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Why do we enter awards?

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As a company we encourage our members to enter awards and as company we practice what we preach! So AVN entered the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards UK. We encourage our members to enter awards because its a great opportunity to reflect on what you have done. We are often too involved in the day to day dealings of our business to appreciate the efforts our teams put in everyday and the impact we can have on our clients. A reflection of 20 years As part of the process we got to apply and recognise not only what we haveRead More

Benchmarking Your Accountancy Clients

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I recently had a conversation with an Accountancy Practice about our benchmarking software (no this is not a sales pitch!). Whilst the software is intuitive, easy to use, gives great visual reports and highlights the areas you can really add value that your clients appreciate, this is just obvious value… the real value comes from what it enables. Conversations It enables conversation, easy subjects to start with. But by using your skills of observation, listening and sometimes asking the damn stupid questions, you connect with your client. If you are really good you find the answers to questions you haveRead More

Awards – Why Bother?

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I was asked recently why we win awards and the simple answer was because we enter them. So if you’re sitting on the sidelines here are 3 very good promotional reasons to make 2018 the year you enter awards and a there is a bonus 4th… Reason 1: Media Proof Industry awards allow you to be acknowledged by your industry. It’s important to raise your profile and awards allow you to do this in a few ways with the media from: Press Releases with the possibility to be published or broadcast and get a wider reach with their readership, listenersRead More

HMRC to issue 400,000 auto-completed tax returns!

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Why does such a statement fill me with dread? While I can see the appeal for HMRC to gather data from different sources to validate it and make the life of the taxpayer easier, there are three things I am sure of: There will be an unacceptable number that are incorrect, inaccurate or just completely wrong returns. Taxpayers will be confused and unsure- or worse, still convinced HMRC must be right. Accountants and business advisors will be left trying to pick up the pieces for their clients who will not want to pay for this work. So where do youRead More

How to Prioritise Systemising your Business Part 2

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There are many different ways to prioritise the systemisation of your business, and today I’m going to talk about my second suggested way of tackling this enormous task. In a previous article, I talked about using a graph to work out which of the tasks you do could you write a system for quickly, that could save you time each and every week, and then starting with those ‘quick wins’ The second method I want to look at is starting with those systems in your business (whether done by you or not) that are ‘customer facing’ systems. Michael Gerber, AuthorRead More

How to Prioritise Systemising your Business Part 1

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There are many different ways to prioritise the systemisation of your business, and today I’m going to touch on one of these. In a previous article, I have already mentioned listing all of the tasks that you, as the business owner do, that could be passed onto another team member, with just a little bit of thought, putting in place a system, and then training another person to do that particular task. But how do you decide where to start, and which task to start with? You can use the chart below, as guidance to help you work out whereRead More

Fantastic Teams #8 – Terrorists

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Values are incredibly important in every day life.  You will know that there are some people you can instantly connect with, strike up a great dialogue and become friends very quickly.  Other’s no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t connect, you almost take an instant dislike to them and you don’t always understand why that is. We’re all unique individuals and one of the attributes of uniqueness lies in our individual values and beliefs.  These are our filters.  We take in sights, sounds, feelings and interpretations of the world through these filters. Our values are usually fixed byRead More

Fear Setting – We suffer more in imagination than in reality

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Everyone talks about Goal Setting – but some of us just aren’t that motivated by goals.  Some of us are instead crippled by fear.  In this amazing TED talk Tim Ferris explains a simple exercise that can help us avoid self destruction and give us the confidence to do things that we currently feel we cannot do. Enjoy! https://embed.ted.com/talks/tim_ferriss_why_you_should_define_your_fears_instead_of_your_goals “>Tim Ferris – Fear Setting Article Source: Emma Slack

Fantastic Teams #7 – Be Grateful!

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It’s so easy to fall in to the trap of accepting great work and effort from members of your team and forget to express your gratitude.  Often, I hear people say – ‘I thank them through their salary’.  A salary is simply an enabler for someone to be able to work for you.  It enables their bills to be paid and for them to have the lifestyle they want to outside of working with you.  They can get a salary from many places very easily if they wanted to.  Just because you’re paying a wage and even a bonus doesRead More

Fantastic Teams #6 – Do YOU really understand?

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How well do you really understand your team? How much time do you invest in getting to know them? What motivates every individual in your team? Most often it’s assumed to be financial incentives but in fact, that’s not always the best motivator. Do you understand what might be holding them back from giving their best?  What their aspirations truly are? What ideas they have that might help your business grow? Research shows that a 20% improvement in team morale can have a 42% increase in financial performance in your business and yet so many employers take their team membersRead More

 

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