Thursday, 23 January 2014

New Incubation Service for Media, Technology & Design

Ravensbourne's Incubation service is now open to applications from London-based media, technology and design businesses that show growth potential.

Business Incubation by Ravensbourne offers a platform for small creative digital businesses to develop and grow by providing access for up to 12 months to facilities, business development opportunities and access to our vast knowledge base. This is available for free due to funding from the European Regional Development fund.

Business Incubation by Ravensbourne has already supported more than 100 creative technology companies spanning transmedia, music technology, software development, graphic and web design, UX, architecture, TV and film production, product design and fashion.

The deadline for applications to be received is February 10th.

Full details are available here:

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Business Experience Exchange

BeXeXTM is a new event format and methodology that enables the peer to peer sharing of valuable information between business leaders to help them solve their challenges.

HCBA are running a series of Business Experience Exchange events in partnership with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce. The first of which is on 29th January 2014 in Redhill.

It is your opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss issues with other managers and owners of local businesses in a unique format.

Hot Topic: Social Media Marketing

The first session will cover the use of social media in a B2B context, lead by a social media marketing expert.

Afterwards we open the floor for an interactive discussion on the issues you face, there is no agenda except the one you help create. There will be other business experts on hand to discuss any business issue you want to raise, however the experts aren’t the only ones who know a thing or two about business. Some of the best ideas come from those that manage their own business, who not only have been there but are there and doing it, business people like you!

If you manage an SME business and would like to exchange your experiences, challenges and opportunities with other similar business people, make sure you are part of the Business Experience Exchange.

Date: Wednesday 29th January 2014 Time: 18.00 – 20.00 hrs

Venue: East Surrey College, Redhill, RH1 2JX

To Attend:
Tel: 01483 735540

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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Bank of Cyprus Owner Managed Business Barometer Shows Business Confidence Improving

The Bank of Cyprus undertakes research 3 times a year to provide an on-going measure of the level of confidence within the Owner managed business sector in the UK. The research is based on a survey of decision makers all of whom are sole or part owners of businesses with 50 or fewer employees. This latest research was carried out in November 2013.

The headlines of this research show that confidence has been growing throughout the year and were at its highest point at the end of the year.

46% of the respondents expect sales and revenue to grow in the next quarter, compared to 32% and 38% in the previous two surveys. Over the longer term the results are even more impressive with 56% expecting sales and revenue to grow in the next 12 months. This is up from 50% and 43% from the previous two surveys.

This optimism is being reinforced by real success with 39% reporting new contracts and 12% entering new markets.
They also believe that the chances of securing finance from the banks is improving. 41% now believe that their banks will support them with new finance, up from 24% in the previous survey.

This is great news for the UK economy and for the survival of small businesses.