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Is running a business bad for your health?
Guest blog: Business Digest Magazine, March 2021 There’s so much noise around workplace wellbeing, employee wellbeing and how to look after your team. And it’s great that people are talking about it because you should be looking after your most valuable asset – your employees. But what about looking after yourself? All too often I […]Read more
Why every SME needs a one-page plan
Did you know that only one in four small business owners has a business plan? It’s usually because they don’t know what should be in it, haven’t got time to make one or don’t know how to get started. Worse still, “I don’t need one” is a comment I hear quite often. So instead of […]Read more
Does your business give you financial freedom?
Financial Freedom As we end one tax year and start the next, many businesses will be taking a closer look at their figures, some for the first time in a while. Perhaps your accountant has already booked you in for your annual catch up (although if you only hear from them once a year, it […]Read more
How to break through when feeling trapped by your business
Nobody starts a business wanting to work eighty-hour weeks for minimum wage. Or to put urgent client emails before quality family time. To spend holidays sat in a hotel room chasing invoices. Or to wake up dreading the day ahead. And yet, these scenarios are far from uncommon. In fact, as many as 95% of […]Read more
Automation in business – opportunity or threat?
Over half a million new businesses were incorporated in the UK last year, and less than half of those will survive more than five years. But their failure won’t be down to recessions or global pandemics – this figure is based on statistics recorded way before COVID-19 came along. The reason many of these businesses […]Read more
Seven questions business owners are asking right now
(…and my honest answers) A few weeks back, I was delighted to be the guest expert for a Q&A with members of The Business Culture Hull. I thought I’d share my answers here as I’m sure other business owners will have similar questions and concerns to those that attended the event… How would you prospect […]Read more
Is your family business missing a mediator
Why a business mentor could be the answer Are you familiar with the story behind the Black Sheep Brewery? It was founded by Paul Theakston, a fifth-generation brewer, who walked away from the family business to start his own because he disagreed with some of the family decisions. Both breweries still make fantastic Yorkshire beers […]Read more
What can businesses learn from a Rugby coach?
Earlier this year, I attended an online webinar with Sir Ian McGeechan, hosted by Front Row Legal. For those of you unfamiliar with Sir Ian McGeechan, he is a former rugby union player and British Lions coach. His webinar – ‘The Game Changer’ – was brilliant and contained loads of insights into effective leadership. Many […]Read more
Focus on what you do best and outsource the rest
This is an extract from a blog written by Sam Agnew of Everyday People Sourcing, talking about the benefits of outsourcing to freelancers. I was delighted that Sam chose to interview me to provide my experience of doing just that and why it is the right strategy for small business owners to be adopting. Unless […]Read more
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