8 Ways to use Digital Marketing to Grow Your SME Business

By Guest Blog

Marketing as a little fish in a big pond can be tricky, especially when many businesses are still determining how to effectively reach out to their target demographics.

Over the last 20 years, digital has become the main choice for lead generation, expanding business reach worldwide as well as creating innovative displays. SME businesses have begun to realise how important integrating digital marketing into their strategy is in order to survive in the competitive retail market. SME...

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WATCH: Our Story - by Your Favourite Story

By Team BGP

Our Story by Your Favourite Story

Your Favourite Story are a full-service Digital Marketing Agency based in Spitalfields, London.

Julian Mitchell (Founder & CEO) and Sean Singleton (Managing Director) both attended the Business Growth Programme, this is Julian's story:

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Great British Entrepreneur Awards: Shortlist Announced

By Team BGP

Over 100 entrepreneurs have been announced as the finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016.

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An open invite for Dr Liam Fox...

By Carol Foussat

This morning’s headlines are full of Trade Minister Dr Liam Fox, and his comments to the Conservative Way Forward meeting, where he described British businesses as fat and lazy and suggested that British businesses are choosing not to export because it is too difficult or time-consuming.

Many business leaders have reacted angrily; Richard Reed of Innocent Drinks asked “how dare he?” on Radio Four’s Today programme this morning.

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10 Essential Management Issues That Must Be Avoided

By Marihelen Esam

We’ve worked with more than 700 senior managers in Small to Medium Sized businesses (SMEs) in the last few years, and found a number of issues common to all.  We would like to share our Top 10 with you.

The single, most important difference between successful businesses and also-rans is the quality of the senior team.  The skills shelf-life of new and experienced managers is becoming shorter and shorter.  If we don’t widen and deepen our management skills base our competitors will take our...

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Goal-setting Lessons From the Sporting World

By Dr Veronica Burke

In elite sport, a carefully managed goals strategy is very effective in enhancing performance – far superior to vague aspirations or no goals at all.

By paying attention to what works, we can translate much of what we understand from sport into a business context. Psychological research demonstrates that difficult, high-level goals prompt superior performance much more successfully than vague ‘do-your-best’ or no goals.

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3 Common Issues you Must Consider for Family Business Succession

By Dr Steffi Hussels

In the UK, two-thirds of all private sector firms are family businesses, contributing over half of GDP and around 40% of private sector employment.

Most family businesses will want to pass the business on to the next generation but relatively few actually do so – fewer than half of family businesses pass to the second generation, and only a fraction to the third.

Without formal succession planning, family-owned businesses run the risk of not being sustainable. Some owners regard succession...

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Brexit – the View from Ambitious Owner Managed Businesses

By Carol Foussat

 

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BGP Alumni Enjoy Massive Success at the National Business Awards

By Marcus Crawley

Two companies founded by BGP alumni were winners at the 2015 National Business Awards.

GoApe, the outdoor adventure company set up by Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew, took home ‘The Customer Focus Award’, while youth marketing agency Livity and co-founders Sam Conniff and Michelle Morgan collected ‘The Social Enterprise of the Year Award’.

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Factors Affecting the Growth of Small Businesses

By Dr Muhammad Azam Roomi

There’s no doubt that one of the main objectives of any entrepreneur is to have their enterprise grow and expand. To achieve this, it is very important to understand the factors that contribute to growth. There is a general consensus that growth in enterprises is a complex process, which is neither linearly continuous nor dependent upon only a limited number of factors.

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