2019 Business Growth Survey: The Results

In a recent survey launched by our team, to understand more about how SMEs are gearing up for growth in 2019, we surveyed business owners and asked them about what they felt most confident about, where they felt they should be paying attention within their business, and what they thought 2019 held for them. The initial results of the survey speak for themselves - there are a number of business owners out there, and you may be one of them, who are optimistic about growth, who are ready to grow, who probably have the right products and services to grow, [...]

2018-07-12T14:52:11+00:00July 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Gearing up for growth in 2019: Take our short survey

We're into the second half of 2018 - and while we continue to keep our attention on closing 2018 where we planned, many of us are looking ahead towards 2019 - and aligning ourselves towards business growth and productivity. Take our 5 question survey and share your thoughts on where you think your business is, and how prepared you feel for 2019. Create your own user feedback survey

2018-07-04T16:02:04+00:00July 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

CFPro Ventures becomes a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce

CFPro Ventures is proud to have joined the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Being part of our local business community is as important to us as the work we do for customers further afield, and joining forces with the Chamber means that we are engaged and give back to the initiatives that make our local community great. Why a Chamber of Commerce? Chambers of Commerce have a very important role to play. They represent the business community and act as the eyes, ears and voice of the community to an audience which may include the Government, Media and other Organisations through [...]

2018-07-04T12:50:15+00:00July 3rd, 2018|News|Comments Off on CFPro Ventures becomes a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce

3 business turnaround examples you’ve forgotten about

Business turnaround is all around us. The need for it, we mean.  The amount of businesses in distress far outweighs those demonstrating dramatic u-turns successfully. But turnaround does exist. And where any business in distress is looking for that 1 magic trick that will shift the downward trajectory back towards profit, for most successful turnaround stories - it was based on finding the right person, with the right amount of experience and courage, to try something that had never been done before. We share 3 stories of businesses who were on the brink of collapse - but through a lot [...]

2018-07-03T13:18:46+00:00July 3rd, 2018|News, RE:Focus|Comments Off on 3 business turnaround examples you’ve forgotten about

The secrets to growing fast, and dying slowly.

"Software and online-services companies can quickly become billion-dollar giants, but the recipe for sustained growth remains elusive." - so says an article published by McKinsey in 2014, and after 4 years, very little has changed. Where in the UK the Tech industry is leading the pack in terms of the number of high-growth businesses forging ahead, the US proportion of high-growth lies within the non-tech fields like retail, construction and government services. And regardless of industry type or positioning, there are several similar traits that exist for high-growth businesses who have lasted, and outlasted their counterparts. Sustaining growth is hard work. [...]

2018-06-28T09:16:58+00:00June 28th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The secrets to growing fast, and dying slowly.

6 Factors limiting SMEs from achieving their financing ambition.

In the world of business funding, startups appear to be well catered for through angel networks, crowdfunding campaigns, pitching competitions and more. Private and Corporate investors are keen to tap into new skill and innovation that would expand their own profitability and productivity. Great news for startups - but things start to change when these businesses "reach development capital stage – with a viable, revenue- generating concept and a clear line of sight to profitability.  Business owners struggle to raise capital to fund business growth," says Alison Coleman, a business writer with a keen interest in the growth of startups, [...]

2018-06-18T12:29:03+00:00June 18th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on 6 Factors limiting SMEs from achieving their financing ambition.

The secrets to long-term success – long after the good times have rolled (away).

The London Tech Week kicked off this week - bringing together creativity, talent and innovation from all over the UK. And with over 55,000 business professionals attending, one things is clear - we're all on the search for the new, trending, innovative. And while opportunities like this one to connect and inspire are plentiful, there is a silent killer threatening the longevity of many currently-successful SMEs. That is, unless they plan effectively with a long-term sustainable picture in mind.  Figures published recently by the Centre for Business and Economics Research (CEBR) highlight the fact that the tide appears to have turned, [...]

2018-06-12T14:20:17+00:00June 12th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The secrets to long-term success – long after the good times have rolled (away).

Building a sustainable SME business through effective Corporate Governance

SMEs represent the backbone of the UK economy. In fact, many economies globally. They are positive about growth, they are planning for growth, and they're focussing on long-term business success. And when we look at some of the latest statistics coming from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, it is clear that SME business is strong, and isn't going anywhere, in a hurry. There were a record 5.7 million private sector businesses at the start of 2017. This is an increase of 197,000 since 2016, and 2.2 million more than in 2000. The number of employing businesses increased by [...]

2018-06-05T09:05:56+00:00June 5th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Building a sustainable SME business through effective Corporate Governance

Innovating Business Models: Why business re:focus starts from the inside-out

We've often spoken about getting back to basics, when it comes to refocussing your business - and for many, that starts with an honest look at critical business systems and processes that may be holding you back, and stopping your team from being productive, engaged members of your business. Innovation is risk - we get that. You take a shot at something new, hoping it will work. Sometimes it does, and sometimes you learn a lesson that sets you on a path for even greater success, and sometimes you simply fall short of the mark that gives you the perfect [...]

2018-05-29T15:08:55+00:00May 29th, 2018|News, RE:Focus|Comments Off on Innovating Business Models: Why business re:focus starts from the inside-out

UK Industries poised for growth in 2018

Last week, in this blog, we looked at the driving force behind SME optimism in the UK economy at the moment. And with the first quarter of the year's results slowing down, there's nothing slowing down the entrepreneur spirit that innovates, and sees substantial growth opportunity in 2018, and beyond.  There's no doubt that we're living in uncertain times - politically, economically and socially. But in the midst of the gloomy outlook on slowing economies, the SME business community is poised for growth.  We look at a few key industries that are being singled out as UK SME growth areas [...]

2018-05-21T10:03:40+00:00May 21st, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on UK Industries poised for growth in 2018
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