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Inspira, breathing life into business

July 2017



As we enter the second half of 2017, most of us will be wondering where the time has gone.

Time always has a habit of running away, and this is especially true for us business owners. The temptation is to spend our time working on the today and clearing that ever increasing to-do list. It can often feel impossible to find that elusive spare day, or even just an afternoon, to clear your head and really dedicate the time to focus on strategy and business planning.

Over the years, here at Inspira, we have seen the effects of both great and bad business planning. So, we understand not only how important planning is, but also how hard it can be to do. That is why in this issue, we explore ways on focusing your efforts and breaking down exactly what you need to do and what areas you need to focus on.

I hope you enjoy our newsletter – as always we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback, so do get in touch.


The four M’s of successful business planning

Are business plans purely for start-ups and funding applications? Actually, no. If you are planning for business growth or market expansion, a business plan could prove to be essential.  In this blog, we document the four M’s that you need to cover, to ensure that you create a successful and comprehensive business plan.


The essentials for successful succession planning

Have you started to consider how you will exit your business? No matter where you are on your business journey, it is always worth factoring in succession planning. In this blog, we run through how you can start by creating systems which will enable you to take more annual leave, through to how to position your business so it is ready to be sold.

Will automation take your job?

Like most owners of high growth businesses, you are always on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency. In most cases, this efficiency has been found by turning human actions into automated forms. But with this ever-increasing dependence on technology, will automation ultimately end up taking your job? In this blog, we chart the rise of the robots and predict what automation could mean for you and your workforce.

"Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people."
Steve Jobs

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

Swipe right for the best candidate? Recruitment enters the Tinder age

Are you committing any of these e-commerce sins which may stop your customers purchasing?

3 Ways to raise your kids to think, and solve problems, like an entrepreneur

Why your customer data could pose the biggest threat to your business

HMRC delays Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme