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BBC News – Cameron adviser quits over never had it so good claim.

With the government cuts looming, rising prices (especially petrol), VAT on the increase and what appears to be FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE sitting close by (looking at the amount of dark clouds and heavy rain we’ve been having) it’s no wonder people are being influenced to feel like the good times have passed by. Moving from Thriving to Surviving if you will.

So Lord Young‘s comments (a Daily Mail reporters wet dream) about how people in the UK have never had it so good was not really the brightest thing for the Governments Advisor to small business to be saying.

I’m not sure there are many small businesses out there that are saying,”Yeah you know what, this recession was all made up and actually I have squillions of £’s stuffed under the mattress because I don’t trust the banks.”

Many small businesses are struggling in an environment where the prevailing winds are taking us somewhere we don’t want. Towards CUTS CUTS CUTS. I am in favour of cuts, the country’s finances would embarrass any business owner if their own books were in the same state. I am however fed up of hearing how bad it is. Let’s start focusing on creating WEALTH and generating opportunities and stop taking a staring role in our own disaster movie.

So back to Lord Young, yes he was right, in the end. He was right because he stood down from his role and hopefully will crawl back to his mansion and live a happy life, leaving small business owners with the opportunity to work with a government adviser who is not only in the real world but also wants to help people in these challenging times.

When the winds fail…. take to the oars. If you run a small business please do not become a victim of the news reports. These times present you with a great opportunity to be creative and generate income regardless of what the press would have you believe.

BBC News – Your country needs you, says David Cameron.

One thing that the news has been full of recently is cuts cuts cuts. Every paper, every radio story every TV news channel has been focusing on cuts and how painful it is going to be. Whilst we know the countries (and worlds) finances are not great at the moment, I winder whether we are missing a trick here and making it even worse than it already is.

Consider your own thoughts the next time there is a story about the bad financial situation we are in.  Notice the thoughts you have and the images that it creates. You may notice that you think defensively and cautiously and may not want to spend as much (if any) money.

The constant focus on how BAD it5 is means we subconsciously only look for the bad. We notice how bad it is and then we FEEL even worse.

I agree with the cuts (even if I thnk they need to consider HOW they do it as what they have said at the moment just seems unworkable) BUT I think they’re missing a trick.

WEALTH

So if the focus shouldn’t be on cuts and cuts alone, what should we be hearing?

The article mentions about people puling together and how people should be looking to start their own businesses. I want to hear more talk from government about WEALTH CREATION. There is only so much you can cut before there is nothing left. So the focus needs tobe on WEALTH and how it can be achieved by big industries through to small businesses.

Along with a group of Mums who run their own businesses [http://www.networkingmummies.com/] I recently met with Bob Walters MP for North Dorset to discuss this very issue. Businesses need support and removal of red tape to to thrive especially smaller businesses who need to focus on supplying their products and services as much as possible instead of doing PAPER WORK 😦

So let’s start thinking about solutions. Yes one is CUTS, we get that we’ve heard it and we know they’re coming…. BUT can we now think about WEALTH CREATION….

What a difference that image creates.