Why are SMEs optimistic about the future?

2018 is set to be another spectacular year for growth for startups in the UK. So says Digimax - a leading digital marketing agency based in London. In fact, in a recent study, it was noted that, in the UK alone, "76 per cent of business owners said that they are currently working on new ideas, and 43 per cent aiming to launch this year – more than half (56 per cent) having previously moved from conception to launch within 24 months." That's a staggering amount of new growth, innovation, disruption about to hit our economy.  And what's encouraging to [...]

2018-05-10T09:31:07+00:00 May 10th, 2018|News, SME Growth|0 Comments

Time’s running out for SMEs and GDPR

There's a scary reality for a bulk of the UK's SME businesses. According to the Federation of Small Businesses, "a third of small businesses have not even started preparing for the GDPR, while a further third concede they are still in the early stages of preparations. Just 8 per cent of small businesses have completed their preparations for the regulation, which comes into force on 25 May." And time's running out, quickly.  Most of us have suddenly, almost overnight, been inundated with "updated T&C" emails, or notifications when we log into our favourite platform or dashboard - all representative of [...]

2018-05-02T13:06:20+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Time’s running out for SMEs and GDPR

The secrets to growth: Why Britain’s SME community is no different to Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’

There’s a movement sweeping the Germany economy. A powerhouse of SME growth that makes up 99% of Germany’s overall business economy. Over 3m of Germany’s businesses, making up the majority of the business landscape, are SME businesses – and are known as The Mittelstand. They, typically, have fewer than 500 employees and see annual revenues of up to 50 million Euros. However, it’s not the pure statistical categorisation that defines these businesses as being the Mittelstand. It’s something much stronger, and much more important. It’s a complete business mindset. A business culture so unique that the results of all those [...]

2018-04-12T09:48:52+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The secrets to growth: Why Britain’s SME community is no different to Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’

From the Inside – Out: Growing your SME towards exponential growth

Talk about under-productivity, and an awkward hush settles over the room like a giant, white elephant. Let's get back to semantics for a second: Productivity: A measure of the efficiency of a person, machine, factory, system or department in converting inputs into useful outputs There's a reason why CFPro Ventures, and our extended specialist partner network have built up years of experience in delivering exponential growth results for those we have worked with: We've focussed on building businesses that are agile, can cope with fluctuation, established the right business culture armed with a team of people who are driven to deliver [...]

2018-04-04T12:18:47+00:00 April 4th, 2018|SME Growth|Comments Off on From the Inside – Out: Growing your SME towards exponential growth

How to know if you’ve got the right buyer for your business: The 4 C’s of Acquisition

Business acquisition is nothing new. Just recently, we published a blog discussing the massive growth of innovation through acquisition that our economy is seeing. And it's absolutely no surprise. The British SME community is a high-growth community of entrepreneurs that offer endless opportunity to both B2C and B2B markets. There is a powerhouse of companies in the UK who are an engine room of SMEs that employ the majority of the country's workforce, enjoying robust growth and developing a loyal staff following.  In Germany, it's called the Mittelstand. And it's not too dissimilar in the UK.  In fact, it hasn't [...]

2018-04-04T11:45:54+00:00 April 4th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on How to know if you’ve got the right buyer for your business: The 4 C’s of Acquisition