Life after Start-up: The art of Survival

Launching a start-up is one thing. Accelerating (and progressing) that growth is an entirely different thing. In fact, according to Forbes, 90% of start-ups will fail. *Breathe* And surprisingly, many entrepreneurs that set off with new ventures only see the rose-coloured future, and simply fail to ignore the intensive commitment that it takes to sustain, compete, grow, and mature that idea as a business. Some ideas are not deemed to survive after the initial burst of excitement, while others are deemed to become the next Tesla and Facebook. And the support to help start-ups establish a foot in the market [...]

2017-10-31T09:08:22+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Life after Start-up: The art of Survival

Focus on Friday: Squirrel

In the spirit of our recent Tech Trends blog series, we came across a 3-year old startup called Squirrel - a London-based FinTech business helping customers make intelligent financial decisions, and helping them save and live, at the same time. Featured as one of City a.m's Leap 100 - a list of 100 of the most fast growing and exiting businesses in the UK at the moment, Squirrel "provides the UK's #1 solution for saving and managing money. It combines a bank account and app that empowers people to set a plan for their finances and more importantly, stick to [...]

2017-10-25T10:44:34+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Focus on Friday|Comments Off on Focus on Friday: Squirrel

You’re on a quest for internal innovation. Here’s how to ignite it.

It’s no secret. Innovation today is a key driver of organic growth for all companies. While Deloitte speaks about the desire for innovation being the sole purpose of many M&A deals, PwC confirms this in their global innovation survey. In fact, they go as far to say that, “CEOs are now taking personal responsibility for directing and inspiring innovation as it becomes an ever more vital element of business survival and success.”  All great news. Except for one thing. What happens if you know you need to harness innovation, but you have no idea where to start? For traditional organisations [...]

2017-10-26T14:41:33+00:00 October 26th, 2017|News|Comments Off on You’re on a quest for internal innovation. Here’s how to ignite it.

The art of knowing how, and when to bow out gracefully: 4 Exit Strategies available for senior executives today.

During the past 10 years, the average Fortune 500 CEO age has inched up to 58 from 56, according to Korn Ferry, an executive search and recruiting firm based in Los Angeles. They go on to say that “This reflects the overall ageing of the U.S. workforce as Baby Boomers continue working long past traditional retirement age. By 2022, 31% of those ages 65 to 74 will still be working, up from 20% in 2002, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics”  Coupled to that, the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) recently published employment rate figures demonstrating [...]

2017-10-25T10:06:41+00:00 October 25th, 2017|News|Comments Off on The art of knowing how, and when to bow out gracefully: 4 Exit Strategies available for senior executives today.

To Float or Not to Float

Floating a company, or Going Public, is the legal process by which a company goes from being privately to publicly held. This process can be quite daunting to any organisation looking to grow through IPO and takes the company through a series of activities which ultimately results in a percentage of the company is made available for purchase by the general investing public, on an investment platform, like a stock exchange.  The sale of stock which was previously privately held is now called the Initial Public Offering, or IPO. Where most organisations see Going Public as a way to raise [...]

2017-10-24T15:48:39+00:00 October 24th, 2017|News|Comments Off on To Float or Not to Float

Focus on Friday: GrowUP Urban Farms

You may  have recently seen our posts on social media talking about the fortunate opportunity to meet the co-founder of GrowUp Urban Farms, Kate Hofman. Attending the Asian Young Entrepreneur Club event in Mayfair, Kate presented an introduction into GrowUp Farms, following their passion to build sustainable commercial urban farms growing food for local markets.  So impressed were we by this innovative approach to urban farming, agritech and can-do know-how, we have decided to feature GrowUp Urban Farms in this week's Focus on Friday feature.   What they say:  "GrowUp Urban Farms is committed to feeding people in cities in [...]

2017-10-09T14:00:01+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Focus on Friday|Comments Off on Focus on Friday: GrowUP Urban Farms

Does your leadership team work?

Yes, that pun was intentional. And we’d like to invite you to take a moment, and think on that for a second.  We invite you to consider your senior executive team, your board, your heads of department. Each individual fundamental to holding up the walls of your business, but each one with their own distinctive responsibility to add to the purpose of your organisation. We’ve worked with leadership teams for many years. We’ve helped them change, we’ve helped them develop, and we’ve helped them exit, and what still surprises us to this day is how many businesses still underestimate the [...]

2017-10-17T15:40:11+00:00 October 17th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Does your leadership team work?

Meet Lance: Delivering transformation programmes and developing leadership teams

Meet Lance   Profile   Lance designs and develops complex transformation programmes for organisations. Since 2002, he has worked directly with FTSE 100 companies with some of his more recent clients including the Westminster City Council, GrainCorp, the NHS and the BBC. Lance's focus is on helping to develop leadership and change capability in businesses that may be struggling to transform and adapt. Lance is a strategic change advisor, a leadership facilitator, an executive coach and psychotherapist - offering more than simple problem-solving results to his clients. In addition to his current role, Lance is also an associate lecturer at [...]

2017-10-18T12:14:56+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Partner Profiles|Comments Off on Meet Lance: Delivering transformation programmes and developing leadership teams

Are you ready for the new revenue recognition standards? You’ve got less than 2 months.

For accountants, and in fact, business owners all over the world, 1 January 2018 signals more than just a glass of bubbly, a few fireworks and a sparkly hat - it's the launch of a completely new set of accounting standards - one that organisations globally are trying to get themselves up to speed on. On 15 December this year, the FASB's (Financial Accounting Standards Board) new revenue recognition standards will go into effect. The new set of standards will focus on the nature of the revenue, the timing of the revenue and the certainty (or uncertainty) of contracts. The [...]

2017-10-16T16:50:44+00:00 October 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Are you ready for the new revenue recognition standards? You’ve got less than 2 months.

4 deadly mistakes to avoid before undertaking a Merger

The prospect of increasing profitability and market share by acquisition or merger is something that has been driving our economy for years. And although they are becoming the norm, each individual merger or acquisition is anything but straight-forward – regardless of how many times you’ve been through the process.    The human aspects of an organisational merger impacts so much more than your bottom line. With clear knock-on effects on the welfare of your workforce and company morale, it’s critical that you think through the process and how that affects your entire organisation ecosystem. We have listed 4 critical mistakes [...]

2017-10-16T12:37:35+00:00 October 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on 4 deadly mistakes to avoid before undertaking a Merger
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