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