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Marketing advice on a micro-scale

In my experience the advice offered to micro-businesses is too focused on backroom admin, such as payroll, bookkeeping, HR etc, and not enough on the cutting edge of sales & marketing. We need more regular local/regional business fairs to meet customers, and to be given introductions to big companies in a targeted manner. This is particularly important for export where the cost of business intelligence from our embassies ...more »

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Role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Give the role to Local Enterprise Partnerships to properly coordinate and deliver business support, with appropriate budgets from BIS and other relevant government departments devolved. They are partnerships of local businesses with local authorities and other public sector services and know their local economies well, so could tailor services to meet local needs. LEP overlaps might need to be sorted to prevent duplication ...more »

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Further Education Colleges can help

FE colleges are in the heart of their local business communities. Some colleges recognise their potential to support new and growing businesses. They can become a natural venue for SMEs to meet. The Gazelle Colleges Group have launched 'Gazelle Local' with the aim of engaging with local SMEs for mutual benefit. There is an opportunity here that should be built on.

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good patented products need financial support

set up a local panel to review new patented ideas originating from Sheffield to advise,attain funding to patent in Europe and the USA. to be paid back with costs to defend patent from larger organizations. specifically for companies that do not have the financial resources to exploit ideas. Refunds on rates for profit generated by patent if it creates jobs in Sheffield and stays in Sheffield.

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Birmingham Chamber Of Commerce

The potential of the Chambers of Commerce is a great source of business support and the most appropriate business signposting vehicle. The regional and national government via BIS should provide more support and funding to the Chambers of Commerce so they can enhance their existing business support and be more pro active. There are also the Networking opportunities that can be made via the Chamber. Regards Gary Saunders. ...more »

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