The top 6 tips to success for a professional services business

Posted by Phil Murray 24 April 2018 09:39 AM

Starting up a professional service business can feel like there is a lot of activity in the very early days to get established and develop the relationships that will take you forward. With so many potential uses for your valuable time, it can be difficult to know where to focus to get the best results. We have been supporting startup businesses to find their feet and head on the right tracks. Here are our top 6 tips to success for a professional services business –

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner Business Building

St George and the dragon – what does this mean for your business?

Posted by Phil Murray 20 April 2018 02:45 PM

It will be St George’s Day on 23rd April. There is one thing that most of us associate with the man. Legend has it that St George, the patron saint of England, fought off a dragon and this can be found on much of the art celebrating and venerating the man. It perhaps isn’t that well known that St George is the patron saint of many countries in Europe. With this in mind, we will look at the legend of St George fighting the dragon and what this could possibly mean for your business –

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Topics: Business Owner

How To Build Great Relationships For Your Professional Services Business

Posted by Neil Graham 17 April 2018 07:03 AM

To develop your professional services business, you must develop the strong relationships that will bring you in quality business over a period of time. Getting some key clients on board with what you do will help you to grow your business and develop. We can see this at all levels of business relationships from small business to international trade. But these relationships for your professional services business don’t happen overnight. They need to be nurtured. Here is our guide to how to build great relationships for your professional services business –

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Topics: Business Owner Professional Services

6 tips on how to develop a food and drink business

Posted by Neil Graham 13 April 2018 01:19 PM

Developing a food and drink business can be a real challenge. Many of them fail in the very early days and much of this is down to not being in a position to develop and grow. Getting the basics right is a starting point, but a food and drink business needs to know where to take it next. Keeping your head above water is only possible for a short period of time. Moving to the next level is where the real challenge comes in. Here are our 6 tips on how to develop a food and drink business –

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Topics: Business Owner Food and Drink

The North East grows as a tech hotspot

Posted by Joanne Warren 10 April 2018 11:49 AM

The North East has become a tech hotspot, with more space being made across Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Newton Aycliffe and the rest of the North East. A new proposal to expand space in Newcastle has been announced recently as the area looks to move away from an industrial past and towards a high-tech future.

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Topics: R&D Tax

7 Ways To Differentiate Your Food And Drink Brand

Posted by Neil Graham 06 April 2018 09:46 AM

Getting the most from your food and drink brand is a case of standing out in what can often be a crowded marketplace. There are many ways to do this. The idea of cutting costs, prices and margins is a dangerous route as with paper thin margins, there is little in the way of a buffer if you encounter issues or a competitor undercuts you. But don’t worry, there are many other ways of standing out from the crowd. With that in mind, here is our guide to 7 ways to differentiate your food and drink brand for future success –

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Topics: Business Owner Food and Drink

The UK is open for business with Brexit looming

Posted by Joanne Warren 03 April 2018 11:11 AM

As Brexit negotiations continue, the signs are there from the government that the UK is open for business, and ready to strike trade deals when Brexit is finalised. In the Budget of November 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the R&D tax allowance is to be increased for large firms. The works alongside a restated commitment to fund this vital tax break until the tax year 2020/21 at least.

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Topics: R&D Tax

Business lessons from April Fool’s Day pranks

Posted by Phil Murray 30 March 2018 12:57 PM

April 1st has long been associated with pranks and fooling around. It is said to have come from the changing calendar as different rulers tries to impose their own ideas on how the year was structured. However this has arisen, it is now linked to hoaxes and a bit of fun, with the BBC being a major contributor in the UK. But, there are some vital lessons for business in all of this. Thinking about how you can look ahead to avoid a possible prank can also give you some business lessons to take forward. Here are our top tips –

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Topics: Business Owner

The R&D tax mystery

Posted by Joanne Warren 27 March 2018 11:55 AM

There’s a place somewhere. Deep in a dark forest, perpetually surrounded by mist. The branches of the evergreen trees keep this secret location under constant cover from the sun. A fire rages. Two people make eye contact over the flames. They are thinking the same thing. Both want to be the first to say it. The tension in the air is palpable. The fire crackles. A crow flies low overhead and all of the people present raise their heads upwards to see the creature swoop.

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Topics: R&D Tax

George and Henry and the story of an R&D tax claim

Posted by Joanne Warren 22 March 2018 07:28 PM

George works hard in his business. He gets up early every day and organises his team. There are so many things to do and so little time to do them in. He plans ahead to ensure that he brings in the money needed to keep the business running and draw a small income for himself. The business has been running for a few years and he loves it. He wishes that things were a little easier, especially financially, but the feeling of satisfaction from building his own business is amazing.

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Topics: R&D Tax