What's your demarcation point between the end of this week and the start of next week?

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"Hear your breath", "Feel your breath", "Breathe", "Go inward", "Quiet the mind", "Observe your breath", "Find your centre", "Namaste". These are the words I hear each Sunday morning, and it is at this point, that I move from the current week and start looking forward, planning and be...
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What's the one piece of business advice you would share with your younger self?

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Hindsight can be a powerful thing.  When you reflect back on when you started out in business, which may have been a number of years ago, and with what you know today, what is the one piece of advice you would share with your younger self, if you were just starting out in business today? As a n...
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The 3 most important documents in your business right now.

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Many businesses are currently in a state of flux and business owners are having a real roller coaster of a ride. One minute we seem to be getting back to some sort of normal trading, next we have introduction of national tiers systems and partial lock-down. Then Lock-down 2.0 was introduced last week in England with what looked like no li...
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With being in lockdown 2.0, has this made you rethink your personal priorities?

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Looking for a change and wish to take control of your work / life balance? Enjoy the outdoors and traveling around North Cumbria and the Lakes? Always wanted to run and own your own business?   Well do read on….. Sick of the daily commute, long hours at your desk or internal politics of working for a large organisation?  Would y...
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Is now the time to "cut your cloth" to suit your situation?

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We are well into quarter 4 of 2020. It's also half term, which gives many business owners the opportunity to have a well-deserved family break.  However, with slow trading forecast for the next six months, the likelihood is many businesses will have a challenge to achieve a positive bottom-line contribution throug...
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The value in utilising and applying business models

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Anyone who knows me, will know that I love referring to and using business models. In fact when in a Regional Sales Director role, in charge of a large team, whom became and still are an award winning team, at every meeting and presentation I shared a business model.  Mostly I utilised the...
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Don’t be market led! 7 steps to take control of the direction of your business.

Don’t be market led! 7 steps to take control of the direction of your business.
Many businesses are effected by the swings and trends of their market, follow the crowd or pulled in the direction their dominant customers wants to go. Would you rather not take control of your business, align, point, kick forward and accelerate in the direction where you want to go? If you fo...
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Are Exit or Acquisition options that you may be considering?

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I have worked with a number of clients over the years with the main focus on establishing a strategy to EXIT the business. Two current businesses that are for sale at the foot of this blog. However the best advice I can give you is, start early if you are planning to step away from the day to day. I...
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Been dealt a duff hand and not sure whether to stick or twist?

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If you find your business is in a situation (outwith your control) which has disadvantaged and potentially has a negative impact on you, then there's never been a better time to be proactive. Step back, analyse, review and then develop a plan or clear strategy for the next 2-3 years. They say, "the one constant is chan...
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Implementing Change Successfully - Plan to Prepare or Prepare to Fail

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 There are many external factors driving change in today's business markets. What if the inevitable happened? How flexible, agile and well prepared would you, your staff and your business be to adapt to a new way of working? Bad news sells and generates many news articles attracting readers, listeners, debate, response and opinions b...
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Adapting to a New Normal - Know your Numbers!

Adapting to a New Normal - Know your Numbers!
As non-essential businesses are back and businesses such as pubs, restaurants and hairdressers plan to open from Saturday the 4th July in England, it will be a great relief to many business owners and their employees to "get back to work" after the lengthy 15 weeks in lock-down. It is fantastic that many can return to the workplace a...
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Why not use your time to work “on” the business. 3 steps which could improve your business productivity.

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You've always been busy and not spent time to reflect and review the financials?  Have margins been squeezed, customers always chasing you and it's taking longer than you planned to deliver goods or services?.  Have you spent your time looking inward at your staff and potentially asking what are they're up to all day? As Bu...
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“You can’t control the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails” Jimmy Dean

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We are now just over 4 weeks into lockdown in the UK. This has been a radical and rapidly changing period, dramatically impacting all our personal, family and business lives. However, there's hope that over the next few weeks or so, with extensive self-isolation and restriction of movement having been followed effectively, that the UK wil...
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In turbulent times, focus on what you can influence, as it can all be about business survival.

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The last few years have been a roller coaster for small and large businesses and the most turbulent years in a generation. However, the Global impact and fear around the effects of Covid-19 has really brought us some new challenges. Over the next few weeks and months, it will be highly probable that we will continue along a dark path. With lack of ...
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