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Finance professionals learn “charity begins at work”

Press release for the CIMA South West England and South Wales Charities Focus Group workshops I’ve been organising and which will run through 2014 – 2015 Charity finance professionals will meet for a workshop on Monday (22 Sept) to understand … Continue reading

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Access to affordable charity accounting training

In my blog “The Finance challenge in small and medium sized charities, I wrote about the important role finance plays in charities and yet “Many charities will not be in a position to permanently employ a qualified finance professional and … Continue reading

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Interview with Zarin Patel

I interviewed Zarin Patel, in June 2013 in the lead up to her last day at the BBC as Chief Finance Officer, when I was working as a BBC Divisional Financial Controller, Finance and Business; Zarin has kindly allowed me … Continue reading

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Goal setting (i) Why goals need to be set in the context of values

Goal setting used to be a simple undertaking; we’d set our SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound) goals and be done with it.  However, new research is highlighting the detrimental effects goals can have on business and personal … Continue reading

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What SMEs can do to help employees’ flourish (ii)

Flexible working Currently the law allows anyone to ask for flexible working and some employees have a statutory right to request a flexible working pattern. For information on the statutory requirements see the Direct Gov website: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/Flexibleworking/DG_10029491 That’s the statutory … Continue reading

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Interview with Michele Gonthier

My interviewee is Michele Gonthier, a successful Penarth business women who runs an impressive portfolio of businesses.  Michele is Managing Partner at Strandz Hair and Beauty, Financial Director at Emile’s Penarth Limited, Managing Director at MG Gases (Cardiff) Ltd and Financial … Continue reading

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What SMEs can do to help employees’ flourish (i)

Ask your employees what they need and want in order to allow them to flourish                 Most large organisations will run a satisfaction survey programme; there’s no reason why  SMEs shouldn’t do the … Continue reading

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Training on a shoestring

Once an organisation’s leaders have decided to invest in Learning and Development, the hunt is on for the most cost effective delivery method. There are no shortage of ways to spend money on training. As part of any organisation’s Learning … Continue reading

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Personal factors that get in the way of your business developing

I posted two blogs about factors faced by all start ups and that can be used to help develop the business but can also hinder business development if not managed effectively. Here I want to talk about personal factors that … Continue reading

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The skills and attributes employers look for and those they really need

“Professional success used to depend on experience, knowledge, and skill. But things have changed in recent decades…experience and knowledge are less relevant, while the abilities to learn and adapt, to be resilient and to connect with others are ever more … Continue reading

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