What two things define a great leader?

What two things define a great leader?

4th September 2020 - What do the greatest business leaders of the modern age have in common? Is it single-minded determination, like Apple founder Steve Jobs? Or perhaps it’s the ability to roll out across the world at pace, like Starbucks’ Howard Shultz. It turns out...

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The University of BigChange is still open

The University of BigChange is still open

20th August 2020 - A few days ago, my sister-in-law and great friend Karen Harris posted a message on LinkedIn. She wrote: “Feeling sad for my daughter. Straight A*s at GCSEs and school submitted A*A*A for A level grades. Exam board downgraded her to AAB so she has...

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Listen to Bill Gates, there’s no time to lose

Listen to Bill Gates, there’s no time to lose

20th August 2020 - A couple of days ago, Bill Gates, the legendary founder of Microsoft, posted a blog warning the world not to forget about malaria. “Mosquitoes don’t practice social distancing. They don’t wear masks, either,” he wrote. “As COVID-19 spreads across...

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We need more clarity on COVID rules, Boris

We need more clarity on COVID rules, Boris

13th August 2020 - Last month, Boris Johnson told the nation that it was time to go back to work. Public transport was now safe to use, he claimed, so go out and stimulate the economy. If he expected a stampede of commuters on August 1, he was disappointed. Just a...

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Flying the green flag

Flying the green flag

31st July 2020 - Employees who feel valued are more productive, happier and will go the extra mile for their managers. This sounds obvious but when you are running a business, and have a lot on your plate, it's not always easy to find the time and opportunity to...

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Could you spare an hour a week?

Could you spare an hour a week?

31st July 2020 - There comes a time in every businessperson's life when they start to think about giving back to the next generation of entrepreneurs. You can spend years, even decades, striving to build a successful company, and get traction in your chosen market....

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Half year results: beating the odds with 10pc growth

Half year results: beating the odds with 10pc growth

23 July 2020 - When I was creating the business plan for 2020, I had no idea that this would end up being one of the most challenging, worrying, strange and illuminating years of my entire career. Here are the half-year results for BigChange. I know we’ve weathered...

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Leeds United and the halo effect

Leeds United and the halo effect

22 July 2020 - The fortunes of local businesses have always been inextricably linked with football. There's a certain magic that happens when a city's economy thrives and the local football team is at the top of its game. It's as though the success of one magnifies...

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This workaholic needs a holiday

This workaholic needs a holiday

16 July 2020 - I've done it. I've booked two weeks off in August. This might not seem much of an achievement but I really struggle to take holidays. I love my job, and I am completely focused on building BigChange and improving the service we offer customers....

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Married 25 years today

Married 25 years today

3rd July 2020 - It's a strange feeling, celebrating milestones under lockdown. 25 years ago today, I married my wonderful wife Mandy. What's also strange is that I’m not at all sad that things have worked out this way. If the last few months under lockdown have taught...

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