Exporting tips for small businesses

When looking ahead to the new year, small business owners might want to dream big and look further afield to exporting. There are tremendous advantages to exporting; however it can be a minefield for first time exporters and small businesses.  Where do you start when you’re thinking about exporting? Peter Stamps, founder of FD Business gives his advice and shares some tips for small businesses … [Read more...]

Writing a flexible business plan

Business planning is an often underrated and misunderstood task. For some, it can seem daunting and feel a little like having to do your homework. But tackled with positivity and the right support, a business plan can be a helpful guiding tool for business growth and success. It’s rare that any small business starts with a clear business plan, typed up and laminated on the office wall. … [Read more...]

How to invest in small companies

Small companies are big business in the UK. In 2016 small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector business, making them an intrinsic part of the economy. For investors, investing in small companies makes good business sense. [When you consider that even the largest of global brands often start out small, seeking investment, it’s worth taking some time to review your investments. … [Read more...]

Self-Employment Toolkit

Making the change from employed to self-employed is simultaneously exciting and daunting. What if it doesn’t work out? What if your business doesn’t survive? Thousands of people make the empowering decision to become their own boss every single year. To make the process a little easier we have put together the following Self-Employment Toolkit to provide all of the information you need … [Read more...]

Outsourcing lessons from Land Rover

Sometimes, knowing when to ask for help within your business is the crucial turning point between you being able to provide a good or an excellent service to your customers. In my role as Finance Director, I work with a broad range of clients and often witness first-hand the damage that can be done to a business when valuable time is spent remedying avoidable problems. Typically, the type of … [Read more...]

What gets measured gets managed

"What gets measured, gets managed" - Peter Drucker This well known phrase is often attributed to top business management consultant and business leader Peter Drucker; frequently cited as being the ‘founder of modern management’. The phrase has also taken the form, ‘what gets measured gets done’. Identifying and tracking personal or business goals and objectives is the foundation to … [Read more...]