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Written by our experienced business advisors, this catalogue explores many issues associated with running an SME business.

Here we comment upon the latest business trends and relevant financial information, as well as explore topics such as how to structure your company for growth, and how to develop KPIs that will add value to your business.

business process management and business systems benefits
9 Benefits of Effective Business Systems and Processes

Effective business systems and processes provide a number of benefits to the business, its customers and staff. However there is also an investment of time, effort and probably money required. To maximise the effectiveness of...

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spending marketing plans for 2015
8 trends that will impact every small business this year

As all SMEs will know, it is important to always be one step ahead in business planning. That is why Pro-actions’ Business Improvement Specialists have compiled a list of the 8 marketing trends that need...

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failing to plan
The Art of Business Planning!

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...

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Raising finance for SME UK
Top 5 Tips for Raising Finance

There’s little doubt that the market for raising 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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upselling to customers - Business coaching and mentoring UK
Upselling Tips: How to Sell More to your Customers

Upselling provides the opportunity to offer your customers some profitable optional extras at the time of purchase, when they have already decided to buy. Already committed to the main purchase means that every extra add-on...

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Lending small business financial advice UK
Why is the public perception that Banks are not lending to SMEs?

Recently, I attended a council planning meeting. This was really eye opening as I had always thought that plans were difficult to get approved. To my surprise, the Councillors discussed the arguments for and against...

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