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Will The Apprenticeship Reform and Levy Bring You Beta Business? Our Initial Thoughts…

Apprentices have the potential to develop skills specific to the employers needs and bring with them fresh ideas, and we at Beta Futures have always advocated the advantages of hiring an apprentice and the myriad of benefits they bring with them! We believe the Levy can provide an opportunity to bring together both the theoretical and practical application of skills that businesses require, whilst creating career pathways for talented individuals.

With the Apprenticeship Levy coming into effect as of April 2017, we hope more employers will be able to see ours (and the governments) vision that an apprentice is a valuable asset to an organisation (rather than a liability which can often be the perception amongst some employers). The programme doesn’t trade quality for quantity but instead helps an organisation to develop their workforce in a simple and bureaucracy free manner!

All employers across all sectors will have access to The Levy, allowing improvement in training quality. Because hiring an apprentice is a positive step for businesses, the government has acknowledged that businesses should have control in finding and hiring a candidate, what kind of training they would like and choosing a training provider. Businesses can then pay for the apprentice training through the government funds available. Employers will get out more than they put in by having their levy payments topped up if they chose to invest more in apprenticeships and training.

A lot to take in? Not sure where to begin planning? We’re here to help! Beta Futures Consultancy can help employers create apprenticeship programmes. We tailor our services to exactly what employers want! That being internal training and development programmes specifically mapped against the national apprenticeship standards. Furthermore, we will ensure your business is taking the correct steps to be eligible for government funding.

For those employers in scope for payment of The Levy we can help maximise your return on the investment. For smaller organisations (on less than £3million payroll per year), we will consult with you on developing the skills your organisation needs -because after all, great performance doesn’t depend on size, right? It’s not just about finding you the right apprentice, but we believe in developing your business, training existing staff and breaking down barriers to growth. Recruit, retain, retrain is our mantra for Beta business!

It’s never too soon to start planning ahead. Call us and let’s start discussions today on how we can improve your workforce!

Thinking of Starting a Business? Some Top Tips…

We’ve all had an idea at some point we’ve contemplated turning into a business. It can be a daunting thought to take the first step –  especially if it requires forsaking a secure and paid job.  However, with the right guidance and plenty of ambition it can turn into a great success.

Here are some top tips for starting up a business…

  1. Set goals

It may seem obvious, but first and foremost know your goals. You may have an idea, but a vision of where to take that idea is crucial. Can your idea be turned into a business? And what will the end goal be of that business? Jot down your thoughts as they come so you can start structuring your ideas into a coherent manner and turn them into a definitive concept.

  1. Research

Do your research!  Research as much as you possibly can.  Market research will give you information of how viable your idea is and tell you whether there is demand for your product or service.

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  1. Know your target audience

Analyse your market research.  Determine who your audience is and target your marketing to attract that audience, which may relate to age, interest, demographic etc. and will help give your business better direction.

  1. Take your time

Remember that nothing happens overnight. Some of the initial start-up process and research may seem tedious, however the benefits in the long-run will make the business a success. A thorough plan, and well timed start up structure will ensure great results!

What’s next?

If you’re ready to take the plunge, the next stage would be to make a business plan and arrange finances. That’s where we come in! Beta Futures specialises in writing business plans, matching your business objectives to funding criteria and bid writing.

An outstanding business plan will also make the process of allocating funding much easier as it will state start-up costs and highlight long term costs and revenue, this will give possible funders a clear indication of what they will be investing into. Furthermore, as your business grows we can help you with training and resourcing.

Beta Futures will take you through the step by step process from business planning to funding. Contact us and let’s accelerate your growth!

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Beta Futures is delighted to launch #menu4success : bitesize business briefings for start-ups, micro and small businesses… 

 

 

The initial taster sessions will include a session on each of the following topics and run from 9.15 – 12.30 am:

  • Business Planning & Finance Development for SMEs – Derek Parlour from DJA Solutions
  • Start Up Guide to Employment Law – Ruby Dinsmore from Workplace Ready Training
  • 8 Steps for Creating an Effective Marketing Plan – Emma Pearce from Pearce Marketing
  • How to do ”Sales’‘ – Mike Monk from Monk MarketingBeta Futures Logo

DATES & VENUES

  • BRIGHTON – Wednesday 22 June 2016 – Malmaison, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5WA
  • HAILSHAM – Wednesday 29 June 2016 – Now Charity Hailsham, Unit13-15 Station Road Industrial estate, Station Road, Hailsham BN27 2EW
  • CRAWLEY – Thursday 7 July 2016 – Premier Inn, Manor Royal, CrawleyBusiness Quarter, Fleming Way, Crawley RH10 9DF
  • DITCHLING – Wednesday 20 July 2016 – Mid Sussex Gold Club, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XJ

Reserve your place!

Tickets are £65 +VAT. Places are limited, so book now via info@betafutures.com or call 01293 817 227.

Come along for some great insights and business tips to takeaway. 

Main course Master Classes coming soon for more in depth knowledge (September 2016).

 

5 Reasons to Invest in Training for your Employees

Beta Futures has developed a programme of Master Classes that cover a variety of topics – the first of which will be taking place on 9th March 2016.  We are also  able to offer bespoke training designed for your business needs. We thought it would be useful to outline the business benefits of investing in training for your employees:

  1. Increase job satisfaction, productivity, and motivation among employees.

Training can reduce absenteeism, mistakes and stress levels for your employees. Productivity is also likely to increase if employees are confident in their own ability and feel they know what they’re doing.

  1. Reduce employee turnover

By investing in your employees, you are showing that you value their contribution in the company and that you are willing to allocate resources to developing their skills. Employees are then left feeling motivated, driven and a sense of loyalty to the company. Staff retention is a key factor not least of which because it reduces the high cost of recruitment.

  1. Competitive advantage

Keeping up to date with trends and changing technologies in your industry ensures that your business remains competitive in terms of performance, quality and customer service. Having well trained staff means that you can adapt methods of working to meet market demand.

  1. Decrease need for supervision

Untrained employees can drain your management resources and distract your managers from their own work and important tasks. By investing in staff training, employees feel confident within their own role and you can trust them to deliver high quality work.

  1. Enhance company profile & attract talented staff

Organisations that invest in training are seen as desirable to those looking for employment. This increases your company’s likelihood of attracting talented candidates for your vacancies.

We are offering a FREE 1-hour consultation! Get in touch to take advantage of our offer and learn more about what we do:  info@betafutures.com | 01293 817 227.

Exhibitions: Reasons why your business should sign up.

Trade shows have many benefits for businesses, whether large or small. They can give your company visibility and establish a presence in your industry. This can be particularly useful if you are a new business. It puts you face to face with potential clients and gives you the opportunity to build relationships.

Trade shows, like most forms of advertising, have a cost. However, when businesses invest in exhibitions and do them effectively they can result in a positive return on investment. In this blog we will be exploring the benefits of exhibitions and why you should sign up.

Direct Feedback & Market Research

Having a stand at an exhibition puts you in front of customers. This dynamic allows for you to ask for direct feedback on products, prices and what they’re looking for in their service provider- it is important that you bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Furthermore, you can check out the competition and your industry as a whole. You can assess your position within your market and may even get inspired! Market research is really important as it ensures you are keeping up with changes and allows for your business to be flexible and competitive.

Expand your Customer Base

Trade shows give you the opportunity to expand your customer base. This is through engaging with members of the public that you may not have originally considered as being your customers or target market. In essence, you break down a barrier that is present when you are trying to make sales from an office. Those who choose to attend the trade show have already decided that they want to make a purchase. They usually have an idea of what they are looking for but are open to the provider as long as they are competitive on price and customer service.

Even if you can’t make a sale on the day. You can obtain details of potential customers who can be added to your database; this means that you have a list of warm leads to use in the near future.

Branding

Branding is crucial. Businesses want to establish a reliable and trustworthy reputation both amongst customers and your competitors. Trade shows can aid in building this kind of reputation as businesses and potential clients can see that you have made time to set up a stand and talk to people. Yes, it is about sales and profit. But it also puts your company in an environment which accommodates building relationships.

Want to learn more? Beta Futures is developing a programme of Master Classes covering a range of topics, from exhibitions to using LinkedIn to gain business leads. Contact us to find out how to book your place: info@betafutures.com | 01293 817 227

How to Use Social Media to Gain Business Leads Masterclass: Client Feedback

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Last month Beta Futures hosted a very successful LinkedIn Masterclass with Dean Packham.

Here’s what our clients had to say about it:

  • “Excellent content and informative trainer. The pace of the session was just right and the number of attendees was perfect to create a team environment, conducive to learning.”
  • “I would be very interested in attending more events and hearing more about what you do. THANK YOU”
  • “Really great experience, thanks!”
  • “It made me understand what LinkedIn stood for and how it could benefit every business.”
  • “Thank you to Dean Packham & Beta Futures for yesterday’s LinkedIn course and providing my ‘lightbulb’ moment with this platform.”

Furthermore, 100% of attendees found that the information was presented Very Clearly or Extremely Clearly and 100% of attendees found that Dean was Very Knowledgeable or Extremely Knowledgeable.

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We are planning more LinkedIn Masterclasses with Dean Packham for 2016. Would you like to attend? Send us an email to marketing@betafutures.com.

Meet Dean Packham, our LinkedIn Expert

On 10th September 2015 Beta Futures will be launching our brand new Master Classes.

We are excited to introduce you to our LinkedIn expert, Dean Packham. Dean has worked in many fields including IT, full time church ministry, financial services and business development in the online world.

Dean Packham headshot 2I’m an internet marketing consultant, which in English means that I help businesses generate more business.

I help to connect buyers with sellers across a range of industries, ranging from business consultancy, health, marketing, financial services and a whole range of commodities.

The help I provide ranges from getting a message in front of thousands of targeted prospects to find reliable buyers and sellers to connect with each other. I will connect you to a buyer, seller or JV (joint venture) partner in any industry, usually in less than 24 hours.”

Dean can show you how to use LinkedIn to:
• Sell your products and services
• Generate unlimited quality leads
• Find you the right business partners
• Drive traffic to your website/LinkedIn profile
• Build your contact and prospect lists
• Position you as an expert in your field

Many people aren’t aware of the opportunities LinkedIn can create for their business. Dean’s LinkedIn Master Class will teach you how to utilise one of the fastest growing social media platforms and yield the benefits it offers.

Book to attend our launch here. 

We recommend early booking as places are limited and tickets are selling fast!

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Meet Mike Monk

On 10th September 2015, Beta Futures will be launching our brand new Master Classes.

We thought this week’s blog would be a great opportunity to learn more about Mike Monk, our Sales and Marketing Consultant, from Monk Franchising  who will be running some of the classes.

M Monk profile pictureMike started his career in sales and marketing 38 years ago. He feels that the buzz from securing new business never fades. Aged 15 he knew that he wanted to go into sales. At this young age he worked in an office equipment showroom every Saturday in Brighton.  On his second Saturday he had sold two machines, this confirmed his love of sales and that he was in fact “pretty good at it.”

He then entered the fashion and clothing market, working as an agent for 4 companies in London for 4 years. This lead to Mike being head hunted for a printed T-shirt company. He decided to become an agent as he wasn’t sure about this path. Within a year he became a Sales Director and within 5 years took the company’s turnover from £200k to £6 million, also expanding into Germany, France, Holland and Greece.

Mike then moved to a sourcing company, winning a well-known Golf Competition contract worth 6 figures.

After 2 years with this company, Mike decided to start up his own business. Unfortunately this company failed – the lessons learnt from this were invaluable. “The timing was wrong. It taught me to never completely rely on the banks and that overheads must always be kept under control. Cash flow is critically important too.” The best piece of business advice Mike had ever received (from a multimillionaire) was; “Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity”.

Mike then set up Monk Marketing, 12 years ago, and went on to franchise this a few years later. Monk Marketing works with clients such as Intercontinental Hotels and Costain Construction and recently secured a contract with Intercontinental New York through recommendation from the London hotel.

Mike’s advice to others is that if you’re in business working for yourself, you should enjoy it.

In his spare time he enjoys golf, tennis and soccer. He also likes to go out to eat and socialising, as well as having a BBQ in the sunshine. But most importantly he loves to spend time with his family and claims that his biggest life achievement was having his first child.

Beta Futures is excited to be working with Mike and is looking forward to launching the new Master Classes. Mike is hoping that attendees of the classes will leave the sessions feeling energised and will have gained a new insight into how they can run their business.

If you want to learn more about Beta Futures’ Master Classes and wish to attend the launch, send an email to office@betafutures.com. 

Beta Futures’ Networking & Launch Event!

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Beta Futures is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the launch of our brand new Master Classes, in conjunction with Mike Monk, Founder of Monk Marketing on Thursday 10th September.

The Master Classes will begin in the Autumn covering a wide range of topics including Sales & Marketing, Franchising, Customer Service and much more!

At the event you can expect a free guide to networking, a free bite size Master Class by Mike Monk – as well as the opportunity to network with other local businesses.

Places are limited to book now! 

RSVPs to office@betafutures.com or 01293 817227.