Business strategy

A business strategy will help you look at the bigger picture and plan your business' long-term future. Discover how to prepare a business strategy.

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Business strategy - overview

A business strategy will help you look at the bigger picture and plan your business' long-term future. Discover how to prepare a business strategy.

Increasing profitability
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Increasing profitability - checklist

Profitability needs to be the key long-term aim of any business. Follow our helpful tips to ensure you have the best chance of making profits.

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Ten ways to increase your margins

Firms are always searching for ways to trim their costs and increase their revenue, in good times and in bad. Make your business leaner and fitter.

New product development
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New product development

Once you've come up with the idea for a new product or service, you need to develop it, test it and take it to market. Our guide to the key steps.

Innovation
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Innovation

Innovating isn't a luxury, but an essential if you don't want to be left behind. How to use innovation to improve and expand your products.

Benchmarking - checklist
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Benchmarking - checklist

Benchmarking provides a way to measure how effective your processes are, compared to competitors. Here's how to set up benchmarking in your business.

Product designer uses design software to develop new products
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Developing new products - checklist

Use this checklist to help to develop new products, from developing new ideas to setting budgets, deciding on product specification and prototyping.

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Q&A: Strategy

Strategy simply means having a plan of action to get your business to where you want it to be. The key is to focus on what you're trying to achieve.

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Q&A: Key performance indicators

Emma Warren of business development services provider Portfolio Directors explains how key performance indicators can help small businesses.

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What goals should you set for your business?

To be successful and grow your business, you should consider reviewing and setting new goals for your business. What objectives should you be setting, and what's the key to achieving them?

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10 steps to… Business survival

Statistics show business failures are on the increase. Make sure your business isn't next. We share 10 steps to helping ensure your businesses survival.

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10 common start-up misconceptions

Some great ideas fail, while what appeared marginal businesses have enjoyed great success. So what mistaken beliefs do many new owners have?

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Ten ways to benchmark your business

Benchmarking provides a means to compare your firm against other businesses, and identify areas where you can improve your performance.

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Ten golden rules of home business

Thinking of setting up a home-based business? Intended to help you succeed, here are ten tips from one of the founders of StartUp Britain.