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 […]

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A Changing World of Expectations?

Posted on March 26, 2020

Empty roads from coronavirus

The world has changed with coronavirus in many different ways. Some changes will outlast the crisis; but others will soon be forgotten. What is clear is that the past week has thrown up some interesting issues around expectations. These are applicable to all businesses. Individual Expectations of Business Social distancing is as a benchmark of […]

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7 Tips for Working from Home

Posted on March 18, 2020

Working from home tips

As the coronavirus crisis cranks up, self-isolation and working from home are the order of the day. To do this effectively requires some necessary adjustments. As someone who has been working from home on and off since technology made it possible in the mid 1990s and socially acceptable in the mid 2010’s, let me share […]

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Everything Changes Except Individual Needs

Posted on February 11, 2020

A wake-up call on marketing

Sometimes we need a wake-up call as to how far the world has moved on while we weren’t watching. That call challenges our perception of reality. It’s our reality based upon our own experiences which guides our thoughts, choices and actions. My most recent wake-up call was the need to scrap my Polo after it […]

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Brexit Killed My Job

Posted on January 31, 2020

Brexit killed my job today

After a 25-year career, as a result of Brexit, today I lost my job. A job that I was good at and acknowledged to be one of the best by individuals across Europe. In 1995, I wrote and won my first EU-funded bid for innovation. This linked training and small business through the web assisted […]

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Engaging Business and Universities?

Posted on January 29, 2020

business and universities

After 30 years of effort are business and universities really any closer connected? In the ideal world there is a strong connection where ideas, research, skills and people flow seamlessly for the benefit of all. Yet having worked both sides, recent experience shows they are still far apart. Knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) is a […]

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The Danger of Big Ideas

Posted on January 15, 2020

Think big and small to win

Think big ideas and act big is the well-known motivating cry for entrepreneurs. This was useful when most start-ups were small and thought small and incremental. At that time, they were held back by their aspirations. Now there is a very real danger that the big dream is just that because it doesn’t have even […]

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SMART Resolutions for 2020

Posted on January 06, 2020

SMART resolutions

A new year brings new goals for many in their life and business, but how many new year resolutions are truly SMART? SMART is a simple but incredibly effective acronym for any objective or new direction. So whatever aims you’ve set yourselves this January run SMART over them and make them more likely to be […]

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Death by Social Media Echoes

Posted on December 17, 2019

Social media killers

While the election is over, the fallout is just beginning. At an organisational and individual level, social media echoes have slaughtered expectations and relationships. And I’m don’t mean the various advertising approaches and fake news used, but rather the flawed nature of the medium itself. All social media works by pulling together people with common […]

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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 […]

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