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Small Businesses Fail to Seek Expert Advice

Small Businesses Fail to Seek Expert Advice

Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to seek business advice from family and friends over experts, despite the majority feeling unable to overcome obstacles due to a lack of knowledge. According to research by insurance group Aviva, the top three areas small businesses continue to struggle with are financial bookkeeping (32%), marketing and sales (31%), and understanding employer legal obligations (30%). However the survey– which featured 1,507 small and medium enterprises – found that entrepreneurs continue to look to family and friends instead of experts for these business issues. 38% choose to rely on family or friends and friends, compared to just 13% of business owners who choose to consult g a financial advisor, legal advisor (9%) and insurance provider (6%). The findings sugg... »

Free Expert Advice at Small Business Week

Free Expert Advice at Small Business Week

Free advice clinics, seminars and podcasts about current business issues are among the dozens of items on the agenda for Small Business Week from 19th to 23rd October. Sponsored by BT, the week is aimed at helping small firms overcome difficulties such as cashflow shortages or problems with their online marketing. During the week, firms can tune in to a range of web seminars and attend workshops across the UK, covering topics from bookkeeping and marketing, to customer service and tendering for contracts. The first web seminar will take place on 19th October at 10.30am, and will address the findings of BT’s 2009 Business Pulse survey and the main issues affecting UK small firms. Dragons’ Den star and leading UK entrepreneur, Peter Jones, will be on the web seminar panel, answer... »