Russ Taplin MD of Mmm Thoughtful Business

Mmm to Sponsor Diverse Abilities Community Engagement Networking Event in February 2019

December 2018

Diverse Abilities are proud to announce details of their first Community Engagement Networking event. Sponsored by Mmm Thoughtful Business.

Taking place at The Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth on 28th February 2019 from 8:30am to 10:30am. Network with businesses from across Dorset in a friendly, relaxed environment, and learn about the benefits of corporate social responsibility over a delicious breakfast.

How to book

Tickets cost £10 – click HERE to buy your tickets.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Daisy Roe on 01202 718266 or

UP sponsor Heads Together and Row in The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

12 December 2018

On 12th December 2018, a small number of crews will set off on the challenge of a lifetime - to row 3,000 miles across the wild Atlantic ocean. Heads Together and Row will be one of them.

Ahead of them lies a life-changing experience and a World Record attempt to become the fastest mixed four to row the Atlantic east to west.

UP are proud to be sponsoring the Heads Together and Row Team. Regular updates on their progress can be found here.

Start-ups "do better with a purpose"

3 December 2018

START-UPS which work well with other people and serve a good purpose are more likely to be successful than those who only look at profit. 

That’s the view of Russ Taplin, a mentor for Virgin StartUp, who has set up two new ventures to help new businesses and small to medium sized enterprises. 

Mr Taplin started Mmm… Thoughtful Business as well as UP, which aims to help international students and entrepreneurs to set up and succeed in the UK. 

He has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and small business, as well as an MBA and degree focused on entrepreneurship. He found businesses who focused on the long term outperformed those who were reactive, or who focused on brand, profile and profit. “I started seeing this whenever I worked on due diligence projects, or when businesses were working closely with other partners. At times when a business really needs to concentrate on its business value the most. it ends up being distracted by having to do some fairly detailed and tense stuff,” he said.  “This can bring out the worst decisions and responses and you can end up on a different page without meaning to, and that is unlikely to lead to success.  “It’s just as true today, as it always has been, that 70 per cent of mergers and acquisitions fail because of cultural fit – and why do we expect that result to be any different during other key stages in a company’s life too, such as scaling up or dealing with difficult decisions?” 

He said his business Mmm… works closely with a team on detail and bringing people together. “I can bring my wisdom to the business and really help by doing the groundwork too, so taking the pressure off. The feedback I get is really good and in fact one new local company – Max Eco – liked me so much they asked me to join as commercial director and help get them going,” he said.  “I said yes straight away as it’s a really exciting and fun product. We’ve been working with Barclays Digital Eagle labs who have been outstanding, some great local fabricators to help us prototype and now Bournemouth University to help with the next stage of product development and testing – we just can’t tell you what it is yet.” 

His other venture UP is run with business partner Tamara Rundle. “We are seeing a great interest in UK businesses looking to bring in international entrepreneurs, particularly with Brexit looming and the perceived difficulties that this may bring,” he said. 

For the full article, please see the Bournemouth Echo.

Mmm... is proud to partner through UP proud to be partnering through UP! UP is an entrepreneurial and education venture. Designed to support international students and international entrepreneurs in setting-up and succeeding in the UK. If you are coming to the UK as a student or an entrepreneur then UP will cover the key stages in your development and support journey, including: 

     • Pre-information while in your home country

     • Ongoing service while you study in the UK

     • Complementary expertise on the set-up and growth of your entrepreneurial venture

     • Through our partner, Redstart Law, an accredited immigration law firm, we can help arrange the support needed for your visa application

RussTaplin, MD and lead consultant  said "We are really excited by this partnership with UP. There is a real need to support the talented individuals coming into the UK, and to do that you have to cover the whole experience, not just the studying but professional etiquette, personal impact, business case - through to the visa process and subsequent business success. Creating this partnership provides the best possible service and opportunity to succeed by putting it all in one place."

There is more about UP here.

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Russ Talks Enterprise

8  November 2018

Russ Taplin, MD at Mmm... Thoughtful Business Ltd. will discuss idea generation, networking, the practicalities of enterprise in the UK and creativity, focusing on soft skills that can be applied to higher learning as well as a variety of career pathways.

The event takes place on 8th November at Bournemouth University's Talbot Campus. Want to  FIND OUT MORE? (Opens in Facebook) Or, alternatively please contact Russ

Alumni panel to shape future of MBA

A new alumni panel is set to shape the future of BU’s MBA programme.

Three MBA alumni attended the first panel meeting, held earlier this month, with others set to provide input and support as part of a wider, virtual group.

The panel was organised by programme director, Dr Milena Bobeva, and follows a 30-year celebration event for BU’s MBA, which was held in November last year.

Those attending the inaugural panel meeting included Barnabus Kavai, an entrepreneur and business strategy consultant; Russ Taplin, MD of Thoughtful Business an entrepreneurial and business consultancy; and Paul Taylor, e-commerce co-ordinator for The Royal British Legion.

The trio, who graduated between two and 16 years ago, provided insights into what attracted them to the programme, what they found most valuable about the course and what they have learnt since graduating. The panel session also provided an opportunity to discuss latest industry trends, and how these could impact the MBA programme, as well as distinguishing features which could support future course promotion.

Russ said: “Having met colleagues who have completed MBA programmes at other institutions, what stands out for me is how BU encourages students to put their thinking into action. The MBA course content is tailored to what the business world wants and the focus on practical, experiential learning means that BU alumni can bring immediate value to their employer. By getting involved in the panel, I hope that we can connect industry needs with the programme’s development and provide some check and challenge.”

The panel discussed that skills in project management, risk and change management, would set up graduates for successful careers in any industry.

The MBA panel is the second to be launched within BU’s Business School programmes. It follows the success of the BABS – BA (Hons) Business Studies – Panel, which has been running for the last four years.

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