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Start With WHY –  A Book Review

Start With WHY – A Book Review

This month’s book review is the award winning ‘Start With Why’ by Simon Sinek. A book that came out of a TED talk Sinek gave in 2009 called ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action’ The premise behind the book is looking at why some people and organisations are more...

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Employee Ownership – Right For Your Business?

Employee Ownership – Right For Your Business?

Employee ownership is one of the fastest growing business models in the UK. As we come out of the pandemic it is widely seen as having a key role to play in re-setting the UK economy. Employee ownership is not a new concept – the likes of The John Lewis Partnership...

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SPACS – An Idiots Guide

SPACS – An Idiots Guide

In several previous newsletters I’ve mentioned the increased use of SPACS, and given the popularity of this relatively new process, I thought it would be a good idea to go back to basics and provide a bit of an idiots guide to SPACS. A SPAC is a Special Purpose...

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Shoe Dog – A Book Review

Shoe Dog – A Book Review

This month’s book review is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the founder of Nike. I can’t believe I haven’t written a review of this book before. I’ve recommended it many times so it certainly deserves a belated write-up. I should say this is not a sports book, so if you are...

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The Art of Due Diligence

The Art of Due Diligence

Over the past few years, I have worked on a number of financial due diligence exercises for clients. This was either assessing possible/actual targets for acquisition, or on the other side, to provide the due diligence information to a third party to vet and review...

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Winding Up Petitions

Winding Up Petitions

In April 2020, the UK Government took the extraordinary step of preventing creditor winding up petitions for those companies that had been financially adversely impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. The move was intended to try and prevent businesses being subject to...

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They Ask You Answer – A Book Review

They Ask You Answer – A Book Review

This month’s book review is ‘They Ask. You Answer’ by Marcus Sheridan. Not only have I read the book, but I also had the pleasure of hearing Marcus speak for more than an hour at an Entrepreneurs Conference a few weeks back. If you ever get the chance to see Marcus...

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23 Best Practices to Prevent Fraud

23 Best Practices to Prevent Fraud

Following on from last months article on fraud and preventing it and not relying on your auditors to spot everything, given some of their high-profile failures, here is a list of 23 best practices that will help prevent fraud. This is by no means a full list, but...

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Bad Blood – A Book Review

Bad Blood – A Book Review

This month’s book review is ‘Bad Blood. Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup’ by John Carreyrou. This links to the news item this month concerning the current trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranus. The book charts the rise and then...

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