Our team

The team at Be the Business all have one thing in common – they want to help you unleash the true potential of your company and make Britain the economic powerhouse we all know it can be. To get things moving, they’ve each shared their own productivity tip as food for thought. If you have one of your own worth sharing then please let us know.

Andrina Collymore

Finance manager

“Time management is key – I prioritise what must be done today over simple non-urgent tasks. A to-do list and a can-do attitude maintains my focus. I also think having a great line manager, who is willing to share their knowledge, keeps me motivated and keen to learn more.”

Paloma Sackman

Programme lead – Collaborative business networks

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“I carve out time in my diary to work on bigger projects. It’s easy to get side-tracked by the smaller tasks that are often quicker and easier to do. I also like to feel like I am getting stuff done on my list so sandwiching smaller quick wins around the bigger things keeps me energised and feeling like things are progressing.”

Emma Cooper

Impact and performance manager

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“I'm a huge fan of pomodoro timing (25 minutes on, 5 minutes off) and find it really helps for large and complex tasks. I also like to choose an environment which suits the task – if I need to think creatively I go to a whiteboard and if I need to really concentrate I find a different space in the office. A change of scene really helps.”

Helen Wilson

EA and chief of staff

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“The first thing I do in the morning is “eat that frog” – do the thing on my list that I put off doing the day before. I try and keep my list no longer than five items, so it remains achievable. It’s not good to eat frogs for breakfast too many days in a row through!”

Shanni Elcock

PtP Alumni Programme Lead

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“Working in social media means that I survive on instant gratification, so I assemble my to-do lists with this in mind – sandwiching difficult tasks between blocks of two or three easier and quicker to complete tasks. The quick wins and sense of achievement keep me pumped for the more challenging items on my list.”

Adam Hardy

Senior research and insights manager

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“I’m an advocate of setting your schedule or task list for the next day the night before. This helps keep you focussed on priorities but also hopefully allows you to make a distinction between work and home.”

Tony Danker


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“I am more productive through the people I hire, so I recruit people who thrive on being given ownership of a task with a vision of what is needed rather than full direction.”

Hunter Ruthven

Senior content manager

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“Planning ahead and scheduling are key to good productivity for me. I like to break my day down into chunks, diarise them and then be strict with myself about stopping one task, even if it’s not finished, and moving onto the next.”

Kirsty McMorron

Marketing manager

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“I like to create lists by project area or silo, so I can prioritise and multitask. I think delegating tasks to relevant people or departments is also the key to being productive – the most appropriate person for the task is likely to be the most efficient, hence the most productive way to achieve it.”

James Gribben

Senior corporate affairs manager

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“I cycle to the office most days. It’s a great way to fit exercise in to my week and I start work feeling refreshed. My morning bike ride is also a good opportunity to think about my day ahead and what I want to achieve, while I often find myself taking a longer route home, using it as a way to switch off.”

Helen Puddefoot

Director of strategic partnerships

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“Understanding your natural energy patterns throughout the day can allow you to plan around them. If you know you're better in the morning, block out time to do brain-taxing work that requires focus. If you have a dip between 2-3pm do something that energises you – whether that's meeting with people or building in a walk to get you moving.”

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