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Every day is a school day

Learning is critical for on-going success and a fulfilled life.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 18 Jun '21 | Tags: charity entrepreneur marketing social enterprise inspiration goal setting values strategic development responsible organisation charter coaching business planning collaboration innovation tools 21st century business business success csr socent growth aspiration local authority feasibility study creative think tank corporate culture vision

Use Coronavirus to be better prepared

There are three simple steps you can take to prepare for the impact of Coronavirus on your organisation

Posted by Sarah Brown on 29 Feb '20 | Tags: strategic development business planning

How to produce a business plan that can really create success for you

Template business plans are not the answer for a business plan that you can really use to take your organisation forward, this blog will give you a strategy for producing a business plan that really reflects what you need

Posted by Sarah Brown on 01 Jan '20 | Tags: business planning

Which one page business plan do you prefer?

Often a one page business plan is enough but do you want creativity or a formal layout?

Posted by Sarah Brown on 20 Mar '18 | Tags: business planning inspiration

Are you going to ride the wave as confidence returns to the economy?

This is the time of year when we all set resolutions, give up drinking, lose weight, change our lives. It is also the time to have at least some simple resolutions for your business or organisation. The blog includes a tool to set some really simple goals for your business and your personal life and looks in more detail at goalsetting and the strategies which will help you achieve them.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 06 Jan '14 | Tags: goal setting entrepreneur strategic development business planning

Charities at risk

The recent publicity about charity executive salaries, the high profile TV ads and the plethora of charity shops in every high street are giving a distorted view of how the majority of small and medium sized charities operate

Posted by Sarah Brown on 27 Aug '13 | Tags: charity business planning strategic development

Better Decision Making

We make decisions every minute of every day even if the decision is to keep doing what we are doing but scarily too many decisions can work out wrong. Based on Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath I've developed a tool "The Decision Improver"(c) to help you make better decisions. Firstly be aware that it is rare a decision should be whether or not - widen your options, then test your assumptions, reduce the emotion, get your distance and then prepare to be wrong in either direction - overly successful or failing.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 25 Jun '13 | Tags: entrepreneur charity goal setting social enterprise strategic development inspiration business planning action decision making

U-Mix opening - a day of social enterprise in practise and theory

Having been involved with U-Mix project supporting with funding bids, business planning and the practical development it was great and quite emotional to see it open today. The event was well supported reflecting the mix of people that have helped to make it successful and a credit to FURD who organised it. Before that I was at the Working Capital Conference which had some interesting comments from the head of Bid Society Capital.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 12 Apr '13 | Tags: charity social enterprise business planning strategic development inspiration collaboration local authority public sector

Something you might need to do immediately about the budget - and it's not about beer

If you tender for public sector business or plan to, or get a grant as a charity then you need to think about your allowance for inflation in salaries plus updating your forecasts from April 2014 to reflect the new Employment Allowance

Posted by Sarah Brown on 20 Mar '13 | Tags: public sector business planning social enterprise local authority tendering sme social investment charity

The five top risks for a charity becoming a social enterprise

Any charity moving to income generation needs to be aware of the dangers - here are our five top risks from our experience of 2 decades working with social enterprises

Posted by Sarah Brown on 14 Nov '12 | Tags: social enterprise charity marketing feasibility study business planning strategic development goal setting

Finally eating that frog

In time management and goal setting Brian Tracy's Eat that Frog is both simple and compelling and I've finally managed to eat a rather large one in the form of a mammoth business plan of almost 30,000 words

Posted by Sarah Brown on 23 Jul '12 | Tags: business planning strategic development time management socent

First application sent in for the investment and contract readiness

After just a week we're really pleased we've already been able to get an application into the contract and readiness fund. A social enterprise with lots of potential and no time or resource to pursue their ideas.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 18 Jul '12 | Tags: social enterprise strategic development funding and investment charity feasibility study business planning collaboration investment contract readiness

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