Aspire to grow your business? The benefits of exploring new revenue streams
If you ask many business owners, they will freely admit that things haven’t always worked out the way they planned! Sometimes the most successful businesses end up on a different course to the one they originally set out on or expanding their business into areas they probably never even considered at the outset.
In fact the ability to respond to demands [...]
New tax year – time for a spring clean!
It’s April which means that spring is finally around the corner! April also heralds the start of a new tax year and also the start of a new financial year for many businesses. Whatever April 6th means for your business, the dawn of a new tax year signals a fresh, blank page. For the majority of business owners, the start [...]
Common business problems – and how to address them
However great your product, team and customer service, there are ALWAYS going to be challenges. Many of the common business problems have a tendency to disguise themselves as something else, making it difficult to see where you might be going wrong.
Failure to understand your market is one of the most common business problems, but often disguises itself as innovation. If [...]
How to adapt to business changes – don’t be left behind!
It’s as true in the business world as it is in the animal kingdom… change is inevitable, and only those who evolve can survive. The question of how to adapt to business changes seems complex, but a few simple rules can really help here.
Every business has to undergo transitions of one kind or another. We live in an environment of [...]
How to stay motivated as a business owner
Business is about moving forward – if you’re only treading water, you’ll soon find yourself way behind everybody else. Sometimes, though, it seems that this is easier said than done, so we’ve devised some great tips on how to stay motivated as a business owner.
By its very nature, your role as a business owner makes you a leader, even if [...]
Business consultancy from Agenda – keeping businesses healthy inside and out
Some people don’t think they need business consultancy services from Agenda – they know their business best, and they’re not having someone else tell them how to run things. I think differently…
One of the key obstacles I encounter in my role as a business consultant is an over-protectiveness on the part of business owners. Deep down, they know that external [...]
Running a niche business
For many people, suited-and-booted corporate life isn’t an appealing prospect. They want creativity (although some would argue that there’s plenty of creative potential even in the starchiest-looking business world…), they want dynamism, they want to do things their way. For people like this, running a niche business is the answer – a small enterprise where they retain close control over [...]
Business development for SMEs in Lancashire
Agenda was founded with the intention of aiding business development for SMEs, and over the years we’ve seen companies in all kinds of industries go from strength to strength through forward planning, smart decision making, and good old fashioned hard work.
And while the advice and support we offer is always unique to every client, there are some principles which are [...]
Why a business plan is important
We live in an age of entrepreneurship. The abundance of business resources and new opportunities out there means that everywhere you turn, it seems like everyone and his auntie is launching The Next Big Thing. But just having an idea isn’t enough, so it’s time to explore why a business plan is important.
The process of developing a business plan is [...]
Why staff training is important
The right mix of people is essential, but it doesn’t stop there. Developing your team through training enables you to get the best out of your employees – let’s look at why staff training is important for every business.
Of course, the most obvious benefit of staff training is that it enables your employees to do their jobs more effectively – [...]