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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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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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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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: Business Owner Food and Drink

5 Simple Tips On How To Promote Your Food And Drink Business Online

Posted by Darren Wingfield 06 November 2018 09:01 AM

Developing a food and drink business often starts out small scale with local connections. The first time you get a product on the shelves of a local business is a wonderful thing. Then the task from there is to build that into something much bigger, this is where the online world can come in really handy. Many of us know our own business but don’t have the skills or ideas to promote what we do online. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here is our guide to 5 simple tips on how to promote your food and drink business online 

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner Food and Drink

How To Drive Revenues For Your E-Commerce Business This Year

Posted by Darren Wingfield 01 June 2018 06:36 AM

Driving revenue for your e-commerce business is a target for many in 2018. With the current woes on the High Street spreading, e-commerce is set to take up the slack and provide consumers with a way to get what they need from retailers as easily as possible, 24 hours a day. With this in mind, here are the beat ways to drive revenues for your e-commerce business today

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Topics: Business Owner E-Commerce

All You Need To Know About A Hosted E-Commerce Website

Posted by Darren Wingfield 29 May 2018 11:42 AM

When building an e-commerce website, there are a number of considerations to make. At the top of the list is the decision whether to build your own site or use the tools already available through hosted sites. These sites are structured to make things as easy as possible for the business owner that is new to all of this, but how do they stack up against starting from scratch? Here is our guide on all you need to know about a hosted e-commerce website 

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Topics: Business Owner E-Commerce