Down to Business

A collection of thoughts, opinions, and advice

Down to Business – How to be a successful business leader with Philip Gardner

Before our lives underwent significant change because of COVID-19, I had the pleasure of catching up with Philip Gardner, a successful and well-known businessman in Newcastle. Phil, as CEO of the Wests Group and Newcastle Knights, has (and continues to) achieve quite...

The 4-step framework to amplify your business post COVID-19

The past couple of months have been crazy. There have been so many unknowns for almost everybody, it has been tough, and this is without doubt the case for business owners. Many have done well to survive but now with restrictions being eased it is time to prepare for...

Down to Business – Ep 14 – Change

Welcome to this weeks episode of Down to Business. Our lives have changed significantly recently with COVID-19. Change that has happened very quickly, affected all of our businesses and the hardest thing is we haven't necessarily done anything wrong to cause these...

Down to Business – Ep 13 – Trusted Advisers

This week the roles were reversed and guest host Peter Chapman asked questions about how clients can find the right business adviser (or advisers) and collaborate with them to help reach particular business goals. Be sure to watch as we discuss business advisory and...

Down to Business – Ep 12 – Financial Advisory

Welcome to our twelfth episode of Down to Business. In this episode, I chat with Craig Sawyer from PKF Wealth about working together with business owners to reach their personal and business objectives through careful planning. Most business owners spend a lot of time...

Down to Business – Ep 10 – M&A Law

Welcome to another edition of Down to Business. In this episode, I sit down with Andrew Windybank, Corporate Lawyer and Company Director for SWS Lawyers. Tune in as we discuss all things mergers and acquisitions (M&A), succession planning and divestments. Key...

Down to Business – Ep 9 – Charities in Business

This week in Down to Business I sat down with Mark Hughes from the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF). Be sure to watch as we delve into what it means to develop an honest, meaningful charity, and the benefits of supporting one in your business. There are many synergies and...

Down to Business – Ep 8 – HR

In Episode 8 of Down to Business, I sit down with Diane Loong, Co-Founder and Director of Skildare Human Resources. Flowing on from Episode 7 – Recruitment, join me as we delve into the world of HR discussing everything from people within your organisation and...

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Are the banks still lending?

A lot of discussion has occurred recently as to whether banks are still lending to businesses or not. There has been a lot of change and tightening of assessment criteria primarily on the back of the Royal Commission and whilst it has felt like the banks have closed...

Down to Business – Ep 7 – Recruitment

In the seventh instalment of Down to Business, we enter the world of recruiting with experts Ali Kimmorley and Sally Bartley from Peoplefusion. To bring it all together, my key takeaways include: At the end of the day, without the people, you don’t have a business....

Down to Business – Ep 6 – Law

On this episode of Getting Down to Business, we check in with legal eagle Tim Osborn from Osborn Law to learn the ins and outs of working proactively (rather than reactively) with lawyers and how this can better your business practice. The key takeaways you need to...

Down to Business – Ep 5 – Tech

From cybersecurity and the cloud to the role that AI can play in your business. Join me as I sit down with Rob Buck, Managing Director of Diamond IT, to discuss all things tech and get to the bottom of what is happening in the world of information technology today. My...

Down to Business – Ep 4 – Banking and Lending Services

Thanks to the Royal Commission, another hot topic of late is banking and lending so, I  sat down with James Hodgson, Senior Banker of the Commonwealth Bank to discuss the current financial market and what this may mean for business owners. My key takeaways include:...

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Andrew Beattie has had an extensive background in accounting, business advisory and the banking sector. This blog is a collection of his thoughts, opinions and advice.

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