Why should you register a trade mark?

Should you register your logo as a trade mark? A name, logo or brand style is really important when it comes to gaining recognition as…

Protecting your business so you can sleep soundly

When you need to bring specialists into your business, it’s helpful if you can get recommendations from trusted contacts. It’s one of the reasons we promote…

Risky business – do you see risks or opportunities?

In business, do you see risks or opportunities? Because the fact is, embracing risk can benefit small businesses. It’s sometimes seen as a boring or…

One Way To Decide When To Sell

  How do you know the right time to sell your company? One answer to this age-old question is that the time to sell is…

Why Now Is The Riskiest Time To Own Your Business

Most people think of starting a business as risky, but unless you invest a significant amount of start-up cash in your venture, you’re not really…

One Tweak That Can (Instantly) Add Millions To The Value Of Your Business

If you’re trying to figure out what your business might be worth, it’s helpful to consider what acquirers are paying for companies like yours these…

3 Surprising Reasons To Offer A Subscription

  You can now buy a subscription for everything from dog treats to razor blades. Music subscription services are booming as our appetite to buy…

How To Avoid Disappointment When It’s Time To Cash Out

How do you avoid not being disappointed with the money you make from the sale of your company? Perhaps you’ve heard that companies like yours…

Where do you want to be in 10-15 years? Your Envisioned Future

Where do you want to be in 10-15 years? Do you know and do your team know? A strong and shared vision of where you…

What’s Your Why? Your Core Purpose?

This blog on Core Purpose follows on from the one on Core Values and together they make up what Jim Collins calls your Core Ideology. Together with…

How to Measure What Matters!

We all know we should be keeping a close eye on our business performance. But what should we be measuring? How do we strike the…

Intellectual Property (IP) and ‘USP’ links and realities, Domestically and Globally for smaller businesses

Intellectual Property (IP) and your USP’s (Unique Selling Points) are indelibly linked and connected. If you want either to be meaningful, this blog with linked…

Growth Opportunities and How to Prioritise

This time we’ll take a look at assessing and working up these growth opportunities further to make sure we are prioritising our efforts on opportunities…

How to Identify Opportunities for Growth!

Does size matter and is growth important? In this blog I’ll take a look at both these questions and then take you through a simple…

Who is accountable in your business?

Have you got the right people doing the right things in your business? In this blog Kevin takes a look at a couple of frameworks…

Meeting Rhythm – How to Keep the Blood Pumping

We all know that getting the balance right between working in and on your business is critical - but it is not easy. How do…

How are businesses increasing productivity?

Increasing productivity by focusing on good health   Increasing productivity in a business can be challenging, but Worcestershire business owners have access to a project…

How to Plan Your Exit

I can guarantee that you will exit your business at some point – either willingly or carried out in a coffin! What you can’t know…

The Automatic Customer – Creating Recurring Revenue

If you have a business that you would like to make a little more predictable, a little less stressful, and a whole lot more valuable…

Brief intro to intellectual property protection

If you have a brand, an idea, a new design or some other form of intellectual property, how can you protect it? Do you need…

How to build a business for Value

This blog is about building a valuable business – it is not about selling a business. Building a business for Value gives you options. The…

Increase Your Productivity by Taking Breaks

On the surface it sounds unlikely: taking breaks can make you more productive? But there’s quite a lot of evidence around now that suggests that…

The Fundamentals of employment contracts

Kirsten explains the fundamentals of the employment contract. Giving business owners an insight into the law around providing employees with contracts of employment; what should…

Motivating your staff

Join Launa as she shares hints and tips to increase your mojo and the team's motivation at work at my next Biz-Smart webinar. After all,…

Confidence in Your Business Model

A certain amount of self-doubt is absolutely normal in business. None of us have a crystal ball and get it right every time. Businesses and…

Key Lessons in Lean Management for SMEs

Lean management is essentially a way of looking at the whole company and working out how to make it more effective at delivering great products…

Pitfalls of business insurance & how to avoid

 with Andy Phillips of Andrew Phillips Insurance Brokers, talking about the types of insurance that are available for businesses, along with some of the pitfalls…

Could your IT make you more efficient?

Dave Pagett of Page IT Solutions, talking about Monitoring Your Critical IT Systems to Increase Efficiency. What happens when you think about your IT systems…

Overcoming Overwhelm

It’s true – when you find yourself really up against it, it can feel like the demands of running a small business outweigh the rewards.…

How to Grow: Thirteen Top Tips to Find the Value in Your Business

Thirteen may be unlucky for some but we’re not superstitious, and we have some great tips for finding new ways to grow your business: 1.…

25 Ways to Achieve Balance in Your Life

With August behind us and everyone feeling in that “back to school” mood, it’s natural to be thinking about how you juggle work and play.…

The Challenges of Relocation Insurance

In our latest blog post, Select Member Andrew Phillips of Andrew Phillips Insurance Brokers talks about the challenges of relocating a multi-million pound medical sector…

Cloud Storage Vs Hard Disk Drives – Which Is Better For Your Business? Part 1

David Lynes of Unique IQ explains the benefits of storing business data in the cloud… Business data needs to be safe, secure and accessible for…

Cloud Storage Vs Hard Disk Drives – Which Is Better For Your Business? Part 2

David Lynes of Unique IQ explains the benefits of storing business data on hard drives…

Branding: Be Creative

Stuart Avis of Audacious Creative continues his series of blog posts about what goes into creating a successful brand…

Make Space To Manage Your Time Better

One way to help yourself manage your time better is to keep things separate. If you have a specific area to accomplish a goal, you’ll…