Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

8th October 2015


Find out how the UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) can help promote your business overseas, and how to apply for financial support.


The Tradeshow Access Programme provides funding in the form of grants for eligible businesses to attend overseas trade shows. The funding helps your business gain:

market knowledge
experience in attending and getting the most from overseas trade shows
advice and support from trade experts

UKTI can offer grants to eligible businesses taking part in the programme. The grants must be matched by

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5 reasons your business should be using social media

30th September 2015

Microsoft UK Enterprise Team

Everybody and their dog is on social media nowadays. According to a 2014 analysis from We Are Social, there are now 2.03 billion people worldwide who sign into Facebook, Twitter, Weibo or some other service on a monthly basis – not bad going at all for seven million!

And yet a lot of companies still aren’t that great at building relationships and reaching out to customers on social media. Sure, some might have a bare-bones presence, but that’s not

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What Banks Look for when lending money

23rd September 2015


In this guide we try to share with you the process Banks follow and give some practical tips to support you in getting the credit you require.


All banks have their structure for credit analysis, but you won’t go far wrong if you follow this structure:

Character of the business
Ability to repay
Purpose of loan
Amount of loan
Repayment terms
Character of the business

A bank will conduct an internal and external analysis of your business. Internal analysis looks at:

Management– Determining

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Mindset of High Growth Report

24th August 2015


This report provides an overview of research undertaken by the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University, supported by the Business Growth Service Growth Observatory. The objective of the study was to understand more about the personal factors associated with the processes of seeking and achieving growth. The research builds on the idea of an entrepreneurial mindset and aims to identify potential elements of a ‘high growth’ mindset.

View the Mindset of high growth report


A day in the life of Phil Glover, Programme Manager, Humber Business Growth Hub

24th August 2015

Phil Glover Humber LEP Growth Hub Manager

My day starts when I meet my LEP colleague Gill Stevenson, who manages the Humber Apprenticeship Support Service.  We’re both “South Bankers” so when possible we car share. Connectivity throughout the Humber is improving all the time and today we have a smooth journey into the city centre taking in the magnificent view of the ‘Energy’ Estuary as we cross the iconic Bridge.

On arrival, I catch up with Growth Hub colleague Kevin Headley. We

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How to protect Your Brand

24th August 2015

Protecting your design is a concern for many startups. It’s a vital part of ensuring that your brand is solid, and that nobody can steal what makes your product or service unique.

Read this interesting blog at Virgin Start Up 

Workplace pensions: what you must know about auto enrolment

11th August 2015

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including putting those who meet certain criteria into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it.

It’s called automatic enrolment because it’s automatic for your staff; they don’t have to do anything to be enrolled into your pension scheme.

The Pension Regulator provides a step-by-step guide to automatic enrolment.

As an employer, you will have a date by which you need to comply with

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The 3 most important marketing strategies for entrepreneurs

11th August 2015

Richard Branson – Virgin Start UP

Read this interesting article by Robert Cialdini and Steve J. Martin are leading influence experts and authors of The Small BIG – a book that ingeniously explores influence and how you can use small changes to grow your business.

This is brought to you be Richard Branson’s Virgin Start Up a not for profit company for entrepreneurs.

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How to cultivate Loyal Customers with Social Media

11th August 2015

Want long-term customers for your business?

Have you used social media to increase customer loyalty?

To build customer loyalty, you need to show your customers you care.

In this article I’ll share how to use social media to embrace and cultivate loyal customers for your business.

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How UK businesses can engage with Chinese consumers

4th August 2015

Nadezhda Robinson, marketing director at Wei-UK Consulting, a luxury PR and marketing agency which helps brands understand Chinese consumers, shares her top tips on how British businesses can successfully engage the Chinese market.

1. Look closer to home

With Chinese tourists spending a record $164.8bn (£107bn) overseas last year, there is a clear opportunity for British firms. However, though there is a lot of business to be done with Chinese travellers, there is a large affluent student and young professional Chinese community in

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