Grow your Business with this Awesome North East Fund.

Posted by Phil Murray 13 September 2017 09:19 AM

As business owners we are all constantly looking to improve our businesses and that often involves turning to external expertise to complete a project. Do you need a new website? Need an animated video creating? Need legal or HR support? Maybe you have already considered a new project but the costs are an issue. The North East Business Support Fund (NEBSF) could give you up to 35% towards the cost of the work and it can includes a huge array of projects.  

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Topics: Raising Finance Business Building

When you wake up feeling positive about the future...

Posted by Darren Wingfield 23 February 2017 10:47 AM

After attending the BQ National Emerging Entrepreneur of the year awards last night, our MD, Glyn Davison woke full of positive energy and wanted to explain why.

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Topics: Business Owner Business Start Up Raising Finance

What grants are available in the North East?

Posted by Phil Murray 16 February 2016 07:30 AM

One of the most popular questions we often get asked is; "Are there any grants available at the moment?" or "Can i get a grant towards that?".

With that in mind we thought it would be worthwhile to share news about a grant that is availble to North East Businesses with a deadline of 25th March 2016.

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Topics: Raising Finance Business Start Up

How to raise finance the right way

Posted by Phil Murray 03 December 2014 11:12 AM

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Author: Philip Murray

In the current economic climate, many small businesses are struggling to secure the external finance that they need to achieve their growth. If you want to understand better how to source finance from banks, venture capital firms, and others, then read on. Many people ask us, is it a good time to start up in business and raise finance and the fact is that there are undoubtedly more sources of funding for pre-start, start-up, growing and existing businesses than ever before.

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Topics: Raising Finance Business Owner

How do I Access Business Grants in the North East?

Posted by Phil Murray 27 November 2014 11:58 AM

If you’re a small business owner or thinking of starting a business, funding is probably one of your biggest concerns. When they realise I have been successful in raising grant funding, most business owners ask me if there is any grant funding available for them.

The simple answer is yes, but getting your hands on it can be a complex and rather stressful process. There are various schemes, each with their own set of criteria, which you can apply for depending on your stage of business.

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Topics: Raising Finance Business Start Up Business Owner

The 7 things you need to know about raising equity finance

Posted by Phil Murray 01 September 2014 01:15 PM

Raising funding for a startup is hard. There’s no question about it: raising equity finance from angel investors or venture capitalists is a huge hurdle for almost every startup out there.

The reality is that very few startups are successful at getting funded. UK Funders – which tracks a lot of angel investments – notes that only 3% of deals its angel investors looked at ended up raising finance. So the odds aren’t good. And truthfully, not every startup needs funding, you can always bootstrap or raise “friends and family” money. But for those startups and entrepreneurs that are going to raise venture capital or angel investment, you need to be as prepared as possible.

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Topics: Business Start Up Raising Finance

Grants of £2,000 available for business advice!

Posted by Phil Murray 27 August 2014 04:00 PM

What is the Growth Voucher programme and how does it help me?

The Growth Vouchers programme will distribute vouchers to around 20,000 small businesses across England focusing on the small businesses who have never sought business advice before. Small businesses will be randomly chosen to receive a voucher of up to £2,000 towards the cost of the strategic advice.

If you’re a small business that’s looking to grow with help then this voucher programme is worth spending 5 minutes completing the online form and applying for and if successful can help with up to 50% of costs towards getting that strategic business advice.

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Topics: Business Start Up Raising Finance

NEWS FLASH - A further £2M of grants available for North East Businesses

Posted by Phil Murray 17 April 2014 12:15 PM

After a late phone call last night, I wanted to advise you about an extension to some regional grant funding available from the “Lets Grow” fund.

This grant funding is now available to be applied for by any business based in the North East that has planned capital expenditure projects with a value of more that £150K. The key to being successful in this round is that that expenditure must leads to the creation of new jobs or the safeguarding of existing.

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner Raising Finance

The Banks aren’t lending – are you sure about that?

Posted by Darren Wingfield 04 April 2014 02:11 PM

Wherever you look there is a strong message around that the banks just aren’t lending to businesses. In my experience of working with new and early stage businesses the fact is that the finance is there, in abundance.

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Topics: Business Start Up Business Owner Raising Finance

How Do I Access Business Funding?

Posted by Phil Murray 03 March 2014 12:48 PM

How Do I Access Business funding?

Does this sound like you?

1) I want to grow my business but I don’t know where to go to get the money to fund it.

2) I am a start up business and cash flow is a constant worry. Surely there are grants available?

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Topics: Business Start Up Raising Finance