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Mr Franchise – Business Franchise Opportunities

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Every month we feature a business registered on Savvy Guest. This February were are pleased to announce Mr Franchise. Read all about their business franchise opportunities and offerings.

Franchise business ownership offers personalised face to face meetings, bespoke guidance at each stage of your journey until you are placed. Jon Case was made redundant, taking his skills, experience, future goals and investment he was ideally matched to a franchise concept. Successfully placed and is now wishing he had moved into business ownership years ago. He was that man in the pub who would say, I’d love to work for myself but just don’t know how or what?” He finally took the plunge as a result of Executive Outplacement Franchise Ownership.

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Typically the only option for outplacement is to get another job.

Assistance for laid-off workers at executive level is usually offered through some form of outplacement support. These are a breed of career services that helps newly unemployed to start job searches (on-line) and find work.

Choices/Outplacement 1) Executive Franchise Outplacement or 2) Get the same job elsewhere


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Savvy Guest aims  to offer as much information; advice and understanding of what skills are required within a job role to allow the users – our guests to gain invaluable information that could allow them to determine their future career paths. We hope you have found this blog useful.

At Savvy Guest we truly believe we offer a unique digital platform that allows the general public to meet up with company employees across different industries allowing the guest  to have an insight into their chosen occupation by a  pre-career conversation.

These companies are offering the opportunity to meet employees for a chat over coffee about their career. A great way to find out about their roles, what they do and whether it’s right for you before making a decision.


Savvy Guest is revolutionising the way we seek careers advice, as the current systems have become outdated.

New pre career opportunities recently added at we recommend you keep checking for regular updates, blogs and new slots coming available.







ME1 Positive Personal Development LTD

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Savvy Guest Business of the month for December is ME1 Positive Personal Development LTD. An interesting fact is that their Positive Personal Development Operations has been involved with MMU Innospace Business Enterprise for the last year. ME1 have been working with students from Manchester Metropolitan University offering insights in to ‘My ‘Entrepreneur Journey’ and they have also participated in the Employability day for 3rd year Youth and Community Work students. ME1 were also on hand to offer advice and information and to give an insight to the students from an employers perspective on the many volunteering opportunities that are available. Other topics open for discussion at the event included focussing on the various support opportunities to postgraduate students.

Managing Director of ME1 Lisa Samuels said “ I was invited to participate on the panel of ‘Dragons Den’ event to judge entrepreneurial ideas from various groups”

Lisa goes on to say “ME1 also sit on the Interview board for Youth and Community students and over the last 12-18 months I am pleased to announce there has been 20 students who have been successfully accepted on the Youth and Community work BA Degree Course”

Testimonial from M Cottam – a Savvy Guest who met with Lisa

I would like to thank Lisa from ME1 and Savvyguest. Lisa gave me a good understanding of what a Life coach does. I found it very interesting and I am now looking at how we can use coaching within Trafford Housing Trust.  Thanks

Mr M Cottam (Savvy Guest)

To register for an opportunity to meet Lisa and find out what inspired her to set up ME1 Positive Personal Experience or if you wish to take advantage of the other pre career opportunities Savvy Guest has to offer visit or email




10 reasons for getting your company noticed on Savvy Guest


College students, Graduates and Professionals are eager to see what is trending in various industries and how they could benefit from their unique set of transferable skills

Savvy Guest has been identified as a powerful insight tool and a digital platform that can benefit job seekers, and prospective employers.

Savvy Guest has also been identified as a Corporate Social Responsibility Facilitator – be one of the first to upload a tile onto our CSR Wall and showcase to others how you support community initiatives.

Employees are now sharing their personal tips and advice to help others understand real job expectations.

Low level commitments to hosting a guest, anything from a chat over coffee to shadowing a member staff – nothing more than a day.

Open discussions with interested career searchers to ‘enter into dialogue’ with your employees before committing fully.

Employee recognition as Company Ambassadors.

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A way of showcasing the mechanics that make up the brand and the added benefits from working in the industry.

An opportunity to become the Exclusive Headline Sector Specific Sponsor on the digital platform.

Savvy Guest is recognised as a primary contributer to a company’s core strategy and commitment to CSR. The Savvy Guest CSR Wall is a dedicated place to showcase and share honest, authentic good CSR News Stories, which happen every day amongst our Business Communities. Share your CSR stories here and let others know of the great activities taking place.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD): ”Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large”

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Use caution when copying images!

The World Wide Web has opened up a world which we previously had limited access to.  We are now able to connect and share our experiences with people across the globe and access images instantly using various social media channels.

If you use the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pininterest etc, you’re sure to find images of stunning scenery, holiday locations, makeovers, fashion and even some cracking humorous images.

I’m sure you’ll agree, seeing a photograph or image of a stunning beach automatically sells a story and feeds the appetite of wanting a holiday.  The use of smart phones has enabled us to snap photos, upload and share on various sites in real time for all to see.  Maybe it’s not the perfect picture, however it captures the moment and shows authenticity

Sometimes we search for images to fit in with a theme for; an article being produced, a newsletter or to add to a blog.  At some point, those tasked with the role will scroll through the many images available online.  Before you copy and paste or use any images not belonging to you, this is where you should tread with caution!

Somewhere on the page you may see the wording, ‘Images may be subject to copyright’.  Using these images can land you in hot water with the owners for not asking their permission to use. You may only become aware of it when you receive a letter for copyright infringement!  Now I don’t want to scare people away from sharing beautiful images, I am merely saying use with caution, check for copyright and ask for permission if there is.

We have taken some great pictures (although not professional) on our journey, which we post regularly on our website  See below recent images taken at Manchester Museum.

There is a place for professional photographers in all of this, especially when in need of that special image which only the professionals can produce.  If you would like to know what it takes for a career in photography, an opportunity to chat with professional photographer Tracey Gibbs is available at

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Scary Makeover for Halloween

Trick or Treat!  Halloween is nearly here.  Supermarket displays are full of ghoulish costumes as children and adults gear up for a night of harmless horror.  As the early evening draws in on 30th October the knocks on the door will begin! Children making the door to door neighbourhood journey to fill their buckets with the tricks or treats that greet them.

I have to admit, I’m amazed with the efforts adults are making to get involved in the horror night parties, costumes, makeup, wigs and hats.  These themed parties appear to be much fun, although I have not had the liberty of attending one!  The shared pictures across social media show creative and some hilarious looks that are not for the faint hearted.

Halloween Parties are becoming popular and the make-up is more creative than ever.  ‘Special effects (sfx)’ is the name used for creating traumatic looks such as burns, cuts and scars.  A very special technique which some Make Up Artist’s use in films and now during Halloween.  If you have already booked in with a Make Artist for Halloween, you are a step ahead of the rest. I’ve been told it’s now a struggle to get a session booked in with a good MUA.

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Decordova Mua is one such freelance MUA, whose work has been featured in a TV drama and has been called on to apply horror    make-up for the ever increasing Halloween parties.  Some of the skills needed for this exciting career includes plenty of creativity, flair and eye for detail, a great experience to see how this is all put together.

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Decordova Mua is offering an insight into creating these ghoulish looks with a demo session on Savvy Guest.  If you would like to know more about what’s involved register at


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Where there’s a Will ……






Each month we have added opportunities from Businesses that wish to offer pre-career chats and meet ups to individuals and groups to enable you to find out more about their job roles. As we step into Autumn Savvy Guest features Business of the Month KGN Consultants a professional and personal Will Writing and Pre-payment funeral planning service. They are also members of the Institute of Professional Will Writers and Golden Charter.


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The essence of the service they provide ensures they provide a tailor made solution that is right for the individual, their circumstances and the family. In addition they offer a flexible service, work with the individual in the comfort of their own home and surroundings at a convenient time.

There are many complexities when it comes to making a will and utilising the services of a professional is paramount. KGN offers specialist and professional advice and having a chat with the Director Kristian Main will give you an insight into the expertise required to fulfil this service. Alongside Will Writing sits additional quality planning including setting up powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax Planning, and Trusts.

The remit of a Will Writer is both interesting and can be extremely rewarding. You have to be personable, and able to communicate sensitivity although speaking with Kristian he will relate there has been a few humourous moments along the way.

To register for an opportunity to meet Kristian and find out what inspired him to set up KGN Consultancy or if you wish to take advantage of the other pre career opportunities Savvy Guest has to offer visit or email

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Peek Through Freshers Week Keyhole

In a previous post earlier this month, we focussed on getting ready to go back to school, uni and work as the summer holidays  came to an end.

With the great weather we are experiencing this month, you could almost forget we’re in early Autumn.

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As some of us go back to our routines, this time of year is a fresh start for students making the transition to the many universities across the country.  Over the years the words ‘Freshers Week’  has been bantered around and as someone who did not attend university, I wanted to see what goes on.  ‘Freshers Week’ is the new student orientation at the beginning of the academic year where they get to find their feet in this new place they will call home for at least the next 12 months.

For those who are not familiar with the Oxford Road Corridor in Manchester, it is home to University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.  Manchester has the largest population of students in Europe with approximately 70,000 attending the two campuses.

As I made may way through the hundreds of students who packed the pavements, there was a definite carnival like atmosphere around.  You couldn’t miss the loud music, megaphones, sandwich boards, information stations, costumes and the freebie promotions.

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I guess it could be quite overwhelming for someone who is just embarking on a new life as a university student.  On the other hand, I can see how it can help students to get excited about the journey ahead and alleviate some of their anxieties.

Our digital platform service at has a quite similar approach to ‘Freshers ‘, where people can have a fact finding pre career chat with employees.








These Giants are for Real!

I enjoyed a lovely evening as the guest of Opsium at the Manchester Giants Game.  It was my first experience of attending a basketball game, I really didn’t know what to expect however I was certain to ditch my stilettos and suit for my comfy jeans and trainers!

The Manchester Giants have a new home at the Lucozade Powerleague Trafford Soccerdome and I had been lucky enough to experience the new VIP Hospitality area at the pre season game of Manchester Giants Vs USA Select.

After some delicious nibbles and networking, the game got underway to rapturous applause, music and thunderous stamping.

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The tallest player for Manchester Giants was an incredible 7ft 1ins – a massive two feet taller than me even with my three inch stilettos!

Whilst the game was in full swing,  it got me thinking about the mammoth task of putting an event together and the different types of job roles required.  We were signed in by  Receptionists, ushered by Stewards, kept safe by Security, offered Hospitality and the list goes on.

In addition to the Giants playing great basketball they have on going commitment to develop initiatives offering Coaching skills to local communities.

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We’re hoping through Savvy Guest we can bring some opportunities to have a chat with real Giants and staff about careers in sport, fitness and coaching.

Back to the game – with a few seconds remaining and four attempts of a final goal, the Giants lost by one point!







Back to College, back to Uni, back to Work


Well summer has nearly come to end.  The nights are drawing in and there is a chill in the air. The majority of people will be heading back to college, university and work after the summer break. Now’s the time to start looking at what Savvy Guest has to offer.  If it’s career tips and the opportunity to sample a career than look no further as Savvy has more opportunities and businesses signed up.  Take a look at the many diverse and unusual job roles on the Savvy digital platform and join today to find out what the various job roles entails.  Joining is easy all you have to do is follow the joining instructions on the website and you’ll be on your way.

The benefits of joining Savvy Guest include:

  • Gaining a real insight into a career by speaking to employees already in the job role.
  • Helps you to make a more informed decision on choice of careers.
  • Allows you an opportunity to ‘sample’ different careers across sectors without making a commitment.
  • Acts as a catalyst to seek relevant training or use transferable skills in a different sector.
  • You can apply for a distinguished Savvy Guest Certificate of Attendance can be used in personal profiles as evidence to  underpin some ‘knowledge and understanding’ of the job role and industry.

Furthermore you’ll  be investing in your future, whether you’re in the last year of education, looking for a new career, facing redundancy, or even a new start up business at we cover a varity of sectors and careers.  If you are seeking employment the website will allow you to ‘try before you  buy’ and ask all the questions you have wanted to know about a job role but have never had the chance.

So what are you waiting for? Navigate around the site and find out what’s on offer. You never know it could be the start of something new!

For further information or to let us know your views email



Savvy Guest Business of the Month – Asda Retail


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Six weeks in and the Savvy digital platform is going from strength to strength. We have received some great feedback and we have a plethora of opportunities from businesses.

Every month at we feature a business that has uploaded opportunities on to the Savvy Guest digital platform. This month we are pleased to feature Asda Retail based on Princess Road in Hulme Manchester.

Asda own more than 500 Asda stores across the UK all varying in size. And although they vary in location and the range of products and facilities on offer, same low prices and friendly approach in every single one. The Supercentres bring together all the things that Asda and their parent company Walmart are famous for under one enormous roof – the widest product range, the best value and the friendliest service.

The Supercentres sell more than 40,000 products in total alongside products and services from opticians, pharmacies and photography departments. Asda cafés and petrol stations complete the mix.

Savvy Guest CEO Dijonn Taylor who recently met up with Angela Mcintosh, Asda Hulme’s Community Colleague commented, It’s great to welcome a company like Asda on board, giving us access to a range of employees who are on hand to share their career tips with individuals. Asda Hulme contributes tremendously to their local community and now is able to offer an additional CSR activity via Savvy Guest”

If you wish to take advantage of the opportunities Savvy Guest has to offer visit the Savvy Guest website or email