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The Business Northumberland blog

With another tax year just ending last week, it had me thinking about the number of times over the last year that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have featured badly in the news.

There's no getting away from it, in business we spend an enormous amount of time communicating – with suppliers, customers, staff, enquirers – the list seems endless. It may be a surprise to know that we spend approximately 70% of our time communicating with others.

Despite the opportunities for learning that perceived failure from a growth planning perspective can bring, most of us running businesses view failure in a negative way and try to avoid it.

The UK Government set ambitious targets of awarding 33% of all public-sector contracts to SMEs by 2020.

Marketing your business has changed dramatically over recent years. The era of digital marketing is firmly with us and the use of social media, blogging and other digital channels are hugely valued, effective, relatively simple to use and monitor.

So, you have plans to grow the business. You've got a Business Plan to take you through the growth phase and you've discussed finances. You're set to go – or are you?

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