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Richmond, London, United Kingdom, 2009/10/12 - Small businesses are poised to expand, with 49 per cent planning to expand in the next 12 months. In response to these findings, Barclays have created the Let’s Talk Preparing for Growth event, which is coming to businesses across the country.
Free business event, aimed at helping businesses take advantage of the upturn, coming to Southampton next, on Thursday 22nd October.
Small businesses are poised to expand in the near future with 49 per cent planning to expand in the next 12 months, according to research from the Barclays Have Your Say survey of local businesses*. In addition, around 34 per cent are looking to stay the same or consolidate.
In response to these findings, Barclays have created the Let’s Talk Preparing for Growth event, which is aimed at helping businesses prepare for the upturn.
The event is coming to Southampton on Thursday 22nd October, 6pm, and is completely free for local businesses. Business owners will hear from René Carayol, world-renowned business guru, television personality and successful entrepreneur; have the chance to network with around 100 like-minded business owners; and are able to get practical advice from business experts Barclays, ACCA and Business Link.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: "This is an important initiative by Barclays, which I hope helps small businesses get the support they need to grow.
"Small firms depend on bank lending to fulfil their potential, and any move like this by lenders to help businesses deal with new challenges is encouraging. There is plenty of free advice available for small firms to help them succeed, including from Business Link, and it is important that they take advantage of the full range of support on offer.”
Steve Cooper, Managing Director of Barclays Local Business said: “It appears a large number of small businesses are poised to expand when the time is right, perhaps taking advantage of any upturn in the economy. A sizeable percentage are also not downsizing during the recession, which is an achievement in itself.”
To sign up to attend the free event, or to find out more information, please visit the website or call the Let’s Talk team on 0208 334 1655.
Other locations are as follows:
• Shrewsbury - Monday 2nd November
• Sawbridgeworth - Thursday 12th November
• Newcastle - Tuesday 17th November
• Manchester - Wednesday 18th November
• Exeter - Thursday 26th November
• Milton Keynes - Tuesday 1st December
• Arsenal, London - Thursday 3rd December
René Carayol Biog
René Carayol is one of the world's leading business gurus, specialising in leadership and culture. René draws upon his experiences as a senior executive and board member of some of the biggest British and American organisations; from Pepsi (UK) and Marks & Spencer, to IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.
René has built his reputation on knowing businesses better than they know themselves; providing solutions no matter the size of the problems that simmer below the surface.
He is the best selling author of the leadership and culture bible, “Corporate Voodoo”, a regular television and radio broadcaster for the BBC and a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE for outstanding service to the business community.
*According to research from Barclays and The Times ‘Have Your Say’ business survey
Let’s Talk Southampton – Event details
When? Thursday 22nd November, 6pm – 9:30pm
The Legacy Botleigh Grange Hotel
For more information about the Let’s Talk events, which are promoted by Crimson Business on behalf of Barclays, please visit the website, or contact Joanna Franaszczuk.
About Crimson Business Ltd
Crimson Business (crimsonbusiness.co.uk) specialise in information publishing for small and medium size businesses. Uniquely, we have the capacity to communicate with over 400,000 businesses in the UK and this figure is constantly growing. Crimson has established more relationships with entrepreneurs than any other business to business publishing company resulting in our favourable position as market leader in the small to mid-size business sector.
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