Now is the time

Working for yourself can be challenging, especially during a pandemic that threatens to ruin most of the prospective business you’ve been cultivating during the past few months. It’s definitely a challenge and for those in a position to do so, it can be the signal to close down the business completely, cease trading, shut upContinue reading “Now is the time”

A bit of a ‘tidy-up’

I’ve always found the month of January offers some great additional time, time for me to have a bit of a ‘tidy-up.’ From my desktop I look and consider the unsubscribe, the maintenance contracts/insurances, my own business offer plus of course the way forward in pursuit of our goals. The additional free time offers that greatestContinue reading “A bit of a ‘tidy-up’”

Just passing through …

  It’s ‘that’ time again David … What’s that you mean Charlie? I’m seeing a lot of interest in our business forum lately, much activity from those looking for the quick fix, you know, those out distributing the business cards, looking specifically for the next order, something to fill the hole. Hunters? We see lotsContinue reading “Just passing through …”

Bringing up baby

So, I was told Ben was quitting, yep, he’d had enough. It was time for him to take the foot off the gas and leave ‘the baby.’ He was to walk away from the business of ten years. I asked him what had happened that would make him ‘throw in the towel?’ I simply couldn’t see theContinue reading “Bringing up baby”

Let’s look after our mates …

Over the years I’ve discovered that success is powered by three things: The formula for success = your human capital (what you know) multiplied by your social capital (who you know) times your reputation (who trusts you.) You can take away all my money and even my customer list, but if I can keep my ‘smarts,’ my business relationships and reputation,Continue reading “Let’s look after our mates …”

Serendipity?

Brian D. Powell was born in York in 1932. and as a young boy, he frequently accompanied his grandfather down by the River Ouse. With Britains involvement in WW2 Brian spent many a day ‘sculling’ the (mostly) servicemen/women back and forth across the river. It was during 1944 that Brian Powell, budding artist, spent a dayContinue reading “Serendipity?”

The lessons of the past

Britain’s tribal inhabitants first arrived sometime during the 2nd century. A time of identity, belonging and ownership. There were unseen lines of territory leading to tribal disputes, warfare and wholesale cultural disposition. Sound familiar? Here’s an excerpt from a book by a brand new writer… = starts = The Selgovae were among the first ofContinue reading “The lessons of the past”

When our bird has flown

Growing up in Australia, I’ve known Diane Merrick’s family since I was a youngster, she and her brothers were always sharing our apple tree, the mischief. Here’s part of the story when catching up with Diane, some 15 years later: ‘So Charlie, picture this, February 1971, I’m 20 years and 3 months old, six weeksContinue reading “When our bird has flown”