Apple ‘optimistic’ about post-Brexit UK! Are you??

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook met Theresa May at Downing Street and said he thought the UK would be “just fine”‘ outside the European Union. The company plans to build a new UK headquarters in London.

His comments came as the US Chamber of Commerce said US firms had been delaying UK investment decisions. It has thousands of members in the US, including many large multinationals. Read more here

Is your business affected by Brexit or the threat of it?

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Attention all SMEs! Are you ready for Auto enrolment or are you confused??

fsb-logoAutomatic enrolment affects all UK employers. Every employer with at least one member of staff will be affected by the new automatic enrolment legislation. Employers will be required to set up a qualifying workplace pension scheme and enrol any staff that are eligible and contribute towards it. There are some substantial fines if you DON’t comply so you need to act NOW!

If you are a member of The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) they have arranged a solution designed to make complying with the legislation convenient and straightforward.

To learn more about how you can become a member (and make use of this and many more useful services ) contact me today on 07545 982838

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New advisory service for business start-ups in Portsmouth …

sb_infor_desk_logo_3Southern Business Growth Network (SBGN) are launching the Small Business Information Desk in Portsmouth Central Library aimed at providing help and support for people starting a business as well as providing a central point for information for existing businesses.  The  desk will be manned every Thursday from 10 am – 4  pm for a drop in service and there will be the opportunity to book appointments online.

“We have had a lot of enquiries at our Southampton Business Desk” said David Vane, founder and director of SBGN ”And we are looking forward to meeting people with their ideas and helping them to develop them into successful businesses. We believe that self-employment is  a viable option for many people, young and old today.”

ports-deskThe sessions will be called ‘ideas4business’ and SBGN will use their Trusted Partner Network of over 50 SMEs to provide help and advice on topics such as funding, employment, apprenticeships, starting up, scaling up…

SBGN also operate the Small Business Information Desk in Southampton Central Library every Wednesday.

For more information please go to www.sbgn.co.uk or call 07545 982838

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The Start-Up Series: Your chance to receive a £150,000 equity investment…

Over the next 12 months, The Start-Up Series competition will search for the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to each qualify for one of 12 planned seed investments from a total of £1.8m equity funding…

The UK’s largest ever seed funding search competition – The Start-Up Series – is now open for entries. Winners will qualify for funding from Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) fund created by Worth Capital. Launched by Startups.co.uk in partnership with Worth Capital, The Start-Up Series is a series of monthly competitions.Every month, one winning business will be selected to be put forward for up to £150,000 seed funding – subject to terms – from experienced and successful investors.

Where will the investment come from?

The investment is planned to come from a dedicated SEIS fund which is being launched specifically to back the qualified winners of the series of competitions. Read more…

 

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Make your business seem bigger! (#4) – Laura Bentley FSB

There’s a lot to think about when starting a new business, from where to base yourself, to how to manage cashflow, but one thing all new start-up businesses should focus on is what their target customers think about them and the conclusions they draw from those thoughts.

To help you over this obstacle, FSB has some tips to help your start-up seem bigger. –

590409_2147023270f346dc8da16829f313b674Get social!   Social media can be a great friend when it comes to managing perceptions. Tweet as ‘we’ instead of ‘I’, demonstrate your successes in handling larger contracts and paint a bigger picture of your start-up through the words you use and the content you share.

Follow these tips to boost your growth, but don’t forget to deliver quality and great service. Other assistance to help your journey is available from FSB. As the experts in business it offers members a wide range of business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government.

Established over 40 years ago, to help members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation led by members, for members. Its mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions so head to www.fsb.org.uk to discover more.

SBGN are FSB members and support start ups and new businesses – give us a call! or come along to our ideas4business sessions…

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Make your business seem bigger! (#3) – Laura Bentley FSB

fsb-logoThe Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says perceptions can be a great friend to small businesses, or a true enemy. Whilst ‘small is beautiful’, being pigeon-holed as ‘too small’ can see you missing out on work or orders and deter the customers you were confident your skills could attract.

To help you over this obstacle, FSB has some tips to help your start-up seem bigger or click here for the full article

Build confidence

Accumulate as many testimonials as possible, to demonstrate that you can handle sizeable pieces of work, or volume orders, despite your size. Use these on your website and in your LinkedIn profile.

Become an expert

Put yourself forward as a prospective speaker at business events and position yourself as an expert in your field. Many clients and customers trust smaller organisations that they perceive to have a rich vein of specialist knowledge running through them.

Video captureNetwork while managing perceptions

Get out and network frequently, with a business card that carries an official job title, rather than just your name, and which has a business address and telephone number that does not shout ‘small’. Attend events, so the same people see you in different business contexts and perceive you as being too active to be small.

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Make your business seem bigger! (#2) – Laura Bentley FSB

fsb-logoThe Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says perceptions can be a great friend to small businesses, or a true enemy. Whilst ‘small is beautiful’, being pigeon-holed as ‘too small’ can see you missing out on work or orders and deter the customers you were confident your skills could attract.

To help you over this obstacle, FSB has some tips to help your start-up seem bigger or click here for the full article.

  1. Email addresses

Always opt for an email address containing your business name. Having a Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail business email address will not elicit trust in your organisation. Invest in professional email footers and even adopt a firstname.lastname@ email format, to avoid being a joe@, if customers would expect to deal with more than one Joe within a supplier organisation.

  1. Telephony

Avoid being pigeon-holed geographically by getting an 033 number, or buying numbers with different town and city codes, which all redirect back to your main number. Using your mobile number as your main point of contact can again create an impression of being small, so if you want to answer calls on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, consider buying a Skype number.

  1. Office address

If using your home address as your business address could deter clients from employing your services, consider renting a virtual office. For just a small monthly outlay, you could access an address, mail forwarding, call handling and even hot desk facilities. Alternatively, buy a PO Box address.

Established over 40 years ago, to help members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation led by members, for members. Its mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions so head to www.fsb.org.uk to discover more.

SBGN are FSB members and support start ups and new businesses – give us a call! or come along to our ideas4business sessions…

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Make Your Business look Bigger (‘1) – Laura Bentley(FSB)

Woman 2There’s a lot to think about when starting a new business, from where to base yourself, to how to manage cashflow, but one thing all new start-up businesses should focus on is what their target customers think about them and the conclusions they draw from those thoughts.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says perceptions can be a great friend to small businesses, or a true enemy. Whilst ‘small is beautiful’, being pigeon-holed as ‘too small’ can see you missing out on work or orders and deter the customers you were confident your skills could attract.

To help you over this obstacle, FSB has some tips to help your start-up seem bigger or click here for the full article

  1. Choose the right name

working wivesHaving the right trading name is crucial. Using your own name could be a big mistake, instantly identifying you as a sole trader. Select a business name that gives no indication of size, or one that makes you sound bigger than you are. Change your name, if you’ve already made a mistake and it’s not too costly to do. Even a limited company’s name can be changed for under £40, on a same-day online service.

  1. Website

logoShowcase your business on a brand-building website from day one. Despite 90% of the UK population being active online, 29% of small and mid-sized businesses have no website, no plans to get one and aren’t listed in online directories. Many small businesses are failing to attract customers both on their doorstep and globally. If you don’t have the budget for a website, consider applying for an unsecured business loan such as those available from FSB Cash Advance. Have your website optimised for smartphones and invest not just in design, but also good copy, free from spelling errors and bad grammar.

Established over 40 years ago, to help members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation led by members, for members. Its mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions so head to www.fsb.org.uk to discover more.

SBGN are FSB members and support start ups and new businesses – give us a call! or come along to our ideas4business sessions…

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“Fantastic response at the Daily Echo Jobs Fair”- says David Vane…

The Southern Daily Echo Jobs Fair at O2 Southampton Guildhall

The Southern Daily Echo Jobs Fair at O2 Southampton Guildhall

Southern Business Growth Network (SBGN) had a very busy and successful day at the Daily Echo Jobs Fair on Tuesday this week with a lot of enquires and over 40 people who attended the presentation given by David Vane.
“It might seem a little strange for a company encouraging people to “start your own business”  attending a jobs fair but in fact we had a lot of interest in the idea.” said David Vane founder and director of SBGN.
David gave a presentation entitled Starting Your own Business” and he suggested that there was a definite interest from young people as an alternative to going to University or getting a job. See the presentation here…  (Just heard that 15% of the workforce are self employed!!)

SBGN are launching a package for start ups soon which will provide workshops, network meetings, mentoring and business support. If you would like to know more email ideas4business@sbgn.co.uk

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SBGN will be at the Daily Echo Jobs Fair next Tuesday in the Guildhall…

Jobsfair – Tuesday 20th September 10am – 3pm, O2 Guildhall Southampton

The Daily Echo’s highly successful Jobsfair returns to the O2 Guildhall, Southampton on Tuesday 20th September 2016. Between 10am and 3pm, a host of employers will be on hand to give advice and alert you to any opportunities that may be available and SBGN will be there to give advice and help about Starting Your Own Business

David VaneThroughout the day there’ll be a packed seminar programme giving advice and guidance on a range of  topics from advice on careers in popular sectors, CV and interview tips and at 12.30 David Vane will be presenting ” Starting your own business – an alternative to finding a job or unemployment?

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