Keeping Fit for Growth; Awards BUSINESS Link, Associate Sponsors of the Nebusiness Awards 2008, Has a Team of Expert Brokers Who Can Support and Guide the Region's Entrepreneurs in Developing a Business and Putting That Business on the Path towards Becoming Award-Winning. Today, Business Link's Jill Lee Outlines the Range of Advice and Support Available to Local Firms

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), February 3, 2009 | Go to article overview

Keeping Fit for Growth; Awards BUSINESS Link, Associate Sponsors of the Nebusiness Awards 2008, Has a Team of Expert Brokers Who Can Support and Guide the Region's Entrepreneurs in Developing a Business and Putting That Business on the Path towards Becoming Award-Winning. Today, Business Link's Jill Lee Outlines the Range of Advice and Support Available to Local Firms


SMALL businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and community and most people are employed by one.

Running a small business can seem like an uphill struggle at times, especially in the current challenging economic conditions. That is why it is crucial to seek support and guidance to ensure that your business is best placed to thrive and grow.

Business Link's business health check, which companies can use to discover if they are sufficiently prepared to face the tough year of trading ahead, is a great way to assess areas of strength and weakness.

The health check can be accessed online at www.businesslink.gov.uk/northeast and can be used to analyse key areas such as finance and administration, with the aim of identifying and avoiding future problems and improving business performance.

It asks a number of questions which help identify potential difficulties before they arise, meaning your business can stay one step ahead.

Alternatively, a Business Link broker can visit your business and offer an individual assessment of your circumstances, advising how you can best combat the effects of the current climate and prepare for the future.

Another great way to proactively develop your business and network with peers and potential customers is to visit one of Business Link's events and workshops that are ongoing throughout the region.

Business Link is providing a series of events that can help your business to ensure its stability through the challenges of the current economic climate.

The Weather the Storm series of free breakfast seminars, covering everything from negotiating with your bank manager to budgeting and managing cashflow, begins on February 13 and includes seminars in Gateshead, Billingham, Morpeth and Durham. To register, or for more information, visit www.weatherthestorm.co.uk There are many other ways Business Link can help a small business to develop its operation and plan for the future. The first decision you need to make is whether you want to consolidate your business' position or find ways to grow.

If you decide that your priority is growth then you need to plan carefully if you are to succeed. …

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