SME News

Building effective performance

People are our greatest asset - right? It’s a simple question that every manager faces - are your people doing what they should be, as effectively and efficiently as they could be? All the time? The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that labour productivity fell by 0.5%

Managing risk

No matter how good our strategy or business plan, a key factor in whether or not we achieve business success is the way we deal with uncertainty or risk. Risks are generally unplanned events that can have a positive or negative impact on business performance, and they can arise as a result of a whol

Great strategy? Now make it work for you.

Strategy is simply about working out which jobs need to be done by whom, and in what order, then getting on and doing them. So why do so many management teams find the whole process so difficult? Lots of organisations work hard to develop the strategies required for success and they invest serious a

What big companies can learn from SMEs

Here in Matchbox Associates we take processes and procedures and concepts and models developed in big organisations, and we chop them back and we help smaller companies use them. We do this because whilst lots of the things that big companies do are enormously valuable, smaller companies simply don'

Leadership and teamwork

Brilliant business owners employ brilliant people to build brilliant businesses. Because - despite the complex technology that provides us with so much data and so many options - ultimately most businesses are still people-based. So just choose the best people, tell them what their job is and let th