Posts Tagged 'business planning'

How Resilient Is Your Business?

 

Is your organisation Resilient? Can you and your staff routinely adapt and keep providing “Business as Usual” for your customers even in times of crisis, or when a major unexpected disruption arises.

You can find out how to become more resilient now, just by answering a few questions about your business using this FREE Business Resilience Reporting toolkit.

All of your answers are kept completely confidential.   Your personal, comprehensive report is generated and emailed only to yourself.   You can use this report to help you prioritise and address any critical performance aspects in your own timescales.    It will also help you to identify ideas that may add further value and enhance your business and service offerings.

For any practical and expert help in the areas where you feel you need extra help and experience you can contact June Beddows, your MGBA expert in Resilience and all things Digital

Is Your Customer Service The Best It Can Be?

Customers expect their suppliers to provide a product or service that delivers

 what they want, when they need it, at a cost that they are prepared to pay and to a quality level that meets their expectations.
Enlightened businesses refer to this as the “Customer Promise”. Keep your promise and happy customers will return to you for more of what you delivered.

So how do you deliver what you promise?

To find out, read UKBA Boost Your Business in this blog soon!

Sc UKBA, MGBA, Martin.Parry@mgba.co.uk

 

Young People Are Considering Self-Employment

According to The Prince’s Trust 30% of young people believe they will be self employed in the future, while one in four expect to start up in business in the next five years. The Prince’s Trust and RBS also found that although just 5% of young people are currently self employed, over a quarter are actively considering it. The main barriers to starting up in business were concerns about funding and a lack of support. Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said “youth unemployment remains high and many are seeing self employment as a way to break the cycle of joblessness.”

The question in my mind is thatv whether these young people are being driven to self employment by lack of career options elsewhere.  And secondly, do they understand the implications of self employment.  In my view many only see the percieved frrdom and flexibility of running their own business.  Many quote the “no bosses” myth.  In fact, as those of us working for ouerselves know: the bank manager; the VAT; HMRC merely replace the boss at work.  I certainly believe that career and business organisations should be very wary of this. The well-known statistic of failure among ill prepared and trained would-be entrepeneurs should make us all very wary of this apparently-pleasing finding.  But what do you think?  Let me know by completing the form below.

More information on the survey: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about_the_trust/what_we_do/research/1305_youth_business_boom.aspx

Sc: MGBA, UKBA

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

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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