The Blog

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

Why Entrepreneurs Should Take Annual Leave

We’re entrepreneurs. We love what we do — so much so that we hardly feel as if we’re working at all. The thing is, we get so caught up in our passion that we hardly notice time ticking by and we work longer hours than perhaps we should. Not that we choose to. It just […]

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Don’t regret the things you don’t do. Regret the things you do.

America is big.  I mean really big.  You may know this already and unless you’ve travelled there, it’s tough to understand how much space there is.  I’m writing this on a flight from San Francisco to London after just over two weeks traveling the west coast.  Not quite a road trip but enough tarmac to feel […]

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The Learning Curve: The Importance of Failure in Business

Fall down seven times. Stand up eight. It’s a Japanese proverb. And they’d be right. In business, you’re going to fail sometimes. It’s a dead cert. But you can’t lose heart. Failure is an important part of life and of business success. We should embrace it, learn from it and, as the proverb advises, keep […]

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Ready for Business: Why Sleep Is Important for Success

How much sleep do successful people get? Depending on the person, anything between 4 and 8 hours, according to Forbes. The NHS suggests we should sleep 8 hours per night, although some people need more than this and others need less. The one thing several of the world’s most successful people have in common is […]

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Case Study – Mike & Toria Thorpe

Lighting by Plum With over 20 years of experience and expertise from award-winning, industry-leading companies, Toria and Mike decided to combine forces in 2014 and create Lighting by Plum. In the last three years, Lighting by Plum has worked on over 150 residential homes and gardens including listed buildings, new builds, buy to sell developments, […]

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Forget the new, make progress instead

I appreciate that it’s March as you read this. Yet, as I write this article, I’m surrounded by the most beautiful snow filled landscape that is smothering the orchard with whiteness.   We’ve passed the 21st January which according to “experts” is also known as Blue Monday. The day in the year that is said to […]

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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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