How to Cut Costs Without Drawing Blood

Six ways to use money and assets effectively When times are hard, and business is slower, harder to get, and less certain, many companies engage in slashing costs.  And they go for that which is most visible and easiest to slash first – the payroll.  However, reducing staff numbers incurs considerable expenses – you have… Read More

How to Optimize When Managing Costs

How to Optimize When Managing Costs By: Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS How to identify which costs need to be addressed, their importance and impact, and how to develop and prioritize your cost management program for the optimal effect.   Many businesses are concerned with the changes that are occurring in their marketplaces.  Changes in… Read More

Using the Value-Price Seesaw to Make More Money

Price is what you pay, the value is what you get! – Warren Buffett Are your prices too low? Are you not getting paid enough? Do your customers do not appreciate what you do for them? Why is this? Whose fault is it? I can tell you the answer – and you probably won’t like… Read More

Do You Have the 3 Factors for Organizational Resilience?

Do You Have the 3 Factors for Organizational Resilience? How to assess and develop your organization’s resilience. *by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Resilience – a word more often abused than used correctly.  Resilience often is used to describe strength.   Although strength is implied in resilience, it is actually not a trait (a distinguishing… Read More

How to Optimize When Managing Costs

How to Optimize When Managing Costs by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions How to identify which costs need to be addressed, their importance and impact, and how to develop and prioritise your cost management program for the optimal effect. Many businesses are concerned with the changes that are occurring in their marketplaces.  Changes in… Read More

Don’t Cut Costs – Manage Them

Don’t Cut Costs – Manage Them by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions How to avoid being a cost-cutter and create a thriving business from managing your costs. When times are hard the knee-jerk reaction for many businesses is to cut costs.  Don’t do it!  Or to put it another way – don’t do it!… Read More

3 Elements to Negotiating Better Deals

3 Elements to Negotiating Better Deals by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions How you can use scope, budget and timescales to get to the customer’s needs, and to create better deals more quickly. When negotiating with clients or prospects over potential work there are three aspects to consider which are common to any piece… Read More