Phil Murray

Phil Murray, Commercial Director, Harlands Accountants

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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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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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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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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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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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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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