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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!

Female Ventures Fund

The Female Ventures Fund is an (S)EIS evergreen Fund.

What are we here to achieve

To focus on capital growth in the long term and to ensure that portfolio companies deliver growth in revenue, profit and value.

To reduce the risks through a diversified portfolio of carefully selected early-stage businesses and provision of development capital after the early stages.

 

How we impact others

Investees — to assist growth in medium to long term by providing expert advice alongside new equity.

Investors — to maximise returns by achieving significant capital gains across the portfolio.

Third parties — to make a positive, measurable social and environmental impact.

Small Business Commissioner

The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is an independent public body set up by Government under the Enterprise Act 2016 to tackle late payment and unfavourable payment practices in the private sector. The SBC covers the whole of the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The late payment culture that exists between businesses in the UK means that:

  • a third of payments to small businesses are late
  • the average value of each payment is £6,142
  • 20% of small businesses have run in to cash flow problems due to late payments
  • if small businesses were paid on time, this could boost the economy by an estimated £2.5 billion annually

Launched in December 2017 the Small Business Commissioner, leads an independent office aimed at empowering small businesses in resolving disputes around late and unfair payment issues and provides advice, including on how to take action if a payment is overdue.

The Commissioner urges small businesses affected by late or unfair payment practices to use the SBC’s complaint investigation service and promises to take action to tackle the worst examples of supply chain bullying.

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.

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.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We are a not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of our members, which exists to serve the small business community across the UK.

Starting at just £147 in the first year plus a £30 joining fee for businesses with no employees we pride ourselves in supporting smaller businesses like yours.

Open to FSB members and non members:

 

FSB Coronavirus Hub (includes free Webinars)

FSB Skills Hub

FSB Events

 

FSB Membership Benefits include:

 

FSB Tax Investigation Protection

FSB Legal Protection Scheme

FSB Employment Protection

FSB Health and Safety Advice

FSB Legal Hub

FSB Care

FSB Insurance Service

FSB Payments

FSB Funding Platform

FSB Cash Advance

FSB Debt Recovery

FSB Workplace Pensions

FSB Cyber Protection

FSB Business Banking

FSB PR/Crisis Management

FSB First Voice

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.