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UK franchisee stories
Exclusive Interview: “Inspiring women into business ownership through franchising”
Alex Scotchbrook was Tutor Doctor s first ever UK franchisee when she launched in 2009. She now runs four territories, employs five members of staff and gives work to over 382 tutors in her community. Alex s business has helped over 2000 children not only get good exam results but to believe in themselves a skill for life! To get an inside view of Tutor Doctor. Read more..
UK Franchisor Interviews
Exclusive Interview: “We maintain the values of a family business”
As Franchise Director of Newton Fallowell, David Spackman is in a prime position to present the nuts and bolts of this award-winning franchise opportunity. In this exclusive interview find out why it has grown from one office into the growing franchise network it is today and see if this opportunity may be the right into business for you.
UK Franchisor News and Advice
Trevor Brocklebank named deputy chair of the bfa
The co-founder and chief executive of Home Instead Senior Care, Trevor Brocklebank, has been appointed as deputy chair of the British Franchise Association (bfa) after a unanimous vote by its board of directors. Read more..
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Franchising can be a very complex area and to make sure you find the right franchise for you, or set up your own franchise correctly, is it imperative that you do as much research as possible. This includes seeking professional help and advice. Our Ask the Expert section allows you to post questions regarding funding a franchise, legal issues, accountancy, consultancy and general franchise advice. Post your questions to our panel of experts
FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES SPOTLIGHT
Franchising Step by Step
Whatever business you are in, planning and goal setting is important and none more so, than when you are buying a franchise. The step from employment to running your own business must be more than a leap of faith, it has to be a thought-out and well executed process to maximise the chances of success. In this article, Michael Johnson, Managing Director of Card Connection considers some of the basic points required for successful franchising .
Franchising your business
Are you considering franchising your business? If yes, we can help. Our “Franchise Your Business” section will help you to decide if franchising is the right expansion route for your business, and if so, how to franchise your business. Read more about franchising a business
You don’t have to start a franchised business in the UK from scratch; many existing franchisees are looking to sell their franchise. In our resale section you will find advice on buying and selling a franchise resale, stories of those who bought a resale as well as listings of existing franchises for sale across the UK.
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It is a big step from deciding to start a franchise to actually opening your doors for business. For many, one of the biggest hurdles is approaching the bank for finance. Read more about funding a franchise
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Every year more and more people move to the United States of America and are successful in the immigration process. One of the most successful methods to achieve a permit to work and stay in the USA is through buying a business and creating employment.
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Collect and manage your customer reviews
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#unsecured business loans
Secured and unsecured business loans
Finance to keep your business one step ahead
Thousands of businesses including Motor Factor have accessed affordable finance through Funding Circle. Jason Farrugia used his unsecured loan to open two more distribution outlets for his motor company in Wales.
Loans at Funding Circle
Unsecured loans allow you to borrow money for your business without giving security on any assets. like your home for example. They are a quick and easy way to get an affordable cash injection into your business.
A personal guarantee will be required, which means that you ll be required to pay back the loan if the business is unable to. We do this to protect the investors who lend to you.
If you re thinking of refurbishing your shop or buying stock for next season, your business could borrow up to 200,000 from investors through Funding Circle. It s worth noting that you ll need to have been trading for at least 2 years to apply.
Typically up to 200,000
A secured loan could help you borrow more for your business as you can use business assets as collateral. Put simply, if your business can t pay back the loan in full, the proceeds from the sale of assets can be used to pay off the remaining debt.
This type of loan could be the best option if your business needs a larger amount, as you could borrow anything from 200,000 to 1 million, or 3 million if you re developing property.
The level of security required depends on the value and purpose of the loan.
- Typically secured against all assets of the business
- May require a personal guarantee
Property and large assets can also be used as security.
Typically up to 1 million
We also offer a range of small business loans. including working capital, asset finance and property loans for businesses in the property sector. This includes finance for residential and commercial development, commercial mortgages and bridging loans.
If your business needs finance for something else, just tell us in your application.
Typically up to 1 million 3 million for property development
The UK Government is lending 60m to businesses through Funding Circle, alongside thousands of people and other investors.
In March 2013, the Government began lending 20 million to small UK businesses through Funding Circle, as part of its Business Finance Partnership scheme.
In early 2014, the Government-backed British Business Bank Investment Programme decided to invest a further 40 million alongside other investors, to support economic growth by providing more efficient finance to small businesses.
After the success of my first bar, I applied for an unsecured loan to open a second site.
BloodandSand Limited took out an unsecured loan of 100,000 so they could refurbish their new bar.
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It s a very simple process and within 10 days the money was there.
BloodandSand Limited took out an unsecured loan of 100,000 so they could refurbish their new bar.
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BloodandSand Limited took out an unsecured loan of 100,000 so they could refurbish their new bar.
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Funding for Small Businesses
Where does someone look for funding if they are a small business? Business loans are only possible if the company has been in business for some time, but most young businesses are looking to expand and so they need other options to raise business capital.
Government grants are another possibility. However, the process of obtaining funding this way is notoriously difficult. The UK government has claimed that this is a sort to test to see how much they need the funding, but the reality is that it is regulated by EU legislation. On the other hand, the EU itself does not fund anything beyond public sector ventures.
There are also sites that offer local grants to small businesses around the UK, including local councils and large companies such as BT and O2, but the latter are usually competitions. Sites such as Business Zone UK list various business grants and awards available to UK entrepreneurs, but the number of proposals and funding amounts are usually quite limited.
More common options for business funding are Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists, both of which will invest significantly higher amounts in your start-up or small business. However, both Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists will want some control of your business and guarantees of a good return on investment in exchange for their money. But at the same time, they offer the experience which could be that factor which allows your business to succeed in the first place.
Remember, the investor is looking to make money just as you are, and so it will be a venture that both sides enter together as a partnership. This means that anyone who invests in a small business will do everything possible to ensure that they are making a sound investment. They will check your business plans thoroughly, and make sure that they themselves believe in your business idea and future plans.
Finding funding for your small business or start-up can take a long time, but the Angel Investment Network can help you make vital contacts with experienced angel investors who are looking to make an investment.
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Business Development jobs
Hays Sales consultants have in-depth knowledge of the business development jobs market, and will help you find your desired job. Whether it be a Business Development Manager. Business Development Executive or a more specialist development opportunity.
Our strong relationship with sought after employers across many industries include, FMCG, Manufacturing, IT, Media and Professional Services lead to Hays Sales being a fist choice for clients looking for business developers like yourself to join their teams.
Contact your nearest Hays Sales office to discuss the latest Business Development roles and how we can help you take the next step in your Business Development career.
We re currently recruiting for organisations across the UK including in London, Guildford, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and many more so you can be sure you’ll find a job near you.
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Top 10 Business Broadband Deals
Most businesses would be lost without a good business broadband package that provides a reliable and fast connection. Business broadband allows entrepreneurs to reach a global market without ever having to leave the comfort of their own home or business premises.
If you’re thinking of setting up a business, or already run one, then this guide will explore a few of the issues worth considering when choosing a business broadband package.
Business broadband and static IPs
A static IP address is a critical part of a business broadband connection. In a nutshell, an IP address is a numerical identifier for your computer and is what enables computers to exchange information with one another over the internet.
With most home broadband connections, you are granted a dynamic IP. This means it changes every time you connect. However, with premium business broadband connections you are usually provided with a static IP, which means that the identifying number always stays the same.
Static IPs enable you to access more advanced internet features that are helpful to a business.
Get a static IP and you can:
- Run a server
- Build your own website
- Create an email address that sends directly to an email account of your very own domain
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Which providers offer business broadband?
A host of UK providers now offer keenly priced, super fast business broadband packages tailored to the needs of companies. The top of the range BT Business Infinity broadband deal, for instance, features a headline connection speed of up to 76Mbps. TalkTalk s top-end business broadband package also provides a top speed of 76Mbps.
Other players in the business broadband sector include Plusnet, which is renowned for its superlative customer support, XLN Telecom, Eclipse and Virgin Media, whose top business broadband product offers a guaranteed speed of 152Mbps.
BT Business broadband
BT Business standard business broadband packages offer super fast connections of up to 17Mbps and a reliable service that won’t let you down. Broadband products range from those suitable for small to medium enterprises with light usage needs to larger firms who may want to opt for those that feature unlimited downloads.
Choose BT s fibre business broadband service and you ll get an even faster headline speed of 76Mb.
Customers can also choose to add mobile broadband, with free WiFi minutes available on selected deals. In addition to minimum 100GB of usage allowance, BT also provides 10 email addresses with spam protection with Outlook Web Access.
Virgin Media business broadband
Thanks to its highly advanced fibre optic broadband network, Virgin Media Business is able to offer fast and reliable broadband speeds that are not affected by the distance your business is located from the telephone exchange and a super fast cable service of up to 152Mbps.
Customer support is another strong selling point, with help on hand from a dedicated, UK-based team 24/7 via a freephone number. Other key features of Virgin Media Business broadband include Unlimited downloads calls, a business-grade SLA and an award-winning wireless router on their top-tier packages.
Plusnet business broadband
BT subsidiary Plusnet has long been renowned among discerning web users for its incredible customer focussed approach. The same ethos informs its business broadband services, with clients benefiting from a well informed UK-based support team that is on call 24/7.
Aiming to respond to telephone and email queries within 30 seconds and four hours respectively, Plusnet’s success in taking care of customers is born out by the face its business support team fixes around 75 per cent of problems first time.
Plusnet business broadband customers can expect a connection speed of up to 17Mbps, a free four port wireless router, a choice of usage allowance options ranging from 10GB per month to unlimited and free VOIP call minutes with selected packages.
TalkTalk Business broadband
TalkTalk Business broadband packages offer speeds of up to 76Mbps and prioritised business traffic – making it one of the fastest available to UK firms. Companies also benefit from years of industry experience, keen prices and the flexibility to tailor a phone line and broadband deal to meet their needs and add extra services for a small additional charge.
Customer support is excellent, with dedicated, UK-based specialists on call from 9am to 5pm. TalkTalk s superlative aftercare record was highlighted when it scooped a Cisco Customer Service Award for its standards of customer support. Call TalkTalk s customer service department on: 0800 083 3003 for small businesses and 0800 298 6725 for large businesses.
Who else offers business broadband?
Other highly rated, but smaller, broadband providers include One Bill Telecom and XLN Telecom. Both stand out for excellent customer support, while One Bill Telecom s USP is its simple billing system.
Important factors when choosing business broadband
- Web hosting email addresses – look out for anti-virus and anti-spam filtering
- Site creations suites such as EasySiteWizard help you quickly and easily set up a website for your business.
- Business Voice (VoIP) – receive an inclusive VoIP business line for incoming and outgoing calls
- Extranet – provides employees with one place to store and share information, which is backed up daily and password-protected.
- PC Security – protection suites safeguard your PC from hackers and viruses when you are online, and protect you from infected CD-ROMs and flash drives when your offline.
Note: – Static/fixed IP addresses can give your business a real look of professionalism. This is great if you’re planning on doing a lot of business over the internet – The main problem with static/fixed IP addresses is that they can be vulnerable to hackers, so good internet security is an essential.
Do I need business mobile broadband too?
If you spend a lot of time out of your place of work, for instance, attending meetings and seminars, then it’s a great idea to sign up for mobile broadband too. This will enable you to check and respond to your emails from your laptop, surf the web at speeds of up to 21Mbps on 3G and keep on top of your work no matter how far you are from the office.
Grab a 4G mobile broadband deal from the likes of EE and you can expect an even faster on-the-go connection, allowing you to really make the most of the time you spend travelling for your job.
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