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Seven ways to use your small business Growth Voucher

by Sable International | May 30, 2014
  • If you're a small business owner who qualifies for a Growth Voucher, it’s time to start planning how to put that extra £2000 to good use. Our Accounting team have brainstormed seven smart ways to use your Growth Voucher to grow your business.

    Growth Voucher categories

    Growth Vouchers can be used to receive professional and strategic advice and services in any of the following five categories:
    • Managing cashflow, late payments and negotiating finance
    • Developing skills and expanding your workforce
    • Improving leadership and management
    • Marketing, attracting and keeping customers
    • Making the most of digital technology

    How to use your Growth Voucher 

    1. Hire more employees 
      You might be considering expanding your business by taking on a New Business Manager, Office Manager or PA, for instance. This is a big decision and by using the services of an experienced recruitment agent, you can ensure you find the right person first time round. There are a number of HR and recruitment specialists listed as approved advisers on Enterprise Nation.
    2. Run a marketing campaign
      Is it time to get your product or service “out there” to increase revenue and grow your business? Growth Vouchers can be used to market, attract and retain your customers. Consider putting your voucher to good use through the services of an approved marketing consultancy.
    3. Upgrade your IT network
      Is your IT network outdated, sluggish, and not fulfilling its purpose? You could use your Growth Voucher to enlist the help of an IT Network specialist to streamline your communications and IT systems, which can, in turn, improve your overall productivity.
    4. Improve your employees’ IT skills
      Perhaps you have all the right systems and software in place, but your employees are not using them effectively? Consider using your Growth Voucher towards improving your own or your employees’ IT skills.
    5. Secure finance
      Do you feel ready to expand your business, but need a cash injection in order to do so? Your Growth Voucher can be used towards the services of a Financial Adviser who can steer you in the right direction and give you sound, strategic advice.
    6. Improve your leadership skills
      If you've started taking on staff and feel that your business could be improved by ensuring your own leadership skills are up to scratch, put your voucher to good use by taking advice from a leadership and management adviser. Or, take a course that will help you get the most out of your staff.
    7. Take your brand into the digital arena
      Are you making full use of SEO, google analytics, twitter, facebook, and other digital platforms? If not, could doing so improve your brand image and/or help you increase your customer base? If this is the case, you could use your Growth Voucher to gain all the right information and assistance from an approved Digital Adviser.

    If you meet the requirements, you can apply for a Growth Voucher on the Enterprise Nation Marketplace. If approved, you'll be able to spend your Growth Voucher with a supplier or adviser listed on the same marketplace. 

    Sable International accounting is proud to be an approved supplier, and will be accepting Growth Vouchers until March 2015.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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