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Stephen’s Blog

Welcome to the blog of Stephen Fear. Businessman, Doctor of Business Administration, Author, Former Entrepreneur in Residence & Ambassador of the British Library, Philanthropist. Based UK, France, USA – twitter @fearstephen

All blogs written by Stephen Fear are for general information purposes only and express personal opinions, and do not necessarily constitute fact and should not be relied upon wholly or in part in the form of advice or in any other way. All content is designed for the enjoyment of the reader and is based on personal experience and opinions.

Sympathetic Development Matters!

At Fear Group we have specialised in obtaining planning approval for nearly 50 years. For us it has always been about working with landowners, planning officers and, most importantly, the local community, to achieve a result which works for everyone. As an example, in 2007 we started the process of…

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The Great British Pub

When I was Entrepreneur in Residence at The British Library in London, people often used to ask me what business they should go into. In fact, people still do! My answer was, and is, always the same, find something that you love and then find a way of turning it…

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The Importance of Planning Officers

Property is such an important part of everything we do that good robust planning regulation is vital in keeping urban sprawl in check. The Green Belt was first mooted in 1935 and then introduced in 1947 as part of The Town & Country Planning Act, so that our Cities, Towns,…

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Monday’s Free Tip – Think Positive

Positive thinking is often said to be important in any rise to business success but in my opinion it is much more than that. It isn’t just business which benefits from positive thinking, it’s society, community, families and individuals too. Positive thinking is the thing that glues all other self…

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Mondays Free Tip

Avoid This Common Mistake One of the most common mistakes new entrepreneurs make is assuming their time is their own, because in reality it isn’t. Not if they want to be successful it isn’t anyway. It belongs to their business! Time is your most valuable asset so use it wisely.…

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Mondays Free Tip

Always Do What It Says On Your Tin Business is a matter of selling either a product or service for more than you pay for it, after deducting all costs, such as marketing, administration, tax, VAT and the such like. In my opinion though, there is one non-negotiable issue which…

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Mondays Free Tip

Where Do Ideas Come From? Ideas can come from anywhere but I have a method which has delivered some very good ones to me over the years-why don’t you try it too! In my study I have a large green leather chair which I have had for about 30 years…

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Mondays Free Tip

Avoid anything that clouds your judgement! By this I mean taking mind altering substances, whether they be legal or illegal. Alchohol & non prescription drugs usually benefit the supplier much more than the customer! By this I don’t mean don’t have a couple of beers or a glass of wine…

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Talking Business

One of the most important elements of any successful business is that of research and development. Companies like Mercedes Benz, BMW, GlaxoSmithKline, and the like, have large research & development departments which are staffed by experts in their field. These R&D departments are tasked with developing the next big technological…

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Monday’s Free Tip

I have written before about how I organise myself and have created a system to reduce mundane tasks so that they are dealt with automatically so that I am then left with the more exciting job of finding new opportunities. One thing I learnt very early on is that paperwork…

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What’s your GamePlan

I was recently privileged to join well known financial journalist, presenter, and facilitator, Declan Curry on the panel of Lloyds Bank GamePlan event in Bristol. GamePlan is all about engaging with the national business community and encouraging conversation that enables entrepreneurs and SME businesses to evolve a GamePlan of their…

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Monday’s Free Tip

Sales and Marketing are two distinct disciplines, joined together at the hip as it were! Marketing is about making customers aware of your existence, selling is making sure those same customers, who are now aware, actually buy your product or service. Generic Marketing creates general awareness of your company or…

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MONDAYS FREE TIP FROM Stephen Fear

Welcome to this week’s Monday Tip for entrepreneurs! Startups are an important function of business activity. It’s important to remember that all businesses were startups once!! Famous names like Google, Apple, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Harrods, Bloomingdales & Hilton were once the brainchild of an entrepreneur just like you…

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Planning Policy – Needs To Get On The Right Tracks

The United Kingdom is, geographically, quite a small country, however what might surprise many people is that over 90% of it has no buildings on it whatsoever. This includes roads, railways, houses, offices, factories and everything else you can think of! Less than 10% is actually built on! There is…

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