Entrepreneurial ambition & growthStaff & teams

As the winner of ‘Growth Strategy of the Year’ European Business awards, and more recently winner of the Insitute of Directors’ ‘SME Director of the Year’ award, as well as runner-up in ‘Overall Director of the Year’, we were delighted Simon Biltcliffe could join the leaders and business owners who attended the MD2MD LeaderFest conference to share his thoughts on

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Business StrategyFinance, Governance & Control

Last month MD2MD asked a number of local business leaders to come and talk to its’ members on how businesses are viewed by external financial and commercial professionals. We were delighted to welcome Dr Mike Sweeting of BCMS/Acquisitions International, who spoke to the group about how an acquirer may assess and value their business. Mike shared from his experience on

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

Lots of business people talk about a compelling vision.  Leaders are supposed to have one and their followers need to believe in it. So I thought it would be helpful for the developing leaders reading if I shared some of the ideas that ring most true for me. Let’s begin with why a leader having a vision matters.  The Harvard Business

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

The MD2MD article about how important it is for the Managing Director leading a business to have a compelling vision came to me on New Year’s Day, traditionally a time for looking forward. It had a strange impact on me, taking me back to March last year when the MD of a quantity surveying firm rang me and asked me to help them find their company

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

With thanks to Luke Surridge for submitting this interesting blog for me to share for the benefit of business leaders reading with an interest in international expansion For a business to become truly successful, it needs to expand into overseas markets. Although a domestic business can perform well and dominate the local markets, it is vital that businesses start to look

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Business StrategyOperations & Quality

Earlier this year MD2MD member, Alex Minchin of Zest Digital recently shared with the MD2MD A40A34 Managing Directors group some simple cloud based IT applications he found useful in his dynamic, fast growing young business. The following is a small list, suggested mainly by Alex and Darryl Adie. In general they are modern IT applications of the sort described in

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Business StrategyOperations & Quality

Managing IT is a challenge for many business leaders.  There are many dimensions to that challenge from identifying the appropriate strategy to managing the IT function to managing projects effectively across the business. There are numerous ways of managing projects; one approach, known as GDPM or Goal Directed Project Management is the subject of another article available at this link.  Complementing that this article is

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Finance, Governance & ControlOperations & Quality

A guest blog by Graeme Freeman of  Freeman Clarke.  Freeman Clarke provide Fractional IT Directors.  If you want an independent, experienced IT director on your team for a few days per month then contact them and they’ll be pleased to help. We work with a wide range of SMEs of different sizes and in different sectors. Each client is unique, but

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Effective managementOperations & Quality

Many years ago, when working as a Principal Consultant with what was then Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) I led the Distributed Systems Group and after having led a number of major client projects successfully myself began to get asked to review client IT projects and advise various blue chip companies on whether they were ever likely to deliver successfully. That was a

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Business StrategyOperations & Quality

One of our members, Darryl Adie of Ampersand Commerce recently shared with the MD2MD M60 Managing Directors group his view of the modern approach to selecting IT applications.  I thought his insights were so valuable I should share them here.  And as a former IT ‘guru’ myself I have my own thoughts on the topic so have extended his thinking a

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