Sales and New Markets 

Methods for creating need and immediacy

Knowledge

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A Virtual Shop Front Door - Down Your Street
The Royal Mail has just announced that online shopping in the UK has risen by 9% in the last year. What do our 'bricks and mortar' retail businesses i...
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How to Forecast Sales - Guide
Sales forecasting is a crucial part of setting up and running a business and is essential for ongoing business planning. Forecasting the future is alw...
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Independent report - Made Smarter Review
An industry-led review exploring how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits of digital technology through a strong industry - government partnership.
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Preparing Your Organisation For Growth
Companies that address their organizational weaknesses as they implement growth strategies give themselves an advantage.
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Developing a Marketing Plan
Developing a marketing plan is one of the most effective ways for a small business to survive and thrive, especially in increasingly competitive times...
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Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.

Resources

European Territorial cooperation programme

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Enhancing the attractiveness of the territories of the France (Channel) England Area: Realise the potential of the common natural and cultural assets to deliver innovative and sustainable growth. Aims to improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the Programme’s cultural and natural heritage, and to support economic growth through developing a more competitive tourism offer. This has the aim of increasing not only the regions appeal to visitors, but making it a more appealing place to live and work with the intention of attracting businesses and therefore jobs to the area.

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Supplying The South West

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This portal provides a user friendly, intuitive process to advertise all open tenders and quotation opportunities for councils in the South West. The procurement portal is FREE to join for businesses and offers the following advantages:- •Immediate access to current business opportunities •Receive email notifications on business opportunities that are align with your company •Reduces costs as the process is online •You are in control of your tender submission and not reliant on a third party courier or postal service •Submissions can be completed electronically rather than hand written •Submissions can be amended up until the closing date and time

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Family Business Support - Institute of Family Business

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IFB is the UK’s family business organisation, supporting and promoting the UK family-owned business sector through events, networking, representation, thought leadership and analysis. Their network is open exclusively to family business owners and managers - by families, for families.

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Contract Finder, GOV.UK

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Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies. You can use Contracts Finder to: - search for contract opportunities in different sectors - find out what’s coming up in the future - look up details of previous tenders and contracts You can create an account to get email updates and save your searches.

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Wiltshire Emergency Services e-tendering service

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The Bluelight eTendering site was launched in November 2004, to give suppliers easier access to tenders and quotations published by the Police and Fire and Rescue services. The system is a complete Internet based solution, meaning no software resides on either the buyer’s or the supplier’s computers. It provides both buyers and suppliers with a secure, cost effective and easy-to-use eTendering solution for the advertisement of new tender opportunities, online quotation and tenders, secure auditable message function ensuring a consistent and non-discriminatory competitive process which is more efficient and easy to manage for all. This e-Tendering portal is used by most of the UK Police forces and many Fire & Rescue Services to publish and manage their quotations and tenders.

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Department for International Trade (DIT)

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DIT secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

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News

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How productive is your business? - Interactive too...
The Office for National Statistics has produced an interactive tool that aids businesses to calculat...
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The Great British High Street - 2018 AWARDS ENTRIE...
The high street is the life and soul of communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ire...
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OVO Energy Tour Series coming to Salisbury
As part of the recovery programme for Salisbury, the city will host cycling's Grand Final of the OVO...
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New changes to encourage small businesses to apply...
The government is announcing tough new measures to level the playing field for smaller businesses bi...
Pitch@Palace 9.0 – Applications Open
The Theme for Pitch@Palace 9.0 is “Data, Intelligence, and The Future of Security”
Set up your own online farmer's market
After a successful launch in Somerset, The Food Assembly is looking to grow its network of organiser...

Events

Workshop Community Events Marketing Made Easy - September
Swindon 12 Hosted by Business West - Enterprise Services
Workshop Community Events You Can Export - International Sales Planning
Lacock Free Hosted by Business West Ltd
Breakfast Networking Event - Bristol
Bristol £30
Workshop Community Events Marketing Made Easy - October
Swindon 12 Hosted by Business West - Enterprise Services
Workshop Community Events Social Media Made Easy - November
Swindon 12 Hosted by Business West - Enterprise Services
Workshop Community Events Marketing Made Easy - November
Swindon 12 Hosted by Business West - Enterprise Services
Workshop Community Events Marketing Made Easy - December
Swindon 12 Hosted by Business West Ltd

Insights

The 12 Benefits of Market Research
Market research is a crucial part of any and all marketing plans. Although businesses may think they know who their target market is, after some resea...
The Art of Getting What You Want
Negotiation is the nitty-gritty of the actual transaction between customer and business. Yet strangely enough, it’s something that most people try to ...