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The credit crunch, the change in regulations and how this affects business today

This week I attended the Inspire Elite Growth Forum where the Bank of England were guest presenters. Because the bank was unable to discuss the interest rate projections, (the MPC meet this week so they stay quiet on the matter), she discussed the changes the bank have made to regulating and stress testing the financial sector [...]

By |January 30th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Taking on a new client – CK Painting & Decorating

We are delighted to have been appointed by Craig Knight of CK Painting and Decorating. Having met Craig through a local business group I was instantly drawn to his knowledge and passion about both his job and his clients. CK Painting & Decorating undertake domestic and commercial projects including having recently worked on an office project, home [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Consultant, Consultation, Mentoring|0 Comments

Marketing, creating a lasting impression

This week I had a wonderful experience with some of my family, and all thanks to a great piece of marketing by a household name in the UK, Land Rover. I can't help subconsciously recognising this as a commercial decision by a corporate organisation, and can't help thinking "how does this fit in into their [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Goals and end goals. What’s the difference? (And is it important)?

One of the projects I have been working on extensively towards the end of 2019 was, helping two shareholders of an SME reconcile their very different objectives with their business. I entered this process to provide the guidance both needed to find a mutually acceptable way to progress. It was apparent to me that both parties [...]

By |January 3rd, 2020|Consultant, Consultation, Mentoring|0 Comments

Consultants – affordability and value delivery?

On the theme of reasons businesses often don't engage a consultant, I am convinced many business owners either don't understand the value behind some good external expertise, or just don't think they can afford it. I think there are two sides to this statement. The first is affordability. There are a few factors when looking at [...]

By |December 19th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Think Strategically

I've broken away for probably one week only from the theme of how a consultant helps your business. This is a twist on that theme, but from a different angle. Over the past couple of weeks a recurring theme I've seen is focusing on strategic thinking. It's an area I spend some considerable time on but [...]

A consultant wouldn’t work in my business. Would it?

A second piece in a mini series looking at why businesses don't engage with an external consultant, or in larger business cases a non-executive director. Last weeks article was written from the basis of fact. I have seen many times over the effect of change on a business, both positive and negative, both proactively managed [...]

National Rugby Awards – the engagement legacy

One of the highlights of 2019 was leading the National Rugby Awards commercial partnerships team. One of our objectives this year in establishing a relationship with Guinness especially was to engage more with the grass roots of the game more throughout the year. One of the great ways we have been able to deliver on [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Inspire launch their virtual board initiative.

The game at Inspire has upped significantly over the past six months so to speak. Following the appointment of a team of associate directors to support local SME business owners in their growth ambitions stage two of this has now been announced. Inspire have announced their next level of support, a 'Virtual Board' where through [...]

Change….something to be managed or feared?

The very nature of my job is that I am involved in business change. Many call it change management but I'm more goal driven so I would call it "business growth" for example. Either way, me becoming involved represents a change of some description. More often than not for the positive. But I can't help [...]