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Building walls to protect your business
I recently visited the beautiful Medieval city of Tallinn in Estonia. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains lots of beautiful architecture (as you’d expect) and has some rather quirky claims to fame, such as being home to Skype and Europe’s longest-serving pharmacy (see my other blog on running a business for 600 years). The […]Read more
Happy Birthday Tendo! What we’ve learnt…
If Tendo had just started school… Tendo is five years old this month and I’m delighted we’ve reached this point. The reality is, over 50% of SME businesses do not reach this age. I’ve learned a lot since starting the business in 2010 and I am grateful for the many people I’ve encountered, built relationships […]Read more
Time bandits and how to conquer them
On a recent city break to Tallinn in Estonia I admired the city’s oldest clock, which is set into the wall of a 13th century church. It was added in 1433, around a century after building of the church started and is said to be one of the city’s most photographed objects. Here’s me doing […]Read more
Is your business a diamond in the rough or does it dazzle in the dimmest of lights?
Almost anyone can run a business, but just running a business isn’t the same thing as running a successful one that ignites your passion. You don’t have to pass any tests to start a company and you certainly don’t have to take any specialist advice to help you run it, so how do you make […]Read more
Could your business run for six centuries?
My recent city break in Tallinn, Estonia, gave me much to think about. As we wandered through the Medieval Old Town we came across one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe. Not only is the business still going six centuries after it was founded, but it’s still using the same premises. 600+ years […]Read more
Are you running your business with fear?
Are you anxious when you go to work? Would you admit that you have fears you need to face almost daily? Not many would, but it’s a certainty that every day, people running their own business have to overcome fear of some sort. What marketing should I be doing to fill my pipeline? Where are […]Read more
The secret of doing more of what you love
Recently I was in Brighton, Bournemouth, Reading and Fulham mid week. And that’s me in the picture at Craven Cottage in London recently. I’m away pretty much once a fortnight for most of the year and have been for the last three years. But I wasn’t in all of these places for work – my […]Read more
Flying high with a perfect pitch
I spend some of my time each week acting as a business mentor and sitting on the local area Board for a group of young entrepreneurs at the local high school. They are taking part in a Young Enterprise competition and have to form and run their own limited company for a school year. The […]Read more
What cricket can teach us about our team
It’s been an interesting few weeks in the world of England cricket as Kevin Pietersen was controversially told there’s no place for him in the international side this summer. Andrew Strauss cited: “…a massive trust issue,” as the reason there’s no recall for a player who is widely accepted to be one of the brightest […]Read more
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