Archive for January, 2012
We are told that access to funding for small businesses is the most critical factor for unleashing business growth, the kind of growth David Cameron expects to help the UK rise out of the economic downturn.
The good thing about the past few years when it comes to finding funds is that there are a wide range of alternatives now available in addition to the traditional banking route. Many established businesses have left cash in their company to try and make sure they have enough for a rainy day. In addition, many wealthy individuals are sitting tight.
All this storing of cash is a missed opportunity.
We all need to become hungry and passionate again and have an open mind about investing in business. Business owners need to create a compelling story in the form of a business plan that shows that they fully understand their market and competition.
Investors must come out of the woodwork and add value with their skills to the management teams, and provide the necessary funds to allow the early-stage businesses to get to the next stage.
It often doesn’t require that much cash but it does involve a leap of faith.
During the recession you need the safety net of cash reserves in your business.
The businesses which benefit most from economic recovery are those that choose the right time to put their funds to work. Cash deposits are currently generating very little income but if your business is doing well, now could be the time to invest for the future.
Should you expand?
Even in a tough market many business opportunities exist for those with the experience and ability to act quickly and safely. As the economy comes out of recession many business sectors are seeing consolidation as strong businesses absorb weaker ones. This is because asset values remains low and forced sales can push down prices even further.
Buying competitors is a quick way of increasing market share and defending your market position. Combining businesses can help to reduce risk by spreading income streams and reducing customer dependence.
Experienced teams and assets previously not on the market are now readily available.
Opportunities are more abundant at this time because there are a number of potential vendors who want to exit so a sensible offer might be welcomed. There will be others that recognise the need to consolidate and may welcome an approach to explain what options are available.
Assessing the timing of a deal requires a considered evaluation of your business and the drivers in the market. As part of this process you should be flexible in considering your options – a merger or partial exit might be a more attractive solution.
Business owners operate today in a varied and complex world.
As an owner you are expected to have all the answers – but it’s impossible.
The future is all about trusted groups of people.
So why not join a group and feel revitalised in business?
As a member of the Business Exposure Group you will find that business issues which you find challenging, will have been overcome by other group members – allowing each of you to learn from each others experience.
These “think tank”, “mastermind” forums provide business owners with a unique opportunity to share insights, direct from the people who really understand – because they are also business owners, working relentlessly through good and bad times.
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