Every fortnight under the title of 'Ties are optional', Les Conway shares his thoughts about what’s going on in the World and how it can affect and impact your lifestyle and finances.  Feel free to sign up here to subscribe to receive.

What the Vikings Taught us About Life

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 25th of May 2016

When the Vikings landed on the shores of countries they had come to pillage and conquer they ceremonially burned the longboats they had sailed in from Scandinavia.

Historians and indeed psychologists say there were two main reasons they did this.

The first was to strike fear into the people of the land where they'd arrived at where blazing boats could be seen from miles around. The message was clear – the Vikings are coming and they mean business!

The second, and for me the most interesting, was that by burning the boats the Viking warrio...

Don’t Stop Before You Even Start

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Last weekend I had the pleasure of showing a couple of business associates and friends around Thruxton Race Circuit as part of my involvement with Rob Austin Racing at RAR Handy Motorsport.

Rob Austin drives for RAR Handy Motorsport and races in the British Touring Car Championship and as one of their partners, I have access to race weekends and networking events held at race circuits across the country.

It was an opportunity I stumbled upon via LinkedIn. When the pitch was first made albeit at an entry level, I almost dismissed it immedia...

Start with why

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 27th of April 2016

This blog is named after an interesting book, which I was reminded of recently.  It’s by an American author called Simon Sinek and turns some well established thinking completely on its head.

To cut a long story short (it’s actually not too long) Simon says that it’s more important to discover why you are doing something rather than simply going straight into what it is that you want to do.

He illustrates his point using examples from Apple.  At the core (pardon the pun) of what Apple set out to achieve was to make life simpler, more porta...

When you take action you start taking control

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 13th of April 2016

I had a meeting with new clients earlier this week.

A couple in their mid forties came to see me because they realised that they had put off their financial planning for ‘far too long.’ They are happy to share with others their experience and I think it’s useful to people who may be in a similar situation and may I say regardless where you are in life. What follows are some of the things we discussed during our Discovery Meeting and we’ll refer to them as Mr and Mrs L.

The trigger for commencing work and doing something about their financi...

Mistakes can be Costly but sometimes you need to take a Blind Leap of Faith

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 30th of March 2016

We’ve all done it. It may have been spending too much on something that turned out to be over priced rubbish. Or, letting a screaming bargain pass us by only to be snapped up by someone else.

But the following examples of mistakes involving money might make you feel a little better about taking the wrong course of action (unless of course you were somehow involved).

Back in 1961 a Dick Rowe of Decca Records turned down the chance to sign a band from Liverpool called The Beatles. His rationale was that ‘guitar groups are going out of fashio...

Value versus cost and why you should be careful with Dining Tables

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 16th of March 2016

If you’ve opened this email within moments of it getting sent then like me, you’ll be aware that George Osborne will be announcing his Budget within the next hour or so.  If you've opened it later, you'll know what he's announced.

I’ve written this blog prior to the Budget. But one thing I can predict with a degree of certainty is that there will be a few surprises. There always is with at least one rabbit sprung from the chancellor’s hat.

The Budget is a time when many of us have a think about what stuff costs. Am I better or worse off is...

Daring to be Different

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results' - Albert Einstein.

I thought that the perfect way to start this blog would be with a quote from old clever clogs himself.

As it happens, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Einstein’s sentiments. And that’s why I’m passionate about constantly improving the way we serve our clients.  Indeed, we're daring to be different!

I attended an event recently, hosted by Nucleus Financial who we use quite extensively. Their CEO, a chap called David Ferguson who I know w...

The Meaning of Life ............Planning

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 17th of February 2016

I better start this blog where I finished off the last one, heading to jail.

On March 11th I’m being locked up. Thankfully it’s in the name of charity rather than anything untoward. It’s part of a fundraiser on behalf of St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton where local community figures get ‘banged up’ in Pinner Police Station and only released after £1,000 has been raised as ‘bail’.

The event is aptly called jail and bail and if you would like to make a donation the link to the Just Giving page is

I’m doing this wi...

Who says that pleasure and business can't mix?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Late last year I was sitting making marketing plans for 2016 and I was thinking about arranging some regular corporate hospitality for clients, suppliers, family and friends.

The usual things sprung to mind. A box at a football club and golf days being another. But then an opportunity came up which meant I could really get the best of both worlds.

As those that know me and regular readers of this blog will be aware, I’m a big motor sport fan. I’m also a firm advocate of innovation and looking to do things differently for a gain in results....

Blue ‘Sky’ Monday

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 20th of January 2016

You might have read or heard that Monday of this week was apparently the most depressing day of the year. I even touched on it in my Blog of this time last year.

It’s been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ and is the perfect storm of melancholy and misery, apparently.

A doom laden mix of wintry weather, the festive break a rapidly receding memory and for many it’s about now their credit card bills from splurges come home to roost. At least so they say!

While many people may have been in a pit of despair, my Monday last was spent sitting in the lounge ...


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