Blood-suckers beware!

My coach talks to me a lot about energy-sucking vampires. Having always been a company that is family owned and people focused, most of us in management have always tended to aim to have a sympathetic ear to staff problems and generally try and be very supportive to them.  Probably being somewhat individual ourselves, we also have tended to employ fairly individual people – I particularly have a weakness for trying to sort out “the problem child”.

?Tis the season for retailers?

I recently talked to the owner of a card and gift shop in the Midlands. As usual we were discussing finance and her ongoing cash flow requirements. While she has not suffered as severely as many in retail, and has the luxury of owning the freehold on her small shop, she is fearful of the upcoming Christmas season.