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Free Workshop: How to grow your business through smart innovation

The Nucleus Business and Innovation Centre are running a free workshop on how to grow your business through smart innovation on 12th September. 9:15-10:30AM. If you are interested in attending, please use the following link to register: https://goo.gl/BCdNci   Event Summary:   “Innovation”, “Disruption”, “Agility” Are all the Buzzwords and media hype masking the reality of succeeding in […]

Funding Available for Innovative Dartford-Based Businesses

Businesses in Dartford can apply for the Innovation Investment Loan Fund (i3) from Thursday 30th November 2017, until 12 noon on the 14th December 2017.   The Innovation Investment Loan is supported by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund, and aims to deliver £1.9m of loans to local businesses in 2017/18. The scheme […]

The new Dartford Business Awards celebrates the best of the borough’s businesses

Business owners and leaders from across Dartford gathered at the Winter Marquee Bluewater on Thursday evening to celebrate the achievements of the Dartford business community. Dartford Borough Council organised the 2017 awards with the support of a number of key sponsors, and together they sifted through a huge number of applications and nominations to come […]

It’s time to celebrate the great businesses in Dartford!

So Spring is here and so are the brand new Dartford Business Awards! Dave and I at Dartford Living have been involved in the discussions about this project for quite a while and it’s great to see it come to fruition.I’ve been editing Dartford Living magazine for over 10 years and one thing and I […]

Free Business Mentoring session

Book your free 1 hour  business mentoring session at the Nucleus Business & Innovation centre between April and end of June 2017 As part of our commitment to supporting businesses in Dartford, Oxford Innovation are offering the opportunity for you to have a one-to-one session with our highly experienced business expert Matthew Mclarty. Matthew will […]

The importance of using financial information as a navigator to business success

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Geoff Freestone Oxford Innovation business coach explains the importance of using financial information as a navigator to business success. When I was starting out on my career I often wondered how businesses ran and how complicated it must be to make money and grow a successful organisation. Surely it must be more difficult than selling something […]

Protecting your assets

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Starting a business? Tempted to put-off protecting Your Intellectual property? Matthew Hives, from One Stop IP, explains why You need to think again! Intellectual property impacts our lives on a daily basis, countless times even before we have brushed our teeth in the mornings. The products we use, the music we listen to, the websites […]

“I’m going to raise some Investment”

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By Leo Dunne. SME Funding Specialist and Business Mentor Your business needs extra cash to grow and you’ve heard about raising investment – perhaps seen something approximating to it in a popular TV programme – and decided that it’s the very fellow for you. Investment is the thing you need. You’ve been told, or found […]

Looking for Funding

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by Leo Dunne, SME Funding Specialist When starting a new business you will never have enough money to do it exactly the way you’d like to. You can focus on spending on business critical items and making sure that the income you’re generating covers costs; but what happens when you need to pay for something […]

Marketing strategy, and why you should make sure your business has one

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Nicola Denny, MD of May Marketing shares her advice on Marketing strategy, and why you should make sure your business has one. Every business should have an up-to-date marketing strategy. But for many, large and small, this is often not the case. The most common reasons for this are not having the time to step […]