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Running your business

Business planning
and growth

Looking ahead

New year business challenges

Brexit changes, tax deadlines – there’s lots in store for businesses in the first few months of 2021. See what's in the calendar.

Money management

Your attitude, knowledge and skills are all important pieces of your financial survival kit, and your business success.

Growth strategies for any business

If you’re thinking about growing your business, then you’ll need to set aside some time to plan how you’ll make it happen. Our article shows various ways to scale that you might not have thought of, including franchising, exporting and working with other businesses.

Tips to engage your team

Keeping the right people is vital when you’re looking to grow. Looking after a team is a tough job, but our ideas for boosting employee engagement will help you to build a workforce that’s committed and proud.

Tools to upskill your team

Providing your team with new skills could help them and your business to thrive, meaning that you could adapt to new ways of working or new developments much more easily.

Finance options for growth

Getting started with crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is an important source of investment for start-ups and growing businesses. It can also be good if you’re likely to struggle to raise funds using more traditional routes.

Get your business investment ready

Show any investor why you’re worth their investment. Our tips for getting your business investment-ready mean that if an opportunity comes knocking, you’ll be able to make the most of it.

Business loans and finance options

You might need a combination of a bank loan and finance from somewhere else to grow your business. Discover the finance options we could provide and how they can help.

Free financial health check

Whatever ideas you have for your business now and in the future, we’re here to help. Our free, confidential financial health check can give you a better sense of your financial goals, plans and needs. It can help you to manage risks or identify areas of concern too.

Green banking

Access products, advice and resources to help with your environmental goals, as we work together to tackle climate change.

Security may be required. Product fees may apply. Finance only available for business purposes.

Next step: Mentorship and community

If you’re looking for people that know their stuff and are keen to develop your business, our programmes like Business Builder or the Entrepreneur Accelerator could take your business further, faster. That’s where our team can help support you (and your business) to grow and develop.

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