SETTING UP A NEW HIRE FOR SUCCESS

No one has a bigger impact on a new employee’s success than the manager who hired them. Here are some tips on how to set your new hires up to succeed.   What is ‘onboarding’ Investing time in onboarding brings new employees up to speed faster, which means they’re more quickly and efficiently able to[…]

EFFECTIVE MULTI-TASKING

Over the past 10 years or so businesses have become leaner by reducing employee numbers, focusing on efficiency and increasing the demands on their staff. An increased workload forces us to multi-task, which may be effective for a short period of time, but over the long term, can cause stress.   Multi-tasking is not about[…]

BUILDING A DATA-LED STRATEGY

Businesses are capturing more information than ever before. The most successful firms are analysing that information and are focused on building their strategy around customer and market data.  We are reviewing the way we use data at  MMGA and look forward to keeping you up to date with our strategy. Meantime, partner Derek Grant suggests[…]

WHY GOOD CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IS IMPORTANT

With recent, very public governance failures at businesses such as BHS, Carillion and other well-known brands, it is clear that business leaders need to do more in terms of living up to their responsibilities, following best practice, etc.   Good governance is a must for SME’s as well as large listed companies. Corporate governance refers[…]

DOES MONEY REALLY MOTIVATE EMPLOYEES?

We all work to get paid but is money alone enough to motivate your employees?   Regardless of the type of business you run, you need to pay your employees fairly and in line with your competitors. If you don’t pay your people in line with the market, it can act as a de-motivator. However,[…]

LOOK AFTER YOUR PEOPLE WITH A WELLNESS PROGRAMME

Your people are your firm’s most important asset. As such, it is important to invest in their wellbeing.   As global technology develops and demands on employees increase, it is not surprising that the terms ‘burnout’, ‘dissatisfaction’ and ‘distress’ are being increasingly reported across the developed business world.   With increased absence, pressure is put[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Money laundering: your role in stopping the criminals

It’s not just accountancy firms and tax officials who have obligations in relation to money laundering, writes Derek Grant, MMG Archbold Partner. HMRC expects many others to play a role too. As you might guess, your accountant is expected to be on the look-out for potential money laundering and is obliged to report suspicious activity[…]