Matchmaker16 months ago

RELEASE DATE:   -Date-RELEASE TIME:     -Immediate-Osborne’s suggested business rate reforms w...

Pete_W5 months ago

Hi guys i am desperately wanting to decide on a name for my new business. I'm a florist but will be specialising on corporate events and larger functions working from home i need something sophisticated but with a quirky edge. Any ideas  

Porker4 months ago

Last year I organised with another business owner a business-to-business festival under the name NewBiz Business Festival here in Bromsgrove. This year's NewBiz Business Festival will be held at the Bank House Hotel near Worcester, on 11th October 2006, running from about 2pm until 8 or 9 pm including a seminar programme. It occurs to me that this year's Festival could also be used as an opportunity for forum members to have a regional get-together, as the location is relatively easily accessible from the West Midlands, Gloucester/Cheltenham and, further afield, Bristol, South Wales and Oxford. For example, forum members booking a table to exhibit could be identified as such or be grouped together in the hall, and a room could be set aside also for forum members for networking or a seminar etc. I'd like to know how many people would be interested in this. The cost of attendance would be reasonable, e.g. less then £60 to exhibit, nothing to simply come as a visitor. PM me with any comments and/or complete the poll, please.  

Porker4 months ago

class="article-intro secondary-text-colour">The £2 billion boost in R&D has been warmly welcomed by the business community, but innovation is more about thinking differently than just research alone.

petHead4 months ago

To coincide with a government drive to help business owners get paid on time, the Forum of Private Business and Graydon UK Ltd, a commercial credit reference agency, are to research small firms' attitudes to managing invoice payments and cash flow.

Col Minessota4 months ago

stephen72 said: ↑ Hi, I started my bookkeeping business last year and decided to be home basedas it would keep the costs down and hopefully make me more competative. However it has been difficult to find clients although i think that this may depend on which area of the country you are in. Hope it works out for youClick to expand... Thanks I can imagine it is difficult at first did you do much in the way of advertising ?  

petHead4 months ago

class="article-intro secondary-text-colour">Reliance on the state isn’t enough to protect the world's growing digital economy. Businesses must take equal responsibility in protecting themselves against the evolving threats

Mary4 months ago

Hi all, I run a lettings agency. I have tested various different strategies to attract landlords without much success. I have spoken to other successful letting agencies and none seem to a consistent means (month on month) of attracting landlords. Most businesses work on referrals alone and chance walk in off the street. I am well known in various property forums and am confident a proven system for attracting landlords, would sell well in the letting agency/landlord community. I think such a proven system could sell for in excess of £999. I know hundreds of people who would be interested in this just through my own channels. I am looking for work with someone to develop such a marketing strategy and then selling the entire package to letting agents/investors/landlords/ and splitting the profits 50/50. Please drop me an email at [email protected]/* */ if this project would be of interest to you. Thanks Jon  

FordOwner4 months ago

graeme1976 said: ↑ Good luck it is a very competitive environment. Really need to work on your USPClick to expand... Hello Ben! I wouldn't take USP too seriously, it's unlikely you have one. People will buy from you if they like you, so get out networking and make some great relationships with other businesses.  

Porker4 months ago

This is sounding stranger and stranger. You and her are self-employed people. You choose to take a regular drawing from the business, and hopefully this amount is always in the clear, and the business is, over the year, profitable. I'm sure at some point both of you have wondered where next months drawings are coming from? You are both aware of how much slack there is in your system. How on earth does she expect to suddenly find the extra running costs of an extra person to replace her. She's entitled to nothing from the Government. Exactly the same issue would happen if either of you were ill, or hospitalised. Have neither of you ever spoken to each other about how the business would manage illness? I'm a sole trader, have been totally this status since 2004, when I stopped working for somebody else and running my business part-time. I have always been aware that illness can cripple me in more than one manner! I created a financial 'cushion' as an emergency fallback - and I have used it a couple of times when I was injured while working. Having a month with no income hurt a bit, but I managed. Now I've got a friend in another similar business and we help each other - I take on some of his work when he is unable to do it and vice versa. You seem to have not planned for this at all. Pregnancy in relationships that often comes suddenly and without planning - hardly a one-off in the world. If you two are serious about the business, you have to talk about it - face-to-face and sort it out. IS the business buoyant enough to cover the cost of the maternity cover as an extra, not a replacement? If it is, and you value her input, suck it up. Then when you break your leg in a years time, she can cover you.  

Watergirl4 months ago

I normally represent sellers, but I have a few buyers who are keen to make an acquisition or two. Note: These are cash buyers, genuine buyers. I know they're serious because they've paid me a fee to find them the right business. The kind of businesses most in demand are as follows: Priority 1: Businesses not reliant on the owner/s* AND With turnover of at least £1 million AND With net profits of 8% or above Priority 2: Businesses not reliant on the owner/s* AND With turnover of £2 million+ AND At least five years old (whether or not profitable) Priority 3: Businesses not reliant on the owner/s* AND With turnover of £500K+ AND A history of profit over the last three years of no less than 20% net If your business fits any of those categories - whatever your industry / sector - and you are willing to explore a disposal, I'll put you in touch with buyers immediately. There'll be no cost to you. If your business doesn't fit the above, but you'd still like to sell, drop me a note anyway though in your case I can't guarantee a ready buyer. *Not reliant on the owner = Not a one-man band. Not a closely held and closely managed business. But it'll be a business that is run largely by a management team / staff with little to no day to day owner involvement.  

Watergirl4 months ago

The winners of the 13th annual Startups Awards have been announced, with intelligent background checking platform Onfido victorious as the overall winner – crowned Sage Startups Business of the Year.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

1-I am going to start Exclusive Local Movies broadcasting company on internet. 2-Next another company Exclusive local Singers music video release live on internet. [Both company i am going to build in mini social network style.] I have the team and the network with the Local Artist Celebrities. I have solid business strategy why the local movie production company and celebrity need to give me their exclusive movies for me to distribute to young audience. I have the solid marketing plan and monetizing plan on how to make profit on each product and also make profit for my clients. I will start small with small budget local movies and i have business strategy till grow targeting theater release movies in my country bringing to internet exclusively. First i need to start the website[Exclusive Local Movies broadcasting company on internet], then after 4 months i will start [Exclusive local Singers music video release live on internet] website. I will grow Successfully, i have the beautiful team. I want to become a big company in future. Since my website both going to be online and it need each other strongly to stay successful and to gain attention of people continuesly, i am not sure to make this both as a separate company or start as one single company and one domain name. I want to decide which will increase my net worth of company in future and which is best way to do it?? Let me summarize my question: 1-i am not sure to make this both as a separate company or start as one single company under one domain name.  

Corrie19994 months ago

Starting a business in the technology sector? It’s not just Tech City’s 1,300 start-ups – the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) estimates there are more than 270,000 businesses in the UK’s digital economy. Our tech start-ups section is for entrepreneurs with serious ambition, providing business advice, news and inspiration on how to start a business as a tech start-up. .

Matchmaker14 months ago

Hi guys, I’m Nicolas. After 5 years working in the IT industry in Web Development positions I’m starting as Freelancer. I’d like to start a web design studio. But I have to learn more about business in general and for this reason I’m here Happy to read all of you. Thanks and regards!  

Watergirl4 months ago

BusinessZone.co.uk's The Pitch 2012, Britain's biggest small business competition, is encouraging Scottish entrepreneurs to enter and win business support prizes worth £50,000. As the application deadline on 31 May approaches, The Pitch 2012 team is coming to Edinburgh to meet small business owners and reveal how they can get involved. If you're running a small business in Scotland, would like to run a small business in Scotland or have some other interest in small businesses then you are invited! We will be at the fabulous Hotel Missoni in central Edinburgh from 6.30pm. Free drinks will be provided! Register for a free ticket at http://pitchthirstdayedinburgh.eventbrite.co.uk/ We will be joined by Ross Dickinson, founder of Kibosh and winner of The Pitch 2011. Ross went on to be crowned overall champion and won the £50,000 prize package. The event is part of #PitchThirstday when The Pitch 2012 team will be spending the day travelling around Edinburgh to meet as many small business owners as possible. If you have any questions about the event or would like us to visit your small business please email [email protected]/* */ Our Twitter hashtags are #thepitch12 and #PitchThirstday  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Hi everyone, I'm new here. I am currently an MSc student working on a project to discover whether mobile and cloud technologies bring value to SME's as a whole. I am currently looking for SME's to complete my survey regarding this subject. The link to the survey is as follows: ""http ://kwiksurveys.com?s=MKDEKN_cde9ab51"" It won't take more than 15mins, and I would greatly appreciate anyone completing this. I am also looking for businesses to interview on the subject, and I am very flexible on how this done (in person, over an IM such as Google Chat, Skype etc). Thank you for reading.  

FordOwner4 months ago

Hello, I just sign up in the forum and I'd like to introduce myself. I run a small business based in North Wales. We are importers of spanish food. Actually, I don't speak Welsh but I'm willing to learn it. However, I'd like to increase welsh presence here and make a good networking. Cheers, Jordi  

FordOwner4 months ago

Hello, king of the newbies here to ask a quick question of the more experienced amongst you, in comparison to myself that could be any single one of you :redface: A little explanation. A good friend of mine has taken over a unit and transformed it into a small coffee bar/cafe/takeaway, it opens this week. We are in an area that has become a bit of a deadspot, we are surrounded by empty units but are within reach of the city centre and some large shopping centres, we are looking for a cost effective way to bring in custom and raise awareness. So far we have talked about contacting other local businesses and exchanging flyers etc. We are opening with little promotions, such as buy one get one free for a limited time. It's possibly also worth mentioning the area is likely to see some large developments in the near future, however they could be scrapped, so we need to bare that in mind for now. As far as the web is concerned, we do not want to get too far ahead of ourselves as we believe most of our custom will come from local residents and workers on lunchbreaks or early evening, however should this be a realistic way of attracting our custom I am more than capable of setting up and running a site and or social media pages at a low cost. Anyway, please excuse my ignorance, i'm here looking to acquire some good ideas for making a success of this and more importantly to make my life easier, so we're willing to give any and all suggestions a try. Thank you.  

FordOwner4 months ago

Hi all I'm new to the forum. I started my company in July and business is doing well. I wanted to see if there is anyone out there who is aware of networking opportunities in Birmingham, or would like to start a group? It would be great to meet with like minded individuals to discuss all things SME, the ups and downs, growth ideas, use of social media, etc etc the list is endless. our company offices are on Church Street in Birmingham (nr Temple Row) so if you are nearby there is a great coffee shop up the road called Urban Coffee we could meet, or if anyone wants to meet after work there is the Old Joint Stock near Colmore Row. I look forward to hearing from you. Ian  

Pete_W4 months ago

I help designer/makers who want to make money from their talents. Workshops, mentoring, publications and events are tailored to tackle the thorny business issues that creative people struggle most with, such as pricing, planning, selling and branding.

Watergirl4 months ago

Start-up name: Tropic Skincare Founder: Susan Ma Started in: 2011 Based in: London Business description: A natural skincare product business that trades through a social selling platform

Pete_W4 months ago

I guess it depends upon how you view UKBF. I view it as a place of information and advice, an exchange of ideas, a forum to air opinions and have some banter. I certainly don't see it as a place to tout for business and in general I don't think it suffers from that, save the odd exception. If it ever became a place where folk were constantly pushing their wares or forever starting meaningless threads merely to publicise their business or their websites or enhance their SEO, then I'd be off and I guess so would a few others.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

class="article-intro secondary-text-colour">What's an MBO and how do you know if your business is ready for one? Price Bailey's Tom Allen explains.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Sorry, is that the same thing as making employers do a job that would be better done through the state ? I thought that the whole point of a Conservative government was to make it easy for business to make money, and thus increase the tax take through an expanding economy ? Forcing employers to waste a load of time and expense on something which should be done by the government (and in my case is a complete waste of time) is the opposite of that. I think Bushman (post above) has probably got this right......[/QUOTE] If the government wanted to make it easy for business to make money they would not have had years of policies that result in the top 1% becoming immeasurably wealthier and the bottom 30% becoming poorer. The more wealth the wealthy have the less is available in the economy. Give a billionaire £1,000,000 and they will stash it away in an offshore account. Give 1,000 poor people £1,000 and they will spend it in the economy.  

Porker4 months ago

I can understand why a lot of UK based Web design companies are annoyed at Webcreation UK.Click to expand... I am not annoyed at them at all. They are doing a great job of proving that outsourcing is at best extremely risky. The long and the short of it is that for basic web design jobs, like we had, UK based design companies are simply not competitive and out sourcing to India makes absolute business sense.Click to expand... With respect that's not true. You seem to have been wildly misled at some stage. We do simple websites from £400 and that includes design, consultancy, graphics, initial SEO and advice on how to promote your website on an ongoing basis. .  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

The FCA have taken an interest in this due to the high cost of credit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38132843  

FordOwner4 months ago

I have set up a company and am in the process of brokering a deal to take over two pubs opposite each other in a busy main street of a very large town. One is a Gay venue; one is a live music/alternative venue both have been trading successfully for many years. In addition to this I have just began setting up a major music festival which will be held in central London next year and aims to attract some 30,000 people. I have secured now 65% of the finance I need however I desperately need to find an investor to complete the start-up finance. This is a nice safe investment; I am a very clever and ambitious young man. Regarding the Bars these are pretty save venues in these turbulent times and I can do so much with them. Both bars have managers who I know and trust leaving me able to concentrate on maximising turnover and putting these venues firmly on the map and of course organising my festival. I plan on growing this company year on year, aiming to acquire at least one new venue each year, and maintain the festival each year. My company is Icon Events and Leisure, I am a young man who has done well to acquire the business acumen and creativity I have. As an investor you would not only make significant returns, but over the years end up with a steak in a major company that you will be proud to be a part of. Please if this interests you even a little talk to me about the opportunity further. I am 65% the way to a fantastic company and I NEED YOU to help get the other 35% of the way. Please feel free to email me to ask me anything at all. If you are somebody who is involved with investments or you know someone who might be interested please let me know also. Many thanks to all who have taken the time to read this and to all who respond. Darren  

Gary19964 months ago

Good evening, The title says most of it but better add some specifics. Although there are any number of online brokers I'm hoping to meet with someone face to face if at all possible. I would prefer someone in the West Lothian / Edinburgh area. I'm looking to buy a property that is living accommodation with retail premises below, value is circa £270k and my partner (as in girlfriend not business) have circa £210k available. I was hoping for a mortgage of £80k (shortfall plus minor redesign/equipment) and partner will continue in full time employment with good salary to cover loan payments - we are also confident the business will be able to cover loan costs within 2/3 months with profit increasing thereafter, there is a full business plan available. I may have waffled on a bit but tried to learn from other posts re info offered. Many thanks in advance for any recommendations. I do mean any, I'm happy to be steered in other directions if you have other suggestions.  

Porker4 months ago

The prestigious M&A Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary as the High Potential Business Summit & Awards.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

I am looking for regional networking events for business start ups. We have a a section on our site for people starting up in business after redundancy. We are getting many emails for people asking for groups in their area. Can anybody help? The promotion will be free if you are happy to put a link on your site.  

Red4 months ago

I am looking for a partner and/or web developer who can help me build a business. The idea is essentially a diet builder/subscription service where the user can subscribe and gain access to a personal diet plan prepared by nutritionists in order to meet their dietary needs.

Porker4 months ago

Two of the competition’s heavyweights finally came head-to-head in this eagerly awaited clash, and it certainly didn’t disappoint in the excitement stakes. ‘Tonight’s going out app’ YPlan hoped to stay in for once, and were confident of doing so following an impressive 4-1 win over online personal shopper Mallzee, whilst recipe box delivery business Gousto also came into the game on a high having beaten advertising tech firm Affectv by the same scoreline. From the moment the referees blew for kick-off, the two teams displayed attacking verve in an end-to-end game which saw YPlan take the lead through their appealing elevator pitch, only for Gousto hit back after their company name scored with a fine individual effort. It was Gousto’s turn to take the lead when their own elevator pitch made it 2-1 – only for YPlan’s excellent website to score a quick-fire brace before the break to help them nudge ahead.

Porker4 months ago

I'm currently researching the possibility of a new business venture. I have spent quite some time looking at possible business names. Once an idea is formed I check to see if the domain name is available as well as social media handles. This proving a difficult task, as I'm sure others find. My question though is how similar can name be to an existing company registered with Companies House? I liked the name Surefire Safety Ltd, but this is already listed. I was therefore hoping to use the name ShurFire Safety Ltd, but understand this may be too similar. Am I right in thinking this would be rejected and I would need to find a less similar name? Thanks in advance.  

Watergirl4 months ago

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There are so many honest people on this site and I find sometimes people just cant take the truth. This post gives you all you need to know about starting the Man and Van business up. I always find when people start the business up they always say they don't want to be known as the business who helps you move house. I get their point but the way I think of it is if people are thinking of you then you are already doing well. The important thing is expansion keeping your fingers in different pies. Before I started my cleaning business I always wanted to test out the man and van idea because really think its a business that can earn people fantastic money as long as they put the work in. What so often happens is you see an advertisement that a local man and van has at such a cheap rate and then people compete against their prices. Always remember the business is your own and you run it your way. Always seek advice from people like this guy because he's brutally honest and I find in business honesty is the best policy. its still an avenue I would love to pursue and this guys advice has helped with my though process good luck to anyone starting out and I really hope it goes well.  

Watergirl4 months ago

Hi, Kidshield Europe is a little itsy-bitsy company based in Glasgow spreading our message throughout Europe on Child Safety online. So far in the past 12 months we've achieved great things in getting parents educated but I sometimes wonder why very few of our visitors come from Scotland? We've managed to crack a whole portion of England and Europe. If anyone has idea's I'd be glad to hear them. What we set out to achieve is get parents educated on the subject of online safety and then give them the tools to manage the job. Most kids know more about the internet than their parents ( I know in the late 80's I had to tune in the video recorder for my parents who had absolutely no clue on how to do it!). We've some great tools and eye-openers for parents who don't think that online safety is a concern for them and would be delighted to link up with any networking partners in Scotland who can see a link in with their businesses and customers. Please feel free to PM me.  

FordOwner4 months ago

If it was a question, why are you angry someone answered it? My reply is a quote from the Citizens advice site, as per the link, so it's their wording. It also says "Business buyers If you're a business buyer and you buy something in a distance sale, you don't have the same cancellation rights as you would if you were an ordinary consumer. You need to check your contract to see if it gives you any cancellation rights. Or you could ask the trader if you can cancel as a goodwill gesture." Which perhaps makes it clearer, and is something that I think every business owner should know. Not sure why you thought I was being pedantic, but there is no need to capitalise the last two words of your final sentence.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

I agree totally with the OP for me there is only 2 main business forums within the UK i regularly use and that is this one and TWF forget the rest and i agree some sort of review star system possibly for paid advertisers on this forum would work a treat  

Fireboy4 months ago

Small businesses that can be started on a tight budget are the topic of the guides in this section. Get some great small business ideas for low-cost and budget start-ups that can be launched with limited financial resources.

MechExp4 months ago

Hi there I am in the process of setting up a watch brand and having the watches built. I am fully aware that I will need to register the business but my question is so I need to register the business name on the Intellectual Propert office website, will this offer me protection from anyone using my comapany/brand name. Also, are there any other legal angles I should look at and cover to protect myself and the brand. Thanks in advance Willie  

Corrie19993 months ago
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