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From lunch and afternoon tea to evening dining and family Sunday roasts, the Potterspury House Restaurant is the hidden gem of dining in Northamptonshire. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Hidden Gem Of Dining In Northamptonshire

The Potterspury House Restaurant has grown in popularity to become the hidden gem of dining in Northamptonshire ...

Potterspury House

Potterspury House

blog.potterspuryhouse.co.uk

23rd August, 2019



Bar Bar Book Club found 'An American Marriage' to be a well-rounded book and an easy read!
Bar Bar Book Club: An American Marriage

Bar Bar Book Club's August read was 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones. Chosen as part of Oprah's book club selection ...

Georgia Tillery

Georgia Tillery

www.blacksheepcollective.co.uk

23rd August, 2019



Planning + Marketing x Effort = Success

Business owners are time poor and must prioritise the important tasks. But many get caught up working in the business ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

23rd August, 2019



Even ordinary people can inspire others, and you don't have to have achieved your goals first!
One Way Or Another, We Are All Inspirational To Others

I am inspired by ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. They are selfless, creative, brave, or go against the norm ...

Debra Stevens

Debra Stevens

blog.dramatictrainingsolut ...

22nd August, 2019



The Transitions UK Camp Independence 2019 was a huge success!
Transitions UK Camp Independence 2019

Each year, we run the Transitions UK Camp Independence event for our young people. 2019's camp was especially good ...

Ron Overton

Ron Overton

blog.transitionsuk.org

22nd August, 2019



With ISO 9001, we need to make sure that property, be it physical or electronic, is kept safe!
ISO 9001: Property Belonging To Customers Or External Providers

In this series of blog posts, I will be taking a look at the main sections of ISO 9001, what they are, why they are important ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

blog.allaboutquality.co.uk

22nd August, 2019



HMRC are still running their Property Tax Campaign which offers preferential penalty rates for disclosure!
Landlords And The HMRC Property Tax Campaign

HMRC announced a number of campaigns in 2013 so that taxpayers could bring their tax affairs up to date, no questions asked ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

21st August, 2019



The Repair Shop shows us little pieces of the intimate personal family events that most of us can relate to!
Lessons From The Repair Shop

Everything in my house stops at 7pm for an hour just to watch a quintessentially English TV programme called The Repair Shop ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

21st August, 2019



Just like an F1 team, you need to be measuring your performance to see what works and what doesn't!
Why Your Business Needs Management Accounts!

An F1 team measures hundreds of things during the course of a race, all with the aim of working out how to do it better next time ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

20th August, 2019



That's All Folks! The Arches Theatre will be back for another amazing season in 2020!
The Arches Theatre: That's All Folks!

It's been wonderful at The Arches Theatre during our 2019 summer season. Thank you to everyone who came along ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

20th August, 2019



I enjoy being a video editor for Kate. It's easy once you're in the groove!
Being A Video Editor: Finishing Other People's Clips

Something I've been doing for a number of months is being a video editor and finishing other people's clips. They film it, I finish it ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

19th August, 2019



If you get the 'Warning Budget is Negative' alert when you do my Sage data check then this blog post is for you!
Sage Data Check: What To Do When The Budget Is Negative

If you are using Sage correctly, you should be running regular Sage Data Checks each time you have done any data entry ...

Alison Mead

Alison Mead

blog.siliconbullet.com

19th August, 2019



These are some top tips from Thames Valley Police on how to protect your premises from burglars!
How To Protect Your Premises From Burglars

You've invested time, energy and money in your business, and you want to protect your premises from burglars ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

19th August, 2019



We had a lovely evening's life drawing session in the square outside Bar Bar Black Sheep!
Statue In The Square: Life Drawing at Bar Bar Black Sheep

Last Monday, the 6th August, one of our own living statues became the subject for Bar Bar Black Sheep's life drawing group ...

Georgia Tillery

Georgia Tillery

www.blacksheepcollective.co.uk

16th August, 2019



If you're looking for a new barber in Milton Keynes, Towcester or Northampton then do give us a call!
Are You Looking For A New Barber In Milton Keynes?

If you're looking for a new barber in Milton Keynes, come and visit the lovely Kim at Cloud 9 Spa ...

Cloud 9 Spa

Cloud 9 Spa

blog.cloud9spa.co.uk

16th August, 2019



You can use marketing to tell your potential customers your story!
Dispelling The Myths About Marketing

I have over 20 years experience marketing in businesses and believe that there are always new things to learn ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

16th August, 2019



It was wonderful to host the Transitions UK event in celebration of National Volunteers' Week at the Potterspury House Restaurant!
Transitions UK: Celebrating National Volunteers' Week

I was very pleased that Transitions UK was able to host a reception at the lovely Potterspury House Restaurant recently ...

Ron Overton

Ron Overton

blog.transitionsuk.org

15th August, 2019



Does waking up early make you more productive? Well, maybe. But maybe not!
Does Waking Up Early Make You More Productive?

I have had this wonderful idea that waking up early at 5.30am would make me more productive. That's not quite true ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

15th August, 2019



If we're not careful we'll lose our social skills and become human robots which can easily be replaced by machines!
Use It Or Lose It! Social Skills Could Be A Thing Of The Past

Yesterday, UK pub chain Samuel Smith Old Brewery announced they are banning the use of mobile phones in its pubs ...

Debra Stevens

Debra Stevens

blog.dramatictrainingsolut ...

15th August, 2019



Another great networking tip this week about spending time on your support networks!
Networking Tips. Spend Time On Your Support Network

As anyone who runs their own small business knows, being ill means no work, and no work means no money ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

14th August, 2019



Thanks to the increased Annual Investment Allowance, now's the time to consider some plant and equipment purchases!
SMEs Unaware Of Increased Annual Investment Allowance

Did you know that at least 50% of SMEs are unaware of changes to the Annual Investment Allowance?

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

14th August, 2019



The Wet Mariners played a successful matinee and evening show at the Arches Theatre on Saturday!
What A Weekend We Had With The Wet Mariners!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Arches Theatre on Saturday to see the Wet Mariners in action in Romeo and Juliet ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

13th August, 2019



I was so glad that I hadn't turned on automatic ordering!
How My Children Managed To Put Viagra Onto My Shopping List!

Like many households across the country, we own a voice-activated smart speaker, which my children, 9 and 12, both love ...

Coral Tolley-Fletcher

Coral Tolley-Fletcher

blog.jvca.co.uk

13th August, 2019



If you want to create better business videos then read my 10 top tips!
10 Top Tips For Better Business Video

From blog posts to direct adverts, no medium has inspired people to stop scrolling on social media more than business video ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

12th August, 2019



Do you do a Sage data check regularly? What do you do when you get errors?
Sage Data Check: When A Comment Is Really An Error

When you exit Sage 50 Accounts, you are always asked if you would like to check your data before you back up? Do you?

Alison Mead

Alison Mead

blog.siliconbullet.com

12th August, 2019



These potential Inheritance Tax changes could be quite welcome!
Potential Inheritance Tax Overhaul

The Office of Tax Simplification has come up with a few ideas on how to deal with the complexities of Inheritance Tax ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

12th August, 2019



The Potterspury House Restaurant is honoured to be hosting Essendon Accounts 5th birthday party!
Potterspury House Restaurant: Another Fantastic Event Booked!

We're honoured to be hosting a company's 5th birthday celebration at the Potterspury House Restaurant in early September ...

Potterspury House

Potterspury House

blog.potterspuryhouse.co.uk

9th August, 2019



The Fenceless Arts program was pleased to work with What's The Drama to put on their Queen's Court performance!
'What's The Drama' Rocks Queen's Court in Centre:MK

As part of our Fenceless Arts program, we offer community groups and organisations the opportunity to perform ...

Georgia Tillery

Georgia Tillery

www.blacksheepcollective.co.uk

9th August, 2019



How Systemising Your Business Can Maximise Its Value

Effective systems are the essential part of running a business. But remember, systems in their own right do not create growth ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

9th August, 2019



Creating Process Maps doesn't have to be complicated!
How Creating Process Maps Can Help Your Productivity

Creating process maps can certainly help boost your productivity by ensuring you know what to do, time after time. Here's how it works ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

8th August, 2019



Transitions UK supports disadvantaged young people at risk aged 14 to 25 years to ensure they transition to healthy, happy and fulfilled adult lives!
Transitions UK: Welcome To Our Brand New Blog!

Transitions UK was established to support disadvantaged young people to transition towards a productive and happy adult life ...

Ron Overton

Ron Overton

blog.transitionsuk.org

8th August, 2019



Go to a physical card shop and spend quality time choosing a card. Sorry, Moonpig!
Why A Moonpig Card Makes My Heart Sink

There is something special about finding the perfect card for someone you love. I do feel this is part of what makes us human ...

Debra Stevens

Debra Stevens

blog.dramatictrainingsolut ...

8th August, 2019



So far, the Common Reporting Standard has gained details on nearly three million UK taxpayers with offshore interests!
Common Reporting Standard: HMRC Collects £122m So Far!

So, far, HMRC has collected £122 million in extra taxes thanks to the new Common Reporting Standard tax regime ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

7th August, 2019



The Wet Mariners will be opening our summer season with Romeo & Juliet at The Arches Theatre!
The Arches Theatre 2019: Countdown To Curtain Up!

In less than a week, we will be welcoming our first audience to the first performance of the Arches Theatre 2019 summer season ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

6th August, 2019



Using Key Performance Indicators is a great way to improve your business!
Use Key Performance Indicators To Improve Your Business

Getting performance management information and monitoring your Key Performance Indicators is essential ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

6th August, 2019



Do you follow your dreams like Felix did? He took a real leap of faith from 128,000 feet
The Courage To Follow Your Dreams

Are you anything like Felix? Do you have the courage to jump from the corporate world and follow your dreams?

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

5th August, 2019



What do you do if you can't register for Making Tax Digital before the deadline?
HMRC Struggling With Making Tax Digital Registrations

If you call HMRC then you will hear that they are struggling with the volume registrations for Making Tax Digital ...

Alison Mead

Alison Mead

blog.siliconbullet.com

5th August, 2019



If you would like to come along to the Essendon Accounts & Tax 5th Birthday Party then do RSVP to me soon!
You're Invited To The Essendon Accounts And Tax 5th Birthday Party!

I'm very pleased to invite you to the celebration of our 5th Birthday in September at Potterspury House ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

5th August, 2019



Our client was astonished with the results she got with Arbonne RE9 Advanced Brightening!
Astonishing Results with Arbonne RE9 Advanced Brightening!

We were heartened to hear the results one of our clients is getting with the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Brightening range ...

Cloud 9 Spa

Cloud 9 Spa

blog.cloud9spa.co.uk

2nd August, 2019



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Discover The Magic Beans At Bar Bar Black Sheep

As an award winning social enterprise, Bar Bar Black Sheep is committed to using the best products from socially responsible suppliers ...

Danny Quinn

Danny Quinn

www.blacksheepcollective.co.uk

2nd August, 2019



An effective promotional strategy can raise your profile, increase sales and grow your profits!
Developing An Effective Promotional Strategy

Marketing is often confused with PR, but those are just a couple of the components of an effective promotional strategy ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

2nd August, 2019



Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real

We've all felt it. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of death. It stops us from doing things. Sometimes fear is useful ...

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

1st August, 2019



We have to remember to be human if we're selling to humans!
If We Are Selling To Humans, We Need To Be Human!

One thing we must remember if we manage salespeople is that they are human and we're selling to humans ...

Debra Stevens

Debra Stevens

blog.dramatictrainingsolut ...

1st August, 2019



The impermanence of everything can be seen all around, though it should inspire us!
The Impermanence Of Everything

From the crumbling remains of the Roman empire, to the food we consume and our very lives, everything really is impermanent ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

1st August, 2019



Is this a collaborator or a competitor? That depends on both yours and their attitude!
3 Ways To Identify Collaborators And Competitors

Your competitors are all those other people in the same profession or line of work. You can spot them a mile away ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

31st July, 2019



With Sterling falling and shares set to follow suit, there may be some Inheritance Tax Reliefs available!
Inheritance Tax Relief For Losses On Shares

Share prices have been erratic over the past few years. Inheritance Tax specialists are beginning to ring the alarm bells ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

31st July, 2019



For a lot of day rate contractors, the new IR35 rules mean that your average tax rate goes up!
What Do The New IR35 Rules Mean For You?

HMRC has released the new draft IR35 legislation, intended to be effective from April 2020. So, what does it mean for you?

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

30th July, 2019



We've deliberately kept the price low on our theatre tickets to encourage more people to come and enjoy the experience!
You Don't Have To Pay Through The Nose For Great Theatre

Many people have stopped going to the theatre because the whole experience is just getting too expensive ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

30th July, 2019



My core blogging service gives you a 30-day free trial to try out what I do without spending a penny!
A Closer Look: My Core Blogging Service

You've heard about blogging, but it seems like a lot of work, doesn't it? What benefits will it bring and why should you work with me?

Steffi Lewis

Steffi Lewis

www.steffilewis.com

29th July, 2019



If you've received a message claiming to be from HMRC, be very careful what you do with it!
HMRC And The Gateway Virus Messages

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed an increase in the number of fake messages which claim to come from HMRC ...

Alison Mead

Alison Mead

blog.siliconbullet.com

29th July, 2019



It seems that the new Conservative Government is looking to copy the Nigel Lawson era of cutting tax to encourage enterprise post-Brexit!
What's The Future Of Our Taxes?

When we get a new Prime Minister, we always seem to have a number of changes to complicate our tax calculations ...

Roger Eddowes

Roger Eddowes

blog.essendonaccounts.co.uk

29th July, 2019



Our chef Mark went above and beyond to get the Potterspury House Restaurant ready!
Anyone for Tennis At The Potterspury House Restaurant?

You may know that we host business networking groups at the Potterspury House Restaurant ...

Potterspury House

Potterspury House

blog.potterspuryhouse.co.uk

26th July, 2019



The Black Sheep Collective Young Company will be starting soon! Do you want to enrol with us?
The Black Sheep Collective Young Company

The Black Sheep Collective has always valued the importance of passing knowledge and inspiration onto the next generation ...

Georgia Tillery

Georgia Tillery

www.blacksheepcollective.co.uk

26th July, 2019



There are many ways to market your business, both on and offline, but the most important thing is to constantly be marketing. You can't grow your business otherwise!
Marketing To Win New Customers

New products and services are constantly being developed and businesses need to ensure they are ahead of the competition ...

Kirsty Parris

Kirsty Parris

blog.andromedaconsulting.co.uk

26th July, 2019



If you want to be a conscious listener, you have to let go of the need to be right!
Top Tips On How To Be A Conscious Listener

Let go of your attachment to being right, and your mind becomes more open. You can benefit from the viewpoints of others ...

Debra Stevens

Debra Stevens

blog.dramatictrainingsolut ...

25th July, 2019



Being happy can boost your work productivity with the right intrinsic motivation!
Does Happiness Boost Your Work Productivity?

When we think about work productivity, we imagine phrases like 'nose to the grindstone' and 'on the treadmill' ...

Ellen Willoughby

Ellen Willoughby

www.allaboutproductivity.co.uk

25th July, 2019



Can you pass the shaving mirror test? How about the Trolley Dilemma?
Networking Skills: Can You Pass The Shaving Mirror Test?

Two pieces of advice from ex-managers of mine this week after reading a blog post about networking skills by Adam Grant ...

Jacky Sherman

Jacky Sherman

www.jackysherman.com

24th July, 2019

The new off-payroll working rules are coming to the private sector soon!
Off-Payroll Working Rules In The Private Sector

Off-payroll working rules came into force in the public sector in April 2017. Now it's being introduced to the private sector too ...

Helen Beaumont

Helen Beaumont

blog.essendontax.co.uk

24th July, 2019

It seems that accountants are the new bank managers!
Where Have All The Bank Managers Gone?

I read a report that said that the number of UK bank managers has declined from a high of 30,000 to a mere 7,000 ...

Jonathan Vowles

Jonathan Vowles

blog.jvca.co.uk

23rd July, 2019

This is me rehearsing at The Arches Theatre to be Dreyfus in The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark
The Arches Theatre: Rehearsals Are In Full Swing!

It's been an exciting few weeks with the casts of MKTOC and ETC Theatre Company rehearsing at the Arches Theatre ...

David Pibworth

David Pibworth

www.davidpibworth.com

23rd July, 2019

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