Category Archives: Business practicalities
Forest Business Connections
Posted on April 29, 2019
For politicians the local elections on the second are a key May date. But for businesses in the Forest of Dean the most important date is May 8th for making connections that matter. This is when three key elements of running small and medium sized businesses come together for the morning at Vantage Point in […]
Has GDPR Affected Contact Relationship Management?
Posted on April 08, 2019
This time last year businesses were beginning to panic about GDPR compliance and the effect that 25th May might have on contact relationship management, if the deadline was missed. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been so concerned? Apart from Google’s 50M euro fine by the French in February, there have been no major cases or breaches […]
What Did the Digital You Really Mean?
Posted on April 02, 2019
April is the cruellest month according to TS Eliot’s The Wasteland. It may also be the cruellest month in the digital world with big changes happening at Facebook and Google around assumptions of intent and behaviour. The Facebook Why Being British, when I read the news on April 1st that Facebook was going to share […]
Why Grow a Business?
Posted on March 12, 2019
In these times of great political and economic uncertainty why would any sane Briton wish to grow their business? The answers are opportunity and discipline. Track back the biggest brands or successful companies and you’ll found that they were started at times of recession when the old assumptions on growth were being shaken. The most […]
No I’m Responsible
Posted on March 08, 2019
If a lack of personal responsibility is an increasing problem, then the claiming of responsibility can also be an issue. Particularly when two people claim to be responsible for the same thing. Happy Days: Winning the Bid This case study goes back to 1997 and the dawn of the web. In 1996 I successfully won […]
Who is Responsible?
Posted on March 06, 2019
Who is responsible never seems to be a good question these days. Not least because it is often followed up by the words ‘this’ or ‘mess’ and hardly ever with ‘because this is brilliant’. Or maybe that’s just the critical rather than nurturing parent in me that mentally adds on the extra bit. But in […]
What Are You Waiting For In Brexit Uncertainty?
Posted on February 12, 2019
Most businesses seem to be waiting for something concrete to happen with Brexit before acting. The stance seems to be once we know what’s decided we can act. This is wrong. Good business planners look at any situation and attempt to work out the absolute worst scenario, the best scenario and the others in between. […]
Does Climate Change Impact Business Strategy?
Posted on December 03, 2018
Our third blog on global challenges in business strategy looks at changing models of capitalism. With a 1980’s MBA and 30 years’ experience successfully developing my own and client businesses, you’d expect me to be used to applying SWOT and PESTLE analyses and Porter’s Five Forces. But today with the start of COP 24 in […]
Long Live the Industrial Revolution?
Posted on November 13, 2018
Our economic world is changing in ways that are unrecognisable to many people. These changes challenge the basis of any business plan. Brexit is just one factor. Now, in the UK the assumptions upon which many organisations have been based for the last 40+ years, no longer apply. We might have disliked the EU rulebooks […]
Why have a Strategy, a Case Study
Posted on October 16, 2018
Despite over 30 years of positive promotion a large number of businesses do not have a business plan or strategy. Yet having a strategy enables the business to decide where it wants or needs to go. And then achieve that objective over a defined period. Just such a case was the CATS Faculty of the […]