Category: Mentoring

Mentoring and the challenge of “Big Society”

I’ve recently, to my surprise, been helping a group of sixth-formers in northwest London by acting as a mentor on a challenge they have undertaken.  The challenge is to come up with a new business idea, produce a business plan…

Virgin Rock

There are not many times I feel I can agree with the Shadow Chancellor.  Generally I think his economic statements are described by his name.  On the occasion of the sale of the safe side of Northern Rock I do…

The rabbit in the headlights

Am I the only one to notice that we don’t see much of George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer and author of the economic master plan? Is it just me or, when we do see George, does he really have…

The Age of Entitlement

Everyone appears to have an opinion on the recent mayhem in our cities.  The sight of young people rampaging, assaulting, looting and burning their neighbour’s properties has been truly shocking. Not so long ago I carried out some research into…

The Computer Never Answers Back

When did the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ begin to disappear from our language? Having been creating and developing businesses for forty years, not always successfully and after advising and coaching entrepreneurs, owners and managers for sixteen of those forty; I…

As Cheap as Frites

Recently I read an article about the demise of the Euro. We were told that the Euro would collapse after the feckless and thieving governments of various Mediterranean member countries needed billions to bail them out of debt. The writer…

Marketing and selling in the Digital Age.

On two separate occasions, in the past week, I have listened to experts tell us how social networking and the World Wide Web will make us all millionaires, or was it zillionaires? Am I the only one who wonders; if…

A repeat of 1975?

I saw the first swallows of the year on April 11th and heard my first cuckoo on April 25th.  In Yorkshire we have had only a few millimetres of rain since the end of February. For those old enough to…

Lessons learned in downturns

Recent blogs on these pages will immediately offer one clue as to a mistake to avoid in these tough times. Richard Hoblyn has identified the attitude of Irish business to overseas creditors. It has, in my experience, always been true,…

The Budget? What does it tell us

Despite reports in the media, there is quite a lot in last week’s Budget for the SME owner, aspiring entrepreneur and investors. Small company tax rate cut.  NIC threshold up, Labour’s stealth tax increase to NIC already scrapped.  A cut…