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Harpers for Growth

Who we are:

We are a results driven business growth consultancy practice supporting SME’s transform and grow.

What we do:

We take a 360 degree view of your current situation to quickly identify the areas giving the biggest and most immediate impact on your bottom line. Our unique 360i approach means we don’t just propose a plan and walk away, we pride ourselves on 20% strategy and 80% execution – this balance works and we know it makes the difference.

Industry qualified experts in every field

Strategy: We have a high level strategic review designed for business owners and senior management teams to give clarity on vision and aspirations, and understand both the opportunities and roads blocks for growth and business recovery.

Sales: We are focused on performance and will support you in delivering your company’s sales targets and plans – we know what works and what doesn’t.

Marketing: We take a structured approach to creating a deliverable strategy. For us, effective marketing means understanding your customers to develop your strategy.

Lean Operations: We will work with you to fine-tune your business from the ground up, creating efficiency and optimising your operational performance.

 

Our approach is flexible to suit your business needs and budget: we can offer support from the board to the shop floor.

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CATAX

Catax are experts in specialist areas of tax relief, including Capital Allowances, Research & Development (R&D), Remediation of Contaminated Land and the Patent Box. With over 12 years experience, they have identified over a quarter of a billion pounds in tax benefit for their clients to date. Average client benefit is £52k for Capital Allowances and £62k for R&D and the Patent Box!

Digital Boost

Digital Boost is a partnership between BCG Digital Ventures and Founders4Schools, offering a platform for organisations in need to connect with volunteer digital experts.

BCG Digital Ventures is a global company specialised in building new businesses or digital products for corporate clients. We are part of the management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group, and have a talented team of entrepreneurs, designers, digital marketers and software developers.

Founders4Schools is an award-winning educational technology charity, whose mission is to inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly changing world of work. They do this by connecting educators with leaders of successful growing businesses in their community.

Visit Britain / Visit England

Business Support Hub – Travel and Tourism

Topics currently covered on the Hub are:

  1. Start your business

The key target markets in your destination, guidance on the practicalities of setting up a new business and where to get help from mentors.

  1. Find funding

Funding options for your business and guidance on managing finances more effectively to maximise your profit margins.

  1. Know your legal obligations

On what grounds you can refuse a booking, what licences you need to provide TVs and how to comply with health & safety regulations. You can also buy a printed copy of the popular Pink Book: legislation for tourist accommodation.

  1. Understand health and safety

Your legal responsibilities, how to run a safe business and create a Fire Risk Assessment using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business accessible

Guidance, tools and resources to help you provide access for all – and gain a share of a £12 billion market. You can also create an Accessibility Guide for your businesses using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business sustainable

How to save money, reduce your impact and win more customers with practical sustainability tips and case studies.

  1. Employ and manage staff

Step-by-step guides to finding and employing staff, guidance on managing employees and information on apprenticeships.

  1. Find training

Training courses for you and your staff on customer service, digital skills and inclusion.

  1. Get quality assessed

How to get an official star rating or accreditation for your business from the national tourist board.

  1. Enter the Awards for Excellence

How to apply for one of the highest accolades in English tourism – the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

  1. Market your business

VisitEngland/VisitBritain marketing opportunities, our Digital Marketing Toolkit and best practice communication guides.

  1. Attract international visitors

Guidance to help your business get ‘international ready’, including extensive research on overseas markets and our Inbound Tourism Toolkit.

  1. Find local support

An online tool that tells you who your local Destination Organisation (local tourist board) an Growth Hubs are.

Productivity Finance

An independent, whole of market, broker, offering expert advice on funding for all businesses.

With a whole of market lender panel they can arrange business funding from High Street Banks, Challenger Banks as well as niche providers and specialist products not normally available through the high street. This allows us to provide finance for all types of business from start-up, acquisition (MBO/MBI), property companies including development finance and existing SME’s.  Our lenders will only lend to UK based trading companies.

Seeking expert financial advice provided by professionals to help your business grow? Call Graham Threlfall 07841 428284. I have over 150 solutions at my fingertips to help fund your business plans. graham.threlfall@productivityfinance.co.uk for all your business requirements.

Association of Business Mentors

The Association of Business Mentors (ABM) is the professional association working to improve and professionalise business mentoring across the UK.

 

ABM mentors are highly experienced business people who have either started or run their own business, or played a significant operational role in such a business. As well as working in SMEs, some of our members also have experience in running a significant business unit in a large corporate.

 

ABM mentors provide all types of support to businesses, from strategy and planning, sales and marketing, HR, finance and growth to operations, IT/technology and much more.

Spotcap Unsecured Business Loans

Spotcap provides loans to profitable businesses that have been operating for at least three years, with a minimum turnover of £500k. Most businesses use a Spotcap loan to bridge a cashflow gap, purchase stock or inventory, or to refurbish premises.
Spotcap provides funding to businesses in all sectors, accept for construction, property and real estate.

The South East Physics Network (SEPnet)

The South East Physics Network is a consortium of nine partner university physics departments (Hertfordshire, Kent, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex and The Open University) working together to advance and sustain physics as a strategically important subject for the UK economy and its science base in the South East of England. SEPnet works with industry to address skills needs and creates opportunities for industry and SEPnet partners to work more closely together.

There has never been a better time to study physics. STEM graduates, especially those in physics, are in great demand in many sectors including defence, energy, engineering, finance, IT and many more.
 SEPnet:

  • offers employers access to the best and brightest students
  • works with industry to ensure physics graduates and postgraduates are qualified to meet industry needs
  • provides a first point of contact for organisations to link with physics academics for business and research collaboration.

SEPnet’s Employer Engagement Programme includes:

  • 8-week industry placements for physics undergraduates (currently seeking placements with companies, see the SEPnetwebsite for details)
  • Industry placements/consultancy challenges for physics PhD students
  • Industry site visits and tours
  • Employer talks and workshops
  • Work shadowing and industry mentoring opportunities
  • Industry and researcher networking events.

For further details or clarification of any of the information above please contact danny.atkins@port.ac.uk

Student Placement and Employability Centre

We are seeking placements in all sectors and industries, for students from the Faculty of Technology, which covers areas such as computing, maths, physics and engineering. Companies get free range to select their preferred candidates, and the student becomes a full time employee of the company on a fixed term contract.
The Student Placement and Employability Centre in the Faculty of Technology can advise on procedures and how a student may fit in to, and provide benefit to, your organisation – including creating a graduate pipeline, the potential for ongoing succession planning, a point of contact with the University, cost effective short term resource and up to date, technical knowledge and innovative thinking.

The team also provides free of charge advertising and recruitment administration services to help facilitate the process, to make recruiting a student stress free.

For further details please contact Emily Parry, Placement and Employability Manager, at tech.placements@port.ac.uk.