It’s All About the Numbers

Watching Dragons Den recently I was struck by the number of times the applicants failed to answer simple question about the profitability of their business. Was it the language used by the dragons that caused then to stumble? Or did they simply not know enough about the numbers that underpinnedRead More...
What’s the point of business cards if you don’t hand them out?

What’s the point of business cards if you don’t hand them out?

Watching tele last night and up came the advert for printing business cards. This one was for some form of architect or quantity survey and the owner was looking at the end result namely their business cards which cost negligible amounts of money. I then got thinking about all theRead More...
Do HMRC care about you and your business?

Do HMRC care about you and your business?

In reply to the question “Do you think HMRC really care about you and your business?” Is your answer an immediate YES or do you think that maybe they care more about getting money from you than helping you? Do you think they are targeting small businesses while leaving bigRead More...
First impressions count

First impressions count

You’ve set up your business with an impressive looking website, nice headed stationery incorporating a thoughtful logo, you have a business ‘phone line sorted and a mobile contact and yet you don’t have as much business as you’d hoped for. You’ve reviewed your advertising and changed your business cards butRead More...
Got staff? Have you sorted out a Workplace Pension?

Got staff? Have you sorted out a Workplace Pension?

If you are in business and employ staff then under the Pensions Act whether you employ one or one hundred staff you have to put certain staff into a pension scheme often called “Auto enrolment” or “Workplace pension” There is frankly a lot involved in setting up and maintaining suchRead More...