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.

Strengthsfinder 2.0 play to your strengths do what you do best every day

Do you know your strengths?

When you work with your business colleagues you will be most effective if you play to your strengths, and to the strengths of others in your finance team.  But people are very quick to point out your weaknesses. Your annual appraisal most likely uses these to inform...
PESTELO analysis

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...
Hedgehog Concept learning to say no

Learning to say no

Which part of ‘no’ don't you understand? Working toward your Business Goal requires focus. If you want to go from good to great then very quickly you have to recognise that you must make tough choices. To be brilliant at the one or two things your customers really...
Key Performance Indicators KPI

Linking KPI to your economic engine

In the last post we looked at the Hedgehog Concept, and how it could be used to develop the vision, or Big Hairy Audacious Goal for your business. One of the elements of the hedgehog concept is the economic engine. Lets consider how we can start linking KPI to your...
Hedgehog Concept

Become brilliant with a Hedgehog

For most businesses, carrying on the way you have always done things is no longer an option, you need to change and adapt to survive. In this article we take a look at the hedgehog concept and see how that can help us . The world changes very very quickly. New...
Are you too busy to realise your goals?

Are you too busy to realise your goals?

When I ask small business owners about the challenges of taking their business to the next level there are usually three standard answers I need help setting goals that will get me there I need more sales, can you help me? I’m too busy keeping the business going to...
Your values must drive your business plan

Your values must drive your business plan

Over the past few days I've been giving a lot of thought to values, and how they need to form the basis of your business plan. This has mainly been due to a paper I'm writing for a client. However, It occurred to me that I'd never actually written down the values for...
Never select measures from a list of KPIs

Never select measures from a list of KPIs

If you are designing a scorecard or a performance dashboard you will, no doubt, be tempted to look at what other organisations measure. If you look around the internet there are lots of lists of KPI for all sorts of situations, for different industries, for different...

Good to Great in 5 Easy Steps?

If you want to take your business from good to great there are 5 key things you need to get right 1) Set a Vision. Clarity of where the business needs to go is vital. You need to take the business team on a journey to a destination. The business vision tells them...
BHAG guru Jim Collins in action

The Big Hairy Audacious Goal or BHAG

“I need a BHAG? Whats a BHAG? Kevin you really have lost the plot this time, what on earth are you banging on about?” I can still hear the voice of my client, but he listened and worked with his team to set one at the start of developing their business plan. Later he...

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