Hello my name is Kevin Appleby, I’m an experienced chartered accountant (the UK equivalent of a CPA) who has worked as a consultant with many major organisations to help improve business performance.

I’m here because I am passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses achieve their goals. I know that most businesses of this size can’t afford consultancy support in the same way as the big corporates I’ve advised in the past. I don’t see why great advice shouldn’t be available to every business irrespective of size, so I want to advise and support in a much more affordable way.

I know what it is like to run a small business, I’ve set up my own consultancy, and I’m also involved in two other family businesses. I know the challenges that come with managing all the day to day issues and how hard it is to identify and progress the things that will take the business to the next level.

The Next 100 Days Podcast is a leading UK business show. Through this podcast, Kevin and Graham reveal strategies you can use to improve your business and take it to the next level. In addition to featuring their own advice, Kevin and Graham host amazing guests from across the business world. Often the guests are successful, but lesser-known business owners and entrepreneurs, enabling the show to bring fresh content and stand out from many of the US based business shows.

Graham and Kevin believe that business change comes about when a business owner focusses on just one thing that will make a real difference to his business. That might be product development, a new product launch or a marketing campaign. Focussing for less than 100 days, or focussing on too many things generally won’t deliver the results you need, Equally, its difficult to maintain effective focus for much longer than 100 days without re-assessing priorities.

The Next 100 Days Podcast is your source to learn how to move your business forward, with practical advice and guidance that you can put into action and make a difference in your own organisation within the next 100 days.

Are you ready for Making Tax Digital? HMRC are making some big changes. Xero is the best choice for Making Tax Digital Kevin Appleby

Making Tax Digital – How does it affect your business?

Making Tax Digital is the initiative from HMRC to give the UK the most technologically advanced tax system in the world. Most people aren't aware of Making Tax Digital but the changes are just around the corner. The biggest benefits of Making Tax Digital will fall to...
The benefits of cloud accounting. How Xero has saved me time and given me much better information - Kevin Appleby

Cloud accounting saving time and improving information

Xero is making a big difference in my business. I wrote a few weeks ago about my decision to move from spreadsheets to cloud accounting software, and you can read why I chose Xero in that article. Since then, I’ve been implementing Xero, and cloud accounting has saved me time and is supplying much better information. Don’t just take my word on it. You can find out yourself by giving Xero a 30 day free trial, actually using a cloud accounting package is the only way you are ever really going to find out whether its for you.

5 Reasons I chose Xero for my company accounts - Kevin Appleby

5 reasons I’m using Xero for my company accounts

My company year end has just passed and I'm starting the new year using a new accounting package, Xero. This is a big change, I've been using spreadsheets for the last 5 years. While an Excel based system is fine when you first start and you only have a hand full of...

How New Generations Are Changing SME Employee Management

Guest Post from James D. Burbank Editor-in-chief BizzMarkBlog One aspect of business that has changed most dramatically over the course of the human history is employee management. Over the millennia and the centuries, we have seen an overall improvement of the way...
VAT MOSS, VAT on Digital Business Demystified

VAT MOSS, VAT on Digital Business Demystified

Do you sell digital services within Europe? Do you know if you are liable for VAT on sales?

VAT MOSS (mini One Stop Shop) came into effect on the 1st of January 2015 in an attempt to prevent big businesses that have established headquarters in lower-VAT regimes from profiting unfairly.

However the implications of this relatively new regulation have trickled down to the SME market and thus created more red tape for companies whose cross-border trade is incomparable with that of the multinationals.

7 Steps to defeat overwhelm

7 steps to defeat overwhelm and generate more business

Is there so much going on in your business you don’t quite know what to do next? if so, you need to defeat overwhelm. You feel you need to develop your products and services. There aren't enough new leads and you need to find some desperately. You need to turn leads...
7 secrets of turning plans into reality

7 secrets of turning your plans into reality

A plan by itself is not enough. So today we take a look at seven ways you can turn your plans into reality. A few weeks ago we considered how to create a plan on a page. The plan that captures all the output from your personal offsite. The plan that will help you...
How well do you procrastinate?

Take The Test – How Well Do You Procrastinate?

Are you one of the 95% of people who procrastinate? As a business owner who works alone it can be a real problem. How often do you set out with the best intentions, but don't achieve what you wanted to do? Lets see if we can help you understand how badly...
Brexit and your business plan - The First 100 Days

Brexit and Your Business Plan

Brexit brings us uncertainty.
I’m sitting at my Swedish made desk, writing this blogpost on my US designed iMac which was assembled in China, drinking my very British cup of Yorkshire Tea made from teabags bought in a German owned discount supermarket. I’m also minded that in the garage is a German made hatchback and a Japanese sports car. For lunch its bread and cheese (French brie) followed by a Spanish orange and a West Indian banana. In or out of the EU each one of us, individuals and businesses are locked into a complex world of international trade.

Game plan for the next 100 days

Game Plan for the Next 100 Days

Having goals is all very well, but you need to turn them into reality. In this post we look at how you go about setting up a game plan for the next 100 days.

The game plan will allow you to assemble the resources around you that will deliver the results you want.

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How well do you know your ideal customer?

Ideal customer has been a recurring theme in the last two episodes of The Next 100 days podcast. Knowing your ideal customer (or avatar) is very important. It is a key first step to almost all the business development you are likely to do. In short, if you want more sales you need to know intimately who you are selling to.

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Why focus on the next 100 days?

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The next 100 days podcast, the new show that I'm co-hosting with Graham Arrowsmith is now live on iTunes. Together, we will be using the next 100 days podcast to reveal strategies you can use to improve your business and improve sales and profitability. In addition to...

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Scanning the horizon – PESTELO or PESTLE?

PESTELO analysis isn't common in small businesses. There are plenty of situations where it should be. PESTELO adds an extra element to PESTLE analysis. PESTELO makes you look at whats happening in organisations on which your business depends. Let me explain: What is...

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Why you need a Plan on a Page

The Plan on a Page is where the whole planning exercise comes together (10 days of planning for 90 days of execution). The purpose is to turn ideas, intentions and desires into actions that can produce the outcomes you are aiming for. Its not a detailed plan; The whole thing should fit onto a single piece of A3 paper and provide sufficient clarity to get you moving.

The plan on a page collects together all the key thoughts from the planning phase. I usually look at this planning phase as the first 10 days of the period, so the plan needs to show you what you will execute in the remaining 90 days.

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Making time to focus on what matters

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Will your 2016 goals be SMART goals

With 2015 drawing to a close I'm starting to review the year and beginning to think about 2016. I've got some good goals running at the moment, and I'm about to refresh them and plan out the first quarter of 2016. Since doing my first quarterly personal offsite back...

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Why I’m using Goals On Track

Over the years I've tried a number of task and goal management apps, and at the moment Goals On Track is my app of choice. I'm using it to create plans and record progress against both my business and personal objectives. The problem with most of these apps is they...

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7 Golden Rules of Goal Setting

Best advice tells us that if we want to achieve what we desire we need to set goals. But how many goals have you set yourself over the years that you have failed to achieve? The answer for most people is they have failed in just as many as they have achieved. There...

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