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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 […]


Autumn Budget 2018: How It Will Affect SME Businesses

Philip Hammond presented his third Budget on Monday 29th October which should be the last one before Brexit in March next year. Mr Hammond announced the end to austerity, but I’m sure many small businesses owners will be rather sceptical of this, as trading in most sectors is still tough. There were many positives for […]


Making Tax And VAT Digital For Small Businesses – Are You Ready?

It seems only yesterday that one of my clients called me in a panic, having received a letter from HM Customs & Excise introducing a new online VAT system and a date for their business to be live. Following this, all quarterly VAT returns would be submitted online. Nobody wanted change. Nobody wanted to climb […]


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 Write A Profit And Loss Forecast For Your Start-up Business

So you have a great business idea which you believe will be successful. The only drawback is that you need to borrow money to purchase supplies or simply to buy time for the business to generate sales and become self-financing. Whatever the reason for borrowing money, it’s likely that you will be asked for a […]


What Is Phishing And How Can You Protect Against It?

Whilst the Internet does bring a lot of wonderful things, it also presents a number of security challenges for consumers and businesses of all sizes, especially when it comes to keeping sensitive information secure. One of the key threats we face is ‘phishing’ a form of cyber-attack. Each time a purchase is made via the […]


3 Foundational Marketing Steps For Growing Your Business Part Two

In Part One you discovered the importance that strategy plays in the development and growth of a business. Perhaps the focus on understand your customer’s needs and the reasons why they buy from you was a change in thinking? It was for my clients. However, it is fundamentally important for you to understand the positioning […]


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