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Christmas at David Allen

It’s been feeling a lot like Christmas in the David Allen offices this month. We’ve all had a great time getting into the swing of the festive season raising money for charity along the way.

We all donned our Christmas jumpers on 12 December for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper and on the 19 December we held the first ever David Allen Great Christmas Bake Off! Plenty of members of the David Allen team dusted off their aprons and wielded their rolling pins to make Christmas goodies in aid of Eden Valley Hospice.

Posted: December 22nd, 2014

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Aspatria Rugby Day

Saturday 13 December saw our annual David Allen sponsored match day at Aspatria Rugby Club. Over 300 clients, colleagues and friends from the local community joined us for an afternoon of corporate hospitality as a thank you for their support throughout 2014.

Posted: December 16th, 2014

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Solicitors – are your tax affairs up-to-date?

Recent years have seen HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) offer specific groups of people or business sectors the opportunity to put their tax affairs in order under the best terms available.

These targeted campaigns, which have so far raised almost £1 billion in extra revenue for the government, offer those who may have undeclared income the chance to come forward and pay any tax due before HMRC act on information that is already in their possession.

Posted: December 9th, 2014

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Carlisle United Business Club

On Saturday 29 November I attended the Carlisle United Business Club meeting.

The motivational speaker on the day was David Hyner who gave an interesting talk on ‘The MASSIVE Goals Principle’. The talk was very informative and challenged the way that we interact with each other in and out of a business scenario. David explained that everybody makes assumptions about others, and by doing this, it could affect the way that we effectively did business.

Posted: December 1st, 2014

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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Autumn Business Networking Lunch with John Stevenson MP

On Friday 21 November Dianne McDermott of David Allen Recovery Solutions and I attended the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Autumn Business Networking Lunch with John Stevenson MP.

The event was held at The Exchange in The Halston, Carlisle with guest speakers Rob Johnston MBE Chief Executive of the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and John Stevenson MP.

Posted: November 24th, 2014

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Bron-ja Little Princess Trust evemt

On Thursday 20 November Alison Welton and I were kindly invited by Bron-ja of Wigton to an event thanking customers for their continued custom and support.

The event was held at Bron-ja’s shop in Wigton and guests were given the chance to take advantage of a special promotion on their beautiful range of trousers along with the opportunity to browse the new Christmas clothing range while enjoying lovely nibbles and drinks. Bron-ja always like to support charities so this event was used to help raise money for the Little Princess Trust, a charity close to the heart of their staff. The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss.

Posted: November 21st, 2014

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Customers showing signs of financial distress

When you provide credit to your customers it is important you have a plan of action in place for the eventuality of them showing initial indications of financial distress. An early indicator of financial distress can be when a customer’s payment pattern changes for the worse with delayed payments or bounced cheques being received and it is at this point you need to establish whether the customer can pay and will pay.

In such circumstances we recommend contacting your customer as soon as possible to obtain up to date trading information, such as their bank overdraft limit, current cash flow position and what their immediate and longer term business plans are. You can then take this information into consideration and make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Posted: November 20th, 2014

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BECBC Business Awards 2014

Last night, Thursday 13 November, we attended the Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster’s (BECBC) 2014 Business Awards ceremony.

The evening was a huge success with professionals from all over Cumbria in attendance celebrating the successes, innovations and development of some of West Cumbria’s most impressive businesses.

Posted: November 14th, 2014

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Ullswater Community College Prize Day

Yesterday Vicki Benson and I attended Ullswater Community College’s 4th Annual Prize Day. The day takes place to acknowledge the exceptional progress and success shown by students over the past year and recognises the students who go above and beyond.

Posted: October 24th, 2014

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CN Group Business Awards 2014

Last night, Thursday 17 October, saw some of Cumbria’s most influential business men and women dress to the nines for the glitzy 2014 CN Group Business Awards. The awards took place at Carlisle Racecourse and boasted over 250 of the county’s leading professionals including, some of the David Allen team.

We were once again really proud to support the Rising Star award which recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution through exceptional commitment, leadership and vision. The nominees this year proved themselves to be instrumental in the success of their businesses.

Posted: October 17th, 2014

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