funding-options

Business Funding Options You Can Control

One of the most frustrating aspects of starting your own business can be raising finance.  You have rely on other people and organisations such as business angels, banks or governmental institutions to fund your business. This can take time and ultimately lead to your business never starting up. It doesn’t have to be like this, there are options out there where you can …

BUSINESS PLAN

The Modern Business Plan – How Business Plans Have Changed

The economic crisis of 2007/8 had a profound impact on how entrepreneurs and business owners finance their business and write business plans. Banks have been reluctant to lend money to start-ups without them offering significant collateral against the loan. Despite all the publicity that they are lending more money than ever banks are still assessing loans based on the CAMPARI …

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How To Protect Your Ideas – Your Intellectual Property Options

If another business is able to copy or steal your ideas, inventions, contacts, designs or knowledge your business is at risk. Protecting your ideas and intellectual property is crucial for the sustainability of your business, potential investors will reluctant to invest in a company whose intangible assets are not protected. There are five main ways to protect your business’s intellectual …

6 Myths Of Startups

6 Business Startup Myths Demystified

Here at SGI Consultants we are focussed on helping you to start and grow your business faster and easier.  I think it’s a good idea to clarify some of the biggest myths about building a successful business.   1 – You Need Lots Of Money To Start Or Grow   If you are planning to launch a spaceship like Virgin …

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What All Startups Should Know About Office Design

As a startup business, you may be wondering where to start when it comes to your office design. So if you’re unsure how to tackle putting together your very first workspace, here are some handy hints and tips you should know about. High-Quality Furnishings Are A Must No office setup is complete without the right furnishings, but when you go …

Start Own Business

Definitive Guide: How To Start Your Own Business

Over 500,000 new businesses were registered in the UK in 2016. The number could be close to a million if you take into consideration how many unregistered businesses are started.  What does this mean? First, the UK is an entrepreneurial hotspot. Second, starting a business is within reach for just about anyone.  In this article, I will explain some of …

How To Get A Startup Loan

Definitive Guide: How To Get A Startup Loan

The Start Up Loan Scheme started in May 2012. It is a government-funded initiative that provides startup funding and mentoring for entrepreneurs across the United Kingdom. It helps solve the problem of supporting people who have a feasible business idea or want to become self-employed but no access to funding. The Start Up Loan programme aims to equip enterprising individuals …

Getting your business funded

Sources Of Business Finance: A Definitive Guide

The rate of new businesses registrations has rapidly accelerated in the UK over the past few years. It is estimated a record 500,000 businesses started in 2015, with this number set to rise in 2016. One of the first challenges of any new business owner has to face is how do they get business funding. This article will take you through …

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The Definitive Guide To Writing A Business Plan

If you are a serial entrepreneur or an aspiring business owner then learning how to write a business plan should be an essential part of your skill set. Being able to write a convincing business plan will help you improve and grow your business. Let’s start with what a business plan is: it is a document that outlines the vision …

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Sole Trader Or Limited Company? Which One Is Best

When starting a business many entrepreneurs spend a lot of time on choosing the legal status of their business. On occasions, a business may need to change its legal status due to a change in the business or restructure. Which legal status you choose for your business depends on the type and size of the business. Let’s find out what …