Have you been affected by the business rates hike?

In the November budget, Phillip Hammond announced a re-evaluation of the value of business properties across the country.  The consequence of these re-evaluations is that business rates have increased enormously.  This has put a number of small businesses under real pressure. Bristol has been one of the worst cities affected by the changes with entertainment […]

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Seven Step Strategy – Step Two

Bristol Temple Quarter Breakfast Last week I again attended the Temple Quarter ‘Strategy’ breakfast to listen to Joseph Mevlanna Pritchard from Zetetic Mind presenting Step 2 of his seven step strategy plan.  After his talk there was an interesting general discussion.  Zetetic’s Seven Step Strategy model is the result of over 40 years in trade, […]

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The very real threat of cyber attacks

Back in the day, business security used to mean an ex copper patrolling your premises to top up his pension. These days however, the biggest threat to a business isn’t a break in to a physical building, it’s a break in to its data. ‘Big data’ has been around for a number of years now. […]

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Dabbling in the world of the rich and powerful

OK, we must confess that it’s not us who dabbles in the world of the rich and powerful. However, Channel 28 most certainly do. They produce programmed security and communications equipment for the world’s super-yachts. Channel 28 have been on our radar (pun intended) for a number of years now and we look forward to […]

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Seven Step Strategy

Last week, we attended the monthly meeting of the Bristol Temple Quarter Breakfast, led by Joseph Mevlanna Pritchard, Lead Partner of Zetetic Pioneering Strategies. (www.zeteticmind.com) The discussion was the first in a programme on aspects of strategy and strategic thinking.  In fact there are seven broad areas to be considered when individuals place their bets […]

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Fresh Website Update

Fresh Website Update. Keeping a website up-to-date is the key to keeping a business shop-front engaging for both new & returning visitors. After a regular review, we felt it was time to give our own site a refresh and add some new content. One of our partners, ESC IT Support, provided an external opinion on […]

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hand-written-letters

Take a letter Miss Jones……

During the summer, JH were approached by a London client who had just run an email campaign that had fallen completely flat. The client had tried to reach out to senior education establishments in the South West and had fired out hundreds of emails to everyone they could find and the response had been terrible. […]

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Keep meetings brief

Last month, I visited a company for a meeting which was held in their Board Room.   On the wall were two digital clocks, one showing the time and the other in reverse stop-watch mode.  Curious, I asked the purpose of the second one. This company has three meeting rules.   The first is that all meetings […]

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A great way to combat Voice Mail (VM)

  A great way to combat Voice Mail (VM) October 2017 I telephoned the Chairman of a London-based company, expecting to have to deal with one or two gatekeepers.  To my surprise, I was put straight through.  After our conversation, I asked how this unusual direct approach to get to talk had been allowed to […]

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