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Business Strategy and Planning

People Series: Blog 4 – Performance Management

Posted on 22/05/2017, 15:22

Our last newsletter focused on the importance of setting objectives and expectations for each of the roles in your organisation. Having done that it is vital to review performance against the objectives set.

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Board Meeting minutes, outcomes and follow up

Posted on 16/03/2017, 15:37

So, you have organised your board meeting, invites, the agenda and board papers have been circulated and everyone has arrived on time…. what happens now?

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Prepping a successful Board Meeting

Posted on 06/03/2017, 08:30

Organising a board meeting would seem to be a routine task; prepare an agenda, assemble minutes and reports from management, identify the decisions the Board must make, assemble all the pre-reading and get it to the Directors at least 5 days in advance.

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What should be on my Board Agenda?

Posted on 14/02/2017, 11:04

Why do I need an Agenda for my board meeting?

The agenda outlines the list of things to be discussed. It ensures the board stays focused on issues they should be discussing and provides a structure for both preparation and the meeting itself

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How often should I hold a board meeting?

Posted on 03/02/2017, 15:53

We often find that many SME owners don’t see the value of holding regular board meetings.  When we ask business owners how often they hold a board meeting, a large percentage answer “once a year” or “very infrequently”.

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What is the Role of the Board of Directors?

Posted on 20/01/2017, 11:12

The principle duties and objectives of a board of directors are to:

A. Ensure that the business is run in the best interests of the shareholders which essentially means running the business to maximise profit within the law and the ethical and operational policies set down by the board.

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How to Construct a Sales Strategy

Posted on 09/12/2016, 14:31

A high proportion of SMEs fail to grow their sales for two main reasons: internal (e.g. lack of planning or inadequate capacity and capability) and/or external (e.g. strong competition or difficulty in accessing growth finance).

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Planning your business goals for 2017

Posted on 02/12/2016, 14:12

Clear goals are essential for business growth and success. According to the Growth Accelerator Hyper Growth Insights Study 2014, 96% of hyper growth businesses planned their ambitious growth in the previous year – this reconciles with our own experience that growth and success don’t tend to happen by chance.

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Time to Take Stock

Posted on 21/11/2016, 11:36

Strategy and planning only work when consistently applied over a long period, which means that you can’t implement strategy without following a long-term plan.

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Creating a marketing plan that works for you

Posted on 24/10/2016, 11:14

One of the most common issues we find is that SME business leaders don’t have a clear idea of how to prepare a marketing plan.

Here are five simple steps, which combined with our free downloadable Marketing Plan template should help you on your way:

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People Series: Blog 4 – Performance Management

Our last newsletter focused on the importance of setting objectives and expectations for each of the roles in your organisation. Having done that it is vital to review performance against the objectives set.

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People Series: Blog 3 “Objectives and Expectations”

So, you’ve now decided on your organisational structure, the roles you are looking to fill and started to recruit your team (see our previous newsletters). Now it’s time to start to think about setting the objectives for these roles and, just as importantly, your expectations.

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People Series: Blog 2 “Recruitment”

Good recruitment always starts with being clear about what you are trying to recruit for.  This sounds simple but is rarely easy…

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