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The financial meltdown – recession proof your business… September 29, 2008

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So what are the top five things that you can do right now to ensure that your business can greet a recession successfully:

 1. Set, measure, and consistently monitor inventory targets, sales goals, and revenues. But make profit – net profit – the main overriding focus.

2. Weed out unprofitable accounts…

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Our Olympic Success – what can it mean to your business… August 26, 2008

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I’ve been away on leave for the last few weeks, hence no recent Blogs. Whilst relaxing, I’ve been taking in the Olympic Games – what an amazing experience for so many different reasons.

Who would have thought that China would put on such a super games – the challenge to London to better it is massive.

The GB Team have exceeded probably their own expectations – a massive well done to everyone within that team – they have done us all proud.

Whilst watching the games and being in London when the ‘Host City’ was handed over, I started to think about what as business owners we can learn from this and I remembered a Podcast that I posted back in May – it’s probably worth listening to again if you haven’t already.

Here it is….

Business Growth Mastery Podcast

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500 interviews – distilled into 8 secrets of success… July 28, 2008

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I’m always on the lookout for good stuff to feed my mind and it helps when the material is presented in a light hearte way!

a week or so ago, a friend referred me to the following video and although it is just three minutes long, I’m sure that you will agree with me that it is worth every second of your time.

Apply these secrets to your business and you will be successful. These are the basics for all business growth.

8 Secrets of Success Video

 

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Get 000’s of new visitors to your website July 16, 2008

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I’m always looking for ways to increase traffic to my website so that I can grow my business – after all, if nobody see what we have to offer, nobody knows just how good we are!

It is the same for every business -you need to build awareness that you actually exist before you ever have the chance to sell your goods and services.

If you haven’t got enough visitors, then take a look at this

  http://www.t2000ultra.com/?rid=53532

It is a simple proposition and utilises the very best viral marketing techniques.

At first, I thought it was a bit of a gimmick, but I gave it a try and now my visitors and more importantly, my subscribers and sales have gone through the roof. Yours can to.

If you want grow your business, take a look at site now;

 http://www.t2000ultra.com/?rid=53532

Tony

How will the Credit Crunch affect your business? July 16, 2008

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As always with this type of question, there is no straight answer, other than – it depends!

However, in economic downturns, there are as many winners as there are losers. The question you should be asking right now is – in which camp do I want to be?

 

 

There is a saying that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and this has to be your mantra if you want to be one of the winners.
It is no good complaining about the state of the economy – there are enough people doing that. It is no good blaming the banks -they’re still open for business and for good business propositions, there is always money available.

However, the days of cheap money and a queue of people waiting to help you refinance are long gone and good riddance I say.

So what can you do to ensure that you are one of the winners and that you continue to deliver exceptional growth within your business?

For one, take these five simple steps;

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it depends!Undoubtedly, the impact of the credit squeeze, the increasing price of borrowing and the continued hikes in the cost of raw materials are having a big impact on business globally.

Santander takeover of Alliance & Leicester – the impact on your business… July 14, 2008

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Today in London, the Spanish banking group, Santander agreed to purchase Alliance & Leicester, the UK banking group in a deal worth approximately £1.3bn.
So what will be the impact on the business market in the UK.

All of the press analysts have concentrated upon the mortgage assets of A&L as being the main driver of the acquisition and debated at length as to whether the deal will be good for the UK consumer.

By acquiring A&L, Santander will have taken control of two of the bigger mortgage providers in the UK, having taken over Abbey a few years ago. Both Abbey and A&L were previously Building Societies and have significant retail customer bases.

However, I think the real purpose of the A&L acquisition is for Santander to gain a foothold into the business market. A&L have a much more developed commercial proposition than Abbey and although Abbey have been trying to develop their business proposition, it hasn’t really taken off in the way that I think Santander would have liked.

By acquiring A&L, they can merge the two UK businesses together and reap the rewards from cost savings generated as a result of de-duplication across branch networks and more significantly in the support functions. But I feel far more importantly, Santander now have a valid business proposition in the UK market, one I’m sure that they will wish to develop and exploit.

So what’s the impact on UK businesses?

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The ‘R’ Word – is it all doom and gloom for business? June 12, 2008

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I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and have come back to hear even more mentions of the dreaded ‘R’ word in the media. It seems that not a day goes by without another so called expert blurting out why the ‘end is near’ and the economy is in freefall.

If we are not careful, we will all start to believe them and then we will be in trouble!

In every depression, recession, downturn, disaster and slow down, there are as many businesses that grow and prosper as there are those that go to the wall.

I believe that it is up to you which way your businesses go.

Just think, if your competitors are struggling and start to believe the hype, there will be lots of opportunities for you to go at. Are you ready to take advantage?

Over the next few days and weeks, I will use this blog to introduce helpful hints and tips that will help you to not only survive this so called ‘recession’ but to really thrive.

So bookmark us now and we’ll ping you to let you know our latest post is issued

AIM – promised land or nightmare destination? June 12, 2008

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Ever since the Alternative Investment Market was established in 1995, it have become the listing of choice for ambitious entrepreneurs. However, many business owners have found the market to be too intrusive for them to develop their business. So, what do you need to know?Close on 1700 business trade on AIM, with a combined value of £88bn – so it is certainly the promised land for raising funds!

The attraction of AIM to many business owners is the ability to rise funds for future growth of their business. Although AIM is a regulated marketplace, its regulatory framework is significantly less rigorous that the main market and as such AIM is attractive as there are;…

 

 

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Virtualise your business! June 12, 2008

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What does Virtualisation mean to you?The latest business fad – another in a long list that includes total quality management, Y2K etc. Well, many people think this way.

I certainly don’t. Why?

Well for a business that has designs on growth, you should be looking at all options available to you to allow you to scal up your operations in the most cost effective way possible. I believe that operating within the Virtual world allows you to do this by providing you with access to the very best technology available on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

No up front installation costs, no up front acquisition costs, no ongoing mintenance costs, reduced risks, improved performance – these are all benefits of moving towards a virtual IT structure.

To cap it off, you don’t need to employ the ‘geek in the corner’ to ensure that it all operates properly.

As long as you have good internet connections – broadband at a minimum, you can now access all of your technology requirements via a range of web enabled solutions…

 

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Create your ideal life now June 12, 2008

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What are you planning to do in 2008 to ensure that you create your ideal lifestyle?I believe that all business people should look to create something that allows them to deliver their ideal lifestyle. This should be your reward for the risks that you take in becoming a business owner.
If you can’t, then are you really getting the rewards to reflect the risks that you are taking. If the business can’t survive without you, you own a ‘job’ not a business! If this is the case for you, do something about it now!

However, lets assume that you can create your ideal lifestyle – what does it look like?

Do you know?

Make a list of the top 10 things that you enjoy doing?

How many of these do you undertake on a regular basis?

How can you adapt your life….

 

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