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NI Contributions Bill Goes To Parliament

Businesses and charities can benefit from an annual £2,000 employment allowance towards their national insurance contributions as part of the National Insurance Contributions Bill introduced to Parliament last week. 

 It is expected to be in place by April 2014 and employers will need to confirm their eligibility via the normal payroll process. The allowance will be deducted over a year from employers’ PAYE payments. 

There is more about the announcement at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/employment-allowance-boost-for-business-bill-introduced-to-parliament

Sc: MGBA, UKBA

Get Grant Ready – with an online elearning course!

Are you a beginner when it comes to writing winning funding applications?

If you are interested in learning how to compile successful funding applications, but don’t have extensive funds to spend on training, you will be pleased to hear that Idox Information Solutions has launched an online version of its popular ‘Get Grant Ready – A Beginner’s Course in Funding Applications’ training course.

This elearning programme offers the same content as the face-to-face training, but can be followed anytime, anywhere. Covering everything from ‘Different Types of Funder’, to ‘Why Applications Fail’, the programme includes many practical exercises to ensure trainees fully immerse themselves in the course material.

‘Get Grant Ready’ is a comprehensive introduction to funding applications and is available to organisations across the UK for an introductory offer of £55 plus VAT per person (or £500 plus VAT for up to 10 staff members).

For more information, visit:

http://www.j4bcommunity.co.uk/Page.aspx?SP=8191

Don’t Miss out On Europe

  Despite all the gloom surrounding the Euro zone almost 40% of members of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) are actively exporting their goods and services in 2013.  This is a significant increase on 32% last year.  Additionally, according to a BCC survey the EU remains the largest market for UK exporters with 87% of respondents trading in the region.

Potential future growth markets favoured by current exporters include Brazil, Russia and Qatar, and the majority of respondents stated that ease of finding overseas customers and distributors were the factors most likely to encourage them to export.

As ever if you have any thoughts or comments about this topic or my blog please use the comment box below or email me at martin.parry@mgba.co.uk
There is more about the BCC survey results at:
http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/policy-maker/policy-reports-and-publications/2013-international-trade-survey.html

Sc: BCC, MGBA, UKBA

Birmingham Home To Fastest Growing Businesses – Poll

According to a poll by GrowthAccelerator birmingham is home to the fastest growing businesses in the UK.  Closely followed by by Westminster, Leeds and Manchester.  If you think your business location is key to your growth and prosperity click here for a Guardian poll on the subject.

Portsmouth Businesses to Hear About GrowthAccelerator

Manufacturers around Portsmouth are being invited to an event to learn how HMG’s GrowthAccelerator programme can help them.  The event, organised jointly by Portsmouth City Council and Business Growth and Support, is to be held at the Portsmouth Enterprise Centre will be addressed by Pauline Rippon of UKTI; Mark Barber and Richard Cooper of GrowthAccelerator and Patrick Lee of MAS.

thev event is being held on 29th May and doors open at 2.30 pm.  for more information you can call Madeline Morton on 07425 133084 or email her on madeline@businessgrowthandsupport.co.uk.

Sc: Portsmouth News

Sc: MGBA

GrowthAccelorator

GrowthAccelerator is a new partnership between the government and the private sector designed to help growing businesses to identify and then overcome barriers to growth. Small and medium sized business owners and senior managers will get to work with world-class growth experts to help them achieve their potential. The programme focuses on areas such as:

  • Creating new products and services.
  • Developing new business opportunities.
  • Effective marketing and sales.
  • Improving management capability.

Businesses can find out if they qualify for support by entering their details on the new Midlands GrowthAccelerator page.

MGBA Supporting a new client

Today is a busy day.  My MGBA colleagues and I have signed a new client and, as always in these cases, there is loads to do.

This is a new start up business headed up by a guy who has considerable experience in his sector but needs help with the organisation and funding.

So emails are flashing back and forth as his cashflow and P&L develops. Conference calls are under way for funding and suppliers.  And finally we are building his sales / marketing plan too.

All this is happening pretty much on the hoof as sales are happening as we speak and the client is already installing product on his customers’ sites.

All terrific stuff and everyone working under pressure but having a great time.

Funding Partners; HSBC; Young Britain; BCRS

Business coaching and support: MGBA

Sc: Martin Parry


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