The Blog

Ash’s thoughts, thinkings and ideas on being more productive in your business (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Dog Walks And Planning Thoughts

We’ve been seeing much more of our dog recently.   I say our dog, he’s Kay’s dog. When she and her husband separated.  They decided Rodney, (the dog’s name, not her ex-husband) should live with Kay’s parents. He’s not great alone and he’s not a fan of being in the car either. That’s the thing with […]

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Case Study – Dean & Marie Haywood

‘Ash just got us — what we do and why we do it’   Business: Five Star Furnishing Care Ltd Owners: Dean and Marie Haywood   Five Star Furnishing Care was established in 2001 and is based in Luton, Bedfordshire. The company offers a range of mainly B2C flooring, upholstery and associated cleaning services across […]

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Case Study – John Peddie

‘A 4000% increase in profit in 18 months’ Business: J Productions Media Ltd Owner: John Peddie J Productions Media Ltd is a video production company based in Frimley, Surrey, and was established in 2008. The company chiefly works with SMEs, offering a one-stop service and creating video content for a wide range of marketing, training, […]

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Case Study – Ellen Long

‘Ash gets me out of my comfort zone — sometimes I don’t know how he does it’   Business: Wiser Interiors Owner: Ellen Long   Wiser Interiors is a long-established family business based in Leatherhead, Surrey. The company specialises in quality blinds, shutters, and awnings, supplying both B2B and B2C clients across the south-east of […]

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Are you letting your environment affect your business?

I’m still playing golf.   Yes, it’s a bit cold although not too bad for the time of year.   Yes, it’s very wet and conditions are not conducive to smacking the ball long distances.  It’s not great for hitting cute shots from the rough either.      The environment becomes all-consuming at times.   It […]

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Are potholes in your business making you lose momentum?

  It’s pretty where I live.   In the country. Lots of green space, fields, woodland and farms.   Once you get past our tiny hamlet of four houses the only dwellings for about a mile are three stables. We live on a single-track road (with passing places) in South Buckinghamshire.   It’s surrounded by […]

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4 Ways To Look After ‘Me’

I think many business minded people start off in life thinking only about the money – how much can I make and how quickly can I make it?   We put money above all else at the expense of the rest of our lives.   I was no different …   I lost a lot […]

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4 Mottos I Live By

Take responsibility Do the work Act fast Play through the fear   Having a motto, or mantra, can be very beneficial. Whether to keep you on track towards your goal or to remind you who you want to be. These short, memorable sentences are a great way to motivate yourself. And you can also change […]

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You “Can’t” Or You’ve Decided You Can’t?

My neighbour, Chris is a great guy.   We get on well with both him and his wife, Andra.   We share many things such as a love of good wine (they have a wine cellar) and good food (I love to cook).   We were recently sitting in the garden, mopping up the remnants […]

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Stop Beating Yourself Up (Nobody Else Does)

This Wednesday was World Mental Health Day and it got me thinking about the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat others and the gap in between.   One weekend last month I was really lucky and played a lot of golf.   I played 9 holes on the Friday night, 18 Saturday, […]

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