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Filling the gap?

Ever since the demise of the Grant for Business Investment (which technically still exists but only for large exceptional projects and offshore wind equipment manufacturers), there has been a gaping hole in the provision of grant funding for “ordinary” businesses. By “ordinary businesses” I mean commercial businesses that don’t do technology R&D. However, a few new schemes have just appeared that go some way towards filling this gap.

Is the Grant for R&D being mis-managed?

On 16th November the Telegraph ran an article[1] stating that “Small businesses applying for a flagship innovation funding programme have seen their chances of success collapse following a decision to “front load” the distribution of grants”. The SME Innovation Alliance is quoted as saying that “this inconsistency and bar raising is unfair, unreasonable and is at odds with the UK’s need for innovation from its small companies”, while the TSB is reported to have explained that the front loading was done “to get the programme off to a strong start and avoid unused funds being returned to the Treasury.”

Set your sights overseas

Getting your products noticed on the international marketplace can prove to be difficult but Cambs-based company AstraNet have utilised business support and worked on a strong export strategy, providing sound results.

The Next Mis-selling Crisis?

When any company borrows money from a main UK bank, they are likely to be approached by the Treasury sales team in order to ‘examine’ Interest Rate Hedging. The concept and structures available are important to consider. To explain the concept of hedging briefly…

Do you know how much it actually costs you to fulfil each order or service each client?

Again this week I visited a small company who have survived the recession and are relatively comfortable that they are consistently making a profit – i.e. they have money in the bank. However, when I challenged them to tell me what profit they made on individual products, they were unable to answer.

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