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Discover Your Narrow Edge

How unremarkable actions executed with remarkable consistency will deliver remarkable results… It’s sometimes tempting to think that you can save time and cut corners in …

Advice for these uncertain times

According to an online survey of more than 1,000 businesses, almost three-quarters said they expect their revenues to reduce by more than 50% as a …

‘Business as usual’ just isn’t good enough – we have to think differently…

This is a blog that we posted a few years ago during some blizzards. At the time, many businesses felt worried about the disruption caused …

12 ways to double your business in the next 12 months for free…

Thanks for accessing this free guide. In uncertain times it can be all too easy to panic and start to do less and allow your …

Selling is a skill that you will never master

Like all skills, the better you get, the better to want to be. You may achieve a level at which you are happy to plateau. …

It’s all change online…

How to get a realistic feel for what return you get from your social media marketing activity is hard. Many make mistakes because they consider …

Is networking ‘notworking’?

There are some who dismiss the idea of networking as a pointless jolly. And others who find the whole experience so excruciatingly awkward that they …

Face up to the figures

Getting to grips with the figures in your business is essential. And this is true whether the economy is in boom time or gloom time. …

It’s January again – Just 12 months to go!

A tale from Johnny’s childhood on the farm and what you can learn from ploughing a field… Inspired by driving through the Shropshire countryside at various times of …

A new year message 2020

Was it a symphony or an ear-jarring cacophony? Well, I hope that went well and you’re all rested and recharged and ready to pick up …

Systemise to Leverage your Time…

As a business owner, your two most precious resources are time and money. In this blog, I am going to give you an insight into …

Add PACE to your business for success

Thank you for taking the time to read this short bulletin. One of the amazing things about the world of small business is the dynamic …

Twelve reasons why most ads are ignored and cost you a fortune instead of making you the money you deserve!

The mistake so many companies make is to fail to put themselves in the shoes of their potential customers. They are so focussed on telling …

Seven easy ways to destroy your productivity

As your company searches for new ways to boost productivity and increase sales, it’s important to be aware how your plans can be thwarted. By …

Is your glass half full?

It’s a corny, familiar question used to describe people’s natural disposition. How you view your surroundings. Your attitude to the challenges and opportunities facing your …

Build your audience before you start to sell

Learn from the market traders… We were chatting in the office earlier about visiting a local show and how much we alI love watching the …

The value of Picasso’s napkin

If you don’t value what you do then your prospects won’t either! Do you ever undervalue what your business does? This is probably because it’s …

TikTok – What is it and should my business be using it?

So, let’s start with the essentials: TikTok is a Chinese iOS and Android social media video app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and …

Google My Business – Just a Pin on a Map?

Once upon a time (just a few months ago) someone would search for some information on Google and this would result in a click to …

Do you want to make more money?

If you want more money from your business, let’s take a look at your operational efficiency – have we lost you already? Stick with us …

How do you get staff to contribute growth ideas?

We did this little exercise with a client some time back. We looked at the 10 initiatives the business had started in the last six …

How can I most effectively grow my sales?

One of the questions we frequently get asked is ‘how can I most effectively grow my sales?’ If this is a question that you struggle …

Marketing for Small and Medium Sized Business – Where do I start?

There are hundreds of marketing channels available and a multitude of companies offering to run them for you. From print to social media, advertisements to …

How are you going to use your extra hour this weekend?

How to get ahead, hit the ground running in 2020 and take a leaf out of Google’s marketing plan! It’s one of my favourite weekends …

Meet Tom – he’s a “Typical Owner Manager” (You probably know him already!)

Tom was 34 when he finally realised that his job working as a production manager at Deadend Ltd wasn’t taking him anywhere. He’d worked his …

Business Chimp or Business Champ?

Discover the DNA of profitability for your business Are you like most business owners – do you believe you need to take dramatic steps to improve …

Be careful what you read and be careful who you listen to!

With all the political uncertainty around at the moment, it is more important than ever to have a positive attitude towards your business.  Remember, if you …

Imagine a game with no goals!

Whatever your sport (in fact, even if you aren’t a sports fan, you’ll appreciate the analogy), have you ever stoped to imagine how futile the …

Do bad habits get in the way and prevent your business from achieving goals? What can you learn from monkeys in a cage… 

We all have ambitions for our business – you may be full of good intentions about changes you need to make to realise these dreams …

How to boil a frog – why doing nothing is NOT an option!

Whilst we’re labouring away at the coalface of our businesses it can be easy to ignore many of the wider economic and political factors that …

Discover your critical non-essentials

Several years ago, a leading pub group that I worked for commissioned some really good research to look at what encouraged and discouraged customers to …

Don’t be stifled by perfection

Sometimes we are so fixated on achieving perfection – on having all our ‘ducks lined up’ – that it stops us from ever getting going. …

Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is king

The majority of small business failures are actually a result of cash flow and not profit problems. There are many examples of small business that …

Is your business as well organised as a Religion?

Like it, love it or loathe it, religion is hugely influential in all our lives and on the society in which we live. Whether your …

Leadership in tough times

As the unsettling and confusing political news continues and some markets begin to stagnate and others become ever more volatile, we need to be careful …

The law of ridiculous opposites

In business we’re always looking to win the hearts and minds of prospects to help us sustain growth and realise our dreams, our ambitions.  To …

Why do people buy?

To understand this we also need to understand why they stop buying! One of the important lessons we have learned from past periods of political uncertainty …

Discover your brilliance and then be brilliant…

The most important thing (And we’ve said this before) is to be brilliant at what you do. If you want to really get ahead, it’s …

How and why to choose a business coach

Hiring a business coach is a daunting prospect for many. Actively and willingly accepting help is tough enough – add to that a fear of ‘what …

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