Harry Freedman
I am an author, business and career adviser, problem solver and change expert. I have a lifetime's business experience and have founded, run and exited businesses across several sectors. My websites are www.aspaera.co.uk and www.thecareeradvicecentre.com

My business clients are looking to grow their business, raise funding or adapt their business model or strategy. My personal clients are looking for better or more fulfilling careers.

I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a wide and varied career and a first class education with 3 postgraduate degrees. I’ve coached thousands of people, written several books, broadcast on TV and radio, and I’ve met some fascinating and life changing people along the way.

There are very few problems in the world that can’t be solved, and I’m always on the lookout for new challenges! You can reach me at harry@aspaera.co.uk or call 0845 467 4167

Entries by Harry Freedman

The Real Reason Why Youth Unemployment is So Insidious

(2) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (11:50)

Unemployment amongst young people remains unacceptably high. Latest figures show that nearly one million people between the ages of 18 and 24 are out of work, only a few less than in the previous month.

The consequences of unemployment go far beyond the immediate impact on a young...

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Networking in the Public Sector

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (11:36)

With the public sector still shrinking, competition for jobs is getting tougher. If you are looking for a public sector job, you need to give yourself an edge.

There are two parts to getting a job. The first part, the bit everybody does, is to fill in the application form....

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Corporate Social Irresponsibility

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (08:41)

It seems that every day another company hits the headlines for behaving badly. The offences vary, it can be multinationals avoiding tax, banks wrecking the economy, energy giants polluting the environment, utilities price fixing, tech companies passing consumer data to governments or many other things.

But increasingly the focus is...

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Using An Improving Jobs Market To Consider A Career Change

(2) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (12:15)

The jobs market is picking up speed, according to the quarterly Report on Jobs published this week. More permanent vacancies are being filled than at any time in the last year and a half.

It's encouraging news but of course there have already been a few false starts in the...

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James Caan Is Right - But For Different Reasons

(0) Comments | Posted 4 June 2013 | (09:26)

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, James Caan, the Government's new Social Mobility Tsar says that parents should not help their children to get a job. Instead they should encourage kids to make their own way. The reason he gives is that when parents hold back they help their...

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Startups Benefit From a Surplus of Talent

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (10:19)

One of the mantras of the current labour market is that, despite high unemployment, the war for talent is still being bitterly fought. Captains of industry complain about the difficulty of recruiting good people, that competition for the best and brightest has never been greater.

That may be so in...

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The Secret Job Search Ingredient

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2013 | (16:48)

The number of people applying for every job vacancy is on the rise. This suggests that even tougher times may be ahead for job seekers. As if it wasn't tough enough already!

There is plenty of good advice around for job seekers. Nearly every committed job seeker knows how to...

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Job Seekers Aren't Commodities

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2013 | (10:08)

The government claims that the new cap on benefits has already encouraged 8,000 of those expected to be affected to find jobs. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research says there is no evidence for that claim. Meanwhile the companies delivering the Work Programme are saying that the initiative...

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It's Okay Not to Enjoy Networking

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2013 | (12:00)

If you're looking for a job you really shouldn't be reading this! Nor should you be spending more than a few minutes a day browsing job boards or looking for job opportunities on Linked In, Facebook, or anywhere else online.

The reason is simple. It's where everyone else is looking....

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Its Not Just Foreign Takeovers Than Need Oversight

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2012 | (09:25)

Lord Heseltine, who is conducting an economic review on behalf of the government, is due to recommend this week that restrictions be placed on foreign takeovers of British companies. This is unlikely to go down well with free marketers. But even if we leave ideologies on one side, there are...

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How Multinationals That Don't Pay Corporation Tax Could Help us All

(5) Comments | Posted 22 October 2012 | (15:55)

The announcement that Joanna Shields is to leave Facebook to lead Tech City is good news for tech start ups. The government's technology investment group hasn't had the best of publicity since it kicked off in April 2011. It has come under criticism for not publicising its events or services,...

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Business Opportunities in the Food Sector

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2012 | (10:46)

Visionary entrepreneurs should take a long hard look at the Food industry. There are going to be some big changes over the next few years, and potentially lucrative opportunities.

The Food industry is going through the same sort of upheaval that the tobacco sector went through some years ago. Health...

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Selling Creative Design in a Recession

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2012 | (13:09)

I went to Tent London yesterday, one of the largest trade fairs for designers. There were dozens of designers, nearly all displaying wonderful, highly creative stuff. But so many of the stall holders looked forlorn, so few people were taking an interest in their work, hardly any business seemed to...

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Could the Olympic Spirit Fix the Economy?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2012 | (13:55)

All the talk this week is of how the UK can build on the feel-great factor generated by the Olympics. There's no doubt that the country felt very different during the Games; whatever grumbles there were before they started, about security, tickets, traffic etc. disappeared as soon as the action...

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The Alliance of Authors

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2012 | (15:47)

It used to be said that everyone has a novel sitting in a drawer, waiting to be published. Well not any more. These days everyone has a novel, or three or five, sitting in Amazon's Kindle Store or on Smashwords. Which is great for all those with literary pretensions. Unless...

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Why I'm Not Worried by Ebook Piracy

(5) Comments | Posted 3 January 2012 | (11:40)

It seems that ebooks have become the latest creative medium to be hit by digital piracy. According to one report, ebook publishing is being undermined by pirates in the same way that the music industry has been. Books which retail on Amazon and elsewhere for up to $15 are being...

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In Praise of Historical Novelists

(1) Comments | Posted 29 December 2011 | (23:00)

The first time I wrote historical fiction I had no idea what I was taking on. Even now, with one historical novel under my belt, and with a second on the way, I am filled with admiration for anyone who can craft a good period narrative. Of all the literary...

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The True History of the Everlasting Reindeer

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2011 | (11:49)

The Jewish festival of Hanukah, which starts today night, is well known because it falls round about the same time as Christmas. In religious terms it's a minor festival; in 21st century cultural terms it is possibly the most famous of Jewish holidays.

Hanukah celebrates a successful revolt in 165...

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Two Good Reasons To Be Grateful For E-Books

(3) Comments | Posted 12 December 2011 | (12:14)

Sales of Amazon's new Kindle Fire are predicted to reach 5 million by the end of 2011. That's pretty remarkable, given that it was only launched six weeks ago. It's not just good news for Amazon. A whole army of independent book publishers are in line to benefit.

I'm one...

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