Like you, we have quite a few areas of interest, so we post everything under one or more of these main labels: Personal Development, Business Development (startup and marketing), Intelligence (emotional, spiritual, etc.), News, Fun, Newsletter (chat about things we've emailed). Enjoy, and keep in touch!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Seven ways to beat the recession

Maybe we’re coming out of the recession in the U.K., maybe we’re not. Either way the commercial environment is still challenging for small businesses and even as some sectors start to expand again others will lag behind. This is an important time both to “hang on in there” and to invest in encouraging and developing staff ready for the more solid growth that will come.
  1. Here are seven steps for you and your staff to take together.
  2. Focus on the things you can influence, not on those you can't control.
  3. See where you want to get to, not what you want to escape from.
  4. Review your marketing: seek to serve market sectors that are themselves growing well.
  5. Take time to work out the small "stepping stones" you need to take to get there, and the resources you need.
  6. Don't be a martyr: seek out friends and professional advisers who can help.
  7. Value your achievements.
  8. Spend time with other people who have the same attitude and approach.
To explore these further contact me.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Latest on government grants

From time to time grants are available in the UK, funded by the EC or UK government, to support the development of businesses and charities. The offer changes from time to time, and I seek to keep this page up to date with grants that may be of help to those I am in contact with.

Currently the grant programmes focus on small to medium sized businesses that want to achieve high growth (say 20% per year in turnover or staff). This applies whether they are existing businesses or start-ups. While funds are not available for "charities", some are available for "social enterprise". For a charity to be considered as a social enterprise, this is about the purpose of the charity and whether any surplus is ploughed back into the work.

Find more information on our Finding True North website.

Growth Accelerator

I'm now working as a coach and trainer with the government's GrowthAccelerator to help businesses and start-ups move into growth.

"GrowthAccelerator is a new service that will help England's brightest growing businesses achieve their ambitions with rapid, sustainable growth. GrowthAccelerator's network of world-class growth experts work side by side with leaders of high-growth potential SMEs to provide them with the know-how and ability to achieve sustainable growth. The service will help discover the real issues that could be holding businesses back, define the right growth plan and open doors to world class business experts and networks. Whatever these businesses need to speed and sustain growth, GrowthAccelerator will help drive them forward."

More info here.