Recently I’ve been talking to a number of people in business who have got really depressed by the state of the economy.  They’re suffering from a bad dose of recession depression.  We all have bad days, and it’s OK to feel fed up occasionally, but when it happens most days, you’ve got a problem and…

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Is your business at risk of doing a Woolworths? Last year, Woolworths gave a last gasp for air before sinking beneath the waves of change, after a 100 year history.  They were comprehensively beaten on just about every front by Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons and Asda. And the writing was on the wall for years before…

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I was in a fabulous restaurant last week, talking to the owner.  The food was exceptional and prices reasonable, so it was great value for money.  We got chatting about the impact of the recession on his trade. He benchmarks himself against his competitors in the town, but I was curious when he avoided comparison…

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