Five Minutes with ACE member, Marie Kirbyshaw

Marie Kirbyshaw was approached directly by Stephen Salt, Chair of the Home Counties region, about joining the Academy for Chief Executives. Marie became the Chief Executive of Luton Culture 10 years ago, just as the charity was about to lose £1m funding. Luton Culture delivers engaging arts and cultural programmes across art centres, museums, libraries

Five Minutes with ACE member, Marie Kirbyshaw

Know where you are with GDPR – 10 Key Steps to Compliance

GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – comes into force this week on the 25th of May. Because it’s citizen-first legislation, it covers what we in the UK do with the personal data of people in the EU, so will remain important even after Brexit. Failure to comply with the new consent-driven laws carries

Know where you are with GDPR – 10 Key Steps to Compliance

Business Networking – do or die? – with Andy Coote

In tough times, there is always more pressure on business budgets and businesses begin to strip non-essential expenditure out of the mix. The budget for marketing is an area that often comes under intense scrutiny and there is a temptation to reduce expenditure that seems to have no clear hard benefits attached. There is an

Business Networking – do or die? – with Andy Coote

Five Minutes with ACE member, Vicky Hesson

It’s just over a year since Vicky Hesson joined the Academy for Chief Executives. As the Managing Director of Gladman Developments, which specialises in the promotion of land for development across the UK, she was looking to find some like-minded business leaders, “You do your day job and you don’t actually know if it’s always

Five Minutes with ACE member, Vicky Hesson

Leadership – with Ian Price

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous”? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing

Leadership – with Ian Price

Five minutes with ACE member, Samantha Poole

Samantha Poole has been an MD for over a decade. She signed up to the Academy for Chief Executives 18 months ago, joining the newly established Manchester and Lancashire region. “Meeting the new ACE group was really interesting. At first I was thinking, ‘I’m really busy, have I got the time?’ but it’s proven so

Five minutes with ACE member, Samantha Poole

Are business coaches a waste of time and money? – with James Phipps, Business Leader columnist

I am constantly pestered by business coaches that are offering to almost guarantee to grow my business, help with employee engagement and make me more money. For a day rate of X or for a “special discount” delegate rate of X you can attend their seminar, they can impart all of their knowledge, experience and

Are business coaches a waste of time and money? – with James Phipps, Business Leader columnist

Feeling satisfied?

As a CEO with a successful business, a strong management team and a strategy for continued growth, are you surprised to find yourself with distinct feeling of dissatisfaction, or a lack of motivation? Do you wake up thinking, “Is this it?” or, “Is there something missing?” For many business leaders who spend their early careers

Feeling satisfied?

Five Minutes with ACE member, Emma Hollis

At the start of the recession Emma and her business partner Andrew decided to launch their company Pyramid8, in a highly competitive industry – recruitment – without any previous experience. Fast forward 10 years and the fact the company is thriving is testament to Emma and Andrew’s drive and determination. “We knew we wanted to

Five Minutes with ACE member, Emma Hollis

How getting involved in philanthropy can have a direct impact on your bottom line – with Michael Maynard

Michael Maynard wears a lot of hats, figuratively speaking. Not only is he a Director of the business he co-founded 30 years ago, Maynard Leigh Associates, which specialises in management and leadership development, he’s an award-winning business speaker and is also now the Chair of The Funding Network. Michael said: “I wanted to step back

How getting involved in philanthropy can have a direct impact on your bottom line – with Michael Maynard

What are you missing out on?

Let’s start with a question; are you on track? It may be more than six weeks since you set out your business targets for 2018, at the beginning of January. Perhaps you set them in public, with fellow Academy members, or to your Board in private? How about your personal goals? Those you want to

What are you missing out on?

Academy Group to hold event for children and young people on How to Pass Your Exams

The Academy for Chief Executives Group for London West will be hosting a workshop for children run by David Thomas, the Guinness record memory expert and Academy speaker. He memorised Pi to 22,500 decimal places without error using some of the techniques he will explain. The event will be hosted on Saturday 3 March 2018

Academy Group to hold event for children and young people on How to Pass Your Exams

‘SMART’ goals don’t work – why you should NOT set New Year’s Resolutions – with David Hyner

Yes… That’s right, I said it! The much taught, ‘realistic and achievable’ goals are, to quote Tim Watts, ceo and founder of one of Europe’s largest recruitment companies, Pertemps, “setting people up for mediocrity… AT BEST!” Many of us complain about how we are “missing something” in our lives, or not fulfilling our potential in some

‘SMART’ goals don’t work – why you should NOT set New Year’s Resolutions – with David Hyner

Targets and Goals

We’re already well into the New Year, so let me start by wishing you a happy and healthy 2018. I’m sure, like me, you’re already back into the business cycle so let’s just take a second or two to stop and reflect on how you’re really doing. Are you managing to stick to any, or

Targets and Goals

Academy groups 45 raise £21,000 for local charities

Late in 2016 Chairman Kevin Kerley and his two groups decided to give back to the local community by taking on a CEO of local Charities in each group. They would only charge the leaders the delegate fee for attending meetings and no charge would be made for coaching. This would give the charities the

Academy groups 45 raise £21,000 for local charities

Budget 2017: What does it mean to you and your business?

Co-founder and Head of Corporate Development at 7IM, Justin Urquhart Stewart, shares his key takeaways from the Budget with Academy Members. The Big Picture Being completely honest, the 2017 Budget was astonishingly dull. The Chancellor played it safe by predictably increasing the so-called ‘sin taxes’ (alcohol, tobacco etc) which no-one ever disagrees with and announcing

Budget 2017: What does it mean to you and your business?

The human connection

Q: It may not appear to be an obvious connection but what do Christmas, cyber-crime prevention and social networks have in common? A: They all rely on human interaction to be a success. With only days until most of our businesses close over the Christmas holidays, can you imagine spending the build-up, Christmas or New

The human connection

Five minutes with ACE members Seven Feet Apart (and a special offer!) 

It was the make of cars (mainly Jaguars and Aston Martins) in the car park at an ACE taster day back in 2015 that for one MD, Matthew Bagwell, was a sign an Academy membership might not be quite right for him. He says, “Being honest it felt a bit out-of-touch, especially coming from the

Five minutes with ACE members Seven Feet Apart (and a special offer!) 

What is the hidden ROI of mentoring? What you need to know – with Mark Fritz

Mentoring is a fantastic way for you to speed your growth, whether you are the mentee or even the mentor too. In fact, there is a hidden ROI for both the mentee and the mentor, and both can end up realising the impact of the ROI for a long time after the mentoring relationship has

What is the hidden ROI of mentoring? What you need to know – with Mark Fritz

The Future CEO

In recent months, I’ve written not only about the importance of taking time away from our day-to-day work to reflect on our businesses, but how we as leaders need to develop in order to successfully run them. Of course, the Academy provides its members with regular opportunities for such reflections, with our unique offering of

The Future CEO

What are the key issues facing UK SME’s in 2018? A survey of Academy for Chief Executive Members – September 2017

If the media were to be believed, the only issue facing UK businesses right now is our country’s departure from  the European Union. But, does the Brexit chatter covered by TV programming, online media outlets, and newspaper column inches accurately reflect what the leaders of the UK’s SMEs are actually thinking right now? Following a

What are the key issues facing UK SME’s in 2018? A survey of Academy for Chief Executive Members – September 2017

MSP doubles its UK Operation 

Metrology Software Products Ltd (MSP) is a global, dynamic, innovative organisation, committed to the research, development and installation of world class precision software and part manufacturing solutions based right here in the UK, in Alnwick, Northumberland.   After success worldwide, this pioneering software company proudly announce their most recent expansion – increasing their development facilities in the United

MSP doubles its UK Operation 

Identifying Talent as Business Leaders

The Academy regularly asks its regional chairs for the outlook of its members over the upcoming 12 months and what are the big challenges facing their businesses. Despite the prominence of Brexit, the low pound and red-tape in the business headlines, the issue that’s regularly given as the most critical is ‘Talent’.  How do we

Identifying Talent as Business Leaders

Do you know how to cut an avocado…? Top 5 digital learning resources with Ken Allison

The other day I noticed an icon in the top right-hand corner of my #LinkedIn page, labelled ‘Learning’ (LinkedIn Learning has actually existed for a year, but I had not noticed the icon before). It opens up a whole new world of learning content. Largely from the US, but presumably it will diversify over time. I shall watch with interest, but seeing this

Do you know how to cut an avocado…? Top 5 digital learning resources with Ken Allison

Five minutes with Malcolm Miller

Malcolm Miller is the MD of the automotive learning and development company, RTS group. He’s been a member of the Academy for Chief Executives for three years, as part of Jon Penn’s Bristol, Bath and Swindon region. The Chippenham based company operates in 41 different countries and has just opened its first office in Beijing.

Five minutes with Malcolm Miller

10 years since the financial crisis: where to now?  

Ten years ago, markets were beginning to experience the start of what would become the Global Financial Crisis.  It all arguably began with the default of two of Bear Stearns’ hedge funds that were mainly invested in the secondary US mortgage market i.e. mortgages resold by the originating bank to raise further profits. But the acceptance by Bear Steams about the drop in values of these investments meant every other firm had to re-evaluate their own investments in similar vehicles. While the firm took a further six months to decline before its bail out by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and its sale to JPMorgan Chase, the nails in the coffin of a second investment behemoth, Lehman Brothers, were beginning to be hammered home. But who cares about two pure investment banks? 

10 years since the financial crisis: where to now?  

The bigger picture

While September may feel like a welcome return to ‘business as usual’, after time away from the office over the summer, are you keeping to your vows to keep the curative and restorative nature of a break going, while back at work? For many of us, it takes just three weeks to fall back into our old patterns of behaviour and if you’re already lamenting a loss of energy and the longer, darkening evenings, how are you going to re-establish those plans made on holiday to remain fresh and rejuvenated, while the memories of your break begin to fade?

The bigger picture

Community

Since writing a few weeks ago, we have seen an unprecedented level of violence and horror across the UK. As each new situation unfolds, we each experience our own, personal reaction to such large-scale loss of life. Many among us begin to question the motives and causes of these seemingly incomprehensible events.

Community

Self-assessment

When was the last time you read a book? A broadsheet newspaper? A report or briefing? The chances are the last two were probably read in a digital format, on the screen of your computer, tablet or phone. The way we learn and how we access and digest information has changed, what place does reading

Self-assessment

How to recruit a great team

Finding the right person for your business, with the skill set and attitude you need and like, is seldom an easy task. Fitting them into a growing, multi-faceted team? Well, that’s even more of a challenge. The ideal candidate needs to be right for you, and be complimentary to your team as a whole. It’s a bit like trying to find a new boyfriend or girlfriend, but with your entire extended family in on the process too.

How to recruit a great team

Black box thinking with Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change. In his book, Black Box Thinking, he contrasts the aviation industry with healthcare. In aviation, every near miss and every accident are systematically interrogated to learn the lessons. Each aircraft is equipped with almost indestructible black boxes to facilitate this process. This is a key reason why aviation is so safe. In 2014, for the major airlines, there was only one accident for every 8.3 million take-offs.

Black box thinking with Matthew Syed

Top tips for improving how you sleep

Feeling tired can have a direct impact on our mood, focus and motivation. All of which seem like small problems when you’re more concerned about the three deadlines you’re facing this week and a presentation due next week. During these times it might be worth asking yourself how productive you can really be when you’re struggling to stay focused and motivated?

Top tips for improving how you sleep

5 ways to make communication the key to your success

As leaders we all know communication is the most vital skill to have in any workplace. However, if not used effectively our communication skills, or lack of, can play a pivotal role in under-performing. Whether it’s losing our staff, our clients, or our motivation, what we say and how we say it will often determine our success

5 ways to make communication the key to your success

Two lessons on how to gain referral business

It has been proven time and time again that once you are referred to someone, you are 90% on the way to closing the business - unless you turn up with three heads of course!

Two lessons on how to gain referral business

What CEOs need to know about web design trends

Trends in web design move faster than in almost any other kind of media, in part due to advancement in the underlying technology but also the huge range of devices used for browsing on which it’s essential that a website looks good. While a ‘following the crowd’ mentality isn’t always best, it has to be said that a lot of the current trends are borne from the desire to make websites intuitive and more interesting to use. This involves using some level of familiarity, especially with navigation.

What CEOs need to know about web design trends

Should you re-evaluate your UK investments?

8 May 2017, Chris Darbyshire, Chief Investment Officer This article has been prepared exclusively for the Academy for Chief Executives by 7IM.   It’s a month to go before we’re in the polling booths to vote in the next UK Government, but only a few days since we marked ballot papers in local (and mayoral)

Should you re-evaluate your UK investments?

Decision time: a time to reflect on our own leadership choices

In less than a month's time we’re once again voting in a General Election. While political and media debates about the suitability of each candidate intensify, it could be a vital opportunity to consider our own decision making processes.

Decision time: a time to reflect on our own leadership choices

Ian Price in interview with Speaking Business Magazine

The ‘Speaking Business Magazine’ published by one of our very own Academy speakers David Hyner, recently enlisted our CEO Ian Price to give his views on what the Academy is, does and delivers. Click on the button below to read the full interview in this extract from David’s magazine: Ian Price is Chief Executive of the

Ian Price in interview with Speaking Business Magazine

Kevin Kerley on making a good impression with First For Business Magazine

The 'First For Business' March 2017 edition recently enlisted one of our Managing Directors for the Academy: Kevin Kerley to give his advice on making a good impression in a new role.

Kevin Kerley on making a good impression with First For Business Magazine