Category Archives: Coaching

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

Posted in Business, Coaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Business, Coaching, Food | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Business, Coaching, Finance, SME | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entrepreneurs Business Academy – Update

Do you think you and your business would benefit if you spent a day with half-a-dozen millionaires sharing with you their secrets of success? I thought it sounded like a great idea so on Saturday I did just that. I … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coaching, Finance | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fred Sirieix

Something that I always find inspiring is seeing passion and great achievement emulating from an unlikely source. And so, over the last week or so, our house has been spell-bound, mesmerised and overjoyed as we watch the TV.  The program … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coaching, Food, Retail | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recruitment – It is like a Two Ronnies sketch

I’ve been thinking about the recruitment business and, to be honest, I think it is a very imperfect model.  My thought process has been driven by a real concern about the ability of small businesses to access real talent. Small … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coaching, SME | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Proactive Positive Laziness – Part two

Pareto is your friend Pareto was a wonderful guy.  He left us with that wonderful 80/20 rule that seems to apply to just about everything.  A few examples: 20% of your customers provide 80% of your income. 80% of your … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coaching, Finance, SME | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Proactive Positive Laziness

Some years ago I was contracted to an international FMCG.  There had been a change of management and the new team was not sure of the financial status of the business. I’d been called in to drive the year end … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coaching, Finance, SME | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Success? It’s down to you all the way: Lord Sugar

This morning I read a fantastic article by Lord Sugar on the Telegraph website. Success? It’s down to you all the way: Lord Sugar What I really love about his article is the simplicity and honesty of it.  Lord Sugar … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coaching, Finance | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

VAT is now 20% – How will it pan out?

Following on from my last post, VAT is now 20%, but how is this actually going to impact on our spending patterns? In my last post I discussed what would happen to the all-important price points.  Now the BBC has … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coaching, Finance | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment