Friday, 23 December 2011

week included bookkeeping, great Pathfinder club meeting and catching up with some old associates.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Friday, 16 December 2011

week included collating video testimonials for a client, bookkeeping and Chamber AGM

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Why do Businesses fail?

We are obviously in difficult economic times right now and many businesses are struggling with less customers, greater overheads and cashflow concerns. Although these are easy reasons to be given, not all business failures can be blamed on the economy. Research has indicated a few other areas that all business owners should keep reviewing:

Not enough capital
Growing too fast
Hiring the wrong people
Lack of experience in the team
Too few customers
Incorrect pricing
Poor financial controls
Bad debts
Poor control of your overheads
Poor communication with staff
Health issues of the key people
Bad management & Poor supervision
Poor communication with suppliers
Poor communication with customers
Bad luck
Poor planning

Monday, 12 December 2011

Stock in your business

At A1 Financials, we are quite often reviewing stock with our clients. So is there a right level of stock?Stock levels are a key consideration as the incorrect stock level may impact on your ability to deliver your product on time, disappoint and you could lose sales.To establish an initial stock level, we believe that you should start by listing your requirements. At start up this will be established from your market research and vision or if you are purchasing an existing business, then it is usual to include the purchase of any stock at handover, but we suggest you keep your eyes open for potential obsolete stock. Once you have a list of your stock requirements, then you should seek suppliers of these products and negotiate the best deal for business. Talk to these suppliers as they may have tips to share from their experience and expertise, but take care it is not just sales techniques.Sometimes it may mean that instead of buying all your stock from different places just to save the odd penny on certain items, then you may consider the benefit of purchasing all stock from a few suppliers to maximise your ordering time and benefit from either combined or free delivery costs. But again supply is critical, so don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Saturday, 10 December 2011


Over the last year, we have seen two clients experience the difficulty of claiming on an insurance policy. Unfortunately only one was covered and paid, the other did not have the right cover. Here is a checklist of some of the more common insurances that you may need for your business:

Employers’ liability
motor insurance
public liability
product liability
buildings & contents (fire, theft, damage)
professional indemnity
contract insurance
credit insurance
key person cover
legal expenses
business interruption
portable equipment
business money
goods in transit
loss of stock
specialised requirement (eg retailers shop front)

This is not a comprehensive list and there may be insurances specific to your business or sector. Hopefully you will never need to claim, but we recommend that you take independant specialist advice in this area.

Friday, 9 December 2011

week included bookkeeping, new clients, franchise prospect meetings, Pathfinder club event and networking

Monday, 5 December 2011

Are you online for leads?

Do you have your eyes and ears open online and looking for opportunities? It is perhaps not as time consuming as we think with many tools automating such activity for us. For example,

Google Alerts to track keywords and phrases
LinkedIn groups for threads and discussions
LinkedIn connections for referral contacts
Following and reading blogs or forums for clues
Searching Twitter for keywords or conversations
Searching Facebook for fan pages and discussions

Friday, 2 December 2011

week included seminar planning, franchise meetings, bookkeeping, Pathfinder club, first aid training