Category Archives: Jan’s Blog

How to get help with your book (and how not to)

I spent much of my childhood with my head buried in a book.  I lived out exciting, if eclectic, times with Oliver and Nancy,  the Mohune’s of Moonfleet, Lorna Doone and more.   By the time I was ten, I had been seduced by a romantic vision of becoming an author, scribbling in a garret and…
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Why are women still getting less funding than men?

September saw the launch of a new Treasury review to investigate the ongoing barriers for women in business.   Women in the UK are still only half as likely as men to start a business.   Only one third of existing entrepreneurs are women, and only one in five SME employers being run by women.  This can…
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Understanding the value of your proposition

One of the biggest mistakes start-ups make is to be so focussed on their amazing idea or great product, they fail to stop and consider if their customers will find it just as desirable.  Or worse, their own conviction makes them dismiss this as inevitable.  Sadly, here is nothing inevitable about it.   Without creating a…
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Stress-busters !

  I spent a decade or more over-stressed, miserable and damaging my health.  I learned the hard way about the national epidemic of stress that exists in the UK, leading to physical and mental illness.  I was an idiot and ignored it, but then so do many small business owners.  If it isn't cash flow,…
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