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Why you must control costs within your business

There are warnings out there in the general economy about an on-coming recession. Thoughts turning toward dropping values, and other worries. That may be the case, for some, but there is also so much that is good, really good, just now. Many business owners are finding trading conditions, investment opportunities, and availability of finance better than they have experienced in […]

DO NOT ASSUME: IT’S DANGEROUS

Pay attention. Investigate every change affecting the financial stability of your business.

Don’t assume anything. Always challenge assumptions. Just because it has run smoothly for the past few years, don’t assume it will always run smoothly. Good customers can hit hard times, and your invoices can slip down a pile of accumulating debts. Diligent employees can lose their concentration, once-dependable suppliers […]

What’s the MEANING behind The Numbers?

The meaning behind The Numbers strips bare the facts on implementation within your business.

Your profit number is the result of the activity behind that number. If you want to improve the profit number, look closely at all the activities that impact on sales, margins, overheads.

Successful business owners are passionate about “The Numbers”. But, the funny thing about the numbers is that they […]

Bookkeeping: the first building block

Successful business owners are passionate about “The Numbers”. But, the funny thing about the numbers is that they must be accurate and up-to-date, otherwise they are of no value.

The first building block of accurate financial data is your bookkeeping records. Within your business the workflow process and data entry rules must be designed to consistently capture all the transaction information, […]

What you must do before any new business initiative

Success can be dangerous, especially when that business success is dramatic. It can lull you into a false sense of security, even a degree of complacency. That is unwise because trading risks are ever-present. A business owner must always be vigilant, ready to act.

Decision-making is especially important when considering a new capital investment. For most private businesses, capital investment will […]

Protect your business from Carillion fallout

Financial loss and business disruption is inevitable for a number of suppliers and subcontractors who will be hit by the collapse of Carillion. We encourage all business owners to contact us to review how this business tragedy will affect their own business. We can then help each business to prepare a plan to protect their financial and trading stability.

Most business […]

Tips to achieve a successful property business from Nicole Bremner

£1m to £120m GDV in five years.
The remarkable property success of Nicole Bremner.

“It’s no secret that when I started out in property I knew nothing. Not a thing. Now in my fifth year in property development, I have eleven projects across London. These projects contain more than 400 units and are worth more than £120 million in gross development value”, […]

Sales Management and Profit Management information solution for small businesses

Although trading conditions remain very challenging, there is still scope to improve sales performance and profit performance.

One effective step that all business owners can take is to ensure they operate a sales management and profit management information system that is simple, effective, and scalable. That will save time, money, and frustration. A good information system will ensure all sales opportunities […]

Ban on personal credit card surcharges

As of January 13, 2018, businesses will be prohibited from adding surcharges to recoup transaction fees on purchases made using a personal credit card. One of the first organisations to impose this ban is HMRC. As of 13th January 2018 HMRC will no longer accept personal credit cards as a method of paying tax bills.

The surcharge ban extends to bank […]

Increase of automatic enrolment contributions

Many employees and employers need to prepare for a significant increase the cost of automatic enrolment minimum pension contributions. For example, based upon the Average Weekly Earnings, seasonally adjusted, for a private sector worker (£503 pw as of July 2017), the employee’s minimum monthly contribution will increase by £33.80 per month, and the minimum employer’s increase will be £16.90 per […]