Tag Archives: Growth

Marketing Has Changed?

Posted on June 16, 2021

Marketing tools change

The pandemic has changed marketing is the reported conclusion from the latest spend figures from the UK’s Advertising Association. We’ll return to those figures later. But first let’s tackle the belief that marketing has changed. My first reaction was no shit Sherlock. Marketing tools are forever changing. That is the nature of the beast and […]

Impending Boom, Beware Cashflow Pain

Posted on May 11, 2021

Booming sales avoid cashflow crisis

As we emerge from lockdown, with consumer confidence buoyed by vaccinations, for businesses there is a lurking threat. This is not a question of leadership, but of basic business management namely cashflow. Sunny Future First here’s the good news. The Bank of England is projecting the fastest economic growth rate for 70 years at 7.25%. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Importance of Difference and Leadership

Posted on May 31, 2019

Difference and Leadership

While in business most of us politely avoid Brexit discussions, it does throw up some interesting reflections on how we now approach difference. Business is a social activity based on organisations, which come in many different formats from the sole trader through to the mega-national. But what ties them all together is how they cope […]

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 […]

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 […]

Does Climate Change Impact Business Strategy?

Posted on December 03, 2018

Bio-regional economics and business strategy

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 […]

Smart Cities, Smart Economies or Nonsense

Posted on November 20, 2018

Smart Cities, Economies and World

For most of this century we have tried to be smart. Smart cities and smart economies are terms that have been thrown around to such an extent that there is now little agreement on their meaning. Yet their underpinning concepts are very important for any business and will significantly affect everyone. Why Smart is Confused? […]

Why Have a Business Strategy?

Posted on October 17, 2018

Aimed Business Strategy

The number of businesses that do not have a business strategy is startling. They survive based solely on their ability to cope with whatever is thrown at them. If they’re a rapidly growing business, then it’s not surprising when the lack of strategy leaves that growth unsupported. It’s only a matter of time until the […]