Phil Murray

Phil Murray, Commercial Director, Harlands Accountants

Recent Posts

Why Being Selfish is the Only way Forward in Business.

Posted by Phil Murray 11 February 2019 08:43 AM

My original thought for this blog was to write about how giving something away for free can make a massive difference to your profit line.

When I told a friend, who works with a food manufacturer in Teesside of my plans to write that blog he commented:

“It’s just being selfish. When you help someone for free and you eventually get money from it then it stops being a good deed and is just selfish.”

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Topics: Food and Drink Business Owner

How to breathe life into your business idea.

Posted by Phil Murray 25 January 2019 08:22 AM

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."

That was from Isaac Newton back in 1675 at around 3pm I think ;)

Through this new series of blogs, we will investigate the successful things entrepreneurs do and also examine the mistakes of others who have tried and fallen before you. These blogs have been written so you learn from the faults and implement the great things helping you to bridge the gap between failure and an astounding commercial success.

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Topics: Food and Drink Marketing

5 things you need to know about Scaling Up your North East Business

Posted by Phil Murray 18 May 2018 02:41 PM

There is lots of talk going around the North East right now in relation to "Scale Up Businesses". We have recently been successful in becoming a solutions provider for Scale-up North East so wanted to shed some light on what this programme means...

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Topics: Scale Up North East Business Building

7 Science & Tech Startup Business Strategies Like The Pros

Posted by Phil Murray 01 May 2018 11:44 AM

There are many hurdles to jump when starting a science and tech business. You know that others have been along this path before, but you don’t know exactly where it leads. Getting the right start can make the difference between success and failure. We know that you can start up a tech business anywhere in the UK, and your success can depend on the decisions you make from the outset. Here is our guide to the 7 Science & Tech Startup Business Strategies Like The Pros –

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Topics: Business Building Business Owner Business Start Up

The top 6 tips to success for a professional services business

Posted by Phil Murray 24 April 2018 09:39 AM

Starting up a professional service business can feel like there is a lot of activity in the very early days to get established and develop the relationships that will take you forward. With so many potential uses for your valuable time, it can be difficult to know where to focus to get the best results. We have been supporting startup businesses to find their feet and head on the right tracks. Here are our top 6 tips to success for a professional services business –

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Topics: Business Building Business Owner Business Start Up

St George and the dragon – what does this mean for your business?

Posted by Phil Murray 20 April 2018 02:45 PM

It will be St George’s Day on 23rd April. There is one thing that most of us associate with the man. Legend has it that St George, the patron saint of England, fought off a dragon and this can be found on much of the art celebrating and venerating the man. It perhaps isn’t that well known that St George is the patron saint of many countries in Europe. With this in mind, we will look at the legend of St George fighting the dragon and what this could possibly mean for your business –

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Topics: Business Owner

Business lessons from April Fool’s Day pranks

Posted by Phil Murray 30 March 2018 12:57 PM

April 1st has long been associated with pranks and fooling around. It is said to have come from the changing calendar as different rulers tries to impose their own ideas on how the year was structured. However this has arisen, it is now linked to hoaxes and a bit of fun, with the BBC being a major contributor in the UK. But, there are some vital lessons for business in all of this. Thinking about how you can look ahead to avoid a possible prank can also give you some business lessons to take forward. Here are our top tips –

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Topics: Business Owner

10 St Patrick’s Day Quotes with lessons for your business

Posted by Phil Murray 15 March 2018 03:12 PM

With St Patrick’s Day soon upon us, there will be plenty of time for a few drinks to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. There are many quotes attributed to St Patrick’s Day and the Irish over the years, some of which can be applied to your business. Here are our top 10 St Patrick’s Day Quotes with lessons for your business –

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Topics: Business Owner

6 business lessons to learn from the Academy Awards

Posted by Phil Murray 02 March 2018 09:15 AM

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is soon upon us and this is the time of the year that Hollywood glamour touches people across the world. The hype is there for all to see, and the level of exposure this event gets is probably the envy of every business across the world. But there is far more to the Oscars than that in terms of what a business can get from it. Here is our guide to the 6 business lessons to learn from the Academy Awards –

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Topics: Business Owner Business Start Up

Chinese New Year – What can we learn in business from the Year of the Dog?

Posted by Phil Murray 15 February 2018 11:58 AM

February 16th 2018 signals the start of the Chinese New Year and this year is the year of the dog. The event will be marked across the UK, and globally, where Chinese New Year celebrations last for around 15 days in total as the beginning of a new chapter in heralded. Chinese New Year is watched in awe by people from across the globe because of the spectacular nature of the celebrations. And being the year of the dog, it is interesting to see how we can learn in business from this animal. Especially the people born in the years that are represented by the dog, such as 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006 as well as the year beginning 16th February. Here is our guide on how taking on some of the better characteristics from the year of the dog can really help you in business –

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner