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


How to review your business in just 10 minutes

Over the Christmas and New Year period we are inundated with hints, suggestions and cajoling about this being ‘a great time to reflect on the year just gone and plan ahead’. And what a year it has been.

In practice, how many of us do an effective ‘review and plan’ and, most importantly, make any changes as a result?

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Planning your key activities for 2021

As a business owner, this is the perfect time to think about what you achieved this year – and to plan your personal and business objectives for the months ahead. But why do you need to review and plan?

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9 reasons why your business plan is your best friend

A number of business owners we know have been running their companies for years, but have never written a business plan. Not as uncommon as you may think – we just don’t do it, business just happens, I’m too busy, and sole traders in the main question, ‘who’s it...

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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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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.