Buying into Bitcoin

Buying into Bitcoin

There’s talk that Amazon will soon be accepting payments in Bitcoin  and although I haven’t personally come across one yet, there are reportedly many small businesses out there accepting cryptocurrency. It’s a fact that Microsoft, Bloomberg, Expedia, Virgin, Subway...
Business Overview: Autumn Budget 2017

Business Overview: Autumn Budget 2017

I was privileged to be a guest in the public gallery at the House of Commons when Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the Autumn Budget 2017. Mr Hammond certainly set an optimistic tone, and the packed gallery seemed to enjoy not only the substance of his speech, but...
How to be Disruptive

How to be Disruptive

We’re living in the age of the disruptors, and they’re thriving! Hardly a day goes by without news of some innovation brought to the market that challenges the status quo, making those who are plodding along with business as usual appear to be veritable fuddy duddies!...
The Way Out

The Way Out

If you’re about to launch a business, or have successfully got things up and running past the start-up phase, probably the last thing on your mind would be how to get out of it profitably – in other words, planning an exit strategy. A wise word from many a successful...
Marketing Tips for the Trades

Marketing Tips for the Trades

If you’re a solo tradesperson, or running a small family trades business, it’s difficult to find the time to consider a formal marketing strategy. Traditionally the trades have relied on local work coming in as the result of word of mouth recommendations, helped along...
Preparing for the Worst

Preparing for the Worst

When you are feeling positive and enthusiastic in the start-up phase of your business it’s not easy to think of “worst case scenarios” – but that is exactly what you should do, and make sure you have adequate business insurance to cover you should fate deal you a...
The Thief on the Inside

The Thief on the Inside

If you run a small business, chances are you don’t have much to lose, so you certainly don’t want your own employees robbing you blind!  How do you prevent your business from being attacked from within by employee fraud? According to Business Biscuit (the Wiltshire...
Get Growing!

Get Growing!

While there is a plethora of information and support around to help business start-ups, the trail goes a little cold once the business is up and running and the time comes to grow and expand. Developing your business is just as crucial as sustaining it. If business is...
Watch your Language!

Watch your Language!

Whatever has happened to plain English? In the office environment these days it seems everything is conveyed in “double-speak” – long, complicated words or phrases used where a simple one would do! In my experience it is managers and senior personnel who are most...