The Big Four To Avoid

The Big Four To Avoid

I’ll level with you, in my 15+ years of buying businesses and training others to do the same, I’ve made a few mistakes. Every time a deal goes wrong, it’s for one of four reasons. Four mistakes, all of which I’ve made myself, and all of which I’ll never make again....

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What’s “enough”?

What’s “enough”?

What’s “enough”? Striking the balance between work and play to fund a happy, secure future Whatever position you’re in, I bet we’ve got something in common. We both want a happy, secure future. Am I right? The future’s a huge driver that keeps us committed to running...

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What the hell is a “business dial”?

What the hell is a “business dial”?

This was a question I overheard recently posed in a conversation between a business coach and his client. You know the one, when you're sat in the hotel lounge having a quiet coffee before a meeting and you just can't help yourself ear wigging on someone else's...

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How Good was your 80th Birthday Party?

How Good was your 80th Birthday Party?

I realise that for most of you reading this post that might seem like a strange question.  You haven’t yet reached your 80th birthday, let alone had a party, right? Some people are party animals and some are not but most people would expect to mark their 80th birthday...

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How to Make Money Buying Companies

How to Make Money Buying Companies

Just recently I was talking to a stranger in a pub about buying companies. Aside from him being surprised to hear that it’s relatively straightforward to buy owner-managed companies, my newfound friend was even more surprised when I explained that it’s also possible...

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Does your business seem like a Merry Go Round?

Does your business seem like a Merry Go Round?

I was watching an excellent programme on the telly the other night all about the behavioural aspects of 5 year olds.  It was really fascinating watching the kids following little exercises, run by psychologists, to give insights into some of the roots of adult...

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Does your business still excite you?

Does your business still excite you?

No not me. This was the delighted shout down the phone whilst in the middle of a call with one of my private clients Denise.  We were discussing progress with the plan I had been crafting for her to enable her to exit from the business in a planned and tax efficient...

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