The Data Protection Fee – to pay or not to pay?

Way back in May 2018 the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 (the 2018 Regulations) came into force, changing the way the Information Commissioner’s Office funds their data protection work. Under the 2018 Regulations organisations that determine the purpose for which personal data is processed (controllers) must pay a data protection fee unless they are […]

Dear Santa what I’d like for Christmas is some order in the chaos

  It’s that time of year again, Black Friday has been and gone and our thoughts are turning to Christmas when we can share some festive goodwill with clients, suppliers and business supporters. I love that it’s one of the few times of the year when it’s acceptable to give gifts without it being seen […]

5 Reasons Why Consultancy Businesses Overlook the Power of CRM

CRMs, typically thought of as Customer Relationship Management systems, have revolutionised how companies manage their data, improve interactions, and bolster business growth, and when CRMs are thought of Contact Relationship management systems the power of them is greatly magnified!  This is because all of our contacts can be includes – associates, partners, suppliers, team members […]

Simplify, sustain and scale: three essentials for successful business growth

We love helping all businesses to get more organised but if you are planning to scale up, it becomes critical to be in control of your systems and processes. Here are our thoughts on the common challenges and how to overcome them. As you grow your service-based business, you’ll encounter new challenges. One of the […]

The 4 Basic Systems Your Serivce Based Business Needs to Grow

Systems and processes are often overcomplicated.  Here at Blake Consultants we believe in keeping things as simple as possible. We’ve seen, in our 13 years of helping business owners, that there are four basic systems that service based businesses greatly benefit from having if they are truly want to grow. These 4 systems (on top […]

We Love Routines in Life so Why Dislike Processes in Business?

If there is one thing we have taken as a stand-out lesson over the last few turbulent years, it has been the importance of routine. Having the structure of a routine gives us a sense of control and can help in times of uncertainty or stress. Whether it is our business or personal life, doing […]