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2014: Race Horse or Wooden Horse?

– By Justin Urquhart Stewart 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse. But will it be a race horse or a wooden horse? The New Year is a good time to put things into some perspective. This is vital when trying to interpret what is happening in the economy, particularly since we all suffer […]

Last Word – Ignore the delusional prophets of doom

By Luke Johnson, Risk Capital Partners Those who doubt capitalism’s potential tend to see the worst in society. A financial reporter recently explained to me why he enjoyed writing about entrepreneurs: “They’re so much more optimistic than all the cynical journalists I work with.” I know exactly what he means. All human existence has been […]

Economic Update – Invest in What you Believe In

By Roger Martin-Fagg Roger takes a look at the financial numbers from the UK, Europe and across the globe and concludes that “This is a very good time for SME owners to invest in what they believe in: themselves and their key staff.” This article has been edited from Roger’s Economic Update for August for […]

2012: Small is Flexible

– By Andrew B Morris Our members have told us that small is beautiful – that they are far more able to adapt and thrive, reacting more flexibly to market conditions. So 2012 can be seen as a chance to grow and enjoy running our businesses. Given the economic conditions as we approach 2012, it appears […]

10 Top Tips to Survive and Thrive – by Andrew B Morris

Cash is king. Preserve it and use it wisely. A simple method is to measure weekly or monthly cash in and cash out of your business. Make sure your invoicing and cash collection is working effectively. Supplier management Reduce stock, improve supply lines, review all your Direct debits, check that you are getting three quotes […]

Economy: Where next? Double Dip, anyone? – by Roger Martin-Fagg

This is an edited extract from Roger’s monthly update on economic matters worldwide. This extract concentrates on banking and on UK economic matters. Banks and Banking The Vickers Report is now going through a consultation period. It quite rightly has said that large integrated banks like Barclays must not use retail deposits to fund risky […]