Friday, 16 April 2010

David Connor & Coethica

David Connor has just posted an excellent take on BFA's article about support for business failures - "Who Helps When Small Business Dreams Turn to Nightmares?".

David Connor’s Coethica is a UK company founded on embedded ethical values who offer specialist expertise across the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spectrum to private, public and voluntary sector organisations whatever shape or size.

Business responsibility is a rapidly emerging management area focusing an organisation’s ethos toward balancing economic, social and environmental impact. Most businesses already consider these impacts even if they don’t call it CSR, but the maximum benefits from a strategic identification of relevant opportunities are very often missed.

CSR is not a particular goal that can be achieved, but a themed journey that improves business performance.
Find out more on David’s sites and blogs at

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

They say hindsight is a wonderful thing and I'm sure we'd all agree with that one!!

If you have had a failed business and if there was one thing that you wish you'd known, or been asked, or been told about before you started your business that may have helped you in your decisions to start, continue or close your business, what would that be?

Please either leave a comment below or if you have had a failed business, consider joining Business Failures Anonymous and leave a reply on the discussion forum here

Saturday, 10 April 2010

From Business Link to NHS Shrink: Pending Replies!

I have just emailed several UK business support agencies for their opinion about the post at "From Business Link to NHS Shrink".  I look forward to seeing how many reply and their responses. It should be interesting so watch this space.

With some of them having offered their services at some stage of my business, I thought that they may be interested in the issue that I hope to raise in relevant publications, blogs, letter pages etc over the next few weeks.

I still feel that business failure is an area which needs serious attention especially in the current climate and, having spoken to other business failures who have felt 'abandoned', I do not believe mine is a one-off 'sob story'. I hope to take my experiences and offer them positively both as 'worst-case scenario' advice for pre-start ups and as moral support for post-failures, two aspects of the business life-cycle that are sorely lacking, in my humble opinion.

More at "From Business Link to NHS Shrink"

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