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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES GRANTS AND GUIDANCE 

AVAILABLE NOW (January 2016) - TO HELP YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS.

 

GET IN TOUCH TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN HELP YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS

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START-UP LOANS UP TO £25,000

http://www.startuploans.co.uk

Full details and terms and conditions available on this link for up to £25,000 on a one to five year term.

 

GRANTS OF UP TO £50,000 TO HELP CREATE BUSINESS GROWTH AND JOBS

http://www.leader-programme.org.uk

Full details and terms and conditions of this programme on this link.  Areas covered include The Chilterns, Aylesbury Vale, Rural Milton Keynes, and South Northants.  Grants of up to £50,000 are available to promote growth of micro and small businesses in rural areas.

 

START-UP LOANS UPTO £10,000, AND BUSINESS LOANS UP TO £20,000

http://www.fredericksfoundation.org/loans

For start-up businesses we offer up to a maximum of £10,000, though the average loan is less than £5,000. For established businesses with a financial track record of at least 3 years the maximum loan is £20,000.

 

FINANCING START-UPS IN AYLESBURY VALE

http://www.investaylesburyvale.com/starting/financing-your-start-up/grants-incentives-start-businesses/

Useful information advice and contacts.

 

FINANCING SUPPORT IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE FROM BBF

http://www.bbf.uk.com/business-support/start-in-bucks/Financing-a-business

Useful information advice and contacts.

 

FINANCING SUPPORT FROM THE LEP IN OXFORDSHIRE

http://www.oxfordshirelep.org.uk/content/funding-you

The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership work with local, national and international government, to provide local businesses with funding, more details on this link.

 

SOUTH EAST MIDLANDS LEP (SEMLEP) FUNDING AND SUPPORT

http://www.semlep.com/funding-support/

Useful information and guidance on funding, and attending a business support workshop for those who are looking to expand their business.

 

APPRENTICESHIP GRANT OF UP TO £7,500 PER BUSINESS

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-grant-employer-fact-sheet

Help and support is available along with a grant of up to £1,500 per apprentice, max 5 per business, total £7,500.  From Jan 2015 the grant is available to businesses with less than 50 employees, subject to availability and eligibility criteria.

 

£5,000 TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS INNOVATE

https://vouchers.innovateuk.org/

An Innovation Support Voucher gives you up to £5,000 to work with an external expert for the first time.  It allows you to gain new knowledge to help your business innovate, develop and grow.

 

GROWTH VOUCHERS UP TO £2,000

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/growth-vouchers-programme#growth-voucher-main-programme-forms

The Growth Voucher programme helps companies find and pay for professional strategic advice. 

 

INVESTMENT POTENTIAL FROM FINANCE SOUTH EAST GROUP

http://www.thefsegroup.com/?=1284

The FSE Group invests in small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) that have the potential for significant growth.

 

INTERNATIONAL TRADING GRANTS

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to help them achieve overseas growth. UKTI can advise upon International Trade Advisors to help companies looking to export overseas. There are currently grants available for market research, attending overseas Trade Shows, and developing products for overseas export, as well as a wide range of training and skills programmes.

 

INNOVATE UK FUNDING AND SUPPORT FROM £5,000

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board.  Innovate UK is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills. Innovate UK fund, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable growth.

 

CARBON TRUST

http://www.carbontrust.com/

The Carbon Trust’s Mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable low carbon economy.  The Carbon Trust are independent experts on carbon reduction and resource efficiency, who reinvest surpluses from group commercial activities into their Mission.

 

NINE DAYS FOC SPECIALIST SUPPORT FOR VCS ENTERPRISES IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

http://grantscape.org.uk/fund/newfutures-buckinghamshire/

If you are in the Voluntary and Community Sector or other a Not-For-Profit enterprise in Buckinghamshire, you could be eligible for a free half day support from Community Impact Bucks and the up to nine days free specialist support.

 

JOB SEEKER ASSISTANCE

http://www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work

https://www.gov.uk/new-enterprise-allowance

The support available includes a weekly allowance and a loan to assist with start-up costs.

 

SOURCES OF HELPFUL INFORMATION INCLUDES:

 

PREPARING A BUSINESS PLAN

http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/writing-a-business-plan/

http://www.gov.uk/write-business-plan

Most funders and grant bodies will appreciate a business that has a well-structured business plan.

 

FINANCE OPTIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS EXPLAINED

https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-explained

The most suitable finance options for your business depends on many things, this guide helps by explaining the different types of funding available.

 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/financing-a-business/government-grants/

Articles and advice on how small businesses can get a government grant, along with helpful guides on the different types of business grants available to business owners starting and running a business.

 

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UK companies lag US rivals in social media

Social media is now an integral part of the corporate communications mix, and corporate content drives social media engagement. UK companies are failing to engage their audience with the same success as US companies further details here.

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33% growth over the last 5 years - how do you compare?

There has been growth of 33% over the last 5 years in the UK medium sized business market.  This sector accounts for less than 1% of all firms and delivers more than 33% of the UK's revenue - over £1 trillion - and accounts for one in four jobs in the UK.  Full details in this report.  How do you compare with this average?

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Tax considerations in 2015 for SME's - headlines

Tax considerations in 2015 for SME’s - headlines

 

For the business:

100% Business Rate Relief for rateable values below £12,000.

Employment Allowance on Employer National Insurance worth up to £2,000.

Only 10% Corporation Tax through patent Box Scheme.  SME’s can claim a lower rate of Corporation Tax on profits earned from patented inventions.

Claim up to 32.6% of R&D costs back through R&D Tax Credits.

 

For Investors:

30% tax relief through EIS on investments up to £1m; and

50% tax relief through SEIS on investments up to £100k.

 

Personal:

Personal tax allowance increases to £10,600 in 2015/16; and

ISA Allowance increases to £15,240 in 2015/16.

 

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Networking: why bother?

Networking: why bother?

Business research shows the real benefits of networking, and why should we be investing in developing our referral skills ahead of other forms of advertising.

We typically trust word of mouth referrals more than any other source.

Traditional channels continue to be trusted more than “on-line” channels.

Word of mouth business referrals typically result in:

·         Higher order conversion rates on web sites (up to 75% higher)

·         Greater likelihood of repeat business (up to 37% higher)

·         Greater customer lifetime value (up to twice the value).

The table below compares the extent we trust referrals by “word of mouth” with other forms of “advertising”.

 

Traditional

 

On-line

Referral - word of mouth

84%

 

 

On-line: consumer opinions

 

 

68%

Editorial content - newspaper

67%

 

 

Ads on the TV

62%

 

 

Ads in magazines & newspapers

60%

 

 

Ads on-line from search engine results

 

 

48%

Ads on-line video

 

 

48%

Ads in Social networks

 

 

48%

Ads  on-line banners

 

 

42%

Ads linked to texts

 

 

37%


Source:
The Nielsen Company 2013.  % scores relate to completely trust and somewhat trust scores – global averages. 

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Social Media: what they are and how to use them

Social media : What they are, and how you can use them

Facebook: Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Allows you to build communities and brand pages to consolidate your content and share it with your own community/fans as well as groups.

Google Plus: Authorship, rather than backlinks, is a big part of Google’s search engine now. Google+ brings popular social-media features like comments, photo- and music-sharing, video-chat, etc. to your social circles. It's basically what any user chooses it to be, from an ongoing conversation to a platform of self-expression, with tools for making it as individual or collective as you want. Google Plus participation builds up your Authority Ranking which, in SEO, is now more valuable than Page Rank.

Instagram: Is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.  As a picture sharing platform, instagram can allow you to share the experience of events and moments with a large audience.

LinkedIn: A business-oriented networking service.  Allows you to communicate your professional accomplishments, and write articles as a ‘subject matter expert’ in a professional community.

Pinterest:  A web and mobile application that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board. Pinterest Boards are a great platform for sharing visual content like branded inspiration Meme’s, mood boards and infographics.

SlideShare: A Web based slide hosting service, a presentation platform for sharing portfolios, whitepapers, slideshows and infographics that demonstrate your knowledge or skills.  Users can upload files privately or publicly. 

Twitter: Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.  It provides the opportunity to share multimedia content and engage in one to many, or many to many, micro-conversations.

YouTube:  A video distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. The opportunity to discover, watch and share videos.  To create your visual presence and personality with large audiences.

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Welcome to our new website

After a couple of months of planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website. 

We thought it was finally time to retire the old site and replace it with a slicker, more advanced website.

We’re proud to reveal a new look that we feel better reflects our company today.

If you have any comments, please contact us!

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