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The (black) Art of Business Planning!

Posted on 08/12/2014, 16:45

As 2014 comes to a close it is a natural time to review what has gone and consider what lies ahead. According to research done in the UK, SMEs with business plans are more than twice as likely to achieve their goals as those without them. However, despite this evidence, more than one third of UK businesses do not have a plan. A recent Q&A, published in the Pro-actions newsletter explored attitudes within the SME community towards Business Planning. Here are a few thoughts …

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Top 5 Tips for Raising Finance

Posted on 08/12/2014, 10:01

There’s little doubt that the market for raising business finance changed considerably during the summer of 2008 and SMEs in particular have found it more difficult than ever to access finance over the last 5 years.

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5 Key Measures to Grow Sales and Improve your Profit

In or last article, “Measuring What’s Important” we discussed key performance indicators or KPIs. There are lagging KPIs such as financial measures that tell you what just happened and leading KPIs that indicate what your financials are likely to look like.

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Measuring what’s important

Following on from our previous blog in this series, “The Most Important Thing”, the next step is to translate your goals into action.  For this, setting your targets and measuring your performance against them is vital to making them happen.

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The Most Important Thing is the Most Important Thing

What do you want to achieve in your business? Every owner manager had their reasons for why they started out on that journey – what are yours? And more importantly, are they still valid, are you on track, or are your hopes and desires being frustrated?

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