5 Secrets to Balancing Strategy with Innovation

By Team BGP

How can an ambitious SME go about balancing agility and responsiveness to their market with a solid long-term business growth strategy? Here are five key areas for consideration:

 

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Why your tech firm needs a real business strategy

By Team BGP

There is a common misconception that, because SMEs have fewer resources at their disposal than large companies, this will stifle their ability to innovate. While it is true that SMEs may not have the resources of large corporates, the streamlined nature of most SMEs means that things can be done without much bureaucracy - which is actually an enormous advantage to innovation.

 

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Numbers: The secret weapon to stronger leadership

By Team BGP

You might ask, ‘What has leadership got to do with numbers?’. In most business schools around the world, the two are totally distinct subjects. In our experience, however, knowing your numbers is part of understanding the context in which you are operating, and it is only by knowing your numbers that you can have the proper perspective in which to make important strategic decisions that will influence whether or not you can reach your goals. The best leaders therefore have to have a strong...

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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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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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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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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, we looked at 5 key sales and profit terms, we will now provide explanations for the basic things needed to understand 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 growth.These blog...

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