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Here we grow

1st February 2018

“You grow or you die.” And when it comes to business growth most businesses only consider 3 of the 7 growth drivers. Are you considering the other four?

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Not your average accountant

27th February 2018

I believe that an accountant can be a powerful ally in taking a business to the next level. I also want to make a difference in the wider world.That is why I am taking Grant-Jones in a different direction in 2018.

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Don't take no for an answer

8th May 2018

Any small business owner will tell you that getting to a sale is tough. Interest is relatively easy to generate but actually getting someone to say "Yes" is the tricky part. Recent research has suggested that 73% of customers say “No” at least five times before they will actually buy from you. Make sure you don't give up too soon!

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Standing Out from the Crowd

7th June 2018

As a small business, cashflow is king. As you grow, getting enough income to cover the costs of expansion is vital, and that means more sales. So what can you do to increase sales without having to cut your prices (and therefore your income) to beat the competition?

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Be your own boss - part 4

28th August 2018

Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding even if there is a lot to organise. In this, the final part of this short series, we bring everything together.

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Give a man a fish....

12th September 2018

A while ago, small business owners were surveyed and asked what they most wanted from their accountant. The most commonly used word was ‘proactive.’
Not long after this, every accountant’s website started describing themselves as proactive, knowing it was what their target audience wanted to see. But that’s just the copy on the website. What should you expect from your accountant, over and above the basics, for them to deserve to describe themselves as proactive?

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The Lucky 7s of Goal Setting

6th November 2018

Whether you are an established company or a start-up, setting both long- and short-term goals gives your business a clear vision for you, your colleagues and your accountant.

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The Lucky 7s - Talking to your team

5th December 2018

Setting goals yourself as the business owner is the best way to gain focus on your vision. Involving the people who are doing the work on a day-to-day basis not only gives you a working knowledge of whether your goals are realistic, but it can also mean that your team feel they have an important role to play in your business.

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Are you taking care of your customers?

15th January 2019

Taking care of the relationship you have with your clients is the first step in encouraging your business to thrive.
You might know all about what you are selling, but are you paying attention to who are you selling to?

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Do you find it all a bit taxing?

29th January 2019

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Yet, in all the uncertainty of running a business, the most certain aspect of it, taxation, often gets ignored, forgotten, or left to the last minute.

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Are you taking care of the numbers?

12th February 2019

Owning a business can be slog, but it can also be joyful. Seeing money coming in is one of the rewards of your hard work. But it’s not only about the 'cash in the bank' column in a ledger. Taking care of your numbers means having a reliable book keeping system to record all your financial transactions.

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Are you getting the bills paid?

26th February 2019

Managing your payment process, from invoicing to getting paid, ensures you have cash in the bank. Here are some steps for a simple process to help you ensure that you are paid in full and on time.

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Tools for Growth

26th March 2019

Moving your business on to the next level, can feel a little overwhelming. All those ‘helpful’ systems, tools, tips and tricks out there, are enough to make your head spin!
Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”, and the same can often be said for how business growth is approached.
The great news is, you don’t have to do it all - good business growth comes from doing just a few things but doing them well.

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Dealing with Uncertainty

9th April 2019

The only thing that is certain is that every business faces uncertainty!
The real challenge with uncertainty is to not throw in the towel at the first hurdle, and keep on going and believing in your business, even when you can’t see the immediate way ahead.

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Putting systems and processes in place so you can grow

23rd April 2019

When you decided to start out in business, did you dream of what it would be like to be your own boss?
You eagerly get your business underway and then one day reality hits! There is a LOT of work to do.
So, put the systems in place that allow you to delegate.

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Leading People Through Change

7th May 2019

If you want to grow your business, you need to ensure that your team are on board and ready, willing and able to grow with you. But none of us like being told what to do - so how do you get support from your team as you grow?

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The Four Grand Challenges for Business

4th June 2019

BEIS has launched a policy paper about the ‘Four Grand Challenges’ to secure a prosperous future for Britain. As a growing business, there is action you can take now to be read when these challenges come - and put yourself ahead of the competition today.

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