The Blog

Ash’s musings, thoughts and observations on being a business owner (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

How Champions are made

As you know, I’ve retaken to the gym after deciding I’ve put on a few more pounds over winter than I’d like. So I got myself a training plan after spending time with a coach – just to make sure I would be getting the best from every workout, not spending time on things that […]

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Do you remember to ask customers the right questions?

You might know that I’m a big fan of spending time with Kay, my wife. We make a concerted effort every week to have, what we call, date night. Sometimes, it’s date hours, but that’s not the point.  We consciously make an effort to plan it, schedule it and implement it. It’s really important to […]

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We can choose a better way to behave

One of the things about having a bad back is that it’s always there.  You’re always aware that one false move and you kick off a spasm that sees you walking like you’ve forgotten how to use your hips properly. You take on this half shuffle, half limp lopsided gait.  And it hurts. It doesn’t […]

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Helicopters, heights and conquering fears

There are few things in life that I’m scared of, in a phobia sort of way. I understand you can’t “sort of” have a phobia but you get the drift.   I don’t like slug type things, but I’ll squish them if needed. I’m not a fan of ladders but that’s more related to a […]

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Be Ready to Follow Up

Why do we attend networking events? To make contacts and create opportunities to do business, normally, and sometimes to just get out ourselves out there and away from the office. Typically, we go to the event, chat to people, exchange business cards and (maybe) get in touch with them after the event. The thing is, […]

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How to Let Go of Control When You Work With Freelancers

When you start a business, there’s a lot of pressure to do well. In fact, you want things to go well so badly that you can turn into a control freak, especially when you’re dealing with freelancers, who may work and organise themselves in a completely different way to you. As a business owner, you’ll […]

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December 2019 Event

Our December event was a great success.  We had stories, awards, content and Christmas dinner.  Below is a selection of images of the day by the the brilliant Emma Hollings Photography Please let us know if you’d like to join us at the next event on June 10th 2020!

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How to Systemise Your Business

Starting a business is not for the work-shy, I can tell you that right now. It takes grit and elbow grease to get things up and running and make a success of the venture. There will be late nights and there will be early mornings. It won’t be forever, though, and it doesn’t have to […]

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Are You Really Being a Business Owner?

You’re probably looking at this title and thinking ‘What a dumb question! I started the business, so I can’t see how I wouldn’t be the owner, so yeah, I’m really being the owner.’ I’m not trying to confuse you here. This isn’t a trick question. I’m asking because I believe there’s a distinction between being […]

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