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Queens Gambit and Strategy

Queens Gambit and Strategy

You may have seen the latest Netflix big hit ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ which is the story of Elizabeth Harmon, an orphaned chess prodigy rising through the chess master ranks whilst she struggles with various personal issues. It is Netflix’s most watched scripted limited...

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ESG Becoming a KPI?

ESG Becoming a KPI?

The ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) acronym is a relative newcomer to the corporate world. However, its origins date back several decades, perhaps to the 1960s when some funds declined to invest in certain controversial sectors, such as tobacco and South...

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Banking On It – A Book Review

Banking On It – A Book Review

This month’s book review is ‘Banking On It – How I Disrupted an Industry’ by Anne Boden, who founded Starling Bank. Starling Bank is a digital challenger bank for both personal and business customers with a real emphasis on customer service and designing the whole...

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Trade post Brexit

Trade post Brexit

It is just over a month since we left the EU and a lot has happened in the interim. Article 16 was invoked and then withdrawn in a dramatic few days of political wrangling over vaccine production and availability. However away from politics and back to day-to-day...

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Consider CBILS before it’s too late

Consider CBILS before it’s too late

We start the New Year of 2021 under lockdown 3.0 with the uncertainty andimpact this has on our businesses. The roll out of a vaccine is of course very welcome news, but will take time, and no doubt take longer than envisaged. For countless businesses, this will cause...

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Brexit…..A Whole New World

Brexit…..A Whole New World

At 11am on 31 December 2020 the UK completed the transition from the EU. A trade deal was  reached at the last minute, with some compromises, but an agreement at least gives some clarity on the way forward for businesses.  Now we will see the practical...

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Ray Dalio – Principles

Ray Dalio – Principles

This is a book review of ‘Principles’ by Ray Dalio, who founded Bridgewater Associates back in 1975. Bridgewater is one of the largest hedge funds and asset managers in the world. Dalio has been called ‘the Steve Jobs of investing’ and from day 1 he built his business...

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Debt Capacity post covid

Debt Capacity post covid

Recent figures suggest that businesses have taken c£18bn of CBILS and c£42bn of Bounce Back Loans this year. This is on top of any other funding that businesses have taken. Whilst these government schemes have been welcomed by businesses that needed funding to survive...

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Entrepreneur Resilience

Entrepreneur Resilience

For many entrepreneurs and businesses this past year will have been the most challenging they have ever faced, and let’s face it, this is not over yet, so we still have many uncertainties ahead of us. Back in March as lockdown began, I wrote an article in the Snowball...

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National Infastructure Bank

National Infastructure Bank

At the spending review last week, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that there would be a new National Infrastructure Bank launched. Details were sketchy but we know it will work with the private sector to fund new infrastructure projects across the UK and to help...

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Rory Sutherland and Alchemy

Rory Sutherland and Alchemy

I recently attended (virtually) an entrepreneurs’ conference and one of the speakers was Rory Sutherland, the Ogilvy advertising legend and an expert on consumer behaviour and trends. For me, he was the best keynote speaker of the event and talked around his book...

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Stop Faster to Change Direction

Stop Faster to Change Direction

There was a good recent article in the Harvard Business Review titled ‘Start Stopping Faster’ by Rigby, Elk and Berez. It looked at innovations and the speed with which businesses pursue these new ideas. This issue is that 70-90% of innovations fail, and the cost of...

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