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And Now the Small Business Signatories

April 27, 2015 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, politics.

With less than two weeks to go until the election we now have a letter from 5,000 small businesses pledging their allegiance to one party and it’s the blue party again. Furthermore, that letter is once again published in The Telegraph where, this morning, the newspaper’s website calls it a “boost for David Cameron”…

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These 100 Big Business Signatories

March 31, 2015 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, politics.

Having been out of the professional business and journalism loop for the last year, the item in the news today that caught my ear was that The Conservatives wheeled out their 100 business leaders as signatories backing another parliament of blue bosses. It seems that, in retaliation, The Labour Party said that “zero hours contracts” • Read More »

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Work and the Art of Relaxation

February 20, 2014 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, Zen.

Are you sitting comfortably? No, really, are you sitting comfortably? Reading this on your desktop PC, laptop, tablet or mobile device you may think that you are sitting comfortably but now that I’ve got your attention, you may probably be more acutely aware of your posture than you were before.

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Reshoring British Manufacturing

February 18, 2014 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business.

Watching the 10 o’clock news last night on BBC iPlayer I was encouraged to see the story about British companies bringing work back to these isles after many years of offshoring. The benefits of offshoring from a British business point of view are obvious – If you can cut costs by using foreign workers on • Read More »

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Hive: Books Arrived

February 16, 2013 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: Books, business.

As previously posted, I was recently looking for an alternative to Amazon. The thought process came about after I was accused, quite reasonably,  of putting money into Amazon’s pockets when there were serious questions to be asked about their ethics and morality. The main points of contention are that: 1) Amazon have been accused of • Read More »

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Should SMEs Be Worried About the Demise of HMV?

January 15, 2013 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business.

“Should SMEs Be Worried About the Demise of HMV?” was written by Paul Mackenzie Ross and first appeared in the is4profit small business blog The news this weekend has been filled with stories about the demise of HMV. That’s not to say that the store, founded in 1921, will totally disappear, but it has been • Read More »

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A SMART Business is a SMARTER Business

October 16, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business.

“A SMART Business is a SMARTER Business” was first published in the business advice section of www.is4profit.com When looking for ways to improve your business one method of working is by using SMART objectives. First coined in a 1981 edition of Management Review, S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym/mnemonic for: S – Specific M – Measurable A – • Read More »

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You Can Bank on Dave!

July 20, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, finance.

“You Can Bank on Dave” first appeared on the is4profit small business blog. So what happened in “Bank of Dave”, episode 2 last night? Burnley Savings and Loans has been lending a LOT of money. The problem is that they still don’t have their savings licence and cannot take deposits. But, on the bright side, • Read More »

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Leadership Styles

July 3, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, philosophy.

“Leadership Styles” was written by Paul Mackenzie Ross and first appeared in the business advice section of is4profit.com Kicking off with an Example of Leadership Styles: The Football Manager Leaders may have any one of a number of so-called “leadership styles”. You can see them quite publicly, on the TV, in football managers, for example:

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Putting the Disgust Back in Disgustingly Rich

June 30, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, finance, news, philosophy.

Financially and morally we are living in interesting times: David Cameron said, back in 2010, that “We’re all in this together” regarding the state of the nation as it struggled with an economic downturn. He then recently went on to finger Jimmy Carr for his tax avoidance but keeps quiet about billionaire Tory peer and • Read More »

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