The Future of Work for business owners

The Future of SMEs After reading the findings of a recent SmartCompany research study, titled ‘The SME of the future’, I found the shifts in key trends for business owners that they highlighted, fascinating. The study acknowledged that the nature of work has changed and as a result, so has our notion of personal time. As business […]

innovation lessons for small business owners

The seven traits of an innovator

Innovation lessons for small business owners I am often engaged to speak about innovation and strategy… not in an academic sort of way, people want to know how I took an idea and turned it into reality. One thing (unfortunately) that we do know is that most start-up businesses never reach the heights that match […]

Where do ideas come from

RedBalloon was not the first business idea I had – but as I look back now I realise that of all the ideas I had, it was the one that inspired me, that I was passionate about, that I could see myself making a difference with. As I learned later when I did a Harvard […]

What ever happened to….

We all love a success story; now I find quite regularly that the first question that I get at speaking engagements is “whatever happened to the businesses you invested in as part of Shark Tank?” When we are on set – I am looking for not just the business idea, and does it meet with […]

No one intends to crash and burn

As the new book ‘Ready to Soar’ begins to arrive in book stores I reflect on why I dedicated hours and hours to putting down on paper what is in my brain. The experience of nearly 30 years of being in, or working with small business has given me not just vast knowledge but battle […]