In the world of Cyber Security, the road to breach is paved with good intentions. Do you consider yourself a target? How much importance is placed on security in your business? How do you account for the ‘human factor’? In this session, we explore the hallmarks of considering your risk, and identify where you can improve your Cyber Security through better defences, better training, and better policy.
Cloud presents one of the best opportunities for SMEs and start-ups, to utilise enterprise grade software for database and applications. But how do you choose? Data Intensity will share the key questions you need to ask your business to help you decide.
Moving to Google Cloud – Benefits for a Small Business. Cloud technology helps SMEs boost operational efficiency with cost effectiveness, it is proven that moving to a cloud infrastructure makes organisations grow faster and become more profitable. With Google Cloud, SMEs can benefit from the innovative features while providing the security, data storage and compliance that companies need. These tools increase collaboration and communication within their teams, as well as improved productivity, and having the scalability they need as their business grows.
Maximising your R&D Tax claim – Hints and Tips This not to be missed, fast paced and informative talk will take you through the key aspects of the UK R&D Tax scheme for both large organisations and SMEs, what the latest rules are and how you can maximise your claim. Hints and Tips will be given to ensure you claim what is rightfully yours, both historically and moving forward. For an SME the R&D scheme can generate tax savings of 46p for each £1 spent on R&D if you are profit making and up to 33p cash back if you are loss making. This is a great opportunity to help every SME fund future R&D as well as reward you for what you have done already.
How to access the right grants for your product development The UK government has made available over £450m in grant funding for SMEs to develop new and exciting products and processes. UK grant scene is complex and highly competitive with only well-researched and written applications for strong projects receiving support. This session will inform you of the strategy and key themes the UK has to fund R&D, what the latest and forthcoming grants are, how you can maximise your chances of securing them and, equally important, what not to do. For more ambitious projects the talk will also cover key EU schemes – pros and cons. This will be a “must attend session” for anyone looking to understand how to fund their next product development.
Improving the visibility of your brand in Google’s search results is very achievable. But it’s also complicated, and there are a lot of myths out there. In this session, Russell cuts through the misconceptions, explains how Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) works and gives practical tips you can use to get more people visiting your website. If you’re still measuring the length of your meta tags in characters (or don’t know what meta tags are) this is for you.
Most employers are aware that the volume of complaints to the employment tribunal fell dramatically following the introduction of fees, and have remained at a low level. However, tribunal rulings and the Employment Appeal Tribunal rulings are now available online – meaning that your investors, employees, unions, customers, clients and competitors can access and read the full judgement of any case you are involved in. It therefore makes sense, not only to follow best practice and take steps to minimise the risk of ending up in tribunal, but also to ensure that any grievances, allegations of wrongdoing, disciplinaries, redundancies, ill-health dismissals or other dismissals are handled properly.
We use processes for everything we do from vendor selection through to everyday business operations. We will explore, some simple techniques to understand how we work today, how to identify areas for improvement and how we can implement some of those into reality.
Preparing for Investment & Accessing Local available funds. Tony will discuss the importance of ensuring your business is investment ready and will outline some of the key points you should consider before approaching funders. Tony will also look at the numerous alternative and additional sources of finance available to local SMEs and how best to gain access to them.
Successful business innovation depends on many factors, but one of the key items is “the idea”. This workshop will outline how organisations can spark their creative thinking and develop processes that enable them to generate and evaluate ideas. This approach is applicable across all sectors, from product innovation through to business innovation.
Since 2012, the government-backed Start Up Loans Company (SULCo) has provided over £300 million of funding to support more than 45,000 start-up businesses. In October 2017, SULCo will be exhibiting at SME2017 at the Midlands NEC and presenting a seminar, looking at how the scheme has helped these businesses and showing real-life examples, exploring the marketing activities that have helped them to be successful.
R&D Tax Relief- To Claim or not to Claim Are you an innovative SME? If so you could you be overpaying Corporation Tax by tens of thousands £s every year by ignoring R&D tax relief. Mark Evans of R&D Tax Claims Ltd demystifies the process and shows how significant refunds can be achieved quickly and efficiently. The Government backed R&D Tax Relief Schemes allow UK companies involved in Research and Development to claim back corporation tax on money spent on developing and/or improving their products and processes. Approx.150,000 eligible UK SMEs could benefit from the scheme, but less than 20,000 actually make a claim, often because they don’t know how to, or consider that what they do would not be considered as R&D. Mark Evans sets out to demystify the process.