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How To Obtain Finance Under The Government Bounce Back Loan Scheme

While COVID-19 forced many businesses to temporarily close, it’s important to be thinking positively about the easing of lockdown and return to work. As I write this, some industries such as retail have already been given the green light and resumed trading from 15th June. For others, particularly within the hospitality and leisure industries, there […]


How To Restart A Business Impacted By COVID-19 Part 2

In Part 1, you discovered how it’s possible for your business to recover from COVID-19, especially if you already have the three key traits to business success. For easy reference, these are: A good product or service Engagement Constant improvement What if your business doesn’t have these key business success traits? Certain industries, (retail in […]


How To Write A Cash Flow Forecast For A Start Up Business

In a recent article you discovered how to write a profit and loss forecast for a start up business. Any finance house or bank looking at a lending proposition, cannot make a decision to support a funding request based upon this document alone. The profit and loss forecast will support the story within the business […]


Is This The End Of High Street Shopping As We Know It?

The announcement in October 2018 of major losses and proposed significant reduction in the number of stores by Debenhams is a huge blow to high street retailing. The terrible news follows the recent administration of House of Fraser which has subsequently been purchased by the Sports Direct Group. The closure of these two high street […]


Do You Need To Strategically Re-think Your Business?

In light of the recent announcement that Toys R Us in the USA are filing for bankruptcy, this article is written to cajole, challenge, and hopefully act as a cattle prod to strategically re-think your business. The speed of change in the business world is increasing. Global markets and borders, despite Brexit, are opening. There […]


Is Your Strategic Plan As Clear As The UK’s Brexit Plan?

With Brexit negotiations underway, we are all bracing ourselves and hoping for positive news. Negotiations are taking place to discuss complex issues. Both parties entered these negotiations from different view points. Somewhere within this two year process, it is hoped a settlement can be reached. There has to be give and take on both sides. […]


How To Keep Your Staff Busy When Business Is Slow – Part 2

In the first part of this article, the focus was primarily on marketing.  Marketing is the engine that drives a business. Whilst there may be numerous reasons why a slow down in sales has occurred, it is important to review your marketing strategies and tactics, measuring their efficiency and effectiveness whenever possible. Most industries are […]



How To Apply For A Business Start-Up Loan Part 2 – Tell Your Story

In the first part of this article you discovered two foundational and important pre business start-up loan application skills. These were: Being professional Learn all you can about running a business by taking courses and talking to business owners from varying sizes of business. Do your research Learn as much as you can as this […]


How Do I Sell My Product?

My area of expertise is in video production, but as a producer I have to sell my skills and my creativity to potential clients. I find it hard. Many years ago I was a salesperson, but selling ourselves can feel very different to selling a product. Many new business people find selling to be the […]


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