion - “work[ing] jointly on an activity or project”
That phrase ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ couldn’t ring truer especially in an economic downturn. When Ketan, Sabian and I launched Enterprise Lab we knew if we wanted to make an impact that if would be better to collaborate with others to do this – our common goal was to bridge the gap between Education, Employment and Enterprise.
My first foray into running a business was in 2007 when launched Baby Loves Disco in the UK. Baby Loves Disco was a concept that I had brought across the pond from the USA – I loved the fact that the business had grown organically literally by word of mouth, grass roots marketing, PR, social media and collaborating with other family related businesses in each city that Baby Loves Disco had launched in. Initially launching in Philadelphia and quickly spreading to 27 cities across the USA. With each city launch host mums would work with local businesses to not only spread the word about the events but by reciprocation Baby Loves Disco would then promote the local business on the city webpage of the BLD website and at the events.
I’m a natural networker so I’ve been told (Wealth Dynamics). I naturally connect people who I think could work well together and organisations that can help each other. Collaboration requires good communication, openess, shared vision and planning to be successful. Of course competition can make collaboration challenging! Working with others can offer opportunities to deliver new, improved or integrated services, make efficiency savings through sharing costs, develop a united voice and share knowledge and information. You can strengthen your business, raise its profile and open up a world of new opportunities by collaborating with other businesses and organisations. Collaboration can of course be done internally within an organisation!
Social networking platforms such as Twitter are a great way of encouraging collaboration by the sheer opportunities to network with people that you wouldn’t normally come in contact with. Most of Enterprise Labs collaborations have come via Twitter….
Enterprise Lab was formed by 3 people who met on Twitter, had a common goal and passion and wanted to make change and we couldn’t have done this without the support we’ve had from others. You know who you all are and we respect and are excited to be working with you!
Written by Naomi Timperley
A serial Entrepreneur who sold her share in Baby Loves Disco UK to focus on her new projects;
Director @enterpriselabuk who are hosting @yenterpriselive an event focussing on employment, education and enterprise for 15-30 year olds and brings together a collective audience of solution suppliers and young people to define and determine a more productive and resolute future.
Director of Social Media Boom, a social media consultant helping small businesses and start-ups get their message across on social media.
Naomi is also a IOEE Mentor, Speaker & Social Media trainer, business advisor at Salford University and volunteer for Youth Enterprise North West, UK.