Friday, 19 August 2016

The Power Of Business Communication

Supporting Image for post-The Power Of Business Communication. You know what you mean, but does your potential customer

Communication takes many forms and is not just about speaking at events or writing. In business many things are important but communication is right up there at the top of the list.

What many do not realise is that you are communicating your business worth, credibility, trustworthiness, efficiency..... To read the full LinkedIn article by Bob Shepherd Associates, just click here.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

No Word For 'Entrepreneur'

LinkedIn Post: No Word For 'Entrepreneur'.  Bob looks at creating and retaining a spirit of ownership with a business

George Bush is famously supposed to have remarked that the trouble with the French is that they have no word for ‘Entrepreneur’. Quite funny but there is another aspect here. Any business needs to have a spirit of enterprise amongst its employees. It has been called Intrapreneurialism.

The best companies invite a spirit of ownership in the doings of their employees which instils a sense of value and helps with staff retention. According to some UK small businesses research.... To read the full LinkedIn post by Bob Shepherd Associates, just click here.

Business Expansion Has To Be Balanced

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One of the greatest enemies of business expansion is simply the business balance. It is no good, for example having the orders come flooding in if the company cannot handle the work-flow. Equally the business resources are finite and you cannot have resources waiting for an expected work-flow which doesn't materialise.

Retail is an easy one to judge as we all use shops. Have you ever noticed a shop closing down and thought you knew why? Was it location? Or was the location right but just not for that sort of shop? If the business owner compromises on location because of cost perhaps the results can be disastrous.  To read this article in full on LinkedIn, just click here 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Setting Up A New Business

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Setting up a new Business


Anyone can set up a business - Observation and experience has taught me that not everyone has the make up to do so successfully. Most professional Managers have come across those psychometric tests beloved of the HR people. Some people say they can manipulate them but I always wonder why you would want to do so. The corporate career world is full of people who are round pegs in the square hole of their employment and who are basically unsuited and unhappy with their lot. The‘Peter Principle’ pops up all over the place as people are promoted one step too far. Heaven help us when that step puts them in a senior position that carries such a bow wave of credibility that they are unassailable and too senior to be criticised. There are enough of them out there!  To read the full LinkedIn article, click here.

Friday, 20 May 2016

I‘ve got a Business Plan, have you.

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I‘ve got a Business Plan, have you?



Give yourself full marks....If it lives in a drawer somewhere, take off 10 points. Take off 20 points for every three months since you looked at it. Take off 10 points if it is less than 3 pages long. Take off 20 points if you used a “business plan template”. Take off 10 points if it is a several generation old photocopied questionnaire type template. Take away 20 points if it did not have a monthly cashflow forecast that you update. Take off 50 points if you did not see the point when you did it. To read the full LinkedIn article, click here:

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Business Ethics and Presentation

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Business Ethics and Presentation


What is it about the human condition that promotes corruption? By corruption I do not just mean out and out dishonest extra payments to circumvent a procedure, such as seems hopelessly endemic in some parts of the world. I mean any attempt to pull a fast one, to gain an edge by underhand means, to mislead with some sort of commercial gain. Simply to not bother is almost as bad. To read the full LinkedIn article by Bob Shepherd, click here

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Leaders and Managers

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Leaders and Managers


The old ideas of leadership are changing in business. In truth they have been changing for years and 'evolving' may be a better word to use. The old autocratic ideas of a pyramid hierarchy with someone at the top are rarely found these days.

Quite apart from the gender roles disappearing and the values that went with them watering down, the structure of business has changed. Some of that is good and some not, as with all change. What was there before was a mixture of good and bad as well and it is a mistake to ever think everything is or was fine.

Some have started to realise that leadership is present at all levels and is an integral part of the mixture of all things. 'If you want to know how to build a pyramid ask the man with the trowel', is a phrase I heard many years ago and it touches on the same thing. Leadership is managing people upwards, downwards and sideways. It's managing your people, your boss, and your colleagues: Click this link to read the full post on LinkedIn


Sunday, 28 February 2016

The muddy waters of an SME

The muddy waters of an SME


Of the 5.2 million businesses in the UK, 70% plus are "SMEs" - Small and Medium Enterprises. They form a major component of all that gives life to business and especially so in South Wales. If you stand in a major supermarket and consider the amount of money going through the tills, realise that all this is less than a couple of per cent of what goes on! These small or start up businesses go from A - Accountants to Z - Zookeepers and there is no single definition of what an SME actually is.

Neither is there much agreement as to when a business stops being "small" and starts being "medium". The 2006 UK's Companies Act defines a small company as one that does not have a turnover of more than £6.5million, a balance sheet total of more than £3.26 million and not more than 50 employees. A medium-sized company is one with less than 250 employees and a turnover of under £12.9 million.  To read the full LinkedIn article, please click this link.

Friday, 26 February 2016

What's in a business name?

What's in a business name?


What name should you call a new business? Decide all the attributes you want an intended audience to attach to the name. Write down these qualities. When you hit on a name check it to see if it includes these points.

Try to avoid anything difficult to say or spell. You want to be understood over the telephone and elsewhere and you want people to relate to the name easily. A quirky spelling might be all right or it might mean no one can find you listed anywhere.

Avoid initials that sound like others. The phone test is a good one again. P’s sound like D’s Vs and B’s for example. Again, do you want people to find you easily or not? Click this link to read the full post, on LinkedIn

Friday, 4 December 2015

Time Is The Biggest Resource

Time Is The Biggest Resource



Many small businesses have started up in the last few months. Some born of opportunity and some born of necessity.  If they have been careful the owners have made sufficient headway to show they can maintain their course and develop their business. Planning and forethought is a major key to this.

Resources is the baseline for any progress. Directly or indirectly money is the lowest common denominator here and the business needs money at least to keep the domestic expenses going until the business can take up the load. Then the business itself needs money to get going. There are a hundred and one things to spend out on in the first set up stage.  Click this link to read the full post, on LinkedIn