Archive for October, 2012

Business discussion group attracts high praise and inspires new ventures

The Business Exposure Group (BXG) has recently been garnering praise for their invitation-only round-table business discussion meetings. One guest recently claimed, “It was the best three hours [that I have] spent in the last five years.”

Founder of the BXG, lawyer and businessman Philip Drazen, set up the company so business owners from various  sectors could troubleshoot, discuss, and create a mastermind “think tank” that could be trusted, by engaging with other forward-thinking business owners.

Amid these vibrant discussion forums, the BXG meetings also offer the potential for making top-quality connections.

It has already inspired  a couple of successful business ventures and could alternatively offer  you, perhaps, the opportunity to find a part-time non-executive director to help your own businesses grow under guidance from a seasoned businessman.

As it stands, these discussion groups are constantly expanding, assisting and creating a positive outlook for all businesses in the region involved in the Business Exposure Group.

For more information on how to attend a Business Exposure Group meeting in either Manchester or Leeds, Wetherby or Sheffield please e-mail:

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Is business better than the current mood?

Although the Olympics temporarily lifted our spirits, UK businesses continue to be plagued by the negative effects of the recession if we are to believe media commentators.

But are they?  There’s some school of thought that it is actually the persistent bad mood surrounding the current state of the economy and represented almost daily in the media that is actually depressing business owners rather than bad business itself.

In fact, many businesses are reporting growth and improved trading conditions, both of which are positive signs of recovery.

Are businesses better or worse off than they were 12 months ago?

Many of the Business Exposure Group members are doing well, but the impact of negative stories about the economy and national scandals in banking or Government conceals any progress and places a pessimistic cloud over businesses.

Human emotions are contagious and negative perceptions can contribute to irrational behaviour and exaggerate economic highs and lows.

Is logic in business not better than allowing ourselves to be influenced by the mood?

How do you manage slow growth or forecast in uncertain times?

We are always chasing a slice of someone else’s pie which is why  the mood will always be stressful. Maybe the key to success and survival is to better manage expectations. If you’re growing at more than your competition you’re doing well.

How we run our businesses has to be based on long-term beliefs. We must look for a long horizon so that the mood doesn’t impact.

With the explosion in digital media and 24-7 news, so many people are now responsible for creating and spreading the mood which means we can’t control the message any more.  How scary is that?!

Research has shown that in areas where people are more optimistic, an economic recession is weaker and recovery faster.

Are we placing unnecessary stress on our businesses by allowing ourselves to be influenced by the mood reflected in the media?

How long should our order book be full? Do we need to be more realistic about our expectations and satisfied with our performance? All growth is growth after all.

When things need to change fast we are always trying to find our feet and adapt. We need to learn how not to be swayed by the mood so that we can be inspirational leaders and motivate our staff and customers.

In reality the biggest obstacles businesses face today are:

  • Lack of funding
  • Recruiting and motivating talented staff
  • Managing people
  • Growth
  • Not having the right technology
  • Internal communication to complete critical projects

These are physical barriers which can affect performance and profit and entrepreneurs need to concentrate on the issues at hand rather than allow themselves to suffocate under a global mood of doom and gloom which probably has no relevance to their business situation.

This article was taken from a discussion of the Business Exposure Group.

If you are a Director or business owner and would like to attend one of their round-table discussions, please contact


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