Recession resilience

January 16, 2023

Whether the numbers support it or not, the UK economy feels as if it is in recession and that’s a serious concern for many businesses.  The critical challenges a recession throws up are typically sluggish cashflow, fewer sales as customers prioritise what they spend their money on and the subsequent anxiety for both business leaders … Read more

Are you being successful?

December 29, 2022

Many people never really consider what they want to achieve in life. We follow a path defined by our opportunities and challenges around us.  But if you don’t set out to build your own vision of success, you will spend your life helping others build theirs. What is your vision of success? We all have … Read more

Dream your dreams

December 7, 2022

Your dream isn’t going to be everyone’s dream.  Some people will try to tell you what you ‘ought’ to be doing – but you’ll never be as committed to something that isn’t 100% what you want to achieve. If you’re going to dream, be clear about what it is that you really want to achieve.  … Read more

Profit is sanity (turnover is vanity!)

November 20, 2022

In every business I have led and doubly in every startup I have founded, we have adopted the motto that ‘Cash is King’. From the day you set up a business, until the day it’s a billion pound success, it’s essential to keep expenditure in check if you intend to survive and thrive. This is … Read more

Everyone is in the team

October 26, 2022

When you create a high performance car every tiny screw and nut is there for a purpose, when one goes missing the car may continue to function for a while, but eventually something is going to go wrong.  In the same way, it doesn’t matter how senior or junior a team member’s position may be, … Read more

Firing up Britain’s smart potential

October 12, 2022

There’s so much doom and gloom about, whether it’s the economic crisis, the government’s decision making – or even the weather, and what other nation spends so much time talking about that?  It’s time to look at something more positive – the untapped potential we have in our population. Getting a business off the ground … Read more

World class climbing

September 28, 2022

I have just spent a day visiting two of the companies that I am involved with.  In one company I led the team through a substantial turnaround before appointing a new CEO and stepping back into the role of executive chairman. The CEO has developed and led the new team and taken the business forward … Read more

Walk the talk

September 13, 2022

This term is often heard in relation to leaders, but it goes far beyond a leader who stands behind their ideals.  A company has a brand and identity and everything they do and say at every level influences what the outside world thinks of the company. That includes individual team members. When the Ocean 5 … Read more

What do you call fun?

August 25, 2022

Work should be fun.  But my idea of fun might not be the same as yours. I love my work and split my time between several companies.  If I’m not visiting them, I’m working at home in my office – often until late into the evening.  I keep intending to slow down, but I enjoy … Read more

A little thing called ‘trust’

August 2, 2022

Trust is critical within any successful team.  How does trust grow in a working team? The simple answer is that it is built through clarity, honesty and openness.  It’s reinforced through shared values, which are essential for creating a team culture of shared responsibility that can deal with whatever is thrown at it. Honest communication … Read more