Meeting up with Virtual Clients

I am looking forward to finally meeting up with a long-standing client of mine this evening – a virtual client.  Although we have worked together for almost 4 years, we have never met in the flesh as he is based in Los Angeles, US.  Yet technology has allowed us to work closely over the years despite the … Read moreMeeting up with Virtual Clients

Show 002 – The F-Word, Twitter and Sweet Mandarin with Lisa Tse

I am delighted to introduce Manchester-based entrepreneur, Lisa Tse of The Sweet Mandarin, as an inspirational guest for this week’s BusinessN2K podcast. Lisa is famed more recently for her appearance on Gordon Ramsey‘s The F-Word, in which her family-run restaurant Sweet Mandarin won the prestigious Best Local Chinese Restaurant in the UK. Aside from the … Read moreShow 002 – The F-Word, Twitter and Sweet Mandarin with Lisa Tse

Tax holiday for business start-ups in Ireland

Welcome news if you’re a start-up business in Ireland is that a tax holiday is now granted for the first 3 years of trading. This tax exemption is only available for start-ups that commenced trading on or after 1 January 2009. The only restriction is that the tax liability otherwise due for each year must … Read moreTax holiday for business start-ups in Ireland

Why being a middle of the road business is a BIG mistake

It seems reasonable to assume that targeting your business at the middle is a safe bet.  After all, the middle comprises the majority of customers. Right? Perhaps – but there is a nasty sting in the tail for the unwary… The middle is big.  Very BIG. The middle provides the most choice for customers. The … Read moreWhy being a middle of the road business is a BIG mistake

Future of Work – No jobs by 2030?

Thomas Power makes the assertion that there will be no jobs by 2030 in the excellent Smarta ebook Smartest Brains 2010 and beyond! Meanwhile Seth Godin pleads with us to become indispensable in his latest book Linchpin arguing that the Industrial Age model of work is over – therefore if your current job involves tasks that … Read moreFuture of Work – No jobs by 2030?

Design Thinking for Business – Lessons from Apple’s ipad

We are tentatively emerging from a painful recession yet the masses (myself included!) are salivating over Apple‘s latest creation – the Apple ipad. It’s a snip at just $499 but we seem to forget that most people already have perfectly decent laptops or PCs at home. Yet you can bet your bottom dollar that millions … Read moreDesign Thinking for Business – Lessons from Apple’s ipad

Show #001 – Juggle! ReThink Work, Reclaim your Life

I’m delighted to kick off our podcast series with a fascinating chat with Ian Sanders of The Ian Sanders Company on his latest book Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim your Life Ian Sanders is an entrepreneur, ideas guy, marketing bloke, business potentialiser, unplan evangelist, specialist in creative industries and author! You can either listen to the … Read moreShow #001 – Juggle! ReThink Work, Reclaim your Life

Who’s in charge of your business?

Image by Getty Images via Daylife You may think that you are in charge of your business, however, in the digital age of social media where anyone has the power to comment on your business and influence both local and global opinion (either via blogs, Twitter, forums, Facebook etc), is this still the case? There … Read moreWho’s in charge of your business?