Getting your business fit for 2019: 12 tips for small business managers

By Team BGP

 

When generations to come look back at 2018 in the history books, it is fair to say it might be labelled ‘The Year of Uncertainty’. Today, it seems, we are still no clearer than we were on January 1st, 2018, about the terms under which we will leave the European Union, or what life – and business – will look like afterwards.

As we look ahead to 2019, it seems unlikely that this uncertainty is going to lift anytime soon. So, what can businesses do to prepare themselves for the year ahead? In...
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Jane Lambert: How starting a business rewarded me with the lifestyle I’ve always wanted

By Team BGP

We first had the opportunity of getting to know Jane, founder and CEO of accredited healthcare training provider ECG, during her BGP  journey in January 2018, and more recently she has shared her inspirational story with us. Read the interview to learn how she quit her job and successfully built not only a business, but a lifestyle that has granted her freedom, flexibility and a priceless sense of accomplishment.

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Increasing the odds of success for a social enterprise

By Dr Shai Vyakarnam

When you are cash strapped and resource hungry, how do you beat the odds and increase your chances of becoming a successful social entrepreneur?

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Key strategies for bouncing back from threats in your market

By Team BGP

How often do you take time out of the day-to-day of running your business to take stock of the changes in your marketplace? Some of us may attend an annual conference or read the industry press which will, from time to time, remind us of the changes that the industry is currently undergoing such as new entrants, acquisitions and new products or services offered by your competitors. Although the news can sometimes be hard to swallow, often it can also be reassuring

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How to start and survive the entrepreneurial journey

By Team BGP

So you've had a great idea for a business. You've done your research and you've set up your home office. But now what? How do you make it through year one? How do you make it to years three and five without becoming just another statistic on how many companies fail within their first years of trading?

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From inception to exit: interview with serial entrepreneur, Oliver Gleave

By Team BGP

 

Oliver attended the Business Growth Programme in 2010 whilst running his software company, Jupix. Having successfully built the company up, Jupix was later sold and Oliver focused his attention on founding a new business, Loop Software.

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Four things I learnt from taking a business growth course

By Team BGP

We recently had the honour of talking to Richard Goring, manager of Wiston Estate Winery in West Sussex, who completed Cranfield School of Management’s Business Growth Programme in May 2018. He shared his experience with us and gave us exclusive insight into the ways undertaking a business growth course has changed his life and the direction of his business.

When Richard initially looked to engage in self-development, his key motivation for joining the Business Growth Programme (BGP) was...

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Jamie Waller: The Journey of an Entrepreneur

By Team BGP

 

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It is Not Luck that Drives Entrepreneurs - It's Timing

By Dr Shai Vyakarnam

When should we attempt to enter the market? When can we start to talk about our ideas? And who else is doing the same thing?

Under these various conditions of uncertainty, we come across the ‘window of opportunity’.

Getting a product to market can take a long time. Ensuring its robustness, trialling it, researching markets, and gathering resources are all long-winded processes so…

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Entrepreneurs: Knowing When to Take a Step Back

By Team BGP

It's often difficult for an entrepreneur to know the right time to hand over the reins of their company.

There's certainly no shortage of company founders who claim to have been unfairly ousted from the role of CEO of their own company by their investors. However, a transition in the role of the company founder does not have to end in tears, many entrepreneurs successfully manage a change in leadership, both for themselves and their businesses.

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3 Top Tips For Selling a Business

By Team BGP

 

Jamie Waller has been there and done it, when he joined the Business Growth Programme in 2010, his business was turning over £4m and losing £400k per year. In 2016, Jamie sold that business for over £40m!

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5 Wellbeing Practices to Keep Your Employees on Top Form

By Dr Veronica Burke

How can we actively sustain our personal performance at work?

Looking after our physical selves at work has never been so important. At any level of the business, being overworked, receiving a lack of managerial support (above and below), plus constant change create ideal circumstances for pressure and ultimately, burnout. The picture is not improving either. 

The rates of work related stress in the UK have remained flat for over a decade (HSE 2016). Long working hours continue to be...

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Business Growth Programme: In Their Own Words

By Matt Puttick

The benefits gained by each participant are unique as the Business Growth Programme (BGP) is centred entirely on the reality of your business – your current challenges, opportunities, future goals and ambitions.

Here is a sample of our magnificent alumni, a cross-section from the BGP’s long history which has seen more than 2,300 owner-managers complete the programme, recounting their different experiences of the BGP and the unique benefits to themseves and their businesses.

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Letting New Hands Take the Helm

By Team BGP

The challenge of handing on the baton to the next generation has not become any easier.

With family businesses still accounting for 70-95% of the commercial enterprises in most countries, just 30% of EU-based family businesses survive to the next generation (according to trade association European Family Businesses). This is fairly consistent across the developed world, which means, statistically, just 1% will progress from the fourth to fifth generation.

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Four proven strategies for entrepreneurial success

By Team BGP

More than half of business start-ups fail after four to five years, and of those that survive only around 4% become successful. One of the aspects that distinguishes these entrepreneurs from the competition is their approach to strategy.

Successful entrepreneurs tend to embrace rather than reject corporate strategies, and they will often trade off or tone down brash entrepreneurial behaviour for a more civilised approach. This results in a strategy with a winning formula for entrepreneurs...

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