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The articles below are a little more difficult to classify than others on this site but they also provide valuable learning for us all.


How to Make the Most of Your Business

Following a proven business development process can save you a lot of time, money, and stress. Business development is often pretty chaotic in small businesses, but it doesn’t need to be that way. When faced with pressures to change and evolve many small business owners aren’t confident enough to react quickly and meaningfully; they end […]

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Mark’s Past Lives # 1: How To Buy Stuff

What I learned when I was Supply Director of a Telecoms Company. My daughter, Ruth, told me the other day that she was surprised that I never used examples from my past career(s) as case studies in my blog, although I do refer to past experiences at times and all I have to say is […]

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Are You Doing Business with a Zombie?

If your business is struggling you’re preventing the economy from recovering – so stop it! I just love the simplicity and ingenuity of commentators trying to identify those to blame for our poor economic performance: the recession must be someone’s fault, right? but whose? In this highly politicised game of naming and shaming the guilty, […]

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Today’s The Day!

Get my new book FREE on Amazon today. Join the 10,000 others who have downloaded it today already. CLICK HERE to get the book and access to free online resources. Enjoy! Mark

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Free Download Of My New Book!

Hi, the Kindle edition of my new book Ideas For Small Business Success is free on Amazon for the next couple of days. If you haven’t already got a copy download it now by clicking on the book icon below. If you don’t have a Kindle, free software is available for any electronic device from […]

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The Handbag Index

Has the recession now begun to hit the nouveau riche?   If you can afford a Hermes handbag, Cartier jewellery, or a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, then you probably don’t have much to worry about, but if your wardrobe boasts the odd ever-so-recognisable Burberry “flag” to proclaim your European-chic credentials, then look out. This particularly applies if […]

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What to make of Carpetright?

“Fitted carpets are not the most obvious thing to sell online, or in a supermarket.” Pre-tax profit is up at Carpetright, in fact, it doubled year-on-year to the end of April. However, it only managed that by selling and leasing-back nine of its stores. It has traded since 1988 and is still one of the […]

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