Author Archives: Adrian Fowles

About Adrian Fowles

Business advisor, finance mentor and cash coach - Turning your pipe dream into a revenue stream - http://acf-associates.com/

The Attributes of a Great Finance Director

Have you just been promoted to Finance Director? Or perhaps this is your career ambition for the future? If you’ve made it, then congratulations for completing your studies, and your training, and for landing your great new role. If you’re … Continue reading

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How to be successful in business selling to retail

I’ve spent a lot of my business life working in and around consumer goods companies.  Now, the FMCG world is an interesting place, dominated by the uneasy relationships between the big retailers and the smaller suppliers. Over recent years the … Continue reading

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Be the blade of grass

So, I’ve been mowing the lawn this morning and it got me thinking: Nobody told each and every one of these blades of grass to grow so tall and green – they just did it – and what a great … Continue reading

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Company Valuation Methods – You Need to Plan Ahead

There comes a time in the life of many a small businesses when the owner wants out.  There can be a variety of reasons; retirement, the call of a new opportunity or simply boredom.  This is the point where the … Continue reading

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Barclays – Taxation and the need to engage

The banks are in the news again.  This time Barclays is being publicly berated for supposedly not paying enough tax.  The headline on BBC Breakfast made reference to Barclay’s “Offshore tax arrangements” in a clear attempt to leverage the anti-bank … Continue reading

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Project Merlin – Why did it take so long?

On the 9th February, the banks and the government signed a lending and bonus deal.  Under Project Merlin, banks will lend about £190bn to businesses this year – including £76bn to small firms.  There has been a lot of talk … Continue reading

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No Plan Survives First Contact With The Enemy

Having met a few entrepreneurs over the years, it is interesting to hear their views on planning.  Some of which are quiet dismissive: What is the point of planning, something different always happens Planning just ties you down – these … Continue reading

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National Apprentice Week

It is very appropriate that the final of Michel Roux’s Service should be followed by National Apprentice Week.  Although it is a bit of an overused phrased, we need to remember that the young people of today are the wealth … Continue reading

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Michel Roux’s Service – The Finale

What can I say, but what a fabulous close to such an excellent series?  I am referring of course to the wonderful Michel Roux’s Service. Which came to a close last night with a little twist at the end of … Continue reading

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Proactive Positive Laziness – Part Three

Let me tell you another story: Many years ago I went to work at an organisation as a factory accountant (I love factories) for a technology company.  Part of the role involved the cross comparison of large tables of data … Continue reading

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