Fiona Bevan

Are you your own worst enemy?

I talk to many MiPs up and down the country who are not quite achieving the success they deserve. As with many business owners one of their key problems is a lack of confidence, not in their abilities as accountants. This means they have difficulty in determining the value they bring to their clients. As […]


Great connectors are kings!

I have long believed that effective networking is key to business success. This is particularly so for business to business services. However, it is always difficult to decide which of the numerous networking groups are best for your particular business. It is very easy to waste time and money doing lots of ineffective networking – […]


Conferences Rock!

I thought as the CIMA MiP conference has just finished it would be a good time to revisit the theme of professional conferences. I have been to the Members in Practise conference for years and have always got key benefits from going: The conference is excellent for CPD, which as a professional management accountant, is […]


Oo La La!

You may have picked up from the local press or from my LinkedIn updates that I was part of a group who cycled to Paris at the end of May. Well I am here to report that the ride was a great success both in terms of the fun we had doing the challenge, and […]


It’s the little things!

Last month my hubby and I went to the US on holiday. This entailed a 10 hour flight to Las Vegas by the end of which our bottoms thought our legs had been chopped of – you know the feeling! Anyway the flight was made so much better because of the little things that happened […]


Collaboration is fun!

You may well have picked up – because I mentioned it more than once! – that I have a pet project I have been collaborating with Trevor Lever on. What started out as a one book project soon became two books as we realised that we had enough material to split into two bite-sized, practical […]


It’s all about the Ps and Qs

Running your own business can be the biggest thrill you will achieve in your working life, or the most stressful and demoralising experience you can imagine. On some days it is both! However, I have come to realise from my own experience, from talking to business owners, and from gurus such as Ron Baker, Peter […]


The Bells, the Bells!

You know starting a new hobby can give you a much needed boost after the winter months. For quite a long time I have been loosely thinking about taking up church bell ringing – or campanology if you want the proper term. Wells is a wonderful place for hearing the bells pealing out and, of […]


Wonderful websites

It’s amazing how developing new marketing aids, such as websites, can clarify your view of your business.The process of instructing someone else to produce something which encapsulates your business means that you have to have a very clear view of your business values and goals. I am very lucky because the person who has the […]


Do you show business confidence?

A business’s confidence is key to its success. A confident business does not have to apologise for its existence – it can just get on with providing a great product or service. In an owner/managed business such as ours the level of business confidence conveyed is directly related to the confidence you as the owner […]