KEEP SAFE FROM MALWARE ATTACKS

Recent industry reports from cyber security firms such as McAfee and Kaspersky Lab have identified that mobile malware attacks are becoming increasingly widespread and more sophisticated.   Most business professionals use smartphones these days. These devices are basically small computers and can be infected with malware in a similar way to a PC – usually[…]

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

There is a trend towards businesses that seek to be more sustainable. These firms seek to have a minimal negative impact on the global and local environment, the economy, society and the communities in which they operate.   Sustainable businesses are focused on the long term. They seek to make a positive impact through doing their[…]

YOUR BUSINESS AND BREXIT.  ESSENTIAL PLANNING

If there are any clear themes emerging from the year, it is the importance of the political situation for the economy.   If there are any clear themes emerging from the year, it is the importance of the political situation for the economy. Brexit, the US mid-term elections, China – what the politicians have to[…]

CHRISTMAS IS THE TIME FOR GIVING

Those thinking about making gifts at Christmas should take advantage of the various inheritance tax (IHT) exemptions and reliefs available to them. Note that certain gifts can also have capital gains tax (CGT) implications.   THE IHT ANNUAL EXEMPTION – USE IT OR LOSE IT!   Although not particularly generous at £3,000 per donor per[…]

2018 – Year of the Young Person

2018 is the official Year of the Young Person in Scotland.  Throughout the year, the Scottish Government has encouraged the country to celebrate the achievements and contributions our young people make to society.  #YOYP has asked people to share their stories to create opportunities and inspire the next generation. https://yoyp2018.scot   As the year comes[…]

DO YOU HAVE CONFIRMATION BIAS?

Most business people these days have too much information and not enough time. We don’t have the time to weigh up every facet of every decision. This tends to encourage us to take shortcuts where we can. As such, we often go into a meeting or a negotiation with an idea as to what the[…]

CO-WORKING SPACES – CAN THEY WORK FOR YOU?

Co-working spaces were once the preserve of freelancers and creative types. Now medium to large sized businesses are getting in on the act too.   The modern workplace is evolving. First, we had flexible working. Then we had remote working. Now we are seeing an increased demand for co-working spaces – workspaces which are shared[…]

HOW TO GET CLIENTS TO PAY YOU ON TIME

You’ve done the work. You’ve invoiced the client 60 days ago. You are still waiting to get paid 30 days after payment was due. It’s time to chase for payment.   It’s never easy chasing clients for payment. However, this is business and you are entitled to be paid for the work that you have[…]

BUDGET 2018 – What you need to know.

More money for the NHS and an end to austerity? As previously announced, these were the main themes of the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s third budget but what we were waiting to hear was where the extra money was going to come from? Had he found a “Magic Money Tree”, or would tax and borrowing have to[…]

BEING BUSY ‘V’ BEING PRODUCTIVE

In today’s hyper-connected business environment, it seems we are all busier than ever. Whether we are responding to emails outside of office hours or taking a call while on the way to a meeting, there is so much going on in our work lives that it’s easy to lose focus on getting the most important[…]

DESIGN THINKING

 When we think of designing something, most of us tend to think of an object or an end result such as a “well designed product”. However, “Design Thinking” can be applied in business too.   Design as a process Designing something tends to require various prototypes to be created and evaluated in order to agree[…]