Latest news and industry views direct from Cypher HQ

Silencing your inner critic

August 2021

Most of us have experienced our inner critic: that little voice in our head that’s sniping away, bringing us down, criticising our efforts…

Why aren’t all business owners thriving?

August 2021

Given the abundance of knowledge available – why doesn’t every business owner have a thriving business?

Waiting Brain

August 2021

This blog is about a concept called Waiting Brain, which came about from an article that I read and that rang very true for me.

Winning the war on talent

August 2021

There is a talent shortage and everyone wants the best available. This blog is about winning the war on talent.

Work Life balance

July 2021

On our twentieth podcast we discussed the distinction between work-life balance and work life integration.

Mistakes for early stage businesses

July 2021

This blog was based on a podcast that was inspired by an article I read about the four overlooked mistakes that sabotage first year entrepreneurs.

Belief

July 2021

This blog, from a Mind Your Business Podcast Episode is all about the power of belief for the entrepreneur and business owner.

Work smarter, not harder

July 2021

It’s a bit of a cliché that is often used but potentially misunderstood. What does it mean and how do we actually work smarter, not harder?

Combating ‘Overwhelm’

June 2021

This blog was from a podcast that was created in response to a listener’s question. They had emailed in and said that since the start of lockdown, they were finding themselves becoming busier and busier…

Xero pricing changes

June 2021

Xero has announced an upcoming change to its subscription pricing, which will affect Cypher clients in October…

Learn, un-learn-re-learn

June 2021

The Government could announce an end to its work from home guidance in England next month, leaving companies with three broad choices: bring everyone back to the office…

The Psychology of Pricing

June 2021

I have a conversation about pricing almost every week. It usually starts when a client tells me my prices are too high and I have to explain that actually we are very good value for money…

Self Motivation

June 2021

There was a great story this recently about an American-style fizzy drink that went from a simple kitchen idea to being stocked in a range of supermarkets…

The Time Management Paradox

May 2021

Did you know that the average human being lives for around 4000 weeks, which equates to about 77 years.

The Art of Conversation

May 2021

It is undeniable that throughout 2020 and 2021, most business conversations have happened over a screen of some sort.

The Brilliance of Resilience

May 2021

Resilience is a term we have heard a lot over the last 12 months. It has become somewhat of a buzzword during lockdown.

Fail to plan, plan to fail.

May 2021

You know the saying ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’. It’s true. And right now, there isn’t a better time to plan for you the future you want from your business.

Completing v Competing

April 2021

Business owners will always try to understand who their competitors are, where they are stronger, where they are weaker, what their competitive advantage is.

How to Become Better Social Animals

April 2021

I spoke to countless business owners throughout the various lockdowns, who all told me they were using their relative downtime to focus on their social media presence.

Cypher clients get access to discounted managed live chat from Melu

March 2021

We’ve teamed up with Melu to offer you a special discounted rate for their amazing managed live chat service.

Everyone is Competing with Amazon

March 2021

Earlier this month, Amazon opened its first UK till-less store. Shoppers at the new Amazon Fresh shop now scan a smartphone app.

Don’t create your business horror story

March 2021

This podcast episode was inspired by my first ever conversation with Alan Clark. I started Cypher by buying another business.

Best of breed or bundle strategy how to chase unicorns

March 2021

This blog from a Mind Your Business episode was inspired by the numerous stories we have read in the past 12 months about businesses having to pivot

De-Cyphering the Budget

March 2021

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has released his much anticipated budget. Many of the headlines were trailed before today, so there were very few surprises.

Domestic Reverse Charge For The Construction Industry

March 2021

Domestic reverse charge (DRC) is a new way of accounting for VAT, it will apply to all VAT registered construction businesses in the UK.

Online VAT Deferral Payment Scheme Service Extended

March 2021

Businesses that deferred VAT payments last year can now join the new scheme to pay it in smaller monthly instalments.

Cypher Joins the Hoops

February 2021

They say two things in life are certain; death and taxes. Being an accountant, I focus on helping clients with one of those eventualities more than the other.

Crave Clarity Not Certainty

February 2021

They say two things in life are certain; death and taxes. Being an accountant, I focus on helping clients with one of those eventualities more than the other.

Self-Assessment, VAT and Corporation Tax Deferrals

January 2021

VAT and Corporation Tax can now be deferred until March 2022.

Getting Started – Happy Entrepren-year

January 2021

At the start of the year, Alan Clark from Exponential Coaching and I decided to record a series of podcasts.

An Introduction to Quick Start Consulting

January 2021

One of the on-going effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could be the creation of new, innovative businesses. 2020 saw a record number of companies created, with an extra 84,758 businesses starting up compared with 2019. We shouldn’t be too surprised; every economic downturn in history is accompanied by a rise of entrepreneurship.

Double your income with the new OX100 Business Accelerator Programme

December 2020

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a year like no other. Instead of the perfect 2020 vision, we experienced a year that has changed the way we work, live, interact and shop like no other time in history. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Advisory Rebooted: part of the Digital Accountancy Week Advice

October 2020

Last week I was delighted to speak at this year’s Digital Accountancy Week. It was a virtual event and I enjoyed a ‘fireside chat’ with a representative of Fathom, who provide our state-of-the-art business performance and planning software.

The essential guide to managing small business cash flow

November 2020

Earlier this year, as business owners struggled to come to terms with the impact of Lockdown 1.0, we hosted a webinar on this very topic. As the UK enters Lockdown 2.0 we wanted to revisit one of the most critical issues for small business owners: managing their cash flow.

Why it’s time for Business Owners to Buy Electric Cars

August 2020

From the 1st September, the new 70 registration plates have been released, as the DVLA makes a change to its car registration system. This new system will see 2s and 7s in the number plate throughout the 2020 decade.

Cypher is backing the Government’s Kickstart Scheme

October 2020

In September, the Government announced the launch of its new £2billion Kickstart scheme which is designed to fund six-month, paid, job placements for people aged between 16 and 24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

How to set up a business

August 2020

Whether you want to set up a side hustle or create a start-up company for yourself, there are some key decisions you must make first.

How to Take Money Out of Your Limited Company

August 2020

Let’s be honest, the reason any business is set up is to create wealth for a business owner and their family or to create funds to give away or invest into other ventures.