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Are you missing funding and business advice opportunities…?

As the number of SME’s in the UK soars towards the 5 million mark a recent survey undertaken by Axa Insurance reveals that many of these businesses are unaware of support available to help them grow. It is a well-known fact that businesses that seek external advice perform better than businesses that don’t seek advice. […]

Where to go for funding when all you’re hearing is “No”?

So, you run a revenue generating business with strong growth potential based on a product or service that meets a specific need, in a sector that is growing. You and your team are keen to build the business but you need funding to take it to the next level. But that’s where you’re stuck. You’ve talked to the banks and they’re not playing ball. It seems it’s all in the balance sheet; they want to see robust sales with consistent growth. You can show the sales but, for various reasons, your running costs, margins and volume aren’t what they could be, so the balance sheet doesn’t look pretty and your growth strategy isn’t cutting it.

Social Enterprise should make a profit

There is a lot of talk out there about Social Enterprises and the part they can play in helping the country go forward. The first myth I would like to explode is based around the name some politicians, and sadly some people working in the sector, give to these organisations and that is “Not for Profit.” That is something they most definitely should not be, they need to make a profit, or surplus if you prefer to call it that, otherwise there is nothing to pay for the future. The important thing is what they do with the profits and for a true Social Enterprise what I would expect to see is that they are largely re-invested into the community.

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.

Meerkats and Avatars 2010 – Preparing for a changing world

As an investor, I go along to many pitch events and technology demonstrations, and I assure you they are not all as entertaining as Dragon’s Den. “Thank goodness” I hear you say – and quite right too. Raising finance for a business and building your brand is a serious matter, with jobs, families and mortgages all depending on success.

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