Managing a business

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Growing your business

If the time is right to expand your business, you'll find valuable information here on planning for growth and managing it through, including:

  • developing a strategy for growth
  • assessing your resources and capacity
  • monitoring your business performance.
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A guide to business lending

Business lending can help your business grow and thrive. We take a closer look at the different borrowing options open to businesses and the application process.

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Becoming a director

Being a director of your own limited company can be very fulfilling, but it also brings legal responsibilities and duties to your shareholders. We’ll take you through:

  • your duties
  • your legal responsibilities
  • your liabilities.
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Brexit FAQs

Find answers to the most pressing questions you have about the UK’s exit from the EU. The questions cover:

  • general enquiries
  • business strategy
  • operations and business practices
  • supply chain management
  • financing and investments
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Financing for growth

Growing your business can often involve spending more before you see that investment returned as increased profit. Our guide will help you:

  • Decide if your business is ready to grow
  • Be ready for the results
  • Find ways to fund your expansion plans.
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Business premises

Taking on the right new premises for your business can be a daunting prospect. We take you through the essentials including:

  • The legal issues
  • Insurance
  • Where to find expert help.
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Employing staff

Your staff are likely to be one of your key business resources. We look at the responsibilities and challenges of being an employer:

  • Employment law including the Equality Act
  • Helpful payroll systems
  • How to keep your staff, and keep them happy.
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Contingency planning

Good business management means planning for when things go wrong, as well as when things go right. See what you need to consider and how to set up a contingency plan:

  • Identify risks to your business
  • What to include in your contingency plan
  • Testing your plans and keeping them safe.
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Time management

Even the most successful businesses and organisations look for ways to increase profits through improved productivity and efficiency. Better time management can help you do just that through:

  • Identifying your priorities
  • Reducing distractions
  • Using tools to help you manage your time better.
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Marketing and customer relations

Put very simply, marketing is about getting the right product to the right people. We can show you how to write a marketing plan for your business and deepen customer relationships through:

  • Identifying your marketing objectives
  • Planning your tactics and setting a budget
  • Improving customer service and encouraging repeat business.
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Becoming a sustainable business not only brings environmental benefits but economic and commercial benefits too. Our sustainability guide will:

  • Help you create an individual sustainability action plan
  • Advise you on how to make more of your green credentials
  • Link you to a range of national and local organisations that can help.
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Support through difficult times

Find out what support is available to you if you are experiencing financial difficulty including:

  • Helping you to review your financial situation
  • Working with you to develop a plan
  • Identifying external support
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9 ways to improve cash flow

Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business. See how to keep it healthy by improving forecasting, scenario planning, communication and effective oversight.

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