Business Growth

Advice, ideas and inspiration on how to grow your business

There are many ways to grow a business and in this section we look at key strategies, and how you can grow your venture on a tight budget. We also look at how to plan your expansion and decide what areas to focus on, as well as events and shows with great networking opportunities, and software or systems that can support business growth

Mistakes to Avoid when Upscaling your Business

Mistakes to Avoid when Upscaling your Business

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Mistakes to Avoid when Upscaling your Business

It's important to consider how to scale up your business without compromising customer experience, product quality and value for money. Huw Moxon of Informi explores the common pitfalls to avoid when upscaling your SME

A Review of Early Repayment Charges & Penalties

A Review of Early Repayment Charges & Penalties

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A Review of Early Repayment Charges & Penalties

We’ve compared the early repayment terms of the UK's top alternative finance providers, pairing their claims with what this would mean for business owners in practice

Developing a Performance-First Approach

Developing a Performance-First Approach

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Developing a Performance-First Approach

Ben Hunt-Davis shares his thoughts on how focusing on performance rather than results, as used in sports psychology, can help SMEs achieve success

Hidden Signs of Stress in Small Business Owners

Hidden Signs of Stress in Small Business Owners

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Hidden Signs of Stress in Small Business Owners

Henry Brookman of Brookman Solicitors explores how to recognize the signs you might be feeling stressed in your role as a small business owner

A Sole Trader’s Guide to Alternative Finance

A Sole Trader’s Guide to Alternative Finance

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A Sole Trader’s Guide to Alternative Finance

If you're a sole trader operating in the UK, it's worth considering the alternative finance options available to you. Here's our guide, covering crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, and more

How to Achieve Sustainable Business Growth

How to Achieve Sustainable Business Growth

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How to Achieve Sustainable Business Growth

Mark Tighe of specialist tax relief consultancy Catax shares his tips on how UK SMEs can achieve sustainable business growth, such as by protecting cash flow and managing payment terms

Balancing Motherhood and Running a Business

Balancing Motherhood and Running a Business

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Balancing Motherhood and Running a Business

Rebecca Newenham, Founder of GetAhead VA, shares her tips and advice on how to balance motherhood with steering a growing business towards success

An SME's Guide to Trading in the Lead up to Brexit

An SME's Guide to Trading in the Lead up to Brexit

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An SME's Guide to Trading in the Lead up to Brexit

As uncertainty around Brexit continues, Paul Beard of Creditsafe shares his expertise on how UK SMEs should approach international trade in the lead up to Brexit

How to Merge Cultures Following an Acquisition

How to Merge Cultures Following an Acquisition

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How to Merge Cultures Following an Acquisition

Mark Tighe, Founder and Managing Director at specialist tax consultancy Catax, delves into how to successfully merge two business cultures following a business acquisition

The UK Startups Disrupting the Fashion Industry

The UK Startups Disrupting the Fashion Industry

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The UK Startups Disrupting the Fashion Industry

In the wake of London Fashion Week, we've put together an article highlighting the UK's small businesses that are making a name for themselves within the fashion industry

Avoiding Burnout as a Small Business Owner

Avoiding Burnout as a Small Business Owner

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Avoiding Burnout as a Small Business Owner

Donna Torres of Xero highlights the importance of being able to 'switch off' from work as a small business owner, along with six ways to help you avoid burn out

Adapting Your Product to Reach New Customers

Adapting Your Product to Reach New Customers

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Adapting Your Product to Reach New Customers

Matt Deighton, Managing Director of quality British furniture manufacturer Sofas By Saxon, shares his tips for tapping into a new market by adapting your product or service

How to Prioritize Investment Within Your Company

How to Prioritize Investment Within Your Company

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How to Prioritize Investment Within Your Company

It can be difficult to know which parts of your SME to invest in when looking into business growth. Lewis Miller of Nelson Frank shares his expertise on how to prioritize company investments

Creating a Pitch Deck To Secure Investor Funding

Creating a Pitch Deck To Secure Investor Funding

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Creating a Pitch Deck To Secure Investor Funding

Creating your first pitch deck can seem like a daunting task. To help you get started, Mike Sims of ThinkLions shares three ways to leverage your pitch deck to win over investors

How to Choose a Phone System for Your SME

How to Choose a Phone System for Your SME

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How to Choose a Phone System for Your SME

Here's a quick guide to the pros and cons of cloud-based and on-premises telephone systems to help you decide which system best suits your business needs

How to Transition to Remote Working

How to Transition to Remote Working

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How to Transition to Remote Working

Remote working is becoming increasingly popular among UK SMEs. Here are 10 considerations to ensure your staff remain happy and productive when working remotely

The Benefits of Incorporating Your Business

The Benefits of Incorporating Your Business

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The Benefits of Incorporating Your Business

Incorporating your business can offer many important legal and tax advantages. Here's a quick look at whether incorporation is right for your small business

A Guide to International Franchising

A Guide to International Franchising

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A Guide to International Franchising

Mike Ryan, CEO of PACK & SEND​, explains how UK businesses thinking of going international with their brand can seize the opportunities on offer

Tips on Expanding to a Second Location

Tips on Expanding to a Second Location

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Tips on Expanding to a Second Location

Branching out to a second location can seem like a daunting feat. Zoe Morris, President of Frank Recruitment Group, shares her tips on how to approach expansion as a UK SME

Tips for Producing Your First Explainer Video

Tips for Producing Your First Explainer Video

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Tips for Producing Your First Explainer Video

Explainer videos provide a fantastic way to engage with customers and boost brand awareness. Here are some tips on how to go about producing your first one