Grow your business

The continuing growth and development of your business is as important to us as it is to you. We can provide free and impartial advice, support and direction for any business related enquiry. You can contact us in person, by telephone or email for personal, one to one service - we're here to help.

Be the Business aims to inform, educate and collaborate with the businesses of Britain to restore us to the forefront of business performance worldwide.

We have brought together information and links to websites that will help you grow and transform your business. Find out more from the topics below.

Boost your sales and marketing

Effective sales and marketing are at the heart of any successful business. Marketing strategies often need to be refreshed and refocused in order to boost sales to existing customers or attract new ones. Similarly, a revitalised sales strategy may open up new markets or sales channels such as exporting Follow the links below for more help, advice and guidance.

Improve and develop your product

Consider improving your original product or service or developing and introducing new ones. Continued market research is crucial to finding out how you can improve or develop your product. It's also a great way of keeping track of your competitors. Follow the links below for more information.

  • Marketing Donut: Advice on product research and product development Plus find out how to correctly market your new product to raise consumer awareness.
  • Innovate UK: Find out about the advice, support and funding on offer for business innovation and product development.
  • Catapult: Support, equipment and facilities to research and test new ideas and products. 
  • Enterprise Europe Network: A source of information and advice about the support and funding opportunities on offer for product research and development.
  • Menta, growing business: Menta have 30 years experience in helping local companies carry out research and development for new ideas and products.        
  • New Anglia Growth Hub: Get free support and assistance from their specialist advisors on developing new ideas, marketing and funding support.
  • Intellectual Property Office: Protect your new product and check that it isn't contravening intellectual property laws.

Grow your workforce

Hiring new staff or training your existing workforce in new skills is the first real step towards growing your business. Something simple such as improving customer service can have a huge impact on your business. Retraining staff and hiring new employees isn't always costly and there is plenty of help and practical, financial support available, find out more from the links below.

Find new funding

There are a number of funding opportunities on offer for growing businesses. This is part of the government's commitment to help growing and forward thinking firms reach their potential. Visit our Find funding page for more information, or contact us for bespoke advice.

Find new premises

The need to increase production, store more products or having the facility to display stock might mean you need bigger premises. We can help you do that - visit our Find land and property page or contact us for one to one advice.