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Our goal is to provide our visitors with a valuable source of information, offering guidance from industry experts to help you to grow your business throughout 2012 and beyond. Our experts write for all experience levels, so whether you're new to business, a serial entrepreneur or a seasoned business professional, we hope you’ll find our articles of interest and share your thoughts with others.

 
 

Budget 2013 Help to Buy Scheme: Criteria and How it will work

Budget 2013 Help to Buy Scheme: Criteria and How it will workIn this post I won’t be professing the rights or wrongs of the new scheme but most people trying to get on the housing ladder or even moving up a rung will be pleased with the announcement of the Help to Buy and will be rushing to find out whether they meet the criteria and how the scheme will work. Continue reading “Budget 2013 Help to Buy Scheme: Criteria and How it will work” »

 

Summary of the main changes of the Budget 2013 for Small Businesses

budget response 2013Mr Osborne has said, “It could be worse”.  However could it have been better? And that’s surely the question. It would be interesting to hear your opinions. My feeling is that no government has the balls to make the difficult decisions required for the economy as it may lose votes. It’s all short term-ism.   Continue reading “Summary of the main changes of the Budget 2013 for Small Businesses” »

 

Tips for Improving Productivity at Work…or Anywhere!

Tips for Improving Productivity at Work Ok, so we have lots to do and I don’t multitask – I know I don’t.  My hubby on the other hand is rather proud of the fact that he can and I guess as a chef he’s had to (although I say he can’t).

However I read with interest that some of the best musicians avoid multitasking because it is felt doing so actually confuses the mind and leads to a lot more jobs that don’t really get done very well Continue reading “Tips for Improving Productivity at Work…or Anywhere!” »

 

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Lawyer or Solicitor

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Lawyer or SolicitorI’ve had experience of using legal services such as lawyers as indeed many homeowners or business people would. Of course generally lawyers drop their services into one of many specialisms – house purchase (or conveyancing), family (wills, divorce etc) and many others, but from my experience, finding a good one… now that’s the challenge! Continue reading “5 Tips for Choosing the Right Lawyer or Solicitor” »

 

If you can’t manage your own money, how are you going to manage ours?

If you can’t manage your own money, how are you going to manage ours?An interesting question don’t you think? In other companies I’ve worked for, it was “kind of” assumed that as a manager got promoted and accepted more responsibility, so that responsibility included the departmental budget.  Now I for one, don’t believe that anyone can grasp any company or departmental budget without understanding their own domestic budget – in simple terms, if you can’t manage your own money, how are you going to manage ours Continue reading “If you can’t manage your own money, how are you going to manage ours?” »

 

Measuring an Employee’s Performance. So why did you employ them?

Measuring an employees performanceThe issue of staff turnover must be the most enduring subject and let me immediately say that I offer no earth shattering solution to the ongoing problems of recruiting the right staff for your business and keeping them motivated but, I do raise some points that might kick off some debate. Continue reading “Measuring an Employee’s Performance. So why did you employ them?” »

 

Stop…I want to get off!

Stop…I want to get off!How often during your career have you heard such comments as “we have to move with the times” or “we need to look forward?” The challenge as one gets older though, is that you get tired of the changes and having perhaps “seen it all before” – Stop the World, I want to get off! Continue reading “Stop…I want to get off!” »

 

To Blog or Not to Blog?

To Blog or Not to BlogSo could I be saying that unless you have a burning desire to write, you’re wasting your time with a blog? – err… no… but then again, perhaps?

The point of this vacillation is that with the untold millions of blogs out there, there are precious few that are followed and of real value. Continue reading “To Blog or Not to Blog?” »

 

The Importance of Fitness at Work

The Importance of Fitness at WorkWhen I left the gym last night, I joked with a friend who said she was going home to a beer; that I was going home for supper and for me there was a direct correlation between how nice I was to my wife in the morning and the likelihood of there being supper on the table when I get home. Continue reading “The Importance of Fitness at Work” »

 

Scream your way to a holiday in Norway

Help create the longest scream in the world. Visitnorway has launched a great viral campaign to celebrate the famous painting The Scream by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

It’s a bit of fun and all you have to do is share your travel screams by Continue reading “Scream your way to a holiday in Norway” »

 

Mission Statement or Core Values?

An interesting question don’t you think? It’s considered good practice to create a company mission statement and for what it’s worth, I agree.

On the mission issue I have to admit that I struggled to write them (even though I’ve set up and run more than one company and Continue reading “Mission Statement or Core Values?” »

 

Will How We Use Search Engines Change? Is Continuous Scrolling the answer?

Will How We Use Search Engines Change?In the early days of Google it was great. When looking for information or to buy something I found a whole range of other outlets for information, shops and products that I would have previously been unaware of, and that would have been difficult to research or find otherwise. It gave me so much more choice and options. Continue reading “Will How We Use Search Engines Change? Is Continuous Scrolling the answer?” »

 

To ISO or not to ISO – that is the question…

To ISO or not to ISO - that is the questionIn a former life, my husband ran a catering company and the big drive was for ISO 9000 accreditation. Now of course 9002 has been here for some time, but I wonder if the same challenges have followed it? Continue reading “To ISO or not to ISO – that is the question…” »

 

Summary – The Directors Dashboard (Part 5)

The Directors Dashboard (Part 5)I really do hope you find something helpful or of interest to you in my little dashboard series. Oh and if you do, please drop me a line, I would love to hear from you.  I’ve certainly enjoyed writing them. In this latest one I’ll just say that you should now have a copy of those about which I’ve been more expansive; Continue reading “Summary – The Directors Dashboard (Part 5)” »

 

Client Issues Report – The Directors Dashboard (Part 4)

Client Issues Report – The Directors Dashboard (Part 4)Perhaps most appropriate for the service industry, a report that I created and used to ask for was the ‘Client Issues Report’ (CIR). Basically the CIR listed each Account Manager’s clients in order of significance to the business – most profitable perhaps would be an obvious criteria, but it depends on you. Continue reading “Client Issues Report – The Directors Dashboard (Part 4)” »

 

An Interesting Look at What Makes a Good Manager

Google must be one of the most common single words used in the business world today and often in the context of computers and search engines of course. But in that context I was interested to read an article in the New York Times (to whom I must credit with the core of this story) about the Peeps at Google driving for a better Continue reading “An Interesting Look at What Makes a Good Manager” »

 

The Taxation of High Value UK Residential Property – A Guide to Proposed Changes

You may have read in the press about the UK Government’s proposals to change the way that high value UK residential property is taxed. So this seems like a good time to offer a short guide to the proposals and explain the current situation Continue reading “The Taxation of High Value UK Residential Property – A Guide to Proposed Changes” »

 

Sole Trader Vs Limited Company – Which should you Choose?

The definition of a sole trader is an individually owned and operated unincorporated company which is usually regarded as the simplest method of running a business. However once set up and even after employing a couple of other staff a lot of small trading companies completely discount the benefits of changing to an incorporated limited company Continue reading “Sole Trader Vs Limited Company – Which should you Choose?” »

 

Online Business, Local Market

While online marketing in itself is a long-term project that your business will need to maintain for the long haul, online marketing to your local customers specifically comes with its own set of unique challenges and rewards. First, you need to take steps to manage your online presence, as it is often the first impression potential customers have at your business Continue reading “Online Business, Local Market” »

 

Variance Analysis – The Directors Dashboard (Part 3)

In part one of my blog on the Directors Dashboard I listed a number of business areas that you would expect to keep close tabs on and in part two I expanded on one report which was the Client Visitation form which was more suitable to the service industry. This part three is about my pet report – the Budget Versus Actual (BVA) or Continue reading “Variance Analysis – The Directors Dashboard (Part 3)” »