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Churn, change and the importance of upskilling

There are few things on which Britain’s major political parties agree, but one point on which an unusually firm consensus has emerged of late is the need for companies to…

Innovation or experience – or both?

Many small businesses are innovators. Some are born out of incremental innovation, which improves on existing products or practices, while others are born out of radical…

Category Management – The 3Cs: The Commercials

This is the 3rd of three blogs that describe the fundamentals all businesses need to grow a profitable business. Having covered the Consumer and the Competitors we move on to…

The value of small businesses is not all about profit

Should business be all about profit? This used to be a no-brainer, but as we mark the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers  whilst figureheads like the Archbishop…

Mastering the right mindset for leading a family business

Leadership of private family businesses is different. In addition to executive management or C-Suite capabilities[1] such as development of sound business, financial, marketing,…

When being innovative isn’t enough

One of the harshest lessons for new businesses is that virtue may be the only reward an innovator gains. It is over a century and a half since Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed the world…

Why tech investors value teams, not just tech

One of the main challenges facing entrepreneurs is being able to articulate and maintain perspective on the commercial relevance of their technology or innovation. A technology’s…

Family firms – lessons in innovation

Family firms are traditionally badged the conservatives of the business world – unadventurous, slow to change, and too fond of familiar traditions and habits. However recent…

Knowing your Competitors

This is the second of three blogs that describe the underpinning all businesses need to have to enable growth in their business. We talked last time about getting an in-depth…

Knowing your ‘Consumer’ and your ‘Customer’

This is the first of three blogs that describe the underpinning all businesses need to have to enable growth. You will often hear people use the terms ‘customers’ and…