Many business leaders have reacted angrily; Richard Reed of Innocent Drinks asked “how dare he?” on Radio Four’s Today programme this morning.
The single, most important difference between successful businesses and also-rans is the quality of the senior team. The skills shelf-life of new and experienced managers is becoming shorter and shorter. If we don’t widen and deepen our management skills base our competitors will take our...
By paying attention to what works, we can translate much of what we understand from sport into a business context. Psychological research demonstrates that difficult, high-level goals prompt superior performance much more successfully than vague ‘do-your-best’ or no goals.
Without formal succession planning, family-owned businesses run the risk of not being sustainable. Some owners regard succession...
Two companies founded by BGP alumni were winners at the 2015 National Business Awards.
GoApe, the outdoor adventure company set up by Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew, took home ‘The Customer Focus Award’, while youth marketing agency Livity and co-founders Sam Conniff and Michelle Morgan collected ‘The Social Enterprise of the Year Award’.
People may observe high-performing ventures that don’t have business plans and conclude, why bother to plan?
Business planning is a time-consuming exercise and any business has to weigh up the value that is generated from spending time writing a business plan versus simply going out there and trying to sell. This can be particularly beneficial when a venture is launching a product or service in a very uncertain market, where even after carrying out plenty of analysis, uncertainty still remains.
The results? Many aspire, few achieve. Fewer than 2% of these businesses consistently grew sales and profits by 25% and provided a decent return on capital employed.