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
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
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?
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
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
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?
A packed auditorium at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday 15 January 2010 was greeted by an enthusiastic launch by Insider of Manchester – Next Generation Digital City. An initiative that aims to put Manchester at the forefront of UK business competitiveness by laying the foundations for exciting, innovative digital and technology-based businesses to flourish. This will be achieved by … Read moreManchester – Next Generation Digital City
I enjoyed a great catch-up with the Managing Director (MD) of a (target) company of mine today. This family owned business is a leading advanced engineering company in the North West and the MD’s insights into business and the way things are changing is always sharp and insightful. We discussed the economic challenges of the … Read moreForward thinking Engineering business supports future NW innovation
Riffing off Seth Godin (and his collaborators’) contributions to the fantastic and recently published What Matters Now ebook, I thought I would add my one-pager (should Seth have asked me to contribute – maybe next time huh?) What Matters Now? Soul Business Making meaning through business. Solving global problems. Engaging people in work that fulfills … Read moreWhat Matters Now – Soul Business
You often hear successful CEOs say: “I couldn’t have done it without my team” or “We’re a People Business and our people are our greatest asset”. These hugely successful businesses all appear to have great people. But is it the luck or skill of the CEO in finding these “great people” or is it that great businesses … Read moreGreat Business = Great People (and vice versa)