Top ten Challenges – Processes. Do you have processes and procedures to monitor every aspect of your business? Are your staff following these procedures?

By Louisa Newport / 4th December 2018 / Comments Off on Top ten Challenges – Processes. Do you have processes and procedures to monitor every aspect of your business? Are your staff following these procedures?
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I’ve asked Louisa Newport to talk about Processes from her perspective as a virtual PA (I’m one of her clients and very good she is too), and part of the national partner network SmartPA. Louisa started with SmartPA in November 2016 and provides a wide range of admin support to me, and a variety of other clients.   Processes – Do you have processes and procedures to monitor every aspect of your business? Are your staff following these procedures? “It’s just me in this business. I don’t need any ‘processes’ I just want a bit of help with my admin” was the declaration of one my early clients. I think their idea of a ‘process’ was something long-winded, cumbersome – the opposite of the agile,…

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Top Ten Challenges – The economy. How to prosper whatever the economy throws at you.

By Colin Bielckus / 13th November 2018 / 0 Comments

For this challenge I’ve turned to Ian Dickson. I’ve known Ian for a number of years. An excellent public speaker, nationally and internationally. Not attended one of his events? Make sure you do as they are highly inspirational. Former copper on the beat in Brixton he has now found his niche in business transformation. I’m going to let Ian have his say:  Seek and you shall find!   Matthew 7:7 As Business Owners Brexit is an interesting situation for many of us. For many it creates uncertainty, change, worry, fear, potential commercial/financial disruption. On the other hand, for many it creates potential, positive change, certainty, clarity, opportunity, excitement. My name is Ian Dickson and I am an international business speaker and multi award winning business coach. For the…

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Top Ten Challenges – Sensible Decision Making

By Colin Bielckus / 7th August 2018 / 0 Comments
Time and Money

For this challenge I’ve turned to Gavin Meikle. I’ve known Gavin for a number of years. His mission is to transform the way people communicate in order to build a happier, more effective and more sustainable world. Communication, or rather a lack of it, is the root cause of most conflicts, be they commercial or personal. By helping people understand how small changes in their communication can deliver big improvements in their results we are doing our bit to make people happier, more confident and more successful. We are both inveterate networkers… Prior to setting up his training company, Gavin had a long and successful career in the Pharmaceutical Industry as sales representative, sales trainer and sales manager. In parallel with his career, Gavin was an active…

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Top Ten Challenges – Efficiency and staff management can have a real impact on your business growth

By Colin Bielckus / 15th May 2018 / 0 Comments
Efficiency

For the challenge of efficiency and staff management I’ve turned to Michael Collins from Chocablock Limited for his perspective. Mick set up his hand-crafted chocolate business in 2013 and he personally makes a range of exquisite chocolates from his base in Portsmouth, for the public, special events and also corporate customers that include Rolls Royce. Mick has a varied background but came to the small business sector when he set up his first chocolate making business in a ‘cupboard’ in Albert Road, Southsea – before running cafés in Copnor Portsmouth, and then in Southsea – then returning to his passion of making chocolate from premises in Portsmouth.. I’m going to let Mick say his piece: Efficiency and staff management can have a real impact on your business growth…

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Top Ten Challenges – Feast and Famine – The stop-start cycles that can break your business and drive you to despair!

By Colin Bielckus / 23rd February 2018 / 0 Comments
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For this challenge I’ve turned to Kevin Sheldrake. I’ve known Kevin for a number of years. He is a Certified Management Consultant specialising in solopreneur and small business marketing, differentiation and scaling and founder owner of The Boardroom Advisory. We are both inveterate networkers… Kevin Sheldrake is managing director of The Boardroom. Their website describes the Boardroom thus: Based on the UK South Coast, we are a unique and independent source of quality, real-world guidance and support to solopreneurs and the owners of ambitious and growing independent businesses. Kevin coaches me on a one-to-one basis. I’m going to let Kevin have his say: You’ve heard of the expression feast or famine – the stop-start cycles that some businesses experience. Sometimes it’s down to poor resourcing and…

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Top Ten Challenges – Too Close to Your Business that You Can’t See the Wood for the Trees?

By Colin Bielckus / 1st December 2017 / Comments Off on Top Ten Challenges – Too Close to Your Business that You Can’t See the Wood for the Trees?
Training

For this challenge I’ve turned to Lorna Jackson from Advance and Get Noticed. Lorna has been my Public Relations person for a while now and has been very successful in raising the OFD profile in the local and trade media. Lorna’s background is in marketing and public relations (PR) in Hampshire, and she has worked with clients in both the private and public sector. This experience has given her a breadth of knowledge which she uses to provide tools and pointers to get you going on your business journey. Over the past 15 years she has worked with a wide variety of companies, in Hampshire and West Sussex, telling their stories and promoting their products and services nationwide with effective publicity. I’m going to let…

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Top Ten Challenges – Strategic Focus – Do You Know Your Vision and Have a Plan to Get There?

By Colin Bielckus / 23rd November 2017 / Comments Off on Top Ten Challenges – Strategic Focus – Do You Know Your Vision and Have a Plan to Get There?
Strategic Focus

Strategic Focus – have you created your business plan to monitor progress and set deadlines and goals to ensure steady growth? Does your staff buy in to your vision? Do they even understand what your vision is? Do YOU even know what it is? For this challenge I’ve turned to Simon Whitbread. I’ve known Simon for a number of years and we’ve worked together in a number of projects such as Solent Business Growth Network of which he is a founder and Young Enterprise where we both sit on the Southern Hampshire board. We are both inveterate networkers… Simon Whitbread is the Business Conversationalist. He has been helping people improve their business’ performance by changing their conversations for many years. Whether it is the everyday conversation…

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What are The Top Ten Challenges for Growing Businesses?

By Colin Bielckus / 6th September 2017 / 0 Comments
Top Ten Business Challenges

I’ve been in business for more years than I care to remember and after a while you get to spot the same issues coming around time and time again. Coming from an accountancy background those issues are often financial but, of course, the majority of business issues cut across most, if not all, areas of a business. This blog series is based on challenges identified by myself and other small business owners. I will talk about ways to tackle the issues that 10 small business owners talk about from their own perspectives, using their own experience. Do you recognise the Top Ten challenges we identified? Sign up to our blog to receive this series – and contribute to the conversation! The economy. How to prosper…

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Coaching, Emotional Intelligence and Accountancy

By Colin Bielckus / 1st September 2017 / Comments Off on Coaching, Emotional Intelligence and Accountancy
Simon Bowes of People Intelligence

Testimonial for Colin Bielckus – Avenue Business Services Hello, my name is Simon Bowes and together with my wife Maureen, we run a Fareham based micro-business called People Intelligence. We are a coaching company specialising in the application of Emotional Intelligence to leaders and teams, particularly in the world of education. Colin Bielckus has been our accountant since 2005, producing our annual accounts, our quarterly VAT returns and our annual tax returns. We do our own bookkeeping using a spreadsheet that Colin has created specifically for our business, and he has continually adapted our systems over the years to meet the inevitable changes that have occurred as our business has evolved. For example: We added a package of online learning materials to supplement our coaching. These…

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