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Stop Wasting Your Time: How to actually run your meetings

Too many meetings… A long time ago in a previous life I went to loads of meetings. Corporate-type meetings – leadership team ones, departments ones, multiple project ones and even some off-site ones with the occasional over-nighter. I must admit some were a waste of time. Plus, on some days the meeting schedule controlled my […]

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The Lonely Truth of Making Decisions as a Business Owner

Give me feedback……… Likes, views, comments, shares, customer surveys, buyer reviews. Even feedback when using a public toilet! But what about receiving feedback when you’re the business owner? Especially if you are sole business owner or director – you’re on your own. If you are a business owner how often do you ask members of […]

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Finding Help as a Business Owner

Who’s The Boss? At the end of 2023 there were over five and a half million small businesses in the UK (with 0-49 employees) accounting for 99.9% private sector businesses. As a business owner I count myself and a large part of my network in this category, and work as an advisor with many business […]

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Owning Your Business

Owning your business Do you own a business or are you a business owner? Sounds a stupid question, playing with words. Yet there is meaning in my madness. When I first met Matt Driver, former owner of Mint IT in Wakefield, he was in the business owner camp. It was a title or role he […]

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The Importance of Cash Flow

Why is cash flow important? A long time ago I was a trainee accountant doing audits of all sorts of businesses. Sometimes I was allocated the audit of the trade debtors at the year end. I won’t bore you with all the audit procedures, but the schedule of debtors and aged debt report were always […]

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Selling your business

Selling your business? Sometimes you only get to do this once. It’s important to make sure you do it right. Lessons from selling my business Last month I shared a post on LinkedIn about an up-coming meeting of the Value Builder Board I co-chair with Martin Allison. One of our board members, Matt Driver, was […]

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The Importance of ‘Values’ in your Business

The importance of Values in your business: He recruited enough accountants to have a 5-a-side football team! Many years ago, a MD of a print business recruited at least 5 different accountants / book-keepers to run his finance function. These were sequential appointments for the same role. I said to the MD that the common […]

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How to get greater accountability and get more done in your business

There’s a business owner I know who was feeling stressed about their business. Specifically, it was about the team not completing their day-to-day tasks on time, or people not following through on the commitments they made. There was no accountability. Also, mistakes were made too often, and nobody was grabbing a problem and sorting it […]

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Is being the hub of your business holding you back?

  As a business owner you are the hub of the business. Seems obvious. Maybe it’s something you feel good about – the business needs you. It’s no surprise that the most common and biggest influence on the life of a business owner is how well they handle the Hub & Spoke aspect of their […]

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