Seven rules for running a happy family business

‘Running a family business is so rewarding’  ‘Running a business with family members is like walking through a minefield, blindfold!’ I wonder which one of the above statements you identify with most?  If you’re like me, you probably switch between the two. A family business is a unique proposition. On the one hand you’ve got…
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It’s all about ‘A Business Plan’

2nd post in a series on starting your own business Now you’ll need to pull together a business plan, rain forests have been felled to provide paper for the huge numbers of books and articles written about devising the perfect business plan.  The truth is, there is no perfect business plan.  How could there be,…
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Entrepreneurs, start ‘em young!

My primary school headmaster was a stern Welshman from the hills overlooking the Dee Valley, an ex RAF fighter pilot from ww2, he took no nonsense!  However, one of his main concerns was preparing his charges for the rigours of the big wide world, not just the three’s, but self reliance, industriousness and a good…
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Build your confidence!

 Start-ups need nurturing, you need to build your confidence! 1st post in a series on starting your own business Ok, so you’ve hit on the perfect idea, confidence is high, this idea is the one, the one to make money, maybe even lots of money!!  You’ll have to work hard on your start up, build…
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‘Fortune favours the brave’ or ‘fools rush in’?

It’s the dream of most business men and women, a sales curve that looks like the side of a pyramid stretching inexorably skywards! Fortune really does favour the brave, but is your business overheating? The first thing to look at is why? Why has your business suddenly taken off?  Of course if you’ve seen the…
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Is your business vulnerable?

There are obvious times when a business is vulnerable, when it’s new or when there’s a catastrophic incident like a fire or a cyber attack.  Have you ever considered your business to be vulnerable when things are going really really well?  When sales are climbing through the roof, staff are all performing well and the…
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‘Rip off’ agencies, lazy ministers more like!

As yet another Government minister, Ben Gummer this time, labels agencies as a ‘rip off’. I’d like to ask Mr Gummer a question, but first it’s about time someone started to talk about the real issues confronting the NHS and their staffing shortages. Perhaps Mr Gummer has the memory of a goldfish, but the rest…
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Learning to fail, in order to succeed

When you start in business you imagine a tough time to begin with, long hours, not too much reward, meetings with bank managers, lawyers, accountants and hopefully business development meetings with clients, then after a relatively short time you think you’ll establish a level of turnover that you’re happy with and life will start to…
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Quantity vs Quality

Jack Cohen, the founder of Tesco, coined a famous phrase, ‘pile it high, sell it cheap’.  I should point out at this point that the current strategy of Tesco’s does not embrace this concept! The idea behind the concept, of course, is to buy a large quantity of goods, at the cheapest price possible, and…
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About Me

Small businesses make up the vast majority of the UK economy, we employ more people, generate more tax revenues and create more wealth than the rest of the UK economy put together.

All businesses need a little help from time to time, that maybe the oversight of a Non Executive Director, or an interim manager who offers help and support at a time of need or crisis or simply an outside eye to offer support and pracical advice at regular intervals.

I've been involved in small and medium-sized businesses for over 30 years. My first career was in the Hospitality sector, I then moved into temporary healthcare staffing, healthcare provision and finally international recruitment.

I've been involved in businesses that experienced extraordinary growth, and stagnation. Both can be problematic and need management, different styles of management, but management none the less.

Many issues draw a business owner away from their primary role; to strategise, to ensure success and make sure the business is still trading a year from now. Often, that re-focusing requires an outside eye, that's where a good business adviser is invaluable.

I offer practical no-nonsense advice and support. I can't honestly say I've seen every eventuality that a business may encounter, I don't believe anyone can, however when times get difficult, as they do in all businesses, it's good to have someone you can call on who's prepared to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.