Category Archives: Information

Who Assesses Risk?

Posted on May 14, 2020

covid risk assessment

Business has always been about taking risks. The original risk was that no-one would want to buy your harvest on the day at any price. Today there are multiple risks facing any business. The newest and biggest is covid-19 because its impacts are so wide-ranging. All business people need therefore to become very quickly risk […]

Ten Tips for Catastrophe Planning

Posted on March 30, 2020

catastrophe planning

For many smaller businesses coronavirus is a disaster. The welcome news last week was that the government was able to open a scheme for the self-employed as well as the existing schemes for limited companies. With all these schemes, there are some who will miss out; while others will be put off by the paperwork […]

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 […]

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 […]

GDPR Practical Thoughts 1B Business Cards

Posted on August 10, 2018

Business Strategy Information

Last week I posed 6 reasons for exchanging business cards. Each is potentially impacted by GDPR. All required thought about whether it was company or personal data and what the intent might be. In each case behaviour and processes needed to be considered to stay the right side of the law. GDPR Impacts on Business […]

Why Mentoring is not Coaching

Posted on June 26, 2018

Aimed Business Opinion

As a Gloucestershire Growth Hub and Warwick Business School Alumni mentor, I’m often in conversations about the differences between coaching, mentoring and consulting. Some believe each of these to be distinctly different. Yet often the skills and methodologies that might be deployed can seem the same. This in practice those distinctions are blurred. My own […]

Why Do Coached Businesses Thrive

Posted on June 18, 2018

Business Coach

Research shows that coached businesses thrive. Over 90% of coached senior teams have clarity on their business vision compared to only 14% of un-coached organisations. Moreover 56% had increased staff and on average report a 700% ROI on their coaching investment. With start-up and growth companies the statistics are even stronger in terms of survival […]

10 Tips for Successful Bidding

Posted on June 01, 2018

Successful Strategic Plans

Although EU funding has rapidly declined, there is still a wide range of funding available looking for good bids. Successful bidding is about finding the right funds. Note that funds in the previous sentence is plural. Any project will require at least 2 sources of funds as you are very unlikely to be given all […]

Creating Successful Strategic Plans

Posted on April 03, 2018

Successful Strategic Plans

As a Business Coach and Marketing Consultant, I often work in the strategic arena. Both of these roles require the ability to plan effectively. This means thinking through the issues that may arise so that the way forward is still clear, when the expected and unexpected occur. It also means recognising that no strategy ever […]

What is Your Business Strategy

Posted on February 10, 2018

Business Strategy Information

Personally I hate the expression which asks how often small business owners are working on their business rather than in the business. Why- because for me it seems a little too clever and many senior teams fail to ask themselves the genuine question which is what is your business strategy? Know your business strategy and […]