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  • Freddie Achom on why leadership skills should be your focus as a business leader
    by Freddie Achom on 09.12.2019 at 11:17 am

    How well do you listen to other people? Chances are you think you’re pretty good at it. But research shows that just 10% of us really listen properly. That means 90% of us just don’t listen effectively. And when it comes to business owners, team leaders and entrepreneurs, listening can be the difference between success […] The post Freddie Achom on why leadership skills should […]

  • Research shows small businesses want a Norway-style Brexit deal
    by Freddie Achom on 03.12.2019 at 3:37 pm

    Since my last Brexit blog, there have been a number of significant developments. Not only did the Prime Minister fail to secure support for his revised Brexit deal, Parliament has voted in favour of a General Election on 12 December 2019. New research shows that the majority of small business owners in the UK ideally […] The post Research shows small businesses want a Norway-style Brexit […]

  • How entrepreneurial exporters are being shut out of the Brexit debate
    by Freddie Achom on 04.11.2019 at 10:07 am

    We’re all closely following the news as the saga of Brexit changes seemingly from day-to-day. At the time of writing, the Prime Minister is presenting his new deal to the EU. What happens next is anyone’s guess. But in among the dire predictions of economic gloom, and anxious media coverage, close observers will have noticed […] The post How entrepreneurial exporters are being […]

  • The UK Fintech sector is booming but facing a recruitment challenge
    by Freddie Achom on 01.11.2019 at 11:48 am

    As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist investor, I have a strong interest in the UK Fintech sector. Levels of investment in the sector remain high, despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty. Research shows an increase in investment, but also cites concerns regarding recruitment of specialist talent. Here’s my take on some interesting new research from EY in […] The post The UK Fintech […]

  • What could a no deal Brexit mean for investors?
    by Freddie Achom on 26.09.2019 at 2:20 pm

    At the time of writing, the UK Parliament is prorogued, and won’t sit again until 14 October 2019. With the deadline for leaving the EU set at 31 October 2019, this gives Prime Minister Boris Johnson just a few weeks to finalise a course of action. The Prime Minister has been vocal in his support […] The post What could a no deal Brexit mean for investors? appeared first on Freddie […]

  • Fintech investment reaches record levels for UK SMEs
    by Freddie Achom on 11.09.2019 at 10:08 am

    With the UK’s Fintech sector continuing to draw record-levels of investment, the future is bright. Despite challenges brought on by Brexit uncertainty, Fintech looks set to weather the storm and continue to grow. This cements its importance to the UK’s economy, and gives grounds for optimism during increasingly fraught times. Record level of Fintech investment […] The post […]

  • What venture capitalist investors want from a start-up pitch
    by Freddie Achom on 27.08.2019 at 2:08 pm

    If you’re a start-up owner and are looking for venture capital (VC) funding, where do you start? VC investors meet with thousands of start-ups, and deal with endless pitches. So, how do you ensure yours stands out? Just 1% of all these pitches become real-life VC investments, which means the odds are stacked. But there […] The post What venture capitalist investors want from a […]

  • Why it is the time for crypto and blockchain
    by Freddie Achom on 13.08.2019 at 1:43 pm

    For investors and entrepreneurs interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain, right now could be the best time to jump. Around two or three years ago, I remember the most popular topic of conversation among investors and entrepreneurs was cryptocurrency. We all watched while Bitcoin soared in value, and the market expanded exponentially. Since Bitcoin arrived in […] The post Why it is the […]

  • How to Manage at a Growing Company
    by Freddie Achom on 30.07.2019 at 4:16 pm

    Working at a startup or rapidly growing company has its challenges. You may not know what to expect from day to day, leading to new responsibilities and processes. Many people thrive in this kind of environment. However, there are often similar issues no matter which company you are at. These tips can help alleviate concerns […] The post How to Manage at a Growing Company appeared first on […]

  • Tips for Giving a Performance Review
    by Freddie Achom on 30.07.2019 at 4:15 pm

    Performance reviews are polarizing. Some people love them, and some hate them. This goes for managers as well as employees. However, everyone needs to know how they’re doing from time to time, and as a manager, it’s your duty to use this meeting as a coaching opportunity. It can be daunting to give your first […] The post Tips for Giving a Performance Review appeared first on […]


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