Phil Murray

Phil Murray, Commercial Director, Harlands Accountants

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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 Start Up Business Owner

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

4 business lessons from Valentine’s Day – how do you treat your beloved customers?

Posted by Phil Murray 12 February 2018 08:32 AM

With Valentine’s Day close, the mind turns to love. In our personal life this might mean buying a card and a gift or treating someone. But in business, it often just passes us by without a thought. But there are some vital aspects of Valentine’s Day that we can use in what we do in business. Here is our guide to the 4 business lessons from Valentine’s Day

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Topics: Business Building

Five key things that business owners can learn from the Super Bowl

Posted by Phil Murray 01 February 2018 10:45 AM

Super Bowl weekend is upon us and the game is estimated to be watched by a massive global audience of well over 100 million people. The NFL season draws to a close with this spectacular event that is known for the half time show, the commercials and the cheerleaders as much as the game. This is USA at its loudest and proudest. But, beneath all the NFL has to offer, there are some lessons to be learned from the winning team this weekend. Here is our guide to the five key things that business owners can learn from the Super Bowl –

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner

The serenity of a figure skater? Or the power of a cross country skier? What Winter Olympian does your business feel like?

Posted by Phil Murray 24 January 2018 10:17 AM

The Winter Olympics are upon us and you should feel as serene as an ice skater in terms of how your business operates. Being in total control of what you do with your company is the goal. That way, you can glide effortlessly across the ice as you attract the attention of those judges that are important to the business – your customers. But that isn’t always the case. Running a business can sometimes feel like you are flying down the bobsled run without a brake. You don’t know what is at the end of the track and have to hold on and hope that something smoother is around the next corner.

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner

Quality French cuisine in the heart of Newcastle

Posted by Phil Murray 04 January 2018 08:28 AM

The French Quarter are a restaurant and bar in an up and coming area of the city of Newcastle. There is a lot of competition for restaurants and bars in town, so any new venture needs to be prominent. With money being invested in Newcastle restaurants all the time, it can be a challenge to stand out from the crowd and attract the discerning clientele of the city. The French Quarter have an offer that isn’t matched anywhere else in the area.

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Topics: Client Stories

Investment for North East business is available NOW

Posted by Phil Murray 01 November 2017 03:00 PM

Getting investment for your business can feel tough at times. The banks have a smaller appetite than ever to lend (though don’t think it’s impossible of you know the right people) and it can feel like you are up against it.

But there is a source of funding for North East businesses that has been established since 2012 and they have just opened their doors for this year’s applications.

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Topics: Business Owner

Grow your Business with this Awesome North East Fund.

Posted by Phil Murray 13 September 2017 09:19 AM

As business owners we are all constantly looking to improve our businesses and that often involves turning to external expertise to complete a project. Do you need a new website? Need an animated video creating? Need legal or HR support? Maybe you have already considered a new project but the costs are an issue. The North East Business Support Fund (NEBSF) could give you up to 35% towards the cost of the work and it can includes a huge array of projects.  

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Topics: Raising Finance Business Building

Good accounting advice can help build your business

Posted by Phil Murray 21 July 2017 09:50 AM

Small business owners who enlist the help of an accountant are far more likely to succeed, new research from Xero shows.

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner

5 ways to make the most of starting a business from your home

Posted by Phil Murray 07 July 2017 09:32 AM

You’ve decided to take the plunge and start your own business – but you have no idea where to begin. From what business to start to how to raise the money for it, the sheer array of options can be daunting.

Home-based start-up businesses are a popular option for many businesses as generally the costs will be lower and you can avoid travel expenses. You also have the freedom and flexibility to work the hours you choose in an environment that you create yourself.

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Topics: Business Start Up