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The Business Clinic Organisation - For Healthier Profits

Independent and thought-provoking, The Business Clinic delivers the
strategy, skills and support you need to develop and grow your business

What does business growth mean to you?

By Rebecca Allam - Co-ordinator at The Business Clinic

At The Business Clinic a lot of what we do is centred around growth. The majority of the time this doesn't just apply to the business but also to the business owner and the partners/employees within it.

Our growth hub exists to support the local business community and provide a safe place for business owners to get the guidance and advice they need in all areas of business.

The BCO Practitioners 2019

Growth can mean many different things to different people...

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It’s about more than just putting one foot in front of the other...

By Helen Livesey of The Business Clinic

Last week’s Advice Clinic “Your MAP to Healthier Profits” was presented by our very own David Nelson and the focus was on business planning, reaching our goals and effective communication.MAP Clinic David Nelson 1st May 19 2

David, with almost 4 decades of experience in business ownership, sales and communication pulled together a short 2-hour overview on what would normally be a 3-4day workshop to support business owners and their employees on their business journey. The key objective, generating healthier profits.

As a lot of people know, David is a keen runner and has managed to convince (almost) his whole family to join in the hobby and between them they have ran countless 10K’s, half and full marathons and even a Tough Mudder. So running was a solid theme throughout the evening, as of course anyone who’s tried to run a race will know, it cannot be successfully completed without significant planning, as David mentioned on the night “We may run by placing one foot in front of the other but we only finish the race by training, planning and setting goals and in doing so, achieve beyond our initial abilities.”

The importance of planning and further to that the importance of having a working plan, is a crucial part of achieving success in your business “a business plan is no use while it’s stuck in a draw”. David encouraged attendees to create a plan that will support them at every stage in their business journey, one that when you come up against a challenge, can actually support you to overcome it. Which leads us nicely to what does MAP stand for; Method – Ability – Process.

Method as in, what method are we using to operate our business including our message and route to market?

Ability as in, having everything we need to execute our method i.e. capability, skills and resources and do our numbers (financial projections) correctly reflect this – do we have what we need to get to where we want to go?

Process as in, how we monitor and track our progress, what our goals are, KPI’s and targets?

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Without these 3 things in place it is often difficult to be structured or motivated in our business lives leaving us unsure of how far we have come and unable to see what is in front of us.

The business MAP allows you to plan your personal goals as well as your business goals, because for a lot of us these are part of the same journey and a big part of why we went into business for ourselves. Like running a race, it helps if you know the time you are aiming for and the split times you are achieving along the way.

David selected two fine volunteers; Ged Henderson and Jo Naylor to head up the two teams for our interactive group activity which focused on how to effectively communicate their product/service using the MAP techniques AIDA, KISS and FAB. These tools enable us to really get to the route of our message and help to uncover why our clients buy.MAP Clinic Team Service 1st May 19 2

 

David ended the session by recapping “determination and a turnover target are not enough - one foot in front of the other and desire to finish a race are not enough.” If you need any support in turning your business plan into a destination through the use of a business MAP we are happy to assist and support you on your business journey.Call David on 01772 367 367 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Welcoming Newest Practitioner Andrew Grice

Hi!Andrew Grice SJP

I’m Andrew Grice a Financial Planner at Fylde Wealth Management, which is a Partner Practice at St. James’s Place. I started in September 2014, qualifying with DipPFS, having previously been a Director in a 70 year old family business.

We offer holistic planning both for individuals and businesses. Predominantly the business is split into three key core areas with an overall tax efficient plan in mind:-

1. For clients with concerns regarding risk to their business or family, should they not be able to work, ie protection needs...

2. Investments, from a basic ISA, Unit trusts, bonds, or VCT and EIS’s. This may involve regular contributions to lump sums...

3. Or pension planning to give individuals the retirement that they dream about. It’s all about the planning. This may involve ensuring that a business is meeting its legal obligation regarding Auto-enrolment or planning to save corporation tax bills for a Limited Company Director...

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What you need to know when it comes to Recruitment Law

By Helen LiveseyHR Advice Clinic 2nd April 19.jpg1


This month’s Advice Clinic “From Recruitment to Retention to Termination” was delivered by Everton fan and bride to be, Abigail Mottram from Forbes Solicitors. Her aim; to deliver the basic requirements of employment law to ensure business owners know how to protect themselves when looking to recruit and to give them a process to follow ensuring they get the best applicants for their business.

Read more: What you need to...

‘Four Brexit Maxims’ – Fight or Flight?

– Written by David Nelson

This month’s Advice Clinic focus was on the topic of Brexit and specifically what it will mean for those of us who are SME’s come the 29th March.Brexit Advice Clinic Feedback Jo Naylor

Our Presenter for the evening; Sirka Moore answered questions such as:
• How will it affect passport and travel?
• How will it affect travel in Europe?
• Will there be any hold up on imports?
• How will it affect EU nationals in UK and vice versa?

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Introducing our newest Practitioner, Sarah Coulson of Halcyon...Sarah Coulson

Sarah has always had a passion for alternative medicine and helping people from a very young age. She drew inspiration from her aunt who ran a homeopathy clinic in London.

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“Every big opportunity starts with a little conversation”

Every BIG opportunity starts with a little conversation

By David Nelson

Our Tuesday night Advice Clinic, the first of 2019, was a great topic with an even better presenter. Nicola Taylor, from Utility Warehouse, took on the challenge of making us better at Networking than we were before (and I say challenge because personally I’m not the biggest fan of talking about myself or talking to a room filled with people I’ve never met before, and I’m sure I’m not the only one).

We asked our attendees to write the answer to one of the following questions (anonymously) on the board before beginning the session, and these were some of our reactions:

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5 ways to motivate you in 2019

The Business Clinic Org 2019

By Rebecca Allam

Welcome back to another year of doing what you love and being the god damn best at it!

Although you may have needed a bit of a jump start (I know I did... 6am doesn’t come natural to us all) we are ready to motivate you back into your business rhythm this 2019 and get you excited to start smashing those targets!

Starting with...

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“If you don’t believe, you won’t receive”

By The Business Clinic Team

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2018 has been a productive year for us at The Business Clinic, it has taken us our fair share of believing but we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We have achieved so much in supporting our local business community this year and had a jolly good time whilst doing so. Here are some of the things we are proud of that we never really shout about - if you can’t do it at Christmas then when can you?

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Facing and Embracing the Fears of 2018 Entrepreneurs

Peerworking Halloween

By Rebecca Allam

This year we were lucky enough to have our 'Peerworking' Surgery fall on the 31st October. The Business Clinic team saw this as an opportunity to mix things up and hold a Surgery Spooktacular to provoke thought on all things scary... in business.

We wanted to help our practitioners open up about their biggest fears in business and allow them to offer their support to others in the room, because let’s face it, not many of us in business actually feel totally fearless, but we put that mask on every day (rather than just once a year) and tell our colleagues, competitors and customers that we are fearless, strong and know what we are doing and how well we are doing!

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Who's got the Power?

Power

By Nicola Taylor - Utility Warehouse

Which Energy provider?

Commercial energy is completely different to domestic energy.

Did you know that you are not in a contract on domestic energy (it’s illegal to be put in a contract), but you can have a tariff deal with an exit fee.

Commercial energy is a contract (we actually provide this with no contract) and usually the longer you take the contract out for the lower the energy price, but you are then taking a risk with the market price, and could over/under pay during that time if the prices are low/high.

With commercial energy it is extremely important to make a note of your contract end date, and your “termination window”.

Read more: Who's got the Power?

Business Telecoms - How to Maximise your Profit

Telecoms

By Nicola Taylor - Utility Warehouse

In today’s fast paced world, with immediate demands, and instant technology, small businesses owners, and home office users sometimes get so caught up in operating their businesses, that they forget to look at their own outgoings and the opportunities to make savings so they can maximise on their profits.

So working from home or in an office, small unit, or retail premises can pose different questions :-

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  • Please accept this with my sincere thanks for all the support and understanding you all have shown me since I joined The Business Clinic. I get such a large... View More..
    Adele King - Owner, Ladyking Locksmiths.

    Please accept this with my sincere thanks for all the support and understanding you all have shown me since I joined The Business Clinic. I get such a large amount of support from within BNI and I wouldn’t be without it, however what the Clinic has brought to me in just a few weeks has shocked me!!!

    Yes you have brought me laughter, headaches, additional work and tears but most of all you have brought me vision to which I can now see where I am taking Ladykings. I know with your peer to peer support you will give me all the tools I will need including a kick when I need it to get me through the tough times. I would have no hesitation in recommending any of my contacts to attend The Business Clinic and gain the support, guidance, knowledge and also the opportunity to help others through testing times. I would also like to thank you sincerely as not only from within my business but as a friend for the support you give me unconditionally.
  • My business R.P. Safety Services has recently received mentoring from Helen and David of the Business Clinic Organisation. The mentoring was tailored to fit my... View More..
    Robin Dobson - MD, R.P. Safety Services (N.W.) Ltd.

    My business R.P. Safety Services has recently received mentoring from Helen and David of the Business Clinic Organisation. The mentoring was tailored to fit my business needs and has helped me to make significant beneficial changes to my aims for business growth and development and the way that I will achieve and retain those aims. The business sense and experience that Helen and David have ensured that the mentoring was right for me and instead of being a repeat of tired clichés and “facts” was a mixture of needs analysis and sensible, practical solutions. Although the mentoring was exclusive to me it was typical of the help and guidance that is given during Business Clinic Organisation surgeries and clinics. I recommend that any business large or small that wants a more sustainable business talks to Helen and David and finds out if the benefits of the Business Clinic Organisation could be available to them.
  • David Nelson has provided our organisation with consultancy and business facilitation and has assisted in the growth and development of our business in the... View More..
    Andrew Walmsley - Operations Director, Concept Building Solutions.

    David Nelson has provided our organisation with consultancy and business facilitation and has assisted in the growth and development of our business in the numerous different ways. As a successful franchisor in operation for 15 years we greatly appreciate the importance of having high calibre successful franchisees within the Concept Building Solutions network.

    We have now worked with David Nelson and his team for over four years during which time the services of franchise recruitment, training, business development and franchisee development have been provided professionally and above our expectations.

    David and his team have managed our franchise recruitment and business development on an outsourced basis and have developed on average 20 new franchisees per year always delivering in excess of our targets.

    The franchisees David has recruited and brought into our network have been first-class and long-standing and he has also had a direct involvement in the training and their ongoing development and support.

    We would highly recommend any franchisor or business looking to strengthen or grow their organisation or network to utilise David and his team's expertise and skills.
  • I would like to thank you for the help and support that the Business Clinic has provided for me over the last 18 months. Being your own boss is an exciting,... View More..
    Alison Wilson - Financial Consultant, Mac Financial

    I would like to thank you for the help and support that the Business Clinic has provided for me over the last 18 months. Being your own boss is an exciting, but sometimes daunting and scary place to be. The Business Clinic, provides a friendly and professional forum to discuss, in confidence, with people from different professions, issues and challenges that you may have within your own business. Having the opportunity to interact, and get advice from people who are specialists in a variety of professions including, marketing, networking, legal, and social media, can be invaluable in helping you get to the solution or see a clearer way to approach and resolve your challenges and concerns. The monthly surgeries that are also available to members, help develop personal skills, knowledge and focus, for being a successful business owner. Although my business has changed direction since I joined the Business Clinic I recently had the opportunity to raise a challenge and benefitted greatly from the discussions and solutions that were offered. It made me refocus on why I joined in the first place. I was also incredibly touched by the efforts that members were prepared to go to, to help me out and make me not only resolve my challenge but make it a success. I would highly recommend the Business Clinic to other Business owners and people in my networks that may be considering starting their own business and wish you every success for the future.
  • I just wanted to send you quick email to say how I just loved the business clinic session this morning. I got way more than I expected and everyone was just... View More..
    Clarissa Jordan

    I just wanted to send you quick email to say how I just loved the business clinic session this morning. I got way more than I expected and everyone was just great, very welcoming with excellent advice, I will definitely be putting the advice given today to use. It just goes to show how much being around like-minded professionals can really help move you forward and to be honest; it's a great start to the day. I'll be back next month as I currently have to take time off work to attend but when I get the business is up and running I'll definitely be a fortnightly presence.

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1 Lockside Office Park
London, United Kingdom
Lockside Road, Preston, Lancashire
PO-LDN 123
PR2 2YS

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Monday - Thursday
Monday - Thursday
09:00 - 17:00 (GMT 0)
08.30am - 5.00pm
Friday
Friday
08:30 - 16:00
08.30am - 4.00pm