5 Wellbeing Practices to Keep Your Employees on Top Form

By Dr Veronica Burke

How can we actively sustain our personal performance at work?

Looking after our physical selves at work has never been so important. At any level of the business, being overworked, receiving a lack of managerial support (above and below), plus constant change create ideal circumstances for pressure and ultimately, burnout. The picture is not improving either. 

The rates of work related stress in the UK have remained flat for over a decade (HSE 2016). Long working hours continue to be...

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Business Growth Programme: In Their Own Words

By Matt Puttick

The benefits gained by each participant are unique as the Business Growth Programme (BGP) is centred entirely on the reality of your business – your current challenges, opportunities, future goals and ambitions.

Here is a sample of our magnificent alumni, a cross-section from the BGP’s long history which has seen more than 2,300 owner-managers complete the programme, recounting their different experiences of the BGP and the unique benefits to themseves and their businesses.

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Letting New Hands Take the Helm

By Team BGP

The challenge of handing on the baton to the next generation has not become any easier.

With family businesses still accounting for 70-95% of the commercial enterprises in most countries, just 30% of EU-based family businesses survive to the next generation (according to trade association European Family Businesses). This is fairly consistent across the developed world, which means, statistically, just 1% will progress from the fourth to fifth generation.

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4 Proven Strategies for Entrepreneurial Success

By Team BGP

More than half of business start-ups fail after four to five years, and of those that survive only around 4% become successful. One of the aspects that distinguishes these entrepreneurs from the competition is their approach to strategy.

Successful entrepreneurs tend to embrace rather than reject corporate strategies, and they will often trade off or tone down brash entrepreneurial behaviour for a more civilised approach. This results in a strategy with a winning formula for entrepreneurs...

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CEO Today Interview BGP Alumni Geeta Sidhu-Robb, Founder of Nosh Detox

By Matt Puttick

Geeta Sidhu-Robb is a true inspiration for any budding entreprenuers out there, we first met Geeta in 2013 when she completed the Business Growth Programme and we are proud to have played a part in her entrpeneurial journey so far.

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The Lemon - a humble piece of fruit or a deadly marketing tool?

By Carol Foussat

I’m delighted to share with you a phrase that we often use on the Business Growth Programme (BGP) – squeezing the lemon!

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Going "back to school" pays off for these Directors

By Guest Blog
(Image courtesy of www.allthingsbusiness.co.uk)
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What is VUCA Orientation and why is it critical to Business Growth?

By Matt Puttick
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Business Schools for Entrepreneurs

By Guest Blog

Over my career I have taken business courses at Cranfield University, Stanford University and the London Business School (LBS).

In my opinion only one of them truly understood early stage business and the leadership credentials it takes to run one. That was Cranfield. I am not saying that Stanford and LBS were not excellent schools but they were almost entirely run by academics and attended by academic business people too.

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Double Awards Success for 2015 BGP Business, Almeda

By Matt Puttick

Almeda scoop double awards at the prestigious National Family Business Awards 2017! 

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This simple tool can boost your LinkedIn profile views by 1000%!

By Matt Puttick

1000% sounds like a lot, and to be honest I wouldn't want to prove it, but there is research out there to suggest it's true and considering it will only take you two minutes to implement, it's got to be worth a try. 

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Life after Brexit - 5 musts for growing businesses

By Dr Shai Vyakarnam

 

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Management Essentials – Understanding Working Capital

By Andrew Haworth

 

In the last Management Essentials blog, I discussed 5 key sales and profit terms, I will now provide explanations for some of the basic things you need to understand about business cash-flow and the business phenomenon commonly known as “working capital”.

Having worked with hundreds of SMEs through Cranfield’s Business Growth Programme (BGP), for over 10 years now, it is more often than not, a lack of know-how with finance that inhibits business owners and hampers or restricts business...

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The new business tool that could save you time and boost your growth (for free!)

By Matt Puttick

What could you achieve in 20 minutes? Catch-up on emails, make that call you keep putting off, take a quick look at the figures and see if you're on track? OR, create a 14-page business growth plan that will benchmark you against some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs?

A no-brainer, right? And it sounds a little unachievable, but thankfully, that's not the case, there's now a tool that will help you achieve exactly that. Launched by Cranfield School of Management, the Business Growth...

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How digital can help an SME Business effectively launch a product

By Guest Blog

Guest blog, provided by Sean Singleton, BGP Alumni, Managing Director at Your Favourite Story.

The beauty of digital marketing is it allows SME businesses to punch massively above their weight. However, it's not easy and requires effort and expertise.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for SME businesses to find new effective routes to engage customers at every level. As product lifecycles continue to decrease and brand loyalty is at an all-time low, businesses must re-examine marketing...

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