In this April edition of Private Business we start by looking at the benefits of expanding your business into overseas export markets. With increasingly affluent consumers in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China there’s a tangible opportunity for UK private businesses to begin exporting to these new marketplaces.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered Budget 2012 last month and in this issue we look at the main announcement and the potential long-term impact they will have for your private company. In his speech, the Chancellor spoke of this being a ‘Budget for business’ and there were certainly measures that aimed to encourage enterprise in the UK, most tellingly the drop in the corporation tax rate to 24% from this month.
If you’re thinking of selling your business, there are a number of important points to consider and challenges to overcome. Our Exit Focus series gives you advice on planning, pricing and getting the best value from the sale.
We continue our series of interviews with leading business thinkers, meeting two very different companies who’ve made a mark in their respective industries. We talk to Phil Doye, founder and CEO of Kelway, and Dan Laws, Managing Director, about the need for creating an IT company with the agility to respond to their customers information technology and cloud computing needs.
We also talk to Hayley Parsons, founder and CEO of Gocompare.com, about the challenges of setting up her insurance comparison website, the importance of team spirit and ongoing training for your staff and why their successful ‘singing Gocompare man’ adverts have done so much to improve their brand awareness.
We bring this issue to a close with our usual Bits at the back section, where we bring you all the latest hot topics for private companies.