Engaging an investor

Posted by Darren Wingfield 01 November 2018 12:35 PM

Great, so you’re looking to grow your business. You may have read our previous post on the importance of taking a step back and assessing your options. If not, take a look here.

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Topics: Scale Up

Looking for business growth investment – are you ready?

Posted by Darren Wingfield 25 October 2018 08:43 AM

Business owners looking for funding to finance their growth plans have probably heard the term ‘investor ready’ used a lot! Unsurprisingly, investor readiness can mean a number of different things depending on the investor.

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Topics: Scale Up

Embarking on your business growth journey? Take a step back!

Posted by Darren Wingfield 18 October 2018 09:50 AM

Growing businesses are vital to our economy. In the North East of England alone, we have over 142,000 private sector businesses contributing billions of pounds to the economy and enabling the employment of almost half a million people (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy). The growth of even a small percentage of these businesses would have an incredible effect on the sustainability of our region, creating a positive future for ourselves and generations to come.

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Topics: Scale Up

How To Drive Revenues For Your E-Commerce Business This Year

Posted by Darren Wingfield 01 June 2018 06:36 AM

Driving revenue for your e-commerce business is a target for many in 2018. With the current woes on the High Street spreading, e-commerce is set to take up the slack and provide consumers with a way to get what they need from retailers as easily as possible, 24 hours a day. With this in mind, here are the beat ways to drive revenues for your e-commerce business today

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Topics: Business Owner E-Commerce

All You Need To Know About A Hosted E-Commerce Website

Posted by Darren Wingfield 29 May 2018 11:42 AM

When building an e-commerce website, there are a number of considerations to make. At the top of the list is the decision whether to build your own site or use the tools already available through hosted sites. These sites are structured to make things as easy as possible for the business owner that is new to all of this, but how do they stack up against starting from scratch? Here is our guide on all you need to know about a hosted e-commerce website 

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Topics: Business Owner E-Commerce

Want To Step Up Your R&D Tax Claim? You Need To Read This First

Posted by Joanne Warren 25 May 2018 06:30 PM

An R&D tax claim can make a big difference for a business. There is the potential to get money back from the tax man and boost your business. But if you want to step up with an R&D tax claim, you need to know what it is all about. Don’t do anything with your R&D tax claim until you have read this –

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Topics: R&D Tax

Build your e-commerce business without spending a fortune

Posted by Darren Wingfield 22 May 2018 11:39 AM

Having an e-commerce business can feel like it is a constant drain on resources. There are so many areas to spend on to make sure that all the plates are still spinning all the time. Marketing and sales are just one small part of the jigsaw, while constant development of the platform is needed to keep up with the competition (which is now global) and keep customers happy. Unless you have deep pockets, it can feel like e-commerce isn’t the place for the fainthearted.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a number of ways that you can boost your e-commerce business without breaking the bank. Here is our guide on how to make that budget stretch as far as you can 

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Topics: Business Owner E-Commerce

5 things you need to know about Scaling Up your North East Business

Posted by Phil Murray 18 May 2018 02:41 PM

There is lots of talk going around the North East right now in relation to "Scale Up Businesses". We have recently been successful in becoming a solutions provider for Scale-up North East so wanted to shed some light on what this programme means...

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Topics: Business Building Scale Up North East

7 Tips For A Successful Professional Services Business

Posted by Darren Wingfield 15 May 2018 09:46 AM

Providing a B2B service for others can be a rewarding business. There will be plenty of companies out there that need what you can provide. But you need to make those connections that power your professional services business and turn it into a success. Here is our guide to the 7 tips for a successful professional services business and what they can mean to you –

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Topics: Business Owner Professional Services

Guide To Showcasing Your Tech Talent As You Launch Your Business

Posted by Darren Wingfield 11 May 2018 08:22 AM

Starting out with your own tech business is an exciting time. You want to make the most of this opportunity, but one question keeps on coming up from prospective clients 

“Can you show me the work you have already done for others?”

And this can be a problem if you have just launched your business. As much as you don’t want to say it, the response is often 

“Err, no. I’ve just started out and don’t have anything yet.”

And this can be an embarrassing conversation to have. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are creative ways to showcase your talent and attract new business – even as a startup. So, how is this done?

Essentially, the skills that you would use to produce for a new client can be used in other ways to help you win business. Here are some ideas

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Topics: Business Owner Science & Tech