How to scale up your business

Learn how you can grow your business to the next level - from franchising to new premises, more staff to new products and markets.

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Franchise your business

Turning your business into a franchise could offer an effective and less risky way to expand significantly. Find out what it involves.

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What makes a great strategic partner?

Forming a strategic partnership can help your business grow and reach new clients. But what makes a great strategic partner? Five things to look for.

Get key business strategies right

Get key business strategies right

Key areas business owners need to focus on - including winning sales, managing cash flow, motivating employees and dealing with legal obligations.

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Strategic acquisitions

Acquiring another business can bring huge benefits, but can also drain resources and lead to hidden costs. How to boost your chances of success.

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Using a consultant

Using a consultant in your business: from the benefits of outside expertise and negotiating fees to agreeing objectives and managing projects.

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Using consultants - checklist

Using a consultant can be a great way to get a project rolling or to bring in expert help. We explain how to get the best from your consultant.

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Growing your business - checklist

Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These ten steps will lead you in the right direction.

Managing projects - checklist

Managing projects - checklist

If you don't keep control of your projects, you risk missing deadlines, compromising quality and disappointing clients. Here are the steps to follow.

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How to pitch to corporate partners

Partnering with a bigger business can help you leverage your innovations. How to get in front of the right people - and make a great impression.

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10 top tips on scaling your business

Top tips from business mentor Mike Norbury on how to boost your company’s performance, achieve significant growth and scale your company.

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Increasing productivity

Use the Acas Productivity Tools to test your company’s strengths and weaknesses and identify simple steps to get the best out of your staff.

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Using an interim manager

An interim manager is a flexible, affordable way of bringing in knowledge, skills and insight to your business. Could one be of help to your business?

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How I achieved rapid business growth

Essex entrepreneur James Downes built Cable Power into a leading provider of electronics solutions in just three years. His recipe for success.

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