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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+00:00 June 18th, 2018|News, SME Growth|0 Comments

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+00:00 June 12th, 2018|News, SME Growth|0 Comments

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+00:00 June 5th, 2018|News, SME Growth|0 Comments

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

Amidst a British economy slow-down, 2 major growth opportunities continue to boom.

As the news breaks on the results of the first quarter of UK growth, with economists fearing that Britain’s economy is losing momentum as growth falls to just 0.1% - the weakest since 2012, the blame game begins. Some blame the snow, some blame the government. Some blame a lack of funding support for emerging SMEs while others simply wallow in their economical slump and stagnation. The Guardian reports that the consumer has played a leading role in the significant slowdown of the services sector in the UK, with the considerable drop of services output and contribution to GDP growth [...]

2018-05-21T08:55:12+00:00 May 21st, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Amidst a British economy slow-down, 2 major growth opportunities continue to boom.

The partnership between Corporate Venturing and Workforce Planning

The future of work is here. Our workforce is changing in front of our eyes, and as we digitise and fine-tune internal process to help us work smarter, quicker, simpler, larger organisations are very quickly falling behind when it comes to developing a thriving, productive workforce that underpins long-term business sustainability.  The future of work is thriving on a more agile, startup, entrepreneurial mentality. We are far more open to starting our own business than finding a job, and the trends of company loyalty and employment terms are averaging 2-3 years, as opposed to the historical work-until-you-retire scheme. We are [...]

2018-05-17T12:04:01+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on The partnership between Corporate Venturing and Workforce Planning

Plugging the holes vs re-building the transformation ship: Why turnaround often starts with baby steps

As much as we like to think that a Big Bang approach to solving any problem is the quickest, easiest way to address change, sometimes it's not quite so simple. And when we're talking about business turnaround, finding the balance between action, baby steps and apathy, can by quite often be a tricky exercise. “We are living in interesting times, with multiple transformation triggers all present at the same time, all equally intense," says Robert T. Vanderwerf, Transformation Strategy Leader at KPMG LLP. He adds that, “when four or five significant drivers are changing at the same time, the business environment [...]

2018-05-16T13:41:33+00:00 May 16th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Plugging the holes vs re-building the transformation ship: Why turnaround often starts with baby steps

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|Comments Off on Why are SMEs optimistic about the future?

Corporate Venturing: your secret R&D innovation weapon

"A good idea faces so many obstacles en route to market today that it’s a wonder we have any innovative products at all. You know those baby sea turtles that get eaten by birds and crabs on their way from the nest to the water? It’s like that." - HBR, Sept '13. Since then, we've improved the way we innovate, and drive growth - but, perhaps surprisingly, there is still an oversight in the business community about the true potential that Corporate Venturing offers larger organisations who are looking for their innovation opportunity. We're not talking about the creation of [...]

2018-05-08T13:00:39+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Corporate Venturing: your secret R&D innovation weapon
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