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Inspira, breathing life into business

June 2016



Decisions, decisions... they have dominated the news headlines in recent weeks. With the recent EU referendum, we were all required to make a decision, often in the face of conflicting information.

Of course, we all make decisions every single day of our lives, but as business owners, making the right decisions is absolutely crucial. Getting it wrong could have a detrimental effect on your business; get it right and customers could be queuing at your door.

One of the greatest skills business leaders can have is the ability to make effective business decisions. This does not necessarily come entirely naturally – good decision-making often boils down to a combination of knowledge, experience and intuition.

This does however require practice. Many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have made mistakes on their way up, but they’ve learned from them and moved on. They have struggled through their failures and made bad calls along the way but ultimately, they have found a solution.

President Roosevelt once said: “In any moment of decision, the best you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing and the worst thing you can do is nothing”. When it comes down to it, the right answer may not be clear but the only way forward is to take a deep breath and make a decision.

Whatever you decide as a business owner, it helps to keep your eyes on the prize and to be clear on your ultimate goals. Just like the world’s top athletes getting ready to compete at Rio with their focus on winning gold, the importance of having goals for your business cannot be overestimated.

I hope you enjoy our newsletter- as always we welcome your thoughts and feedback.


Have you set your PB for your business?

In just over a month, many of us will be glued to our screens watching the world’s greatest sportsmen and women compete in the Rio Olympics. Their commitment, determination and passion for their sport as they compete for their place in history is hugely inspiring. It begs the question, as a business owner, have you set a PB for your business? Are you striving every day for excellence? We give you our top 10 of what you can learn from the sporting elite.

The quest for perspective

Do you ever feel as though your daily business life is so jam-packed that you have no time and space to take a step back and think about where your business is heading? If so, the chances are you are holding yourself back from achieving even greater results for your business. It’s vital that you jump off the treadmill and take time out to reflect and gain a better perspective on things. Here’s 10 good reasons why this is a business ‘must-do’.

Auto-enrolment: what you need to know

Love it or loathe it, auto-enrolment looks here to stay. It’s now being rolled out to the small business sector and will apply to all employers by 2018. So how ready are you for one the biggest shakeups to workplace pensions in many years? We give you 5 key pointers to make sure you’re as prepared as possible.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Ghandi

Some useful articles we have read over the past few months…

Why compliance is a spring board to business growth

How being a parent and an entrepreneur can be good for business

Digital tax is coming: what small businesses should expect

Strategic plans are less important than strategic planning