Business advice, mentoring, coaching and consultancy for creative and technical companies


What’s in a name?

Business adviser, mentor, coach or consultant – when you need effective business advice, it’s far better to focus on attributes rather than labels. But what are the key attributes of a good business adviser? And how can you make those qualities work for you?

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It’s not advice I want, it’s results!

Advice should never be an end in itself. As a business owner you face multiple decisions every day – some routine, some forced upon you and some because you want to change or improve an aspect of your business.

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As a business owner, who do you trust?

When something is your creation you may be hesitant to let others in - yet allowing them to help is essential for reaching your goals. They could take on extra responsibility, lead the delivery of key projects and in return be rewarded for success.

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Try these two quick exercises to excel in the months ahead

Over half-way through 2020 and you may be wondering, ‘what next?’. Your business may be thriving, in a holding pattern or barely surviving. Your answer to ‘what next?’ is in part down to your circumstances but also your mindset, your attitude to risk and your re-assessment of your future goals.

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Exercises to keep your business fit

With lockdown came change – how will you build on the experience?

For some businesses lockdown was an abrupt suspension of activity, some literally ‘shut up shop’ overnight. Others had to adapt operations to continue some level of business with alternative working arrangements. And for the rest, opportunities and sales volumes have grown to unprecedented levels.

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Adding horsepower to your business

In the current business climate, whether you are thriving or barely surviving, you may consider the value of additional ‘horsepower’ in your business. You may not need or want to invest in a full-time manager or director, but equally you may feel that a short-term consultant will not be the answer.

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Are you faced with some decision dilemmas?

This year you and your business may be facing challenges that potentially won’t go away soon. Are you doing the ‘right thing’? When you’re faced with a plethora of decisions, how do you balance time to consider those decisions versus the immediacy some may require in order to survive?

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Decision dilemmas

Five positive questions to ask yourself

No business has been untouched by the current coronavirus outbreak and subsequent ‘lockdown’. Whether you have seen a boom in trade as a delivery firm, a dramatic fall in revenue as a service company, or had to remodel your business to enable safe working for your teams, you will have been affected.

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Five positive business questions


We have talked to other business owners and they are taken aback that we forecast our revenues, costs and cash flow

Meret Maynard
Outspoken Projects


We’ve written a number of guides on selected business subjects that will set you and your business in good stead for whatever future you may choose.

These are free for you to download and to make use of in your business, so please help yourself.