Category: Managing your business

Six and a half minutes

This post was published on CrowdAhead.com yesterday Crowdfunding has to be to be the most exciting development in finance of the last 100 years. The excitement includes the fact that it opens up a market otherwise closed to a select…

Regulations are there for guidance not to place blame

What an inspiring man this Bernard Jordan. Aged 89 he left his nursing home and went to France to join the D’Day celebrations. As it turns out, the 70th anniversary of this event was also going to be the last…

Royal Mail should have opted for crowdfunding

Many of you will now be shareholders of Royal Mail and I hope it will be very successful for its shareholders and employees – most of whom are now also shareholders. Personally I think the privatisation of Royal Mail was…

(Equity) crowdfunding has the future

Even though I am very prejudiced, crowdfunding has the future. I may not be the best way to raise money for everyone, but by the same token, neither is going to a bank right for everyone. In fact I could…

Is it time to really increase the pension age?

As it is unlikely that I will ever run for any kind of public office and it is even more unlikely I will ever be asked to run, I am in a glorious position of being able to make bold…

Dear Mr Cameron – thank you so much for your support!

Open thank you letter to Mr David Cameron Dear Mr Cameron, You have made clear to all of us the importance of small business to this country, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the…

What’s your bottom line?

Oft heard in a commercial negotiation, is the customer asking the supplier for his bottom line. We all know what that means. It is the price below which the supplier will not go. Or perhaps I should say, the price…

CQC rumbled – finally!

What many of us already knew has come out – sadly in the worst possible way – the CQC is not up to the job. Having witnessed several inspections both personally and in the news it was clear the organisation…

Beware of providing too many seat belts

Most of us now wear seat belts when we get into a car. It took some time, but even passengers riding in the back now seem to put them on automatically. The evidence I found on the web shows that…

The Business Traveller

Over recent weeks and months I’ve been travelling quite a bit, mostly on business. As a result I’m spending a lot of time in airports, hotels and, more specifically, hotel restaurants.  And I’m becoming acutely aware of the subtleties of…