Category Archives: Business practicalities

Going for Grants?

Posted on November 26, 2019

Grant funding pots

For many organisations there are a range of grants they could apply for to support their activities. Yet many fail to apply. This is partly due to a lack of awareness of the specific grants available that might suit their needs. But more usually it’s because they don’t have the simple process in place to […]

Efficiency Blocker?

Posted on November 22, 2019

To do list blockers

One of the most effective tools for time management is the simple to do list. Particularly when the list is made daily and the sequence allocated best matches the need and time available. But even with the best of intentions, this sometimes fails or becomes blocked by an item. The longer that the item isn’t […]

Best Made Business Plans Flex and Evolve

Posted on October 29, 2019

Business plans

The old aphorism fail to plan, plan to fail is true in all walks of life. It is particularly true for business plans if you wish to survive and thrive long term. Plans provide structure and enable action towards common goals. By identifying key performance indicators, they permit measurement towards those aims and through understanding […]

Trust Me, I Disagree….

Posted on October 22, 2019

Trust is essential in business

We have all been in teams where we think that an agreement has been made to act in a certain way; but then someone thinks of a ‘clever’ way to wriggle out of it on a technicality. This usually happens at the key no-going-back point, which is then used as the justification because I had […]

Forest Business Connections

Posted on April 29, 2019

Forest of Dean business opportunities

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

Contact relationship management

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

Blue Tits and intent

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

Successful Strategic Plans

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

No I'm responsible

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? Me?

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 […]