This will be my last article about surviving Covid-19 and I have saved the most important topic for last. That topic is the importance of strong leadership. For many years, I devoted a section of my management training course to the importance of good leadership. I started the topic with a syndicate exercise. I asked…

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I hesitate to write anything about the impact of Coronavirus. It is by far the worst thing that has happened to the world in my lifetime and the enormity of the situation and the impact that it is having on people’s lives is terrifying. The debate that is about to commence across the world will be…

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Sadly it looks as if Coronavirus may bring tragedy to some UK families but its financial impact could be very serious for many more so what can you do to prepare your business for it? Twenty five years of consultancy experience has taught me that when extraordinary events occur it is the businesses that prepare…

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My previous articles on Coronavirus have focused mostly on how to maintain your income. So, the focus of this article will be how to make savings in your running costs with a particular focus on using Prop Tech. Covid-19 has made many companies completely reassess the way that they use Prop Tech and it is…

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BLOG Take your Capital Gains while You Can Oct 15, 2020 The government has spent £300 billion so far trying to fight Covid-19 and there is no doubt that at some point in the near future, they will need to raise taxes in order to balance the books. The Conservative Government made manifesto commitments not…

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Well, hallelujah, you are allowed to open your office, your bank balance is looking good and your business has survived the virus. Or has it? Unfortunately, it is still too soon to say. Let’s consider this example of a small business that usually banks £480,000 per year, half from sales and half from lettings. John…

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The recent Pie survey showed that 57% of people who work in the property sector think that it is too soon for agents to return to work. However, most estate agency business owners are delighted that they have been allowed to reopen their businesses. Nevertheless there will be many obstacles to overcome before business can…

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When the country went into lockdown last month most people expected that it would last for a few weeks and then life would return to normal. It is becoming clear that this is not how things are going to turn out and that the return to normal life is going to be a gradual process…

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Despite 40 years in the property business, I never cease to be fascinated by what separates the most successful businesses from the rest. One of the key differentiators though is that successful businesses nearly always have a detailed written business plan. The crisis caused by coronavirus has demonstrated very clearly why business planning is so…

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In Switzerland the process for applying for a Coronavirus business loan is as follows: 1. Fill out a one-page form online2. Qualify for interest free loan of 10% of your annual turnover repayable in 5 years’ time3. Receive money within a few days sometimes within hours This simple process has enabled the Swiss government to…

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