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Are you a business in Berkshire looking for support? Get in touch with our Business Advisers:

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Explore our support guides for helpful information or create a profile for full access to our support guides and our detailed resources that our tailored to your business needs.

The 1-2-1 service is personal and connects you to Business Advisers who have spent their careers starting, growing and working in businesses. Business Advisers will review your business needs and direct you to possible solutions from the range of support available from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors.

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Are you a business in Berkshire looking for support? Get in touch with our Business Advisers:

Support guides

We’ve got lots of useful guides to help you to make your business thrive.

Our support guides and resources cover everything you’ll need to know – sales & marketing, people, finance & funding and lots more. Register now to access it all.

Employing staff
Employing staff

People are a great resource for your business. It is important to recruit the right staff and to understand your responsibilities as an employer. Read more

10 ways to generate more sales leads
10 ways to generate more sales leads

To increase sales in your business, generating more leads is key. This guide shows you how to drum up more sales leads for your business. Read more

How to start exporting?
How to start exporting?

Great.gov.uk provides support and resources to help businesses start exporting. Read more

Marketing your business on social media
Marketing your business on social media

Review useful tips on how to market your business using social media. Read more

5 key steps to an effective sales strategy
5 key steps to an effective sales strategy

Explore the key 5 key steps to developing an effective sales strategy. Read more

Be the Business online support tools
Be the Business online support tools

Be The Business is a Government funded online service full of use tools, templates and resources to help your business grow and prosper Read more

Business Builder – Digital tool
Business Builder – Digital tool

Business Builder is a digital tool designed to give you the right support at the right time for you and your business. Read more

Making Business Finance Work For You
Making Business Finance Work For You

British Business Bank's "Making business finance work for you" guide is designed to help you make an informed choice about accessing the right type of finance for your business. Read more

Does your Networking Work? Our Top Tips
Does your Networking Work? Our Top Tips

Whether you’re an old hand at networking, or just dipping your toe in the water, you’ll want a good return on investment from your endeavours. Read more

Rural England Prosperity Fund Business Grant Scheme
Rural England Prosperity Fund Business Grant Scheme

The Rural Fund supports the aims of the government's Levelling Up White Paper and Future Farming Programme. It funds capital projects for small businesses and community infrastructure. Read more

Join Help To Grow: Management
Join Help To Grow: Management

Designed to fit alongside work commitments, this programme combines a practical curriculum, with one-to-one support from a leading business mentor and alumni networking sessions. Read more

Budgeting and Accounting
Budgeting and Accounting

Consider the key aspects of budgeting and accounting for your business. Read more

Business tax

Running a business requires you to know about tax - find out the different types and what you might have to pay. Read more

Top 10 AI Tools for SMEs in 2024
Top 10 AI Tools for SMEs in 2024

As we step into 2024, the landscape of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is increasingly influenced by the innovative capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Read more

Business membership organisations
Business membership organisations

Each business membership organisation provides something different so it's important to review what you want and which will be best for you. Read more

Business insurance
Business insurance

Find out what business insurance you might need to protect your company against financial loss. Read more

Enterprise Nation – support for small businesses
Enterprise Nation – support for small businesses

See the support available from Enterprise Nation for small businesses. Read more

GrantFinder
GrantFinder

GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK covering local, national and international sources of funding Read more

Create a marketing plan
Create a marketing plan

Not sure how to write your marketing plan, or even where to start? This marketing plan template guides you through the key aspects you need to cover Read more

Hiring an apprentice

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job. Find out what the benefits are and how to hire an apprentice. Read more

Further finance options for growing businesses
Further finance options for growing businesses

See what other finance options are available for growing businesses. Read more

GDPR
GDPR

A helpful guide to GDPR and what you need to do. Read more

How to build your online business?
How to build your online business?

The Amazon Small Business Accelerator provides support for building an online business. Read more

How to build your sales?
How to build your sales?

Review the resources available to help you build your sales Read more

Importing goods or services
Importing goods or services

Review this step by step guide to importing goods and services Read more

Improve your marketing return on investment
Improve your marketing return on investment

See how you can get the best return on your investment for your marketing spend. Read more

Local authority support
Local authority support

Find out the support provided by each of the six local authorities in Berkshire for businesses. Read more

Making Tax Digital
Making Tax Digital

Understand what you need to do to comply with the HMRC rules for Making Tax Digital for VAT and to find software. Read more

Business premises
Business premises

Review our key questions when thinking about your business premises Read more

Professional membership organisations
Professional membership organisations

A professional body is an organisation that comprises members who are professionals in a specific sector. Read more

Recruiting the right people
Recruiting the right people

There are many ways to find the right staff for your business. Consider what your business requires and which approach is best for you. Read more

Research & Development Tax Credits
Research & Development Tax Credits

Find out whether your business could benefit from R & D tax credits. Read more

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce – International Trade Services
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce – International Trade Services

Advice, resources, documentation, workshops and events for businesses looking to export goods and services Read more

Top 10 tips for credit control
Top 10 tips for credit control

Getting invoices paid on time is crucial for your business. Consider these tips to help you manage your cashflow. Read more

Trade finance for UK exporters
Trade finance for UK exporters

Find our how UK Export Finance can help you win contracts, fulfil orders and get paid. Read more

Training and employment schemes for your business
Training and employment schemes for your business

Consider the range of government programmes which are available when you are hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff. Read more

Types of Finance and Funding
Types of Finance and Funding

Find out the range of finance options available for growing businesses.. Read more

What is PR?
What is PR?

Find out how you can use PR and encourage customers and journalists to think and speak positively about your business. Read more

Green Skills Training in Berkshire

Free green skills construction courses from Langley College to employers in Berkshire to improve the skills of their workforce. Read more

The Education Landscape – Supporting pupils in local Schools & Colleges

Education Landscape's Guide for Employers will outline all the options you have for working with schools, colleges, universities and young people while providing the benefits of doing so. Read more

Manage your business dept, improve cash flow and get set for growth

Understand how to stabalise your business and move forward to growth and future success. Read more

Digital Growth Grant

Through a £12m Government grant Barclays Eagle Labs is boosting the growth of UK tech startups and scaleups for the next two years. Tap into an ecosystem connecting you to business growth experts through dedicated programmes, mentoring and much more. Read more

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High Growth Programme

If your business is growing or feel that it has potential to grow then our High Growth programme is for you. With tailored support, a dedicated Business Adviser and access to 1-1 sessions with sector specialists, the High Growth programme can help you supercharge your business.

Business success stories 

Hear from the businesses we’ve supported across Berkshire.

HR Rewards & Recognition Platform secures £500,000 loan
HR Rewards & Recognition Platform secures £500,000 loan

Wokingham-based company secures a £500,000 growth loan to support continued software development and enable the recruitment of 7 local hires in 2023. Read more

Renewable energy powers HiFi Cinema showroom
Renewable energy powers HiFi Cinema showroom

A grant of £4,800 ensured that HiFi Cinema can generate renewable energy with a solar PV system, meaning, among other things, they can charge up two electric company vehicles. Read more

Organico Realfoods brighten their future with solar panel project
Organico Realfoods brighten their future with solar panel project

Organico Realfoods Ltd improves their business by installing solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint and save money! Read more

Business events

Events are a great opportunity to learn something new or network with like minded businesses. 

StartUP Part 1: Starting a Business the Right Way

Event date - 30 May 2024

Event time - 09:30 am

Event type - Webinar

Location - Online

FREE & ONLINE: The best way to start trading including finding the correct market, competitor analysis and business planning. First start up workshop of two. Read more

Berkshire Local Visitor Economy Partnership Stakeholder

Event date - 4 June 2024

Event time - 11:00 am

Event type - Event

Location - The Curve Venue, William Street, Slough SL1 1QX.

Join Slough Borough Council and Melanie Sensicle Consulting for a discussion on tourism development priorities, destination management plan and a local visitor economy partnership for Berkshire. This in-person session is geared towards Slough businesses in the visitor economy from hotels and guest accommodation providers to visitor experiences, destination management businesses, tour guides, transport providers and more. If your business caters for tourists, then this workshop is for you. Read more

Masterclass: Sales & Marketing

Event date - 11 June 2024

Event time - 09:30 am

Event type - Webinar

Location - Online

FREE AND ONLINE: This Masterclass will help passionate Business leaders to transform their approach to sales & marketing. Participating will help you gain new perspectives, inspire new ideas and change your way of thinking. Read more

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