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The Journey - help to be a successful consultant

Getting started as a business consultant can be a challenge. Whether starting out or looking to step change your business this is a programme that can help and support your journey.

 

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The challenges facing a growing business

Understanding the stages that most businesses go through will help their leaders be better prepared to deal with the challenges of growth.  This article shares some interesting insights. 

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Business Gamification with ROCKET

ROCKET uses the latest and best of breed gaming simulation technology, bringing all the benefits of experiential learning to training, assessment and team transformation.
As Confucius said, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”.
This is a highly flexible business game for 5 to 15 people and held on one day. Click here for a short 60 secs video with comments from participants.
The key benefits include:
 Improving business acumen
 Improving problem solving
 Helping team building
 A safe and fun environment
 Experimenting with strategies
 Helping to identify leadership talent; and
 Developing understanding of process improvement
We can facilitate ROCKET along with our colleagues from HEART of business, click here for more details on ROCKET, or contact us to discuss your requirements.
No Limits is a founder member and shareholder in HEART of business, a collaborative business development group which operates in London, and across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Surrey and Kent.

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Funding for Growth

Many business owners find themselves held back by the lack of funds to scale their business.
The recent 2017 SME Finance Monitor conducted by BDRC on behalf of High Street banks reveals that the trend is away from bank debt, with only 1 in 3 willing to consider this option, which compares with 1 in 2 from the survey two years earlier.
We can help business owners and directors seeking funding in a number of ways. Working with colleagues in HEART of business and our partners we have a wide range of options that can be considered.
Funding for Growth is a service we can offer. See more here or contact us for a confidential discussion.
No Limits is a founder member and shareholder in HEART of business, a collaborative business development group which operates in London, and across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Surrey and Kent.

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Discovery Conversation on Strategic Options

Many business owners hit a plateau, requiring some external intervention. We can help you reset your goals and achieve them with a Discovery Conversation on Strategic Options.
Managing an SME can be challenging. Creating, developing and managing a successful business requires many talents, and most of us need help along the way.
The Discovery Conversation on Strategic options is designed to explore and evaluate options that are both organic and inorganic.
With experience across the range of options we can help and working with expert practitioners we can also engage others to help with further evaluation and implementation of the chosen option(s).
Go here for more information or contact us for a confidential discussion.

 

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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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