LDP- Wine of the week: Allesverloren Shiraz 2010

March 29, 2012

This wine has a deep red colour and an abundance of plum aromas which are delicately accentuated by faint black pepper, bacon and cigar box notes. This rich and full bodied wine has ample fruit flavours and is ideal to serve with for poultry, veal and red meat dishes.

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Great quote by Sven Goran Eriksson …

March 28, 2012

Tips to Good Business Management

March 20, 2012

Some of the best small businesses have evolved and succeeded by implementing some of these principles.

Know-How is not Enough.

Just because you’re an expert in your field doesn’t mean that you have what it takes to be a business owner. When you hang out that open sign on day one, it is unlikely that customers will flock to you right away just because you know what you’re doing. You’ll need marketing and administration (at the very least) to grease the wheels of your company.

Hire the Right People.

If you are technically proficient in your field but lack marketing knowledge and expertise for example, then be prepared to hire the right people to fill in the blanks. This will start the trend of people beating a path to your door. The next trick is to keep them coming back and referring their friends.

Don’t Hire your Friends!

This may seem obvious to some, yet it’s been done over and over again. Not only can it compromise (and in some cases destroy) a perfectly good friendship, but it can do the same to the business. Sometimes, it works. But hire with caution, and a heck of a lot of communication (both in the friendship and business). Be prepared to wear different hats while at work and after work.

Hiring/Promoting From Within isn’t always Good.

Although promoting from within encourages staff to “reach for the stars” and gives certain personality types something to work for, it isn’t a good idea to categorically hire from within. Sometimes the skill sets just aren’t there within the existing employee base.

Good Business is in Consistency.

This could be the very key itself to good business practice. If you do nothing else, be consistent. With consistency, professionalism, proper planning of strategies, and alignments with the experts, you can run a top-notch successful business. Good business management equals good business.


LDP- Wine of the Week: Theuniskraal Cape Riesling

March 13, 2012

Our Wine of the week is the Theuniskraal Cape Riesling.

This wine has a brilliant colour with  green hues and golden specks. The taste is fresh and crisp on the palate with nuances of green apple and nectarines.

Click here for the full tasting notes

A Business Traveler’s packing list

March 7, 2012

Packing the right items can make business travelling more comfortable.

Have a look at these items that can make your business journeys a little easier.

1. Back Up Charger(s)

Sometimes, one charger just won’t cut it. If having power for your gadgets is essential, carry both a plug-in charger and one that operates solely on batteries. Sometimes you just can’t scare people away from the airport outlets, after all.

2. Wrinkle-Release Spray

I have an aversion to ironing, so those wrinkle-release sprays are my best travel companion. Spray your clothes and let them hang the night before you need them for best results, and be sure to check the care instructions on your garments before use. These sprays work best for casual clothes–if you have a big meeting or need a crisp suit, you’ll still need to get out the steamer!

3. Back-Up Travel Documents

It seems like a pain in the neck, but if you make copies of all of your important travel documents once (license, passport, green card, etc.) you can store a set permanently in a pocket of your carry-on. Having copies available will save you a world of pain if you lose your identification, particularly when overseas. Leave a set at home, as well.

4. Customer Service Numbers

Keep a set of customer service and emergency contact numbers in your wallet (print them on a business card for easiest storage) in case you find yourself with a dead battery and a delayed or canceled flight

5. USB Memory Stick

Never leave home without a memory stick of some kind. Not only is it great for storing back-up copies of that important presentation, but you can use it to get copies made easily at your hotel’s business center or at a Kinko’s. Look for a version that can attach to your key chain to avoid having one more thing to lose.

Source: businesstravel.about.com

Winner: ‘Month of Romance’ Facebook competition

March 6, 2012

Congratulations Zacha van Wyk.

She is the winner in our “Month of Romance’ Facebook competition and has won a restaurant voucher and a lovely bottle of wine.

Enjoy the dinner Zacha!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition.