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READY. GETSET. CELEBRATE!

GetSet for Growth West of England recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary. Having helped more than 500 businesses in the area and created 100 new jobs already, reaching this exciting milestone called for a celebratory event! Clients and partners alike, including NatWest, JBP PR and the University of the West of England, were entertained on arrival by some incredible tricks performed by magician Adam Richards.

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SPOTLIGHT SHONE ON STAFFORDSHIRE’S WOMEN IN BUSINESS

From left to right: Kathy Poole- Partnership Manager at GetSet for Growth, Bev Hurley CBE- CEO at YTKO, Rashpal Martin- Regional Head of Business Development at NatWest Bank, Gemma Bourne- NatWest Business Growth Enabler, Staffordshire & Shropshire

In November, NatWest business team joined forces with the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and award-winning business support service GetSet for Growth to host an inspiring afternoon celebrating local women in business.

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Business Showcase South West

Pictured, left to right: Kathryn Strachecky, Prince’s Trust Mentor; Bev Hurley CBE, CEO of YTKO; Bridget Lovell, Deputy Lady Mayoress of Bristol; Tim Bowles, West of England Metro Mayor; Fiona Fraser, GetSet for Growth Senior Marketing Advisor; Toby Howkins, Outset Enterprise Advisor; Victoria Matthews, Business West Advisor.

Business creation and growth experts YTKO Group had a fantastic day at the Business Showcase South West event that took place on Wednesday 11th October 2017. Hosted at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, this event is key in the business calendar and YTKO was proud to hold a double stand and keynote speech for the Enterprising West of England consortium.

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International Marketing Tips for Manufacturing SMEs

We discussed in a previous blog how UK manufacturers have seen the benefits of lower commodity prices on world markets due to the devalued Pound. With the levels of economic uncertainty likely to continue for the next two years at least, the enthusiasm and optimism of exporting UK manufacturers is largely based on their view that Sterling will remain devalued against major currencies like the Euro and the US Dollar, helping keep their prices competitive in overseas markets.

Below we provide our five top tips to help manufacturers sell more products internationally online, and to capitalise on the current economic conditions.

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Modern marketing for manufacturers – Part 3

This is the third part in our series of blogs for manufacturers where we provide tips on in-bound marketing activities that will help you meet your top priorities, such as:

• Generating more high quality leads
• Controlling marketing costs and proving return on investment
• Staying ahead of your competition

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Modern marketing for manufacturers – Part 2

This is the second part of our blog for manufacturers where we provide tips on in-bound marketing activities that will help you meet your top priorities, such as:

• Generating more high quality leads
• Controlling marketing costs and proving return on investment
• Staying ahead of your competition

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Modern marketing for manufacturers

We continue our series of blogs for manufacturers where we provide tips on marketing activities that will help you meet your top priorities, such as:

• Generating more high quality leads
• Controlling marketing costs and proving return on investment
• Staying ahead of your competition

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How well do manufacturing companies know their customers?

Customer and experience are two words that you don’t often encounter in the manufacturing industry. On the whole, manufacturing is an industry focused on the product – rather than how it is presented to the customer – and to some extent, rightly so. Much of the insight usually found within the boardroom walls of a manufacturing giant are typically applied to product design or R&D.

In our previous blog, we have already identified that a key stage in putting together your marketing strategy is to define the key markets in which your business will operate. This includes the markets, locations and types of customers you will target.

71% of B2B companies are at risk of losing customers by not being fully engaged with the companies they do business with. (Recent research by Gallup)

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Manufacturers need a modern approach

Traditionally, marketing was always a linear path – people saw an ad, they were interested in the product, so they went to their local store and bought it. However, with the rise of digital and social media, customers are now researching information on their own. The same goes for engineers and technical buyers, who do most of their research, evaluation and final selection of a vendor very differently today than in the past.

Buyers are looking for information online and will only interact with sales people on their own terms. Your lead generation and marketing therefore needs to evolve to meet their needs. Otherwise you are going to struggle generating qualified leads that turn into sales opportunities.

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Sustain manufacturing growth through modern marketing practices with customer focus

The most successful businesses strive for growth, embrace digital and are constantly looking for ways to deliver and exceed customer expectations. Digital transformation and evolving customer expectations now combine to create a more transparent operating and trading environment than ever before.

Customer awareness is not enough in the modern world. Businesses are rapidly shifting towards customer-led models. High-growth organisations focus on their customers in every aspect of their business and allow them to provide insight that supports the future development of the company. Customer-obsession, and the business growth that follows, is not possible without first considering a customer’s expectations. Today, the modern customer expects a digital presence from the suppliers they use and expect prompt responses to their queries

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