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WayneCollier
Maldon, Esssex, England
Almost 50 years young looking forward to the next FIFTY!
Interests: Sport, Social Media, Life Style,Business.
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Maldon, Essex, England.. Maldon is located on the east coast of Essex situated at the head of the River Blackwater estuary. I was born in Maldon and have so far lived all my life in and around the Maldon area, overtime my home town has become very special to me.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
Coffee For those of you who don’t know let me explain many years ago my life was built around bars and pubs followed very closely by restaurants and food, now it’s very much around COFFEE and Coffee shops. As I spend a lot of time out on the road over the years I have found my way to many Starbucks and Costa Coffee shops all over the country and like so many others I am very grateful to both companies for taking my coffee drinking to a different level. However sometimes depending where I am and at what time then I will make do at the drive-through at McDonalds for a large latte as I am not a complete coffee snob. However now with our two major supermarket chains Sainsbury and Tesco joining in with Costa and Starbucks franchises in some of its outlets I don’t even have to worry about finding a venue in high street along with car parking charges. Times have moved on and I can own up and even confirm sitting in sun outside at the edge of a superstore car park in some very unlikely venues like Tesco Extra Scunthorpe and Sainsbury Beaconsfield or sitting upstairs at the back of the Tesco Extra Horsham it’s opened up a complete different world and opportunities to gain my coffee fix. Over the years my one pet hates is that when on holiday unless you’re in the States, Canada or Italy you can’t always find a Starbucks even though the brand is now becoming worldwide, the options to buy a good coffee to drink can be very much hit and miss event? However throughout the world there are loads of great coffee houses to buy coffee beans from but not necessarily to just have a quiet sit down and a drink even if in a superstore car park. (It’s all about great tasting coffee) Some fifteen years or so ago I may have found what might have been a front runner in the car park coffee drinking in a small fishing village called Praia Da Luz which is in the Western Algarve Portugal some 5k west of Lagos, unfortunately Praia Da Luz for the past 4 years has been in the news for all the wrong reasons because of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, but don’t be put off this is a great place to visit. Maybe just maybe this small coffee shop in the back streets of Praia De Luz was the front runner for the Tesco and Sainsbury “Al fresco” coffee shops, based inside the family owned Baptista’s supermarket supplying groceries, fresh bread, pastries, croissants, and cakes as well as great coffee along with car parking seating and the other ingredient the Algarve sun. What more could anyone ask for. I can own up and admit that over the years I have spent many hours just sitting in this car park watching the world go by, in the sun along with other tourists and locals, but more importantly I can recommend the coffee, so if you get the opportunity to visit the Western Algarve check it out you won’t be disappointed and let me know. Wayne. www.waynecollier.co.uk Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
Yes or No that is the question! Does your business make the most of the World Wide Web in my experience most business owners don’t. Just having a web site presence is not enough it’s just the start; in a nutshell it’s like having a car why have it if you’re not going to drive it. Companies and business need to make the most out of their most valuable asset your BRAND/PRODUCT. You need to be very aggressive in your marketing. I don’t mean deceiving your clients or annoying your prospects I mean aggressive in building your brand or product. You may be very smart, clever and even brilliant at what you or your business does but are you telling the world, how do people differentiate between your company and another company’s web site. Keeping your excising customers happy as in time they will refer you business but this takes time, you need to start self-promotion and tell people how good your company or products are. In short you need to dominate your market place, remember tell people how good you are don’t be shy if you don’t others will tell them. Life is all about reputation, credibility and being expert in your market place that’s why you need more than just a business card on-line. When you personally hand over a business card it’s just giving basic contact details to your customer, then you’re about to start selling your services. Your website needs to be doing the same. Wayne. www.waynecollier.co.uk Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
Social Media is it for Business! Social media is it for business I feel it’s a bit like saying are strawberries and cream associated with Tennis at Wimbledon or was Robbie Williams part of Take That. Both are true statements however another fact could be that all parties have survived on their own! However my view is that with so many industries and manufactures alike are embracing Social Media as a way to build a corporate brand. One of the main reasons is because the internet is highly accessible it’s turning technologies into communication for us all to be able to access cheaply along with a great opportunity to engage in direct feedback or just opinions from us. That is one of the many reasons for embracing Social Media as another means of a working platform to gain entry into our lives as the growth of the internet over the past thirty years has consolidated its self as the most powerful tool by way that we can communicate and view information. That’s why given the internet’s universal source of information and the way it’s opened up such an global market place for everyone, via a very low investment cost, can your business afford not to be part of it, I personally think not. What’s your thoughts!! Why not interact and let me know. Thanks for your time Wayne. www.waynecollier.co.uk Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
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Justice for the brand “STIG” A few weekends ago I was fortunate to witness in front of me what I can only call poetic justice for the BBC Top Gear’s brand “THE STIG”; I had been invited to Brands Hatch raceway for the final round of the British Touring Cars... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
The Queen Elizabeth Bridge. The other day I was driving south bound along the M25 so called motorway or to many at times (The M25 Car Park) to my destination in the heart of the so called garden of England, Maidstone in Kent when not for the first time the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
First impressions. The other day I needed to get to a breakfast meeting in the centre of London by 8.00am. So I raided the bank cash point and decided to go by train, below are my thoughts on my personal journey. From the start I felt I was not set... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
Respect for the Football Referees Every time I turn the television on the commentators, Managers and Professional Players are always saying that the players and spectators etc, should have and must have respect for the Referees and I do agree with this in the professional game. However my views on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
An introduction to future Wayne Collier Blogs. About me is the easy part white English male all most fifty years young with no political views my only one regret in life so far that I should have studied at School, however we all make mistakes but I can’t turn the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at WayneCollier's blog
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