Phil Murray

Phil Murray, Commercial Director, Harlands Accountants

Recent Posts

The Future Fund - Opens 20th May

Posted by Phil Murray 19 May 2020 12:40 PM

It has been confirmed that the Future fund that is designed to support fast-growing UK Companies will launch on Wednesday 20th May. It is hoped that this will pave the way for investments by hundreds of venture capital funds and we have put together this blog to help you find out more...

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Topics: Coronavirus Future Fund

What we know about the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Posted by Phil Murray 04 May 2020 06:06 PM

The new Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is now open for applications for businesses in the UK and you should read on to find out more. 

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Topics: Coronavirus

The Coronavirus 80% Job Retention Grant

Posted by Phil Murray 31 March 2020 03:21 PM

The coronavirus job retention grant is a popular topic of discussion for many businesses across the UK right now. We want to share the latest information we know and also what the main questions we are being asked from our clients.

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Topics: Coronavirus Grants

Are your employees more qualified than you?

Posted by Phil Murray 16 August 2019 10:43 AM

Being an avid Beatles fan, I used to listen to interviews – partly because I love the band and their music and also because I like to piece together what made them the international world changing success that they were.

I remember one such interview in which John Lennon spoke of his introduction to Paul McCartney.

“Paul was good as and, in some ways, better than me. I had to make a decision whether to invite him into the band. To make me stronger and the leader or make the band stronger.”

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Topics: Business Owner

Do You Have the Entrepreneurs Mindset?

Posted by Phil Murray 02 August 2019 10:56 AM

Ever wondered what an entrepreneur is, and if you are one?

If I asked you to name an inspirational entrepreneur what would your answer be?

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Topics: Business Owner

Running a Business - Should You Really Have Do It on Your Own?

Posted by Phil Murray 19 July 2019 10:03 AM

Do you have the right people working for you?

Are you making the most of EVERY resource at your disposal?

Do you wake up every morning eager to see what challenges and opportunities can present themselves to you?

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Topics: Business Owner

The Executive Summary - The First and Sometimes the Only Thing an Investor Will Read.

Posted by Phil Murray 05 July 2019 09:34 AM

A client of mine recently shuddered when I mentioned that he needed an Executive Summary.

When I asked what was wrong? He said, rather embarrassed:

“I don’t know what one is. Sounds a bit technical and is it really necessary?”

This client had developed a new type of smoothie that he wanted to bring to market in Newcastle upon Tyne but needed significant investment. He had a wealth of impressive experience in creating recipes for the most amazing drinks but little to no idea of how to transform that into a money-making venture.

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Topics: Business Owner

Better Business Finances Masterclass!

Posted by Phil Murray 05 July 2019 08:25 AM

We are delighted to announce that NBSL have approached us to offer a finance masterclass for Durham based business owners. We are really looking forward to running these sessions and wanted to share a little more about what you can expect...

The Better Business Finance masterclasses will help business owners take control of their finances by providing them with a range of tools and skills to ultimately strengthening their understanding of the numbers in their business. There are no two ways about it, we have to make the numbers work and financial mastery is essential for decision makers/managers in business.

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Topics: Business Owner

Why You Absolutely NEED a Business Plan.

Posted by Phil Murray 21 June 2019 09:08 AM

It’s business 101 isn’t it?

If you have a business then you need a business plan.

  • But why?
  • Surely you know what your business does.
  • A simple cashflow forecast will do, wont it?
  • After all, business is all about money anyway.
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Topics: Business Owner

Unleash Your Inner Mind Reader and Become Your Customers Best Friend.

Posted by Phil Murray 07 June 2019 10:53 AM

What do you look for in order for you to connect with a company?

For me, it’s synergy.

I want to know that the company understands how I feel and are there for me to provide a solution to my problem.

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