Brian Russell

Writing a Simple Business Plan

Why do you need a Business Plan ? Planning is a key element to running a successful business. To get where you want to go, writing a business plan will help you think about what you are doing and why and if you are looking at raising finance from a bank or outside...

Newsletter September 2021

Newsletter September 2021 In our newsletter (September 2021): The need for businesses to have forecasts Furlough ends 30 September The end of the Hospitality 5% VAT rate again on 30 September 2021 The start of Help to Grow: Digital another government backed grant...

Forecasts

Forecasts? What forecasts? TV and Radio stations always have weather forecasts at the end of their news slot. And for most of us these have little more impact than whether we will need a coat in the morning or perhaps choosing to plan outside activities at the...

Newsletter August 2021

Newsletter August 2021 In our latest newsletter (Newsletter August 2021), we have articles covering: Why you need to work on your business strategy and the power that an external perspective  can bring to your decision making process 5th (and final) round of HMRC's...

Unique Selling Point

Unique Selling Point A useful tool for deciding how to ‘position’ your products and services is the Porter Generic Strategy Model (developed by Michael E. Porter (1998), Harvard Business School Professor and author of numerous texts on strategy). The model suggests...

Focusing on your goals

Focusing on your goals? Are you focusing on your goals? If you sit down at the end of today and review the actions and decisions that you have made during the day, would you say that they have taken you towards or away from your goals? You might find that this is a...

Raising Money Through Crowdfunding

Raising money through crowdfunding - does it actually work? Crowdfunding is a way of raising money for a business venture, personal endeavour, or charitable cause, where a large number of people invest in or donate money to the cause. Crowdfunding is becoming more...

Closing the deal

Closing a deal is arguably the most important part of the sales cycle. So are you and your sales team getting it right? Your firm might have a database full of potential leads, your products and services could be the best in your market sector but if you are no good...

FIFTH SEISS GRANT

Fifth Self Employed Income Support Grant The fifth SEISS grant will be available for the self-employed to claim, towards the end of July. It is proposed that this will be the final payment that will be made under the scheme. It marks the point where HMRC will stop...