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What are Preference Shares?

John Barnes Non Exec Director explains WHAT ARE PREFERENCE SHARES?  Preference shares are so called because they have ‘preference’ over ordinary shares for payment of dividends and return of capital. However, they are junior to all forms of company debt, including debentures, loan notes and bank debt if the company is wound up. Key features Preference shares can be thought of as a hybrid between an ordinary share and a corporate bond. Their key features are:- Preference shareholders receive a fixed dividend, usually twice a year, similar to the interest (‘coupon’) paid on a bond; Dividends on preference shares are paid …Read More

Lessons from Geese

Lessons from Geese from a Non Exec Director I found this article in local church magazine many years ago and kept it safe to share with others Read these facts and think how businesses leaders can learn some brilliant lessons from geese. I just love fact 4. Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings; it creates u plift for the birds that follow. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds 72% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. Lesson People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going …Read More

Move in the Right Circles.

Having a portfolio career can at times be a lonely existence. Everyone needs support and people around them who understand the pressures and frustrations in their business world. I was looking for that support when I created my consultancy and found that PortfolioExec filled that role with the added value of providing portfolio commissions opportunities. If you have a Portfolio career and want to move in the right circles contact me or PortfolioExec direct and see how this organisation can help you. “PortfolioExec® is a Business Consortium of approved Associates and Corporate Partners providing a framework for opportunity for part-time …Read More

Coaching or Mentoring?

COACHING OR MENTORING? Have you have wondered what is the difference between coaching and mentoring? While definitions do vary, the key difference is that mentoring is designed to be non – directive. Mentoring takes a broad view of the individual and, while there is a focus, mentoring takes a much wider approach to a person’s goals and ambitions. The mentor may offer coaching and training from time to time, but may also encourage the use of specialist support in these areas. Coaching is more directive and normally has a specific and tightly focused goal which is more skills and performance …Read More

New Statutory Payments 2014/15

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the proposed new rates for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) for tax year 2014/15. The proposed revised rates are as follows: The standard weekly rate of SMP and the weekly rates of SPP and SAP will increase from £136.78 to £138.18 – it is assumed this will be for payment weeks commencing on or after Sunday, 6 April 2014. The prescribed weekly rate of Maternity Allowance will also increase from £136.78 to £138.18. The weekly rate of SSP will increase …Read More

Questions for Family Business

QUESTIONS TO ASK IN YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS 1. What are the most common problems with family businesses? 2. How can we minimise the risk of disputes over the running of the business? 3. What can I do if family members who work for the business don’t get on well together? 4. What can be done if a family shareholder is using their shares as a weapon in a family feud? 5. Can we stop a family shareholder giving shares to the ‘black sheep’ of the family? 6. What sort of issues should we cover in a shareholders’ agreement for a …Read More

Measuring Performance

Driving & leading your business  You would not consider driving a car without a simple dashboard of gauges to alert you to potential engine or other problems with your vehicle. So why drive your business without a similar dashboard? Use some Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to monitor your business success. KPIs are quantifiable measurements of business performance commonly used to evaluate activities that reflect the critical factors of business success.  You will find that ultimately there will only be a few KPI’s that will drive the core critical elements of your business. If you don’t regularly monitor your business you …Read More

Avoid Email Addiction

Do you have an addiction to being connected to your e mails, and to the illusion of being busy dealing with them at the expense of other more important stuff? Don’t let it take over your working day Your inbox is packed full of potentially “exciting information” to distract you.  But checking too often can become a daily disease.  Turn off the sounds and graphics so that you only visit your inbox when you’re ready to, not every time something new comes in. Your inbox is not your to-do list Your inbox is nothing more than a holding pen for …Read More