Matchmaker16 months ago

She is now set to move into increasingly popular area of crowd funding with the launch of her new business venture Money&Co in the first few months of next year.

FordOwner5 months ago

The event in question will be October’s British Small Business Awards, and we are excited to showcase the best small companies, alongside the advisers and vendors that contributed to their success.

FordOwner4 months ago

Hi there, im after a real analysis on whether this business idea sounds viable. So i thought about starting a smoothie business whereby all the ingredients are nathural and have no artificial flavours or colouring and all that jazz, just fruit and water. However i would like to throw in options of having protein shakes and thinks like that. I plan to setup a website where the customer could select what smoothies they want for Mon-Fri 1 every day in the working week, they then process the order and pay monthly for a subscription fee. The smoothies they choose would be delivered on the monday and shall be in freezable bags. In terms of giving the customer a container to use to pour the smoothie into, this would be delivered with the first order. This means the consumer can freeze the other smoothies, making sure they dont have to drink all the smoothies in a short period. I havent done much market research on any of this so please appreciate that. I believe i'd generate custom due to a competitive price and simplistic website, none of this fancy rubbish, just good honest smoothies that are quick and easy to order. Keeping the whole transaction user friendly. I have thought about supplying gyms and sports shops with my product which could also be a big hit. Please let me know what you think.  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

The Forum has written to David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, to complain about HMRC's ‘harassment and mistreatment' of small businesses, including imposing steep fines for even slight delays in tax bill payments as well as records errors or omissions, while at the same time agreeing ‘sweetheart deals' with some of the UK's largest companies.

Matchmaker14 months ago

estwig said: ↑ So systems are the answer, make my business, or parts of my business, into something anyone can run, if they have the manual. Where would I learn how to do this?? Or at least begin to understand the mindset/methodology behind it?? Click to expand... Here's a good starting point Keith. I like the whole series of books, give them a try. Steve  

petHead4 months ago

We are in the process of putting together a business offering meeting rooms and training space .... Basically I would like to know: A) Is there any demand for the service in and around the Peterborough area B) What facilities would you expect to see in the facility Plus any experiences you might have had good and bad and any tips which you are overlooked by other companies Thanks in advance guys.  

Fireboy4 months ago

One Small Step One Giant Leap is an innovative children’s footwear retailer which offers high fashion children’s shoes. The business is already an award winner having recently been voted childrenâs footwear retailer of the year in the UK National Footwear Awards.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Often I meet with friends and relatives and many of them start out their conversation by asking me how my business is going. I have been in business a couple of years now and have always been in the blacks. However, there was never that much left over for me. I actually was better off when I was employed and my friends know it. I put most of the surplus right back into the business. That is why my friends and family often see me being able to afford less than they can and I have the feeling they feel bad for me. Thing that I do not want. I have this feeling that they do not share my hope for success. I do not worry to much but I wish I could convince them somehow otherwise. One of my biggest problems is that I cannot tell them. Hey! My business is successful. It is profitable. It is just not at the point yet were I can draw a salary that makes me being well off. What holds me back is that I fear that I would see it in their doubts and disbelieves in their eyes. So, what should I do? I just want to continue until there is enough cash so I can prove them wrong. However, I am running out of time. What do you think? When would you consider a business successful?  

Pete_W4 months ago

Sound business growth strategies are vital for business owners and entrepreneurs; here, Growing Business provides tips on how to develop a business growth strategy and how to grow a business by organic growth or acquisition. With advice from scenario planning and judging your business progress to identifying business opportunities, Growing Business will help you plan and implement a successful corporate growth strategy.

Porker4 months ago

While all the points made in all posts so far are valid, I suspect that a template - a ready written set of (fill in the gaps) forms and instructions - will be needed to get a small business started on business continuity planning. Frankly, its not very exciting and does not generate business. Like insurance. Of course it is not a case of one size fits all. Also, it is certainly not all about IT. I might suggest that business continuity is more affected by staff illness/leaving/grievances, transport, electricity, weather, mechanical failure and so on. If I have missed the point of the thread, sorry! I realise you might wish to be focusing more on the IT aspects. G  

petHead4 months ago

The Forum of Private Business wrote to every local council in the country earlier this year to ask them to support small businesses by waiving parking charges on 7th December 2013 as part of the national campaign, Small Business Saturday UK. Local authorities have responded enthusiastically with many creating bespoke parking offers to help drive footfall on the day.

Corrie19994 months ago

Hi All, Happy New Year. I've been thinking for a while now about hiring out a campervan for people to holiday in etc. This has now grown into seriously looking to build a fleet of vans to supply as hire vehicles for the camping, touring and festival areas. Something I'm very familiar with but combining this with an actual business and getting it right is where I need advice. The biggest area of help I need would be getting my legal cover terms and conditions correct and also the business insurance policy, insuring the vehicles and people to drive them. Also if anyone could advise what the best route to go for building a vehicle fleet that is obviously also helpful! Any other helpful links, tips, information or advice would be very grateful Thanks Neil  

FordOwner4 months ago

After a successful event in Manchester, the Growing Your Own Business Showcase and Conference is on the road again. This time it's crossing the Irish Sea to Dublin and once again, like previous shows, we've secured free entry for UKBF members. To claim your ticket and save €7 on the entry fee, click here, select 'Growing Your Own Business Showcase & Conference - Dublin 2008' from the drop down menu and enter promo code GBZPR when prompted.  

Watergirl4 months ago

If you’re a small business owner or thinking of starting a business, finance is probably your biggest concern. You may be wondering if there is any funding available for start-ups.

Fireboy4 months ago

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Red4 months ago

ValleysGuy1975 said: ↑ General consensus though is not to spend too much more investment. People are saying that a stall in a market will not attract high prices so are saying not really much point in spending nearly £2k on a proper espresso machine when the main customers are the elderly who just want "milky coffee" and faggots and peas. Therefore do I keep it as instant coffee, just with a new urn etc (as the espresso machine that came with it is knackered) and possibly a stand alone steam arm to try and do cappuccino or latte's, although I do think the proper espresso machine is kind of disguising the instant coffee situation, even though they know it is Want to make this work, just not sure loads more investment is the way to go ???Click to expand... It's not working though, is it? Calling them your main customers is moot if your business is failing when you pander to this specific audience. You need to appeal to far more than your "main customers" to make it work. I think anyone, regardless of their background or age, would take freshly ground coffee over instant. You don't even necessarily have to rely on the "fancy" coffees. I frequently use a moka pot which is common in households across Italy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot and then top up a standard mug of the coffee with hot milk. It's the typical milky coffee (it doesn't even have any foam), but it's brewed with freshly ground beans instead of instant. Pots like these can cost about £10-£20. The coffee they make doesn't taste as good as espresso coffee, but it's a heck of a lot better than instant (and smells a lot better too). As for other items, go around the market stall and carry out a survey. Ask people what they want and what would persuade them to visit your stall. It's the best starting point for forming ideas.  

Gary19964 months ago

MY OFFICE IN CHINA said: ↑ I don't think its a good idea to either "take the suppliers word for it" or "decide to bite the bullet and put some trust into the supplier" to quality control your first order (or any subsequent order) Other than those 2 points a very good summarisation of buying in China. I would add that when it comes to sourcing a potential supplier for your product, it's probably best not to go it alone, but to use a sourcing company .Click to expand... Hello Ron, Hope all is going well? QC yes I agree with you (depending on the order value being reasonable), but I don't think Darren was recommending 'the suppliers word' but pointing it out as an option - one that quite a few people choose either consciously or in ignorance! Sourcing Again, provided the order size warrants it, I totally agree with you. The USA has a different business culture to the UK, though we are fooled into thinking its the same because of the common language. Similarly, the quality of written English used by many Chinese companies can give a perception that they have 'western' business methods, when they most definitely have not. best wishes to you G  

Red4 months ago

I agree with Scalloway You can have three sole trader businesses and as long as you keep accurate records there is no issue with this in terms of self assessment etc. I would recommend you do speak to an accountant as you will want to get the structure and tax planning correct form the outset. Also it should be a free consultation as mentioned, also i would say meet a few accountants and see which one you get on with best and who can benefit you and your business. Good luck  

Mary4 months ago

Multi-channel works for in both directions brand awareness and for business growth. We cannot sure about location or resource from where business can come. By multi-channel selling, it ensures that area is wide and the probability of potential clients can increase. Most of the companies like to go for it as it gives the clear picture of audience and visibility. You just need to concern about quick service, interactive data streamline of products and user interface.  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Reading through your thread, you seem like a good and caring person but your business is being affected. It's tough when friendship and business mix. I have been through this situation before and it wasn't easy for me personally. Have you had a chat with her and explained how her behaviour is affecting your business?  

petHead4 months ago

I have in the past paid artists for use of their art (in my case a manualist who used his hands to create classical farty music - don't ask). I think we should agree that using music to promote your business or as an intrinsic part of your business - it should be paid for. I just don't think it right to pay to listen to music whilst at work. Two blokes, John and Gary go round Gary's house and listen to the radio. They both paid the licence and they do a bit of DIY together. Now they go to paid work in the workshop and pop on the radio in the background. Why does the business then have to pay for this?  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Business rates have dominated the retail industry’s reaction to the Autumn Statement this week, and you can see what we have said here.  I wanted to use this blog to talk about another issue, buried deep in the papers accompanying the Chancellor’s speech: tobacco licensing.  The Autumn Statement includes a commitment to consult on whether […]

FordOwner4 months ago

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Matchmaker14 months ago

For being a startup business you have to manage each and every functions your own which divert your focus from core functions of your business. As you all know time is money that's why not only startup many established business are too outsourcing their function like accounting and finance , payroll processing services, tax preparation as outsourcing helps them to save time and money and increased business profits with other benefits.  

Mary4 months ago

Hi I'm Burny, I have just started a new online business with a new company. I am so excited because there are no other websites out there like it. The range of products will be getting bigger all the time, and the prices will always be getting cheaper. I would like feed back on what you think of the range of products and the website, I am trying to improve the site as much I can. To think that I'll be earning money even when I'm sleeping is a great feeling, here's my website see what you think www.burny.mlinternational.com  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

The new book from Martin Norbury looks at how you can scale your start-up to build a business that will work for you. Here's why it's worth a read...…

petHead4 months ago

Hi everyone, I'm Callum and I'm a Freelance Sound and Lighting Engineer and keep a hold on the web side of things at Event Management Services UK who I conduct my work through. The company provides Sound and Lighting hire plus two way radio hire, for any type of event from weddings to outdoor shows, birthdays, conferences, exhibitions, public displays and more. The other area of the business is providing Security services of SIA staff to events consisting of site security, pub and club door supervisors, alarm response and mobile patrols in and around West and South Wales. Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire etc. We also work closely with a range of local groups and organisations to ensure many small local events get the best out of running their event. Look forward to being able to help others with queries and issues regarding any licensing or event help.  

Col Minessota4 months ago

Business

I would like to start a charity. It's about helping depressed teenagers. I already have a website where I helped them. I had to stop because they were too many. If I start this charity, I would be helping them full time. The problem is: with this economy that is going to collapse or at least suffer a big upheaval, charities may have big difficulties with fund-raising. I can imagine that people will have other things to think about than giving to charity. I am a software developer and maybe I may be able to find work even with this crisis. Instead, if I leave my activity as freelance software developer and start that charity, I may find myself broke with no possibilities to earn a living. If I go broke, I can't help anyone. What do you think? Are charities more vulnerable to economic crisis than businesses (I work for small businesses in general)?  

Gary19964 months ago

I think I just posted under the wrong thread, so, to repeat something I just said elsewhere: if anyone else is concerned about the invisibility of businesses in North Wales on the Internet, would they please reply to this message and feel free to send me a private message (check my profile), thanks.  

Col Minessota4 months ago

The first step would be to put together a strong investment proposition, in particular highlighting why your haulage business is different/better than the other struggling haulage businesses out there Crowd funding is unlikely to work (unless you have your own crowd to bring along) Fund prospective investors who have an interest - direct or otherwise - in the sector.  

Gary19964 months ago

It's a very interesting topic. However, its not just to do with the final monetary details of how much salary and dividends to pay yourself, but also it impacts business decisions and vice versa: Whilst a low salary and "high" dividends is generally very tax efficient if you have no other significant source of income, it is a somewhat risky strategy in your first year or 2 years of business. I'm sure you occasionally hear the failure rate of most new businesses is quite high. It is vital to survive those early days, a higher salary is not a drawback. Remember you can only pay dividends out of distributable profits. Plus you also have to bear in mind other shareholders. For ordinary share holders, they must be paid their proportion of their shareholding when a dividend is declared.  

Matchmaker14 months ago

Just thought I would put a post in here, im from Northern Ireland i am in the online gaming business. But the compnay I work with is based in malta. Im gonna start posting in here aswell.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

thought i would introduce myself as i have been using the site for quite a while for tips and hints, myself nad my business partner run an internet based car and commercail leasing company based in glasgow. i would be interested in hearing from any local internet geeks that can maybe help me progress. let me say thanks to all the people who post some great advice on the site and keep up the good work. Peter.  

Gary19964 months ago

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Watergirl4 months ago

Just a quick heads up for people using or thinking of using Sage's Planning for Business software - it's a frickin nightmare to use! Currently available for free from LloydsTSB, for your increased blood pressure pleasure...  

MechExp4 months ago

Robo-investment businesses are on the rise. It’s a trend not lost on venture capitalists and individual investors looking to back the next big start-up success. Dr Richard Theo, CEO and Co-founder of Wealthify explores the opportunities on offer to invest in and back a robo business and the factors to consider to help potential investors pick a winner.

Watergirl4 months ago

This research is not surprising when you consider two thirds of the UK’s private sector businesses are family-owned. Whether you’re just starting out or have been working with family for years, read these tips for keeping it in the family.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Hi all Looking for some information. I work in the care sector where we provide home care to people in the community. If a member of staff calls in sick and cover cant be found then myself and other managers have to cover the shift. We are expected to work monday - friday 9-5 and if the person who is sick calls between these times or where our oncall manager is out at one of our services then we have to go out and do the shift. Which in itself is fine but the shifts sometimes extend after 5 and usually involve a sleep in. We are not given notice as to this and are expected to cancel all plans for that evening without problem. Our contract states flexibility and the need to cover shifts but surely the lack of notice is wrong considering we must give staff 2 weeks notice to change any part of there shift. Thanks in advance. J Sent from my GT-N7100 using UK Business Forums  

Mary4 months ago

Piper Private Equity has sold its majority shareholding in soft drinks business Bottlegreen to SHS, owner of WKD and Shloer.

Fireboy4 months ago

Why do you need to plan, prototype and protect? This workshop will help you understand how you can do this and what to look out for along the way. For more information and to book, click here: Patents & Prototypes Event This is a monthly afternoon seminar at the British Library Business & IP Centre. Tickets cost £35 per person.  

Matchmaker13 months ago
This topic has been discussed elsewhere
- see here