Archive for the ‘Sales and marketing’ Category

Start or grow your business now – what’s holding you back?

Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:58 6 Comments

It’s a New Year and the entrepreneurial juices are flowing. It’s time to start the business that you’ve been talking about for years. What’s stopping you? Or maybe you’ve already got a business but it’s not growing as fast as you had thought, what has to happen to make this year the year it doubles [...]

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How to find more customers – the top 5

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:18 2 Comments

1. Get free PR If there was an unlimited amount of money to spend, advertising would be easy, but normally there isn’t. So what can you do? Well this is where free PR comes in. PR is of course short for Public Relations and was the remit of large corporations, but has now become a [...]

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Get more customers – provide a better service than your competitors

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 15:27 2 Comments

After writing the title of this piece I thought what more can I say? That’s it isn’t it? Provide a better service than your competitors and you will win business. But maybe it’s worth thinking about this a bit deeper. No one actually sets out to deliberately provide a bad service and does it really [...]

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Why SEO means sales for your business website

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 15:39 1 Comment

Almost all businesses now days have to have a web site. Even if you don’t sell over the web, your customers will expect to be able to find you on it. If they know your name and it’s fairly unique then you are likely to be found. That’s good, you can give your customers contact [...]

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To grow a business employ a “great one”.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 13:51 No Comments

Whenever I hear advice from successful entrepreneurs the most consistent mantra is “always hire the best people you can afford”. But how good is “the best”, how do you measure that? Also, if you are in a young company, with very limited resources, how much can you really afford? Let’s step back for a moment [...]

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How to market smarter.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 16:56 3 Comments

I spent an enjoyable couple of days doing one-to-ones on business planning at a conference last week and the area that was most misunderstood was the need to define and understand your market. It sounds simple, everyone of course understands their market don’t they, it’s obvious. The market is whoever will buy from us. We [...]

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Division to provide business help is launched

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 10:29 No Comments

  Company Partners has been a blessing for those businesses who are looking for business partners, mentors and investors, but what if you need to reorganise your business to make it more profitable, or to grow?   I’ve been helping companies that have approached us for a while now, but eventually there is only so [...]

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Learning from great Entrepreneurs

Thursday, November 18, 2010 10:23 No Comments

Last night I attended the keynote event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), yes it’s this week, how could you miss it? Sitting in a packed conference centre of the British Library, I looked around at the alert eager faces of budding Entrepreneurs and thought this has to be the future for Britain. Tom Bewick, the [...]

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Getting sales – the single biggest issue for a small business – Part 2

Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:04 No Comments

Last week I talked about having a simple sales & marketing plan for your business. It doesn’t have to be particularly fancy, but you should have bounced ideas around with your team (find someone to do this with if a sole trader) and written it down. The act of documenting it is important, clears up [...]

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Getting sales – the single biggest issue for a small business – Part 1

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 15:22 15 Comments

Hands up those who have more sales than they can handle? It does happen, but for most small businesses it is a constant battle to get customers. You’ve got a good product or service; in fact you are probably very proud of the quality and cost effectiveness of your offering. But sales don’t seem to [...]

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