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Social Media Blackout

How much time do you really spend on social media? A few weeks back I decided to do something drastic and cut social media out of my life. I’m still active on LinkedIn for business, but Facebook, Instagram and TikTok are all gone. How come? Well, you might remember me mentioning a little documentary that I watched back in November …

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Drugs & Dirty Money

  This last year my weekly emails have been a bit of a lifesaver. You see, like most of you, I’ve spent a huge chunk of the last 12 months cooped up in my house with the family. Now, I love my wife and kids – but sometimes I just need a little bit of space and some human interaction …

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Ok. So that didn’t go as planned

  Less than 6 days into 2021 – the year that was supposed to be our saviour – and Boris calls another lockdown and sends us all to our rooms once again. I’m not gonna lie – it’s a real bummer. And it looks like we’re not alone. Countries all over the world are in and out of lockdown on …

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A Christmas Like No Other…

Just a few days to go until the big day. The tree is still up. The Christmas lights are twinkling. The presents are wrapped and the fridge filled with mince pies, Christmas pud and a healthy selection of beverages. But I know for many, this year won’t be like all the others. If you’re one of the millions who have …

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The Long Game

I think we’ve got a bit of a problem. I’m going to show my age a little bit now, but I’m really concerned about the younger generations. They’ve grown up in a world of instant. Instant tv. Instant messaging. Instant coffee. Even shopping is pretty much instant with Amazon Prime’s next day delivery well established and same-day delivery now being …

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$30k a Day?

A few weeks ago, I was sat at home watching daytime TV – now don’t hate on me! I wasn’t feeling too great and needed a bit of respite… I was watching This Morning and Holly Willoughby was interviewing this young girl who was making $30,000 per video on TikTok. Over 1 million views per upload – 3 cents per …

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Update: Difficult Times In The Freight World

Not my usual, cheery email this week. Instead, I wanted to take a little time to update you all personally on the current situation in China, and the global effect it is having on the marine and shipping industry, especially into the UK and Europe. If you’ve tried to move any goods in recent weeks you’ll be aware that the …

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Is Your Business About To Be Hijacked?

How many men does it take to hijack an oil tanker? 7 apparently. No, it’s not a bad joke. Although with Christmas just around the corner I have plenty of those to share with you… “Who hides in a bakery at Christmas? A mince spy!” “What do you call a cow that lives in an igloo? An eskimoo!” “What do …

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Green Lizard People?

A couple of weeks ago I was dropping my daughter Keeley off to meet some friends in Birmingham city centre. The traffic was rough. Now, we were heading through Colmore Row onto Victoria Square – the traffic is always a bit heavy there – but this was something else. We sat and waited. And waited. The lights went from red …

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Monitor, Assess & Adjust.

I’ve been in business a long time.   I’ve made some mistakes. But I’ve learned from them, refined the business and kept pushing forwards. It’s what you have to do as a business owner. Monitor, assess and adjust. It’s simple. One of the basics in business. But it never ceases to amaze me just how many business owners don’t even get …

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