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RECOVERY LOAN SCHEME – 3 MONTHS TO GO 

RECOVERY LOAN SCHEME – 3 MONTHS TO GO 

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) will be around for just another 3 months as it expires on 30th June 2022, and there are no signs that it is going to be extended.   The scheme was in many ways a replacement for Bounce Back Loans (BBL) and CBILS but little...

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The Dealmaker – A Book Review

The Dealmaker – A Book Review

This is a book by Guy Hands, the well-known financier and investor. Hands is the founder and chairman of Terra Firma, the private equity firm, which he founded in 2002 as a spinout from Numura. It was once one of the largest Private Equity firms in Europe.  The...

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FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL!

FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL!

You cannot fail to miss all the articles online and in the papers and magazines since 1st January about losing weight, getting fit and exercising, and having this as part of a plan and programme for the year. I have deliberately left this article until late January as...

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Robert Maxwell, Fall – A Book Review

The first book review of the year is one excellent book and sets the bar high for the rest of the year. The book is ‘Fall’ by John Preston. The book is about the life and lies and the rise and fall of Robert Maxwell. Prior to reading this book I knew all about Maxwell...

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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

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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