£9.7m manufacturing support package to unlock SME potential

£9.7m manufacturing support package to unlock SME potential

SME manufacturers have been given a major boost this week with news that a new £9.7m business support initiative is officially live and looking to support over 3000 companies. The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), which is funded by ERDF and delivered by Economic...

At the recent annual conference of the Association of Business Mentors – http://www.associationofbusinessmentors.org/ – , Chris Dowling won the Association’s award as their ‘most committed member for 2106 – 2017’.     Chris, who is the Association’s...
New for 2017 – Low Carbon grants for business

New for 2017 – Low Carbon grants for business

Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) ia new green programme for businesses launched by the government. The programme is designed to help SMEs to optimise their use of resources and adopt low carbon solutions. It’s all about low carbon solutions that will improve...
Your business mentor…..your critical friend

Your business mentor…..your critical friend

A business mentor will help and support you with your business. However, a mentor also works as a ‘CRITICAL FRIEND’, pointing out what is wrong and may not work, but also what will work and will deliver positive results. Whatever  the criticism or praise, a mentor is...
Every business needs a Business Plan, or does it?

Every business needs a Business Plan, or does it?

A business plan can be the corporate plan: 1” thick and 1,000’s of complex words and clauses which is signed and counter-signed by the directors and subject to shareholder approval –  OR it can be on one side of an A4 size sheet and filed in the bottom drawer!...