Winnowing Your Business

Winnowing is the age old practice of sorting the wheat from the chaff and is a process that has probably been deployed in recruitment processes for a similar period of time. It is undoubtedly the most difficult aspect of the process to get right and sadly over the years many supposed professionals never perfect the…

Cost management for small businesses

Cost Control Measures for Small Businesses

One of the biggest challenges that smaller businesses face is cost control, especially during periods of growth and expansion. It can often be one of the most difficult aspects of running a business and the reason why so many ultimately lose the battle to survive. So often one hears the expression that “Cash is King…

The Importance of Having a Business Mentor

Business advisors and mentors bring additional levels of business experience to the table, some have trained as mentors, some specialise in particular industry sectors and some have clearly defined skills and areas of expertise. As a business owner it is essential to engage with and develop a relationship with someone who either has direct experience…

Startup Consulting and Small Business Mentoring services by Alastair Ames.

Developing and protecting a specialist recruitment brand.

Developing and protecting a specialist recruitment brand has become increasingly difficult over the years as online growth has made it ever simpler for others to invade your valuable business space. In the past it was relatively easy to build and develop your business’s visibility and reputation via advertising in specialist publications and the best route…

Why your SME needs to embrace online marketing

One of the main challenges facing a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) is how to get the word out that you are open for business. Especially if you are operating in a crowded market with potentially much larger competitors touting for attention right alongside you. In particular, it can be difficult to get your voice…

Business Development in B2B

Many small businesses overlook the potential opportunities available to them through going down slightly different routes to new and previously unexplored seams of lucrative business opportunities in the B2B arena. They have often been so involved in their current business streams that they just don’t have either the time or the resource to look at…

Alastair especially enjoys working with sole traders and business with fewer than 25 employees as it gives him the chance to really get to know the nuts and bolts of business and consequently, be in a better position to offer genuinely bespoke, relevant consultancy or mentoring support.

Interviewing and shortlisting Consultancy Services

The recruitment and search industry has been radically changed over the last decade by the rapid growth of the digital era and the provision of easier access routes to potential talented employees for prospective employers. Employers have increasingly started to advertise positions at all levels directly using a combination of job sites , social media,…

Best way to get your SME funded

Small businesses and start-ups are always looking for the best funding routes and most are aware nowadays about those routes or have extensively researched them via the internet. There are a myriad of finance , invoice factoring, peer to peer, personal loan, venture capital, start-up capital companies not to mention the option of seed funding, crowd funding or other…