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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4 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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CEO Today Interview BGP Alumni Geeta Sidhu-Robb, Founder of Nosh Detox

By Matt Puttick

Geeta Sidhu-Robb is a true inspiration for any budding entreprenuers out there, we first met Geeta in 2013 when she completed the Business Growth Programme and we are proud to have played a part in her entrpeneurial journey so far.

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The Lemon - a humble piece of fruit or a deadly marketing tool?

By Carol Foussat

I’m delighted to share with you a phrase that we often use on the Business Growth Programme (BGP) – squeezing the lemon!

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Life after Brexit - 5 musts for growing businesses

By Dr Shai Vyakarnam

 

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Management Essentials – Understanding Working Capital

By Andrew Haworth

 

In the last Management Essentials blog, I discussed 5 key sales and profit terms, I will now provide explanations for some of the basic things you need to understand about business cash-flow and the business phenomenon commonly known as “working capital”.

Having worked with hundreds of SMEs through Cranfield’s Business Growth Programme (BGP), for over 10 years now, it is more often than not, a lack of know-how with finance that inhibits business owners and hampers or restricts business...

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