January Lockdown Grants for non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities, and hospitality businesses forced to close are now live. Includes: Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards Closed Business Lockdown Payment The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards will provide a payment based on the November 2020 scheme that […]
Are you a sole trader, micro business or limited company based in Devon or Somerset? You may be eligible for the Growth Support Programme through which you and your business can receive up to 3 or 12 hours of free business advice, support and training. Register now to access the fully-funded support on offer at Growth […]
The Government has extended the CBILS loan scheme Thanks to the recent announcement from the Government, you can still get finance with nothing to pay for 12 months under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The extension allows more businesses to take advantage of this unique funding opportunity, where the Government will pay the […]
In a world where people are spending more and more time online, it’s never been more important for your business to have a digital presence. Whether it’s broadening your business’ horizons and selling different products online or opening up your existing services to a new audience, your business needs to be digital-savvy. If you’re looking […]
When starting a business, there are a number of organisations that need to be contacted, some compulsory for all businesses, and some dependent upon your business type. Use the list below as a guide.
Press releases are a great way of gaining exposure for your business for free. But journalists are bombarded each day with news articles so how do you get yours noticed and give it the best chance of being published? Follow these tops tips to give yourself the best chance of success.
If you have a product to sell and you have a website, it makes sense to set up an ecommerce shopping cart. You can then effectively have a shop open 24/7 to the whole world! Many high street retailers only survive because of their online sales. And many small town local shops are exactly the same.
All too often, small business owners are under the assumption that creating an IT strategy is limited to larger organisations yet every small business has some sort of IT strategy to support their business whether they fully recognise it or not. Most small businesses do not plan their IT strategy but just react to ad-hoc situations to cope with short term situations.
Too many businesses start up after having a great idea but failing to carry out any basic market research, which in many cases ends in tears when the business fails. Just because you think your business idea is the best idea since sliced bread does not mean that everyone else will share your passion.
When starting up a business, so many small business owners think they only need to complete a business plan if they are trying to raise finance. Whilst it is an essential document for raising finance, it is also highly recommended to complete a business plan if you are funding the business yourself.