How to do Business - Business Research and Development.
Do you want to run your business better?
Great businesses move great products through robust processes manned by people who love to do what they do.
They’re good at building alliances and working collaboratively with suppliers. They co-create products with customers and suppliers. They’re run lean and are well funded and managed. Above all they know that the only way to stay ahead is to learn faster than the competition and build better networks to bring what’s been learned to market..
If that’s what you want you’re in the right place. You can find
- Free Downloads
- Books and e-books like Social Media for Real Businesses
- Online courses and webinars like 1Man Brand
- Face to Face advice – clinics and workshops
- Long term mentoring, coaching and support
- Non Executive Directors.
It's been discovered the hard way by trying, failing and succeeding over a long period of time or via research projects into things that other businesses have found to work
It gives you the crucial Managing Directors viewpoint – each area is the part of a whole.
Whether you’re improving your sales and marketing, developing a strategic business plan, getting to grips with managing staff or testing whether that new idea will fly (and working out how you’re going to fund it) there’s stuff here that you will find useful.
The newest material is about marketing for entrepreneurs. Have a look here
You'll also want to know about using social media, building a work force, raising money and the inside track on sales, marketing and using technology and the internet effectively.
Finally we can help you can access UK government support for your business via the Growth Accelerator and Manufacturing Advisor Service Schemes and if you are based in the Gatwick Diamond or West Sussex areas you may be eligible for grants towards specific projects or funded advice.
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Here's a flavour of some of the things we've discovered
Treat people who buy from you, sell to you and work for you as grown ups - it's amazing the difference this makes.
Identify something that people want to buy - then sell it to them - politely
Describe what you have to sell in words of one syllable focusing on why it's useful to whoever's going to buy it. If you are selling spinach then this step is not necessary.
Take the trouble to create easy to operate procedures that have some resilience in them.
Think permaculture and build sustainability into your business model. It's no longer a nice-to-have but a core part of a 21st century business strategy. We've put in a rainwater harvesting reservoir this year. It will save us £8k a year.
When you screw up admit it and refund without question - this will save time, money and your blood pressure.
Take whatever profits you make and spend them on something that is valuable, useful or beautiful. Don't what ever you do entrust it to a suit to invest on your behalf.