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Increasing Turnover

If you’ve already looked at your strategy & planning and have sound financial plans in place, then you’ll want to look at the practical aspect of increasing your business turnover as a driver of business growth. But how exactly do you go about increasing turnover? Our selection of business advice articles look at some simple tips that you could execute straight away to some longer term strategies that you can introduce… 8 Tips to Increase Turnover Here are eight useful tips that could help your business increase its turnover – there’s bound to be one that you could implement today… 6 Key Ways to Kick-start your Growth Marketing Strategy… This series of articles will explore six key business development strategies you must employ today, to ensure you ... »

Finance

After you’ve looked at the strategy and planning areas of your business, you will need to consider at the financial options available to you to grow your business. Here we present a list of business advice articles that will help you find the finance you need to grow your business, from the important notion of what investors will be looking for in your venture to tips on credit management and budgeting. Increasing Profitability Discover the best opportunities to increase your profitability directly and learn how to create a framework for increasing profit… How to Raise £50k Raising finance in today’s economy can be a daunting challenge but that doesn’t stop the need for funding in order to start and run a business – Imagine what £50k could do to yo... »

Exporting (Growing Your Business)

Exporting is4profit have a wealth of business advice articles on how to leverage exporting to help you grow your business. If you are considering taking the plunge in the world of exporting then we look at the benefits of exporting and why you should export. The Business Benefits of Trading Internationally Have you ever thought about doing business in overseas markets? If not, or you thought it too difficult, then you might want to think again… Why Should I Export? A list of all the reasons why your business should take the export plunge… Ten Key Steps Essential steps every business needs to take to ensure successful exporting… 10 Reasons Why UK Businesses Should Export From new sources of revenue to spreading risk, these are the benefits to your business of exportingR... »

How Further Education Can Benefit your Business

By Graham Hoyle OBE, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers. With this year firmly underway, many businesses are likely to be looking at their resourcing capacity for this year and considering recruitment needs. With restricted budgets most likely in place, there is a need for many employers to recruit in a more efficient way, in order to gain the best out of the available resources. One cost-effective option is to take on staff who need to be invested in and trained while on the job. Further education (FE) engages with over three million people each year, yet many employers have little knowledge of what it covers, or what skills those with FE qualifications can bring to the workplace. Further education is a term that applies to learning in colleges (tradit... »

Government Schemes

The Government has developed a number of schemes and measures to help SMEs get access to finance and support them in their growth. Here are the primary schemes designed to help small and medium-sized businesses grow in 2013… Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFG) Smart Scheme (R&D) Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) UK Export Finance (UKEF) UK Innovation Investment Fund (UKIIF) Enterprise Capital Funds (ECFs) Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) Business Angel Co-Investment Fund StartUp Loans National Loan Guarantee Scheme (NLGS) Community Development Finance Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFG) The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme is designed to facilitate loans to viable SMEs that lack the security or track record for a busiens... »

Working Capital Loans – Agreed in Days, Not Months

Funding Circle is the UK’s first peer to peer business loans provider. With over £90 million* already lent to businesses by thousands of people around the UK, it is rapidly becoming a popular source of loans for working capital, expansion, and many other purposes. One simple online application Fast turnaround: get a decision in 2 days All-purpose loans to suit your business needs In addition, if you take out a Funding Circle loan, the Government will lend up to 20% of the total amount. It’s part of the Business Finance Partnership programme* and you can read more about this programme here. Loans up to £1 million available Funding Circle offers loans of up to £1 million, repayable over 1, 3 or 5 years. These loans are available to established, creditworthy busi... »

What do SMEs need to be aware of when seeking and applying for business funding?

There are a number of things you should consider and steps you can take to ensure you identify the right source of funding for your business project. Remember that: As well as grants and loans, your business may be eligible for tax relief schemes. There are a number of capital allowance schemes that have been introduced in the UK to encourage investment in particular assets or by particular types of businesses, including SMEs. R&D tax credits offer tax relief for small businesses which invest in the conception and implementation of new product ideas, and there are also direct investment incentive schemes. All offer tax incentives to encourage investment – and, in turn, growth – in qualifying companies. Often it is the lack of a particular skill or skills which your company wishes to ad... »

What Are Grants?

Grants are a great resource for start-up and growing businesses because they provide money that usually does not need to be paid back. Each year, hundreds of millions of pounds in grants, as well as finance such as loans and equity investment are on offer to help small businesses employ and train staff, buy equipment and boost productivity. There is also money available to help SMEs enter new markets, carry out R&D and many other activities. If you are starting out or seeking to develop your business, getting financial support is likely to be your number one objective. Business funding comes from a wide variety of sources, including regional programmes provided by the European Commission and public sector funding streamed through organisations such as Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP... »

Market Invoice

Anil Stocker, co-founder of MarketInvoice: “A solution to the issue of squeezed funding for small businesses has emerged in the form of alternative finance, which is making up the shortfall by delivering business funding seamlessly via the internet. It’s cheaper than traditional providers because it connects borrowers directly with lenders, skipping out the bureaucracy of banks.” MarketInvoice, an alternative online finance provider, has helped hundreds of SMEs overcome funding gaps by allowing them to raise funds against invoices from their large corporate customers whenever they need to on an online platform, with no long-term contracts or obligations to use the service, and cash arriving hours after a request is submitted. It essentially offers a whole new model of inv... »

j4bGrants

Since 2001, j4bGrants has been dedicated to providing a funding information portal for UK small businesses or businesses looking to move to the UK. Housing thousands of funding opportunities – from European funding at one end of the spectrum to local small business schemes at the other – j4bGrants aims to ensure that small businesses are fully aware of the money available out there to support them. j4bGrants content is updated on a daily basis by a dedicated research team to ensure that users can stay ahead of the competition in the hunt for funding. j4bGrants provides a wealth of tools and resources for small businesses for free no matter whether they are just starting out or looking for finance to help them expand. Explore the site now – thousands of grants, loans and equity opportunitie... »

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