7 Things Every Business Owner Should Know

There were 835,494 new businesses launched in the UK in 2020, a 41% increase on 2019, when 591,924 were registered. Great news on the face of it, however according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, around 80 per cent of UK companies fail within their first year. So, how do you…

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The Only Two Reasons People Will Buy From You.

When I first started my career in Commercial Radio, I learned that there are only two reasons why people will advertise; they want something better, or they fear something worse. Everything falls under one of these headings. In the thirty something years since I learned this, I have come to realise that this doesn’t just…

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My Mission To Help SMEs

On this day in 2011, I made good on my decision to set up my own business by registering Geeforce Ltd with Companies House. After three decades of working in the media industry for newspapers, magazines, radio and television, I wanted to prove that I could build a business that did the things I’d always…

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What Doesn’t Kill You May Make You Stronger

As we head towards the second lockdown for England of 2020, many people will be fearful of losing the businesses they’ve built, some over many years. I want to share some of the things you might think about doing during the next five weeks to ensure your business comes out the other side in good…

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Deliver Big Results Every Quarter

This last weekend turned up some very unusual results in the Premier League. Manchester United let in six, whilst Liverpool, the reigning champions, shipped seven. What does that have to do with business you may ask? Well, since you’ve asked, it has a lot to do with business and the way organisations tend to plan…

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Know Where You’re Going And How You’re Going To Get There

I read an interesting interview with Sir Keir Starmer in The Sunday Times last weekend in which he said that he wouldn’t shy away from the fact that The Labour Party’s 2019 manifesto had far too much in it. He also made clear his vision that Britain should be the “best place to grow up…

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Do What You Need To Do To Achieve Your Goals First.

Many years ago, when I started my career in Commercial Radio, I was given some advice that I’ve never forgotten. It was suggested that if anyone asked me to do something that wasn’t going to contribute to me hitting my target, I should think carefully before I agreed to doing it. This advice stood me…

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Five Steps to Give You the Confidence to Let Go

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One of the most common reasons I come across for business owners not wanting to let go of the day-to-day running of their business is that they don’t think anyone can do it like they do. Let’s face it, you’ve built a business from scratch. All your clients know you, your suppliers trust you and…

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Don’t just talk the talk – walk the walk

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I like to think I’m a decent human being. I open doors for people, help people where I can, treat my friends and acquaintances with respect and courtesy, pay my way when I’m out with people and do what I can to make sure I can look at myself in the mirror when I shave…

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Manage the risk, create the opportunity

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Last week I went to two business events that were focusing on the 100 days since the Brexit vote, the potential impact of Brexit and what businesses can do to mitigate the risks. You would think that most of what was discussed would have been pretty negative, however there emerged some real pearls of wisdom…

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