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What does success look like? June 18th, 2017

What does success look like? Before you start on your journey, its worth asking yourself that question. If you’ve already started your journey, you will save yourself a huge amount of time if you stop and ponder, not just your direction, but the picture you want to paint in years to come. Apple recently created an advert for their new TV show,  using a young entrepreneur saying, “I rarely see my kids. That’s the risk you have to take.”  Andrew Kemendo says “for the ultimate reward, he’ll put everything on the line.” He’s not alone, as I have heard a number of young entrepreneurs saying similar things recently. The road to success is a long one. It’s not an easy route. And whilst things are going well… Read the Rest »

Stepping Stones To Success June 11th, 2017

This week I had a number of talks, my favourite of which was at Central Library where I opened my talk with: “Anyone can create a multi-million-pound business. Anyone.” Whilst you might think that is an easy thing for me to say, I put it into some context. Imagine a 16-year-old lad; Doc Martins, duffel bag, skinhead and skateboard, being frowned upon for skateboarding up and down the 4th Floor of Manchester’s Central Library.  Well that was me, whilst studying for my A-levels. Fresh from Wales, looking to make my way in the world. Safe to say, I had incredible results in my A-levels, so much so, I am wheeled out by the BBC every  year on A-level results day… sadly not for doing well, in fact quite the opposite,… Read the Rest »

Polls Apart? June 5th, 2017

As a creature of habit I don’t like missing my Sunday blog, but last night an opportunity came up to head over to Old Trafford Cricket Ground with a close friend to watch Ariana’s concert and pay tribute to the people who died and were injured in the attack a few weeks ago, so I jumped at the chance. I am glad I did too. It was an extraordinary occasion. With everything going on in London on Saturday, with similar atrocities, it’s important we as a country unite against terrorists and demonstrate that we are bigger than their pathetic actions. As you’d expect with a concert of this stature held in Manchester, it had everything you could ever imagine. There are not many times when we… Read the Rest »

A Day in the Life May 21st, 2017

Throughout the 30 years that I have been in business, the greatest thing that I have discovered is the value of learning from the advice and experiences of others. I have travelled all over the world to seek out lessons from the likes of Tony Robbins and Sir Richard Branson, and I have read a library of business books to pick up tips from the most successful businesses and businesspeople out there. I am still learning and constantly evolving. It is one of the greatest honours to be able to pass on the lessons that I have learned along my journey – the mistakes that I have made, the golden rules and the essentials that helped us bounce back after the inevitable stumbles any business… Read the Rest »

A Dog’s Life May 14th, 2017

I was amazed at the number of private posts, tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn messages this week and the response to my short video on mental health. I had no idea it affected just so many people. But when you think about it, as a race, humans were never meant to be caged in boxes all day. And whilst as kids we got time to run around, as adults we work long hours inside, often sat a desk. Even more worrying, society is changing so fast that even kids are getting less places to play outdoors and it is losing its priority in school, being swapped for more lessons ironically sitting at a desk. Getting out is essential. Moving is essential. This is one of the reasons… Read the Rest »

Motivating Manchester May 7th, 2017

  Lets put our political differences aside for a second and look at whats needed right now in the UK. Whatever your political allegiances, ultimately we are all wanting the same thing, a stronger Britain. The problem is we have differences of opinions and varying degrees of confidence in the small number of political leaders available to us. This week saw the first vote for Mayor in Manchester where the newly elected mayor Andy Burnham has more powers and the ability to allocate and spend money where he and his team see fit. Now some might say I am a conservative at heart, and I suppose in many ways I am, although I don’t believe any one of the parties are the finished article by a long way. I am actually… Read the Rest »

Top Tips for Email April 30th, 2017

Do you ever feel like your days are spent ploughing through email after email? Whilst the instant communication has become a business essential, we’re reaching a tipping point where it can become a huge distraction rather than a helpful tool. I’d bet that even on the bank holiday weekend you’re guilty of checking in on your inbox? Invariably it gets to a stage when you have to pause – there are thousands of emails coming in faster than you can possibly read them, never mind action them all. So what do you do? I always consider the following to try to stem the flow of mail across the business: Control Set yourself a time slot throughout the day when you check your emails; don’t be… Read the Rest »

The Phrase That Will Kill Your Business April 23rd, 2017

“It’s how we’ve always done it.” Is there any other phrase that could do more damage to your business? But we hear it all too often. I bet you’ve even said it at least once or twice. Finding your way of doing business – your magic formula – is essential, but that doesn’t have to impact every single activity. The only guarantee in business is change. Every single moment of every day your industry, whatever that may be, is changing. Your customers are changing. You are always changing. Take Wrigley’s for example. The chewing gum giant began in 1891 as a soap and baking powder retailer. Founder William Wrigley Jr began offering chewing gum as a freebie with the business’s products and before long, the… Read the Rest »

Hatching Creativity April 16th, 2017

How is your Easter Bank Holiday break going? Are you having some time out? It is essential to make the most of these occasions to have a little time to unwind. Let your brain rest. Leave the office at the office for a little while. Why? Rest can easily become a matter of pride for entrepreneurs; ‘sleep is for the weak!’ But in reality I learned this valuable lesson many years ago. I had been proud to say to my uncle that I hadn’t taken a holiday in nine years! He couldn’t believe it and pleaded with me to take a break. I was so locked into my business ventures, so focussed, that I forgot to look after myself and was on the cusp of… Read the Rest »

Real Value April 9th, 2017

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” Henry Ford It’s an interesting quote and a concept that many business people often forget. Being an entrepreneur is not about making money. I believe that an entrepreneur’s purpose is to make a difference. It’s as simple as that. Money will only motivate you so far. What happens in the inevitable times when there is very little spare cash? What will keep you going at those times? How do you stay driven? A good goal isn’t ‘to make a million’. It’s a good milestone in your business journey, but who are you helping? What difference are you making and what are you learning along the way? If you had asked me 17 years ago,… Read the Rest »

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