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Sources of advice

BIS should provide the public with details of regulated bodies who can provide advice. I am finding that many individuals are now arriving at my door looking for advice after they have gone through an advice centre or similar who may be good at advertising on the internet but are not insured and not independent, and worst of all do not give the correct advice

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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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Advice on grants for SMEs

When public sector and possibly other grants (not loans) for SMEs are available, they should be easy to find. Currently they are anything but... A one stop webpage that makes it crystal clear what grants are available, to who, and for what, would save SMEs time, money, effort and frustration. You could then do the same for loans, but please don't mix them up.

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BIS needs to understand micro-businesses

The vast majority of small businesses are micro-businesses. All government small business initiatives are not only aimed at larger businesses but positively disadvantage micro-businesses. What is needed is for BIS to understand that micro-businesses are very different to small businesses (those with £2 - 10 million turnover) and start thinking about how to incentivise micro-businesses. Hint: Their biggest need is to ...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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Your local Chamber of Commerce seems the most logical place

The most logical place to find business advice and guidance is surely your local Chamber of Commerce. These organisations are both local in their availability and knowledge yet also have a regional, and through the British Chamber of Commerce, national influence, coverage and voice. The Chamber is ideally placed to provide networking opportunities galore and business support for both new and growing businesses. The ...more »

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