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Addressing the skills shortage in the UK
People
July 4, 2024

Addressing the skills shortage in the UK

The most common issue facing our clients today is people. Recruiting, retaining and getting the most from their teams is...

Green Practices for SMEs: Building a Sustainable Future
Business Growth
May 29, 2024

Green Practices for SMEs: Building a Sustainable Future

The Importance of Sustainability for SMEs In our article Planning for a Successful Year we talked about the importance of...

South West SMEs to benefit from new Business Doctor
News
May 16, 2024

South West SMEs to benefit from new Business Doctor

Seasoned businessman Raphael Fiorentino has joined forces with the national SME support network Business Doctors, bringing his unique skills and...

The small business owner and mental health 
People
May 2, 2024

The small business owner and mental health 

Running a small business can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be highly stressful. According to a study by...

Think about this before going into business with family
People
March 6, 2024

Think about this before going into business with family

Before jumping head first into a new family venture, here's three useful tips!

Business Doctors launch in Northampton
News
February 29, 2024

Business Doctors launch in Northampton

Business Doctors open new advisory office in Northampton We are delighted to introduce Alastair McLeod, Business Doctor for Northamptonshire. Alastair...

How to Write a Business Plan
Business Growth
February 20, 2024

How to Write a Business Plan

Why you need a business plan A business plan will provide you with a clear outline of all the actions...

Planning for a Successful Year
Business Growth
January 10, 2024

Planning for a Successful Year

How are you feeling about this year?  You probably spent the latter part of December talking, eating, drinking and hopefully...

Bringing your business growth strategy to life - Making it happen 
Business Growth
November 6, 2023

Bringing your business growth strategy to life - Making it happen 

Here comes the exciting bit in which you can see your plans come to fruition (part 3/3)

The six tentacles of the owner's trap...
Business Growth
October 3, 2023

The six tentacles of the owner's trap...

Roadblocks to business growth The Owner’s Trap  Many individuals set up businesses because they are looking for freedom. Freedom from...

How to develop a business growth strategy
Business Growth
September 6, 2023

How to develop a business growth strategy

  “A business growth strategy is a long-term document that sets out how your company will evolve to meet current...

What is business purpose and why is it important?
People
July 27, 2023

What is business purpose and why is it important?

What is the meaning of purpose?  The Oxford Dictionary defines purpose as ‘The reason something is done or created or for...

12 tips for improving your business cashflow
Finance
May 15, 2023

12 tips for improving your business cashflow

January is a notorious time of year for businesses having tight cash-flow. Take a look at the next 12 tips...

The Ultimate Guide to Business Growth
Business Growth
April 20, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Business Growth

Most entrepreneurs are driven to start a business ultimately; they want to see it grow, yet they often reach a...

Top tips for finding a business mentor
People
March 9, 2023

Top tips for finding a business mentor

Are you one of the many business owners that don’t have a confidante within the business? Do you feel isolated,...

The benefits of business mentoring
People
January 31, 2023

The benefits of business mentoring

Research conducted by Simply Business, showed that even before Covid became a thing, business owners were already feeling isolated –...

What is a business mentor?
People
December 19, 2022

What is a business mentor?

Business owners have been under increasing pressure since the onset of Covid back in 2019. Getting the workforce back in...

Elements of leadership: The characteristics of effective leaders in business
People
October 11, 2022

Elements of leadership: The characteristics of effective leaders in business

We have looked at why leadership skills are important to business owners, the benefits to your bottom line, improved morale...

What are leadership skills and how can business owners acquire them?
People
September 13, 2022

What are leadership skills and how can business owners acquire them?

You may have set up your business as a result of a passion for what you do, the desire to...

Business Doctors launches new office in Milton Keynes
News
September 5, 2022

Business Doctors launches new office in Milton Keynes

Business Doctors is delighted to announce the launch of a new office UK office The new office in Milton Keynes,...

Why leadership skills are important for business owners
People
August 8, 2022

Why leadership skills are important for business owners

A business strategy defines a business by giving it a set of values and purposes. It will provide you with...

Launch of New Business Advisory Service in North Yorkshire
News
July 26, 2022

Launch of New Business Advisory Service in North Yorkshire

The new business advisory service will be headed up by Ian Howard, and will be providing support to businesses in...

Challenges facing SMEs in 2022
Business Growth
July 11, 2022

Challenges facing SMEs in 2022

Challenges Facing SMEs in 2022 The SME market is incredibly vast so far in 2022, with a variety of small...

Business Doctors Bulgaria celebrates anniversary with event
News
June 27, 2022

Business Doctors Bulgaria celebrates anniversary with event

Almost one year since Veselin Genev opened up our first office in Bulgaria, founders Matt Levington and Rod Davies joined...

Financial challenges facing business owners
Finance
June 16, 2022

Financial challenges facing business owners

Over the last few months we have been exploring some key challenges facing business owners in 2022. We’ve already covered...

Issues affecting businesses part-three
Business Growth
June 13, 2022

Issues affecting businesses part-three

Supply and Logistics Over the next few months, Business Doctors will be exploring the key challenges small businesses across the...

The Evolving Workforce
People
June 13, 2022

The Evolving Workforce

Talent and People What is talent, and why is it important in business? What comes to mind when we hear...

Issues affecting businesses in 2022 - Part two
Business Growth
February 23, 2022

Issues affecting businesses in 2022 - Part two

The post-Brexit reality for SMEs Over the next few months, Business Doctors will be exploring the key challenges small businesses...

Matt Levington on getting back into business mode
People
January 28, 2022

Matt Levington on getting back into business mode

It’s a funny month, January, the first week back is always a bit interesting trying to get your head around...

Issues affecting businesses in 2022 - part one
People
January 20, 2022

Issues affecting businesses in 2022 - part one

Issues affecting businesses in 2022 – Part One – People   Get your business firing on all cylinders again! The...

How is your Sector Performing Post-COVID?
Business Growth
November 9, 2021

How is your Sector Performing Post-COVID?

All business sectors struggled to some degree throughout the pandemic, even if there were some instances of success. According to...

How is Your Business Feeling Post-COVID?
Business Growth
September 3, 2021

How is Your Business Feeling Post-COVID?

Getting back to business post Covid Thankfully for small businesses across the UK, the dust has finally started to settle...

Financing your Business Post-COVID
Finance
August 3, 2021

Financing your Business Post-COVID

The Real Cost of COVID to Small Businesses It’s time to get back on track with your venture and start...

Effectively Managing Your Remote Workforce
People
July 7, 2021

Effectively Managing Your Remote Workforce

The Challenges of Managing Remote Workforces There’s a lot to be said for in-office working. For many SMEs, the workplace...

Beyond the Numbers - How is Your Business Feeling?
People
June 16, 2021

Beyond the Numbers - How is Your Business Feeling?

How is your Business Feeling Post-COVID?   In light of Mental Health Awareness week in May, and the events over...

Is now the time to hire your first employee?
People
April 27, 2021

Is now the time to hire your first employee?

Does your business have the resource needed to grow? You may have experienced growth in lockdown and are considering whether...

Branding - Is it Time for a Refresh?
Business Growth
April 27, 2021

Branding - Is it Time for a Refresh?

  Well-managed branding can give you a genuine sustainable competitive advantage. This is especially relevant if you are looking to...

Business Vision, Mission and Values - Why are they so important?
Business Growth
March 2, 2021

Business Vision, Mission and Values - Why are they so important?

VMV are the very foundations upon which you will build a solid, sustainable & growing business. The importance is grossly...

The importance of a Business Strategy
Business Growth
February 20, 2021

The importance of a Business Strategy

Strategy is important in business, right? It forms the foundation of all that we, as business owners, build our enterprises...

Goals...are you using yours properly?
Business Growth
Strategy
January 6, 2021

Goals...are you using yours properly?

Getting your business goals right I often find that when I speak with people about business goals and more importantly,...

It's better to GIVE...and improve your business in return
Business Growth
Strategy
December 8, 2020

It's better to GIVE...and improve your business in return

It’s time to take a long hard look in the mirror…to understand your capabilities as a business, and what makes...

Keep Calm and Carry On...2020 is nearly over!
Business Growth
December 4, 2020

Keep Calm and Carry On...2020 is nearly over!

What a year 2020 has been For many I hear I can’t wait for 2020 to end, and frankly who...

Sales on the slide? Then OPEN the door
Business Growth
Sales
November 30, 2020

Sales on the slide? Then OPEN the door

Increasing lead generation and sales in the current climate Human beings are hardwired to avoid pain and gain pleasure. Scientific...

Employees: The importance of getting them engaged
People
Your team
February 5, 2020

Employees: The importance of getting them engaged

Employees: The importance of getting them engaged The Oxford English dictionary defines ‘engagement’ as ‘a promise, obligation, or other condition...

Are you heading for a cash crisis?
Finance
January 13, 2020

Are you heading for a cash crisis?

Cash is different from profit. Many ‘profitable’ businesses have gone under – although on the surface they may be trading...

The mystery of cash flow
Finance
January 7, 2020

The mystery of cash flow

What is cash flow? The Cambridge dictionary defines cash flow as: the amount of money moving into and out of...

Why do fraudsters target SMEs?
Finance
November 1, 2019

Why do fraudsters target SMEs?

Small and medium sized businesses are a prime target for online fraud!

Appointing an external CEO
People
October 16, 2019

Appointing an external CEO

Stepping back from the day to day running of the business is a major decision for the founder.

Building a management team - when is it time?
All about you (the business owner)
People
August 15, 2019

Building a management team - when is it time?

When is it time to think about a management team? For small business owners, taking the big step to expand...

The Number '1' Trap
Finance
June 8, 2019

The Number '1' Trap

There are lots of potential traps when it comes to running a business. Some of the obvious pitfalls include: Not...

Get the basics of managing your staff sorted - only then think about the progressive stuff.
People
June 3, 2019

Get the basics of managing your staff sorted - only then think about the progressive stuff.

Any business needs to get the basics of employing staff sorted: employing staff legally is obvious but having a staffing...

Are we having smart conversations?
Finance
June 3, 2019

Are we having smart conversations?

Enquire more, advocate less To really understand what is happening in business but in any situation, we need to enquire...

The Elephant in the Room
Business Growth
Business Management
January 15, 2019

The Elephant in the Room

So what can an SME learn from a corporate? Not much you might think as they are so fundamentally different....

Plan your way out of uncertainty
Finance
January 14, 2019

Plan your way out of uncertainty

Frustrating right?  How on earth have we as a country gotten ourselves into this current pickle?  It seemed like a...

The Road to Personal Freedom
Building value
Finance
October 11, 2018

The Road to Personal Freedom

Creating a business that functions effectively and independently of you ultimately provides you with a more valuable business. It also...

How do I improve my pricing? (Finance Part 5/5)
Finance
September 4, 2018

How do I improve my pricing? (Finance Part 5/5)

"How a small increase in price, can give a big boost to the bottom line?"‚¬

How can I increase the cash in the business to grow? (Finance Part 4/5)
Finance
August 28, 2018

How can I increase the cash in the business to grow? (Finance Part 4/5)

"How many ways can a business owner raise money?"‚¬

I'm struggling to pay the bills (Finance, Part 3/5)
Finance
August 21, 2018

I'm struggling to pay the bills (Finance, Part 3/5)

"Cash is King, so how do I make sure customers pay on time?"‚¬

I cannot budget what I don't know
Finance
August 14, 2018

I cannot budget what I don't know

"A bad plan is better than no plan but how can I forecast what I don't know?"‚¬

What story do the numbers tell? (Finance, Part 1/5)
Finance
August 7, 2018

What story do the numbers tell? (Finance, Part 1/5)

"How can I make the story behind the accounts better?"‚¬

What people aspects can set a business apart?
People
Your team
June 19, 2018

What people aspects can set a business apart?

Business owners, would you like an engaged workforce?

How can managing staff be made easier?
People
Your team
June 12, 2018

How can managing staff be made easier?

Business owners, is managing your staff a stress? Reset with staff performance management

How can I avoid square pegs in round holes?
People
Your team
May 31, 2018

How can I avoid square pegs in round holes?

Business owners, how can you get the right staff doing the right things? Reset with an organisation stucture and job...

Are staff issues holding back the growth of your business?
People
May 29, 2018

Are staff issues holding back the growth of your business?

Business owners, are staff issues holding back your business? Reset staff issues with these 3 steps ...

Marketing your business in the digital age
Business Growth
March 20, 2018

Marketing your business in the digital age

Find out out the fundamentals of marketing in the digital age

Top tips for a first hire
People
February 19, 2018

Top tips for a first hire

You can never repeat the process of recruiting your first hire so be intelligent about it

Expanding your workforce
People
February 19, 2018

Expanding your workforce

How do you know when is the right time to take the plunge and expand the workforce?

How to select the right business bank account
Finance
February 19, 2018

How to select the right business bank account

Small business owners now have more options than ever for choosing a bank and can select one which caters for...

Smarter Invoicing for Cash Flow Health
Finance
January 25, 2018

Smarter Invoicing for Cash Flow Health

5 useful steps to improve your invoicing process and reduce cashflow worries.

Keeping a handle on costs
Finance
December 12, 2017

Keeping a handle on costs

What can start-ups and SMEs do to bring down costs in the early years?

When is the right time to hire a management team?
People
November 21, 2017

When is the right time to hire a management team?

The management team should evolve over time with the needs of the business.

Business Doctor's guide to bidding on public sector works
Business Growth
September 16, 2017

Business Doctor's guide to bidding on public sector works

An explanation of how to bid public sector work and how frameworks can add value to a business.

Top tips to manage your business cash flow through the summer months!
Finance
July 23, 2017

Top tips to manage your business cash flow through the summer months!

The summer months for businesses can notoriously be a tight period for cash. With low productivity levels, staff on holiday...

Business Doctors makes its first move into mainland Europe
News
May 15, 2017

Business Doctors makes its first move into mainland Europe

"I am looking forward to bringing the Business Doctor's unique brand of jargon-free, hands on SME support to Brussels and...

Growing your business
Finance
May 12, 2017

Growing your business

Here's some market metrics to help you target the customers you want

Raising money for your business - what you need to know
Finance
October 28, 2016

Raising money for your business - what you need to know

What you need to know to boost your chances of securing a business loan

For small businesses cash is still king
Finance
October 25, 2016

For small businesses cash is still king

10 simple tips to help improve your cash flow position

Getting the right funding for your 2017 business budget
Finance
October 24, 2016

Getting the right funding for your 2017 business budget

Will you need additional funding to grow your business in 2017?

How to Nourish Future Female Company Leaders
People
September 19, 2016

How to Nourish Future Female Company Leaders

To attract talented young women to a workplace and support them in pursuing their careers to higher levels, we have...

6 low cost ways to improve employee engagement
People
Your team
September 19, 2016

6 low cost ways to improve employee engagement

Staff turnover costs British businesses at least £4.13bn every year, so what can you do as a business owner or...

Cash Flow Q&A for Small Firms
Finance
August 25, 2016

Cash Flow Q&A for Small Firms

Do you want to learn more about cash flow for small firms? Read our Cash Flow Q&A with Business Doctor...

Why engagement is critical to the success of your business
People
Uncategorized
July 28, 2016

Why engagement is critical to the success of your business

Culture : How things are done around here Engagement : How employees feel about how things are done around...

Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity but cash is reality!
Finance
May 27, 2016

Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity but cash is reality!

What steps can you take to ensure that your businesses doesn't become a casualty to bad cash flow management?

How to find additional funding for your business
Finance
May 18, 2016

How to find additional funding for your business

Gaining access to additional funding can give your business the boost it might need.

What are research and development tax credits?
Finance
November 16, 2015

What are research and development tax credits?

A typical R&D Tax claim is in excess of £47,000 per UK company, is your company eligible?

How to get 4 x faster growth than your average SME
Finance
October 22, 2015

How to get 4 x faster growth than your average SME

Heard about Growth Accelerator but want to learn more?

Professional services: A new world order?
Finance
August 27, 2015

Professional services: A new world order?

The 'Big 4' Accountancy Firms offer more than just accountancy services. Can a SME accountancy practice deliver Business Solutions to...

How is your company doing financially?
Finance
March 29, 2015

How is your company doing financially?

One of the eight factors that contribute to your company's sellability is your financial performance. Specifically, the size of your...

Does not having a business mission and vision hinder growth?
Business Growth
Uncategorized
March 10, 2015

Does not having a business mission and vision hinder growth?

Mission or Purpose with a vision powers everything in your business

Have you built the right team for your business?
People
Your team
January 28, 2015

Have you built the right team for your business?

Building the right team, with individuals working to the best of their abilities, will see your business grow. A square...

Employee Motivations
People
November 10, 2014

Employee Motivations

In conversations with business owners, there is evidence that businesses are stabilising and in some cases showing signs of growth....

Barrier to growth number 2:
Finance
July 23, 2012

Barrier to growth number 2: "It's too expensive"

How can you justify investment in the development of a strategy?

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