Local businesses benefit from Berkshire Business Accelerator at Henley Business School

The Berkshire Business Growth Hub has been operating since early 2014; as well as business coaching & support, grant funding enables managers and top teams of high growth businesses to benefit from the Berkshire Business Accelerator at Henley Business School.

The Growth Hub is central to driving business growth in Berkshire. Go to the Berkshire Business Growth Hub to see what people have said about the Henley programme and to apply for your place.

BUSINESSES – Thames Valley Berkshire Growth Fund

The Thames Valley Berkshire Growth Fund invests in high growth small and medium sized businesses and can provide up to £150,000 of equity to be matched with other private equity.

Find out more about this new source of finance that could reduce the amount of equity you need to sell to raise the finance you need to scale up and grow.

Mind the gap
(in the market)

 
So, you’ve got a great idea. But now what? How do you take your innovation from the drawing board and into practice? Have you got your business growth strategy in place?

"A new idea without successful implementation is just an invention."

How do you create an organisation-wide ethos for innovation? Here are a few ideas.

Need experienced local professionals to grow your business?

A new partnership between the Vital Business Network and the M3 Job Club.

The M3 Job Club supports those on the journey back to work and this partnership offers Vital Business Network members access to an experienced pool of talent, with the right skills to help you grow your business.

To find out more click here.

Balance sheet and corporate structure review

 
In an ever changing commercial environment, compounded by external changes and financial pressures, it’s increasingly important for organisations to be more and more efficient and for Boards and executive teams to structure their companies to address some of these structural and financial challenges.

Finance Heads, a strategic partner of VitalSix, will carry out a balance sheet and corporate structure review for Vital Business Network members for £250 plus VAT.

Student interns and projects - help to find students to work with you

VitalSix is well connected with the University of Reading and other universities and colleges; we can help you find students to help you with a piece of research, to raise your game in the world of social media or simply to overcome a peak in workload.

Contact us to find out how we can help 0118 935 7115, enquiries@vitalsix.co.uk

Six per cent of high growth businesses create 50% of new jobs

NESTA’s research shows that economic growth is driven by a small minority of ambitious, innovative companies. Just six per cent of high growth businesses hold the key to job creation and wider prosperity. Six per cent of UK businesses with the highest growth rates are shown to generate half of the new jobs created by existing businesses.

Find out more in The vital 6 per cent report.

If the UK had the same rates of entrepreneurship as the US we would have 900,000 more businesses

Lord Young’s report, Make business your business (May 2012), shows that if we had the same rates of entrepreneurship as the US the UK would have 900,000 more businesses. He sets out the strength, diversity and growth of small businesses in recent years, a clear contrast to the Bolton Report of 1971 which predicted small businesses were in long-term decline.

Access to finance is vital for funding investment, ensuring businesses reach their full growth potential, and for facilitating new business start-ups

An interesting BIS Economics Paper on SME Access to External Finance that reports on the structural issues affecting SMEs and how they access finance for growth.

VitalSix helps companies like you to accelerate profitable growth by giving you practical input from our experienced business experts who have started, grown and sold their own businesses, and targeted support from hands-on business coaches and strategic partners.

  • Providing expertise and connections to raise finance for growth with practical input to capitalise on market opportunities and overcome barriers to growth
  • Delivering one-to-one business coaching, workshops and focused implementation consultancy to help your business scale up and grow effectively.
  • Delivering the Henley Accelerator programmes, allowing you to develop a practical and rounded management skill-set to help address strategic and tactical issues encountered in high-growth small and mid sized businesses.
  • Hosting events which focus on topical business issues, allowing you to network with other members and share expertise

If you would like to talk to us to see how VitalSix can help accelerate your growth, please call us on +44 (0) 118 935 7115