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Support for Businesses through Funding and Finance
A review of a few of the sources of Business Support and Funding
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Writing a Business Plan
This tool describes what a business plan should include, how to write one and what are its benefits.
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Accelerating the UK
Beauhurst has published an excellent report – Accelerating the UK – all about business accelerators;
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Marketing: Profiling a Target Audience
Do you know who your customers are and their needs?
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Choosing and Using a Website Designer​
If a business is looking for a professional, well-structured and secure website that complies with all the relevant legislation, it is worth investing...
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Start out with a business mentor
Maximise your potential by getting the right advice early on with a business mentor.

News

The Launchpad Competition is now open for applicat...
A budding engineering entrepreneur aged 18-25 could win £15k to start a business based on their engi...
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Tata Varsity Pitch 2019 is now open!
The hunt is on for the best student and graduate business ideas.
Community News
More than 75% of young people would start their ow...
Poll shows South West ahead of the rest of the country
Hangar 51 Accelerator for Start-ups Testing Produc...
Eligible start-ups from anywhere in the world may apply to participate in a ten-week business develo...
YESwindon ignites entrepreneurial spirit at inaugu...
Over 40 young professionals from Swindon and Wiltshire come together.
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New Business West Initiative Manager

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Insights

Meet your adviser from Business West; Q&A with Andrew Mercer
Catch up with Business West's Business Adviser for Swindon, Andrew Mercer, to find out more about hi...
Starting out in your own company – It’s tougher than you could possibly imagine…. Some tips on how...
Tips for Start ups from someone that is 2 years in with a startup, that helps Businesses to develop ...
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SWOT it Out
A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool designed to help you to understand your business accord...
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Interview with Steven Smith, Founder of Poundland
Alison Edgar recently interviewed Steven Smith, founder of Poundland to find out what exactly made h...
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Research scientist changes career
Lisa Berry was working as a research scientist in 2009 when she decided to start her own business Ch...

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