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Outstanding young entrepreneurs – the lessons to be learned for start-up businesses

I’ve been a business adviser for the Young Enterprise charity for three years and this year I was a judge in the local rounds of the Company of the Year programme for East Surrey. Today, I had the pleasure of attending the South East regional finals at the newly renovated Guildford Cathedral. Many of us, myself included, wring our hands in despair at what we call the snowflake generation. But today my faith was restored and I’m happy to say we can sleep easy in our beds tonight secure in the knowledge our future is safe in the hands of […]

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Webinars, Fairies and Unicorns – the Myths

If you’re a business owner, particularly one in the first few years of your business, like me, you’re probably looking for solutions to a number of different problems to help your business grow. And solutions that don’t cost a great deal of money because we don’t have infinite resources. The curse of free content The internet is a blessing and a curse in this regard. There is so much ‘free’ stuff out there, that you probably could glean the answers, but you’d have to search a lot and connect a lot of dots before you get anywhere. Or you buy […]

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Successful businesses have a plan

That successful businesses have a plan shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to you.  But the number of businesses that don’t have plans is extremely high – in excess of 75%. And then they wonder why they languish in what Daniel Priestley, in his excellent book, Key Person of Influence, calls the ‘Struggle Zone’. The Struggle Zone is characterised by small business owners who either work on their own or have up to two people working for them. They have no time, no money and are hugely stressed and on the verge of burnout. This is not what they imagined […]

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Five useful articles from this week’s business news

We are bombarded daily with a bewildering array of articles and it’s difficult to know where to start. You could spend your entire day disappearing down rabbit holes of information. To save you the effort, I’ve selected five articles on a range of subjects from a variety of sources that I found useful Business Strategy Funding Management vs Leadership Six business financial terms explained Auto-enrolment Business strategy A refreshing read from Jack Welch who, like me, believes that having a strategy is about having a usable, inspiring and actionable strategy, rather than the wonderful theoretical models that abound. (That’s not to say […]

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