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What Happened? Oh well, there's always another time ...
How often have you heard the phrase, ”work ON your business, not IN your business”? Often when someone starts up a business and that’s Kim and me included, it’s because they have the core skill that the business is out to provide … For example, Kim’s career had always been […]

What Happened? Oh well, there’s always another time …


To Joint Venture or not to JV?
That is the question … JV is a term used a lot in the world of professional property investing. JV is the acronym for ‘Joint Venture’ and these can take many different forms. Alongside Kim’s and my design and branding consultancy business, I’m pretty involved in property investing too … […]

To JV or not to JV?


The Fine Art of Persistence
Kim and I do get asked from time to time how have we managed to keep our design business going for the past 23 years. And the answer is quite simple really. It’s all about persistence … Ambition is the path to success, but persistence is the vehicle you arrive […]

The Fine Art of Persistence



The nights are light, we’re having some glorious sunshine and it’s warming up! And in my farming days that would mean field work would start in earnest again, nurturing the young crops to ensure they grew to their full potential for a good harvest … After the long cold winter […]

Spring is in the Air


Putting Colour In Context
I don’t suppose many stop and think specifically about colours very often? Ok, if we’re decorating our homes, or buying a car, we might stop and think a minute. But we do live in a world of colour and the effect it can have on each of us can be […]

Putting Colour In Context


Pardon? Wat? Aye? Its All In The Communication
For starters, it doesn’t help that the word ‘communication’ can mean so many different things; not surprising then when communication so often goes wrong. How many times have you believed you’ve agreed something with someone, but then whatever it was you thought you agreed was not the same as what […]

Pardon? Wat? Aye? Its All In The Communication



Brand Promise believe Its Good To Talk
Wow! I’ve just had the most intense six days of learning I’ve ever experienced! And if I’m honest I had a true personal breakthrough around about mid-afternoon on the third day … I’m a typical Brit – reluctant to ‘big myself up’ for fear of being challenged, but whenever I’ve […]

Its Good To Talk


If You Want To Be The Best speak to Brand Promise
Do you remember Roy Castle? He was a prominent figure in my childhood, primarily as the host of the TV programme Record Breakers and it wasn’t until I was somewhat older I came to realise his amazing array of talents within the entertainment industry … If you’re not old enough […]

If You Want To Be The Best


Huh! Who Needs Branding
Not all businesses need great branding and for some, the lengths we go to making sure our clients’ businesses look right, to increase their sales, margins and profit, are just not warranted … Just as you should position your business in your chosen marketplace, we should too. And so we […]

Huh! Who Needs Branding



Didn’t We Have a Lovely Time
Kim and I have just spent a day in the sun at The Cheshire County Show. It takes me back to my farming roots and, of course, I always enjoy a day out of the office. But, unless we took a day’s holiday, could we justify this in business terms? […]

Didn’t We Have a Lovely Time