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Can you introduce structure without killing culture?

As businesses scale up and headcounts grow, there comes a point where the flat structure and informal approach around pay and rewards can hinder growth, and if not managed, impact on staff performance, productivity and loyalty. However, the thought of introducing structure and process can seem at odds with the close-knit, family feel that its important to protect.

Vanessa Landreneau, an expert in building reward structures, and Principal of Hummingbird Consulting, believes that the two concepts can work in harmony, as she explains in her blog below…

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Why HR matters, more than ever

HR – it’s an area that many growing businesses question the need for, often delaying investing either their own time or that of an HR professional, and finding it difficult to calculate the value it brings to the bottom line. However, in a job market where employees are moving more frequently, and seeking out opportunities to learn new skills with a great management culture, creating an engaged workforce is more important than ever before.

GetSet East spoke to Sam Sales, Director at SME HR specialist Call HR to find out about the changes happening in the world of HR and how SMEs can nurture an engaged workforce.

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Growing Small Business and the Economy in London

 

Over the past 18 months, YTKO Group’s GetSet for Growth East London has successfully supported 500+ businesses, created 200+ local jobs and helped clients access £500,000+ of growth finance.

This would not have been possible without the support of multinational banking and financial services company, J.P. Morgan. The YTKO Group has a 30-year+ track record of advising both new and established businesses throughout its regional UK offices. The partnership between YTKO and J.P. Morgan ultimately resulted in the creation of the GetSet for Growth East London programme, which is geared toward helping businesses overcome the two biggest challenges to growth – access to finance and business development.

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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

Read more