Fiona Bevan

Remember the days

This time last year I was inspired by the youngsters who were just getting their GCSE and A’ level results. This year I am taking you back to when you got your first job. The reason for this direction of reflection is that my eldest son has finally become a fully, tax-paying, contributing part of […]


It’s tough out there!

When we start out as MiPs we are full of confidence and excited about the challenges ahead. After all we have a great qualification; most of us have extensive experience of business after a fair few years working in industry; and we know that all businesses need robust financial information to be successful – so […]


What? No conference!

June is conference month for CIMA Members in Practice and for the last 14 years I have been there – whether at Heythrop Park, Heathrow or, more recently, Nottingham. But this year I had to miss this staple of my working calendar. My eldest son was graduating as a fully fledged teacher (to be set […]


Here comes the summer!

As I am writing this the sun is shining and a heat wave is anticipated for the weekend – even though it is Glastonbury festival time! Whilst we all love the summer it can bring with it extra managerial problems for business owners who are trying to balance employees motivation, with getting the job done. […]


Why delegation is great!

I was talking to a businesswoman recently – she is successful in her field but is starting to get bogged down in the day to day running of her business. In particular, administration and bookkeeping are starting to grind and take the shine out of her enjoyment of her businesses. This is theme I come […]


Help with pricing

One of the most common problems I come across amongst SME business owners (and, in fact, businesses of any size) is deciding how much to charge customers for their products or services. This problem is just as prevalent in MiP businesses as it is in other SMEs. As we know it’s an important problem to […]


Making networking fun

Networking is a part of modern business life. As an employee we often hadto network within, and outside, the businesses we work in to build relationships that facilitate our jobs. For business owners, such as ourselves, networking is even more important, because it is the main way we meet other business people. These may become […]


It’s time to make it personal

The new year is often the time for resolutions which by this time in the year have often fallen by the way side. Even the resolution to start planning for the next year can be a goal that is never fulfilled. But planning for the future is a key part of making sure that you […]


Your future is in your hands

As we all get back into the swing of work after the Christmas break it is a good time to look forward to what the new year may have in store for us. Many businesses will find this year a real challenge. There is a lot of uncertainty around what will happen with regards to […]


So here it is – Merry Christmas

I was looking through my December posts from previous years for inspiration and thought it was worth revisiting some of the themes. Once again the immortal words of Slade burst out of the speakers of shops once again as they have since 1973. Whether they make you smile or shiver will often depend on your […]