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Over 40% of new SMEs fail within four years!

Posted on 29/08/2013, 12:00

A recent report by Lord Young, David Cameron’s enterprise adviser, has proposed that the Government’s loans scheme to help young entrepreneurs start a new business is to be extended to the over 30s. When the scheme was originally launched the age limit was only 24 but this was raised to 30 earlier this year. Now it has been announced that the age limit for the loans is being extended to over 30s, along with a range of other reforms aimed at helping “fire up business growth” in the UK.

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The outlook for small business lending

Posted on 28/08/2013, 00:00

A recent announcement from Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England that the Bank will not consider raising interest rates until the jobless rate has fallen to 7% or below has been met with some positive responses by business organisations and the government.

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Family Business Issues

Posted on 07/08/2013, 09:44

Research into family businesses indicates some startling facts:
We are all aware that family owned small businesses provide a vital and important contribution to the UK economy but research into family businesses indicates some startling facts…

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Marketing series #3: Don’t settle for Fluffy!

It’s not only Hagrid’s three headed beast of Harry Potter fame that goes by the name Fluffy. Marketing has been “accused” of being ‘fluffy’ by which it is meant that it is not measurable, not accountable and it is unclear how it impacts the business.

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Marketing series #2: ‘Is your marketing fit for the digital age?’

So you have your marketing plan sorted out (if not, see our previous blog in this series for some useful pointers).  Now you just need to make it happen.

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Marketing series #1: ‘Those that plan … win!’

Those that plan … win! A good marketing plan dovetails with your business plan. Together they act as a navigation system for your business: assessing the conditions and setting the strategic direction.

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