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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

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

Hire People Better Than You

HIRE PEOPLE BETTER THAN YOU    Sooner or later, all businesses hit that wall.  For business owners it is a tough but salutary experience to realise that the main obstacle to growing their business is, in fact, themselves. It takes real bravery, passion and great ideas to start a business, then to pull it up by its bootstraps.  However, once the model is proven, the enterprise takes on a different aspect and turning that great idea into a thriving and growing business can become a huge task. Focus The focus in such businesses is normally on doing the same thing over …Read More