Tips for Business Start Ups: step up to the plate and don’t let us down.

It's a funny old thing, hearing about the emergence of a new business. You don't necessarily see any change on the landscape, there's clearly no sound of new born babies squealing, and to all intents and purposes the world before the business existed is very much like the world after it started to trade. Except … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: step up to the plate and don’t let us down.

Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: how to induce schizophrenia in your staff

It's not lost on many people working in the public sector that we're frequently asked to adopt two mutually opposing stances and attitudes at one and the same time. "Now run this way, now run that way - both at a very fast hard pace" is a commonly heard instruction albeit couched in terms which … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: how to induce schizophrenia in your staff

Want to start a business in Wirral? Why not start right here, right now?

We’re coming out of recession. The banks aren’t lending. Its nearly winter. There’s a million and one reasons why there’s never a right time to start up a business. And a million and one why it’s the right time. You get to shape your own future, rather than have it shaped for you by distant … Continue reading Want to start a business in Wirral? Why not start right here, right now?

Tips for Business Start Ups: dance your pitch out!

It's great to see a new start up take the first tentative steps to promoting their business to a potential investor through the dance that is the pitch. Their moves are at first awkward, ungainly - something reminiscent of an  academic stepping out on the dance floor after five days locked up in the confines … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: dance your pitch out!

Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: where’s the pulse of your business?

Alison is struggling with locating the pulse of her new business venture. She's recently left the armed forces, having spent years on manoeuvres in Afghanistan, Iraq and all points west of insanity. She's been decommissioned now and returned to Civvy Street harbouring memories of attacking pirates off the coast of Somalia, nursing early morning nightmares … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: where’s the pulse of your business?

Tips for Business Start Ups: why skills and knowledge are hugely overrated attributes in your potential workforce.

Alfie confided in me that the beauty of running a taxi business was that you didn't need to know many things at all to make it succeed. You didn't need to be able to speak - many customers preferred you not to speak in fact; you didn't need to be able to listen as your … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: why skills and knowledge are hugely overrated attributes in your potential workforce.

Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: grow your own 360 degree listening skills

A few years ago, Terry was in the lucky position of being able to employ 4 new people early on in the life of his dry cleaning business in Bristol. He got their job descriptions clear, worked on bonding the team, consulted on the vision and devised a plan for the following three years which … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: grow your own 360 degree listening skills

Tips for Business Start Ups: how working with the grain of the wood can combat institutional fungal infection.

Many start up business men and women start up precisely because their current employer has an innate ability to shut down the burgeoning entrepreneur's energy, vision and appetite for the work in hand. Ray has been working in the public sector on and off for over 20 years: more off than on in recent times … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: how working with the grain of the wood can combat institutional fungal infection.

Tips for Business Start Ups: Who Loves Ya, Baby?

Beatrice and Benedict are egg cooks par excellence. What they don't know about how to cook an egg - scrambling, poaching, filleting - isn't worth knowing about and over the last couple of years they have carved out a small but ongoing enterprise in Manchester fulfilling their customers every ab ovo need. True, it's quite … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: Who Loves Ya, Baby?