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

An SME's Guide to Business Award Applications

An SME's Guide to Business Award Applications

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An SME's Guide to Business Award Applications

Once your business has been running for a few years it's good practice to consider applying for small business awards. Here's how to go about it

Protecting Your Brand's Intellectual Property

Protecting Your Brand's Intellectual Property

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Protecting Your Brand's Intellectual Property

Intellectual property and brand image are an SME's most valuable assets. But how do you go about protecting your brand and enforcing your rights to preserve and grow it?

Can Startups Really Benefit From Having a Mentor?

Can Startups Really Benefit From Having a Mentor?

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Can Startups Really Benefit From Having a Mentor?

New Covent Garden Soup's John Stapleton shares his thoughts on the value a mentor can add to a startup and explores how to choose the right mentor for your business

The Construction SME's Guide to Securing Tools

The Construction SME's Guide to Securing Tools

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The Construction SME's Guide to Securing Tools

Tool theft can be a huge strain on any construction company, and can even put some out of business. Storage Giant's Simon Williams explores the best ways to secure your tools

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Business Premises

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Business Premises

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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Business Premises

Finding the perfect business premises can be a complicated task. Mike Patterson of We Buy Any House examines the key aspects to consider and pitfalls to avoid

How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

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How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

Many small businesses start life from the kitchen table, spare bedroom or garden shed. Merje Shaw, MD of Path59, shares her advice on getting your business off the ground

How SMEs Can Benefit From the Gig Economy

How SMEs Can Benefit From the Gig Economy

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How SMEs Can Benefit From the Gig Economy

SMEs are turning to the gig economy for a permanent solution that can support innovation and deliver quality to clients. Cause4's Michelle Wright explores how

The Small Business Guide to Biophilic Design

The Small Business Guide to Biophilic Design

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The Small Business Guide to Biophilic Design

Employee wellbeing is becoming crucially important in the workplace, especially for small businesses. Here's one way to turn your office into a paradise of productivity

AI and Automation Technology for SMEs

AI and Automation Technology for SMEs

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AI and Automation Technology for SMEs

Artificial intelligence and automation are transforming how large businesses operate, but they also offer huge opportunities for small businesses. Here's our guide

Leading With Honesty and Transparency

Leading With Honesty and Transparency

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Leading With Honesty and Transparency

Maintaining integrity, honesty, and transparency as the leader of a small business is no mean feat. Former serviceman Evan Weinburg shares his own experiences and advice

UK Exports: Why you should start exporting to Asia

UK Exports: Why you should start exporting to Asia

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UK Exports: Why you should start exporting to Asia

With high economic growth and ideal market conditions in the Far East, exporting to Asia has never been easier and, potentially, more lucrative for UK SMEs

The Changing Tide of Women in Finance

The Changing Tide of Women in Finance

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The Changing Tide of Women in Finance

The numbers of women in the financial services industry has been a topic of contention for a few years now but, slowly, the tide is changing. Aanisah Begg of Midven takes a look at why

Can High Street Stores Win Against E-commerce?

Can High Street Stores Win Against E-commerce?

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Can High Street Stores Win Against E-commerce?

The future of the high street relies on retailers understanding their customers and, in particular millennials and generation Z, the 20-30 years old of the present and future

Small Business Toolkit: Online Learning Resources

Small Business Toolkit: Online Learning Resources

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Small Business Toolkit: Online Learning Resources

Using e-learning and staff training services is becoming more and more important for businesses. Here's how to update the skills of your workforce with online learning

What is Agile? A Guide for Non-Developers

What is Agile? A Guide for Non-Developers

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What is Agile? A Guide for Non-Developers

Agile project management has revolutionized team collaboration and development. But how can you incorporate the Agile approach in your business? Jug Babic of VivifyScrum takes a look

How SMEs Can Prepare for the Future of Work

How SMEs Can Prepare for the Future of Work

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How SMEs Can Prepare for the Future of Work

With the use of AI and automation increasing in the business world, how can SMEs prepare for the future of the workplace? Stephen Quinn, founder of Jobbio, takes a look

How to Start a Photography Business

How to Start a Photography Business

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How to Start a Photography Business

Starting a Photography Business takes technical knowledge, creative talent and determination to succeed. Here's an in-depth guide to getting started

What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

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What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

All businesses have a trade mark - in fact, it's nearly impossible to trade without one. But to truly safeguard your brand reputation, getting your trade mark registered is crucial

Five Top Tips for Working With Freelancers

Five Top Tips for Working With Freelancers

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Five Top Tips for Working With Freelancers

Working with freelancers can cause problems for business owners. Here's our guide to communicating and collaborating with freelance workers effectively

The Companies Using Tech to Tackle Food Waste

The Companies Using Tech to Tackle Food Waste

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The Companies Using Tech to Tackle Food Waste

The founders of OLIO and Karma discuss their missions to tackle the growing food waste issue, how technology can help, and what the future holds for the industry