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19 Apr 2018

What Is Business Exit Planning?

In the exciting early days of starting your business, many business owners never truly think about leaving it. You may think that you'll just cross the bridge when you get there, but the truth is that business exit planning helps put you in control of your business and consequently, your personal life. Being in control is much easier when you write down a clear, carefully thought-out plan.

Having an exit strategy in place will help you build a bright future for you and your business, and give you the freedom to achieve the things you've always wanted to.

It's for this very reason that you should consider business exit planning right from the start.

12 Apr 2018

How to Enjoy Your Money

Sometimes success is harder to accept than failure. For many successful business owners, their careful and pragmatic approach to running a profitable company is the very trait that prevents them from truly enjoying the fruits of their labour.

There is no shame in working hard, and the same applies to getting the most from your success. The key to enjoying your money, and having the freedom to live the life you've earned, is working with a plan.

05 Apr 2018

Can I Afford to Travel When I Retire?

Retirement can be an exciting but daunting prospect for many business owners. The fear that your retirement won't be enough to fund your dreams is a valid one but you can confront it. You didn't create a business with sheer luck, and you won't retire with sheer luck, either. 

Having a long and well-deserved retirement requires diligent planning with your goals in mind.

Start by asking yourself meaningful questions about what you expect from your retirement and you can begin to build this plan.

29 Mar 2018

What You Must Know About Risk Before Making a Financial Plan

Understanding financial risk can be a complex subject mostly because everyone seems to have a different definition. Traditionally risk has been defined by a dry and mathematical term called volatility. Volatility being a measure of the dispersion of returns for

22 Mar 2018

Thinking about selling your business? WHY?

Why sell business

If you are the owner-manager of a small business you probably have a thought somewhere in your mind that one day, at some point, you are going to sell. But, why?! Whatever the reason, this is the first and most

02 Jan 2018

Exercise isn’t just about feeling good physically.

Cheshire based Personal Trainer Helen Murray takes a closer look at the
positive effects it can have on your mental health


As a keen runner and coach, it goes without saying that I like to keep active. In fact, I’m not very good at sitting still at all. But sometimes, just like most other people, I really can’t be bothered to go to my Pilates class or to put my trainers on for a run, or to get up early to go to the gym.

13 Apr 2015

Is Your Wholesale Business Built to Grow?

All business owners want to factor growth into their plans.

If you're a wholesaler, you'll face some unique challenges but should be able to build in parameters that will allow you to grow when you're ready.

Not only will this ensure short term success, but should also get you the price you need when you're ready to sell.

31 Mar 2015

Why You Need to Figure Out Your Retirement Lifestyle Now

What are your retirement plans? Many business owners find that a daunting question.

Maybe you're at the beginning of your business journey and haven't considered it, or you've been in business so long that you can't imagine retiring.

Either way, we think business owners should always be looking ahead to their post-work life with enthusiasm.

26 Mar 2015

Selling Your Business? Read This First

Selling your business is one of the most important transactions you're likely to make and yet it's often a process that is overlooked until the very point you are ready to sell.

Although it might sound premature, the truth is you should build value and sellability into the heart of your business as you're starting out, long before you reach that point.

11 Mar 2015

Business Owner? Here's What You Need to Know About Exit Planning

Whether you're at the early stages of your business journey, or a few years down the line, exit planning should be a key concern.

Defining how you'll eventually exit from the business gives you clear direction and focus for your business - and your life.

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