Innovative Numbers-Creating resilience in your business

9 Steps to Building Your Successful Business In my last blogs, I covered the 4 initial steps you need to take to build your successful business. These mainly covered market research and your product or service design. So on to… Step 5 What Business Entity should I use? This is a question I am asked over ad over again and there is no clear answer. It is more about making you aware of the options, so you can make an ...

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Market Disruption (or more correctly, innovation).-Innovative Numbers

In yesterday’s blog, I talked about market disruption but what I was really driving at was market innovation. Market innovation is the process where you offer something to an existing market that is adds an extra layer of value to those products or services that are currently being offered. Some recent examples have been Uber, Just Eat and Deliveroo, where they have found a different way of approaching an existing market. Each of those have appealed to the consumer because ...

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Growing The Owner-Innovative Numbers

One of the biggest mistakes business owners make is to think that growth is an automatic process.This refers not only to business growth but personal growth. Firstly, let’s look at business growth. So many businesses I have worked with depend solely on word of mouth referrals.Great idea and an excellent source of leads because they have been recommended by people they trust. Perfect, except for one thing; and that is reach.Although the quality of prospects will be very good, it ...

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How not to manage your staff!-February 2018 Cherington HR

Onwards and Upwards? How many of your Business New Year’s Resolutions are still intact? We are now a month into the New Year and all the resolutions that you made with the best of intentions to deal with those knotty people problems may now seem somewhat distant. But leaving a problem to fester will just make it worse or more costly to solve. This edition of the newsletter covers some of the things that can go wrong if the HR ...

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Happy New Year & GDPR!-Cherington HR

Welcome back. I hope you had a good break over Christmas and that you’re looking forward to 2018. There will be some changes coming this year with regards to the way in which you employ your staff, the biggest of which will be the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The new requirements come into effect on 25th May this year and so you will need to be in a position to comply with them on that date. ...

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Adverse Weather-Your Options as an Employer-Cherrington HR

Adverse Weather I’ve already had a few queries about what to do if staff can’t get to work after this weekend’s snowfall and the icy road conditions, so thought the following article may be of help to you this morning. If you have any queries about this or would like to discuss a people management problem you are struggling with at the moment please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Is your business prepared for winter weather disruption? OK – ...

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December 2017 Bumper Edition Bah the HR Humbug!-Cherington HR

As we approach the festive season, you will probably find stories doing the rounds on social media about those strict people in HR who will not let people enjoy themselves at the work Christmas party. It is a bit like the apocryphal H&S stories about games being banned at school. No I do not want to ban Christmas parties, but I do want employers to ensure that they think carefully to make sure that employees are not excluded in any ...

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November 2017 Edition Your Knotty People Problems-Cherington HR

Last month Cherington HR exhibited at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber Expo at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. We had lots of visitors to the stand and so I would like to welcome all the new readers this month who signed up at the event. Visitors to the stand were invited to submit a knotty problem for me to solve. These were wide and varied: they included questions on managing the absence of an employee who had mental health ...

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Latest news from Cherington HR September 2017 Edition Back to School!

Back to School! We’re at the beginning of September and businesses are starting to return to normal after the school holidays. We now have just under four months before the end of the year to focus on sales and productivity before the next big holiday break. So how will you motivate your staff to keep their focus throughout that period? In one of the articles below, I look at the sort of staff benefits you might consider introducing to help ...

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The 7 important areas of Self Leadership

June 22, 2017 by Tony Brooks We all have an ongoing internal battle. It is the battle between what I call your potential self and your destructive self. I believe that how successful and fulfilled we are in work and life depends on how well we wage this battle. Would you agree that it is critical to be able to lead yourself first, before you can lead your company, organisation or people? If you can master your Self Leadership I ...

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