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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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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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Business Community Access to Finance

Instead of the Government providing the Big Banks with yet more finance to improve their balance sheets and bonuses or trying to develop new banks we should enhance the local community based finance provided by CDFIs particularly for small businesses.

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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 Generating Online Sales

Each business should have access by a mentor or a coaching platform that makes them aware of how to attract their ideal clients, communicate with their potential prospects effectively of Time & Money & turn them into day to day business through the power of social media marketing. Everyone business knows that Social Media is the way forward however they don't have a sure-fire online marketing strategy to produce results ...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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Stop Using the F Word and start using the I word

Many proto-businesses get carried away with the idea that there is a golden stash of cash out there, called funding, which will help them in all their endeavours to get their business up and running. Funding is a panacea to all start up ills they argue: without it, there is no business; without it, they have no livelihood; without it, they are unable to turn their unique, gleaming shiny idea into a world beater which ...more »

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