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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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Apprenticeship for Thatchers

I have tried repeatedly to take on an apprentice in this 300year old craft yet can get no help. I have plenty of work and would welcome some financial support. I have individuals interested.

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Understanding cookies used on websites

How can we have an understanding of the use of cookies when even a Government Department uses them to sell us stuff. There is now a Europe wide requirement that we should give anyone visiting our websites the option not to download cookies. This of course may mean that we might not enjoy the full functionality of a particular website so, by and large, if we think the owner of the website can be trusted, we agree to ...more »

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Thank you!

Dear all We wanted to thank you all for the contributions to our work on helping to assess how we can better organise the business landscape to directly benefit small and medium sized businesses. We are very grateful for your inputs, which were immensely helpful. The top 6 ideas, receiving the highest votes were: 1. Advice on grants for SMEs (24 votes) 2. Local Enterprise Agencies should be given a bigger role ...more »

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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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