Running a successful SME is tough. There are so many jobs that need doing that it’s a wonder that we actually get anything done at all! One apt definition of a business owner is:
“Somebody who would rather work 16 hours a day for themselves than 8 hours a day for somebody else.”
However, just working hard does not mean you will be successful! Sadly, I have met many hard working people who never achieve their full potential, or whose businesses even go bust, including my own father. So what do you need to do to ensure that your hard work brings you the success you desire? Read the rest of this entry »
Why did you go into business for yourself? Perhaps you had a great idea for a new product or service that you wanted to develop. Maybe you longed for the freedom to be your own boss. You may have been unfortunate enough to be made redundant. Or were you in a badly run business and knew that you could do much better? Whatever the reason for starting your own business, your journey on from that starting point will be the same as the thousands of other people who have also taken the brave decision to become business owners. Read the rest of this entry »
There is a saying, “the only thing that stays the same is change.” These days, we are subject to change more than ever, because we now have so much more choice than ever before. Through the power of the internet, we now have access to unlimited amounts of information . We Google something, and we instantly get thousands of opinions, options and choices. And all this choice is both a good thing and a bad thing for us. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re a sports lover, you may be looking forward to a summer of watching, or taking part in, your favourite sports. There are so many different types of sports, each with their own unique scoring systems. Obviously, competitors need to understand how their chosen sport is scored in order to play well and improve their performance. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s a question for you – do you routinely measure your business’s sales conversion rate? (That is the percentage of “shoppers” interested in your products or services that actually go on to buy from you.) If so, is it as high as you would like it to be? The chances are that, for most businesses, there is room for improvement in this area. If you are spending money on advertising and marketing to effectively buy prospective customers and not then converting those prospects into buying customers, you are wasting money. Read the rest of this entry »
I recently had the great news that one of our former clients has actually sold their business for quite a few million pounds. When they started working with us, they were struggling to grow the business because they were working IN not ON it. After 2 years of working together we turned that situation around, and the business could then grow rapidly. Now, 5 years later, they have just been offered an amount they just could not refuse, and have achieved financial freedom. What a great situation to be in! Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever wondered why reaching the top is not all that you hoped it would be, when you were lower down the ladder? The biggest reason that managers and directors find life at the top so hard is that the skills that got them into that position can act against them when they are there. It’s not like a sport, where you just get better at one thing. Everything changes when you get to the top of your business, and you are actually playing a completely different game. Read the rest of this entry »
At the The 2018 Business Excellence Forum and Awards
On the 26th and 27th of April, the ACC BT Convention Centre in Liverpool will play host to the largest Business Excellence Forum and Awards in history. The 2-day forum is designed to deliver the best, most effective and highest ROI business strategies to business owners and entrepreneurs, their teams and their clients and well as joining together to share ideas and build new relationships.
This year, The Business Excellence Forum will play host to 8 world-class speakers including Baroness Karren Brady, Sharon Lechter, Kenny Dalglish and Brad Sugars. Filling our programme with topics ranging from increasing sales, cash flow and profitability to leadership, team building, systems development and the design of predictive business models that guarantee success. You will leave with multiple actions to grow your business, start your business or create change within your workplace.
But it’s not all work and no play! As well as learning from the keynote speakers, you are also invited to attend the black-tie awards dinner on the Thursday 26th April. The Business Excellence Awards exists to recognise and honour the innovation, passion, risk-taking and results of some of the best companies and business owners around the world. Sixteen awards are given out ranging from Best Company Culture through to CEO of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. This is a celebratory evening, giving you a well-earned chance to relax and wind down after an intense day.
Here’s what a couple of last year’s attendees had to say about the Business Excellence Forum:
“It’s been an excellent conference that has given us the tools to transform our business.” – Renee Mcckay, Tax Assist Accountants
“This is a truly excellent conference – educational, inspirational, motivating and fun!” – Michelle Roberts, The Creative Marketer
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I’m sure that most people reading this article know somebody who has cringe worthy tales of a nightmarish boss, or you may even have had the misfortune to work for one yourself. Though in retrospect we can (normally) laugh about it, at the time it was probably an uncomfortable and demoralising experience. Read the rest of this entry »
There is a myth that entrepreneurs are born that way, just like there is a myth that talented sports people are born with a superstar gene. When we watched Usain Bolt run, it was easy to say that he won because he was born with the attributes that make a world class sprinter. Well, the reality was very different. In fact, Usain’s training regime was incredibly tough, and although he possessed some useful physical attributes for a top class sprinter, it was his commitment and discipline at putting in the training that made him so special.
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