Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

I remember a few short years ago coming across several businesses who told me about the problems they encountered when offering internships, or student work experience as it was known then. They complained about everything the students did; how they didn’t dress appropriately, that they didn’t speak to customers properly, that their time keeping was poor, pretty much everything in fact. At the time I remember thinking that my sympathies were with the employer, after all, here are a handful of business owners who are trying desperately to promote their businesses during challenging times and now they have this to cope with? But several years later I’m fairly sure that the majority of these failures lay at their door. Over the … Read More >

With our help our SME business clients have BIG ideas!

I spend a fair amount of my time helping SME companies develop growth strategies. These strategies require me to review their markets and competition, products and services, systems, skills and of course their staff roles and capabilities to position the business for their short and long-term goals. Yet in SME’s (particularly of a certain size), it can be all too easy to lose sight of one’s own staff when your customers and competitors, products and services can take up so much of a management team’s time, so we help by ‘joining-up-the-dots’. A large percentage of SME’s recruit staff, either by word-of-mouth, recruitment agency, advertisement, networking or promotion through the ranks and a few take this further and bring in apprentices, especially … Read More >

Nigel Davis, voted one of Britain’s Top50 Small Business Advisors

So after twelve months of working with recipients of the Government’s Growth Vouchers, I’m awarded recognition as a Top 50 Adviser thanks to some fabulous client endorsements and approval from the panel!  It certainly came as a bit of a surprise, so much so I had to read the email confirming it twice, ‘Congratulations, you’ve been voted One of Britain’s Top 50 Small Business Advisors’. Wow, what an accolade to receive especially from a pool that contains over 10,000 fellow advisors on the Growth Voucher scheme, but to be nominated by those I help is especially rewarding.  The awards, run by business network Enterprise Nation, asked businesses to nominate an adviser that had helped them to build and grow a … Read More >