"I had to go to prison to learn how to read and write…" As guest speakers go, John Bird - founder of the Big Issue, and now Lord Bird, a wildcard cross-bench member of the Upper House - certainly knows how to make a big impression.
“Look, Dave, I am not a businessman” said multi-award-winning chef, serial entrepreneur and adopted national treasure Raymond Blanc, when we were discussing the schedule for last week’s BCMS event.
It's estimated that over a quarter of UK GDP is generated by family businesses, and family firms employ 12.2 million people nationwide, amounting to 47% of all private sector employment.
What a stunning venue for an event: the private yacht of the royal family. Impossibly luxurious, yet somehow cosy and homely.
As 2019 gets underway, there's little doubt that many UK industries face a very challenging year. There appear to be no easy answers to ongoing Brexit worries, rising insolvencies, a tightening labour market, or rapidly changing consumer trends.
BCMS has been running a variety of events up and down the UK throughout 2018. The two key learnings from this year are clear.
Like most industries, there are lots of meaningless league tables in the world of business sales.
Does a successful business really need a good marketing strategy? Interestingly, many of our clients tell us that sales and marketing is a weakness in their companies. But it’s only a weakness because they don’t do much of it.
You know you should get serious about selling your company, but you just can’t picture yourself not being a business owner.
You are selling your business, and all of your ducks are in a row.
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