Wednesday, 21 January 2015

West Midlands missing out on business grants

Too many West Midlands firms are missing out on opportunities to help fund their growth plans, according to Johnathan Dudley, Midlands managing partner at national audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill.

He said businesses, especially SMEs, need to take advantage of the many sources of financial support and grant availability open to them if they want to succeed.

Dudley, also national head of manufacturing, noted: “SMEs tend to cite lack of finance as the major obstacle to growth but there are an increasing number of schemes on offer, many with backing from the public sector, which are worth checking out.

“Small and medium sized firms often fail to consider alternative finance routes because of time pressures and fears over mountains of red tape.

“But it is well worth persevering especially as financial organisations are now much more conscious of the need to cut through such obstacles.”

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The biggest corporate social media blunders of 2014

Social media can make or break a brand's reputation. Here are last year's howlers.

Twitter and Facebook are used by the world's biggest brands to reach out to customers.

But when things go wrong on social media, there's nowhere to hide.

Lots of companies fell foul of the viral power of these networks in 2014.

Here's our pick of the best of the worst offenders.

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