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The Business Growth Hub service has collaborated with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to produce a new energy efficiency guide designed for SMEs with limited resources or experience wit...

The Business Growth Hub service has collaborated with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to produce a new energy efficiency guide designed for SMEs with limited resources or experience with energy management. Launching the guide, Minister Amber Rudd MP explains the benefits of energy eff...
1 week ago

Latest research from the Business Growth Service and the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University examines how ‘a growth mindset’ plays a crucial role in answering the question: ...

The objective of the award-winning Exploring the High Growth Mindset study, was to understand more about the personal factors associated with the processes of seeking and achieving growth, with six components identified that make up the mindset of a high growth business leader. And now's your cha...
1 month ago

Marks & Clerk LLP are a group of patent and trademark attorney firms with offices in Europe, Canada and Asia and a trusted partner of the Business Growth Hub. Here are four things every business s...

Four things every business should know about Intellectual Property (IP) We were recently approached by an entrepreneur seeking assistance in protecting a new and innovative idea for a piece of furniture. However, he had a published patent application that claimed only his prototype in exhaustive ...
1 month ago

Know+Do is a social values business that provides practical, problem solving support to staffing, strategy and systems related issues. Bernard Clarke, from Know+Do Ltd & partner of the Business Gr...

The business community in Greater Manchester continues to deliver optimism and opportunities for growth. All indications are that 2015 is a year when companies can seek to expand and take advantage of an improving economic climate. In business terms we are often told growth is good. For a busines...
2 months ago

So you have done one of two things. You have come up with an ingenious service that your clients have never seen before. It’s a brilliant scheme, profitable and you have a great passion for the i...

Or, you have been keeping a close watch on your competitors and they are shouting about their new added value service, something that you also want to offer but you didn’t move as quickly as they did.  But you want a piece of the pie and you want to offer the market something similar. Either way,...
Graham Stuart
2 months ago

One of our inspirational mentors, Graham Stuart of Imperative solutions, has 26 years’ worth of experience in running successful businesses both in the UK and abroad. He’s an established business ...

Tell me about yourself. “I have been involved in developing a number of ventures and businesses in the UK and abroad for over 26 years, including multi million pound operations.  I have studied neurology, psychology and trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and cognitive behaviour change....
2 months ago

As marketplaces become increasingly crowded, businesses have to work harder to differentiate themselves from the competition. An innovative idea, approach or product; something new, different, dyn...

Here are five things you can do to be more innovative today.  Find your internal innovation champion – Most innovation fails because businesses don’t deploy the necessary internal resources or capability to drive a new innovation to completion.  Quite often an idea is hastily developed by the CE...
2 months ago

It’s true that with an internet connection and an internet enabled device, you can have the freedom to work from anywhere, from your kitchen table to a tropical beach. What is also a cost effective...

  How can this be achieved? The answer is through careful planning, reliable internet connection and the use of Software as a Service (SaaS). SaaS is the most common form of cloud computing used by small businesses, and involves using software hosted on remote servers. It provides you with acces...
City of Manchester Business Awards
2 months ago

The fifth annual City of Manchester Business Awards will return in 2015, celebrating the best of Manchester business, and this year Business Growth Hub are thrilled to be short-listed as 'Business ...

The fifth annual City of Manchester Business Awards will return in 2015, celebrating the best of Manchester business, and this year Business Growth Hub are thrilled to be short-listed as 'Business Enabler of the Year'. Business Growth Hub have been supporting ambitious businesses across Greater M...
Networking
2 months ago

Whether you’re thinking about starting a business or you are already established and looking to grow, networking events are a great way to meet people to work with; suppliers, partners or potential...

Whether you’re thinking about starting a business or you are already established and looking to grow, networking events are a great way to meet people to work with; suppliers, partners or potential clients. Meeting a room full of new people in an unfamiliar environment is not everyone’s idea of f...
Simon Smith, Thumbfood
3 months ago

The support of the Business Growth Hub’s start-up team has proved ‘invaluable’ to a Manchester games designer, who less than a year after going into business has been nominated for a top industry a...

The support of the Business Growth Hub’s start-up team has proved ‘invaluable’ to a Manchester games designer, who less than a year after going into business has been nominated for a top industry award. Thumbfood is a videogame company founded by Simon Smith on the back of 15 years industry exper...
3 months ago

The word ‘digital’ has been a buzz word for the last decade or two, and whilst it is generally agreed that businesses need to embrace digital technology in some form, whether that’s using e-commerc...

The word ‘digital’ has been a buzz word for the last decade or two, and whilst it is generally agreed that businesses need to embrace digital technology in some form, whether that’s using e-commerce and digital marketing, or utilising new technology for product development or manufacturing. Howev...

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