Gate­way to growth

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AL­WAYS imag­ined your business could go fur­ther but not sure where to start? Grow­ing a business isn’t easy but there is support avail­able.

The Business is GREAT Bri­tain web­site can give you all the help and ad­vice you’ll need to de­velop your business. From links to or­gan­i­sa­tions and re­sources, to in­for­ma­tion about the many gov­ern­ment schemes and ini­tia­tives avail­able, it is a one-stop shop of support.

Shaun Pul­frey, founder and CEO of Tan­gle Teezer Ltd, ex­plains how gov­ern­ment support has helped his firm to ac­cess new mar­kets.

“Be­ing suc­cess­ful over­seas is about get­ting the right knowl­edge, in­sight and support. The place to find this is the Business is GREAT web­site. It hosts all the ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion that busi­nesses might need on top­ics from fi­nance to hir­ing new staff.

“One of the key suc­cess fac­tors in the in­ter­na­tional growth of Tan­gle Teezer has been the support we re­ceived from UKTI to help us ac­cess new mar­kets, which en­abled us to iden­tify and plan our ex­pan­sion, par­tic­u­larly when it came to se­lect­ing part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions in for­eign mar­kets.

“The UK was never go­ing to be a big enough mar­ket for us. It’s been six years since we started this business and we now ex­port to coun­tries from Hol­land to China. In fact, China is our sec­ond big­gest global mar­ket.”

He­len Thomas, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of We­stons Cider, de­scribes how gov­ern­ment ad­vice has helped the company to de­velop.

“In business, it’s re­ally im­por­tant to know where you’re go­ing and how to get there. At We­stons, we wanted to be here for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. To achieve this, we needed to grow. With­out growth, we’d stand still; and if you stand still, you go back­wards.

“While the qual­ity of our prod­uct is im­por­tant, our em­ploy­ees are cen­tral to our suc­cess. That’s why we cre­ated the We­stons Academy, which pro­vides train­ing pro­grammes for our staff to learn and progress. This in­vest­ment has un­doubt­edly helped us to grow. We now ex­port to more than 40 coun­tries and have es­tab­lished a business in Aus­tralia.

“We’ve har­nessed gov­ern­ment support to help us get where we want to be and I’d rec­om­mend that other busi­nesses do the same. It’s great that all the in­for­ma­tion that busi­nesses need can be found on one web­site.”

To read more about the support avail­able to help your business grow, visit great­busi­ness.gov.uk.

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