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[16 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

This is a really interesting article from the Harvard Business Review – “Surviving in a family business when you’re not part of the family”. on the issues facing non-family managers in family-owned businesses. It’s a situation that we come across regularly and there are some useful tips in the article.
If you would like to talk through a scenario in your family business, please give us a ring.

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[11 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]

The Riley team had a day of fun at Go Ape! in Haldon Forest near Exeter.
Having fluked a great weekend for weather, the team turned up for a day of tree climbing, zip wires and some mild cases of panic. They all enjoyed a good day with groaning tables of food and drink.
Monday has brought tales of aching muscles and realisation of height fears never before suspected.
The guys completed all 5 courses in just under 3 hours and would go again like a shot!

Economy, People »

[25 Jan 2011 | Comments Off | ]

The Cities Outlook 2011 report tracks the changes in various economic indicators for cities across the UK. As a Plymouth based firm, we’re interested and heavily invested in the city and its future. And that makes for some difficult reading in this survey.
The Plymouth numbers are shown here and the one that strikes me (as an accountant) as being the most significant for the future of the city is the figure for “business stock per 10,000 population” – a measure of the number of businesses in the city. On this …

Business management, People »

[24 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]

There is a great article from Seth Godin – Quieting the lizard brain – in which he discusses the way in which we prevaricate, delay, resist progress and generally contradict the way in which we should logically approach change. Now I’ve read it I see evidence of the lizard brain behaviour everywhere. These actions are apparently produced by a physical area of the brain called the amygdala and are therefore complex and difficult to control.
So what can we do to drive through a project to completion and to overcome the …

People »

[27 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | ]

Last Friday Duncan, Alex and Gemma from Riley joined with Matt, Craig and Mark from Nash & Co, Solicitors, to make up the Rash team for the Plymouth Professionals Cricket Tournament run by Begbies Traynor and Edward Symons.
The plucky but slightly makeshift team took on teams of cricketers from LloydsTSB, Clydesdale Bank, Bond Pearce, Begbies/Edward Symons and the eventual winners, Wolferstans to play at Plymstock Cricket Club.
Neither Alex nor Gemma had ever played cricket before but threw themselves into batting, bowling and wicket keeping (Alex) with gusto. Gemma won two prizes – …

Business management, People »

[22 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | ]

I’ve just finished a webinar with a guy in Australia. An hour of screen demo and chat through my desktop. Nothing new there you might think but there was an interesting generational moment this morning at breakfast.
We were all discussing what we were doing today and (for once) the kids were quite animated as it’s the first day of the summer holidays – there was surfing for one and a friends for the day for the other. My turn came and I mentioned that I had to be in the …

People »

[6 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | ]

A team from Riley competed in the Blue Mile, Race for the Environment from the Mayflower Steps on Plymouth’s Barbican on Saturday 3 July. The weather was fantastic for the first running of the Blue Mile, designed to raise awareness of our water environment and to encourage mass participation in events based on and around the water.
There were three competitive events on the first day of the weekend, a mile open-water swim, single/double kayak and stand-up paddleboard. The swim was the most competitive event with nearly 150 swimmers in three …

People »

[6 Apr 2010 | Comments Off | ]

This article first appeared in Chamberlink…..
6am
I get up, breakfast and help my husband get the children ready for school. This morning involves a complicated hair do for my 8 year old daughter (not so much complicated, actually I am just rubbish at doing hair!) and my 5 year old son is ÔÇÿnot happy with MummyÔÇÖ for some reason or other ÔÇô nothing new there.
8am
As myself (@valdoyle) and Riley (@rileycom) are Twitterers and generally into social media as a whole, I have a quick look on Tweetdeck to see if we …

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[31 Mar 2010 | 1,601 Comments | ]

After 39 years in accountancy of which 27 years have been spent at Riley, today is my last day: I’m off to do exactly what I want to do. As long as my wife will allow it, of course.
I started acounting shortly after my eighteenth birthday and have worked for just 4 firms: Neville Russell (now Mazars) and Price Waterhouse (now PwC), both in London; Nevill Hovey in Plymouth (that didn’t last long!) and Riley. At the outset I had little idea of what the job would entail and I’m …

 
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