as mentioned in my previous entry, with the aim of launching 20 branches by 2020 and growing our workforce to 50 employees. To say it has not all been easy going would be a massive understatement, though. Nevertheless, the growing pains of operating and expanding a business are worth it in the end when the results start to show much like someone who is training for a sporting event or marathon. I have found that it is also important to enjoy your success and to get out of the office and let your hair down, somewhat. As a member of the Entrepreneurs” Forum, I enjoyed my time at its recent annual conference. Networking is crucial to any SME owner and I’d encourage others to attend as many events, providing that they will be of actual use whether it is a trade show or exhibition or a general, regional event. There was little time to sit back and relax after the conference, though. The following week marked one of the most important announcements of the year, the Autumn Statement, which anyone with a vested interest in business has a keen eye on. I even spoke on BBC 5Live the morning after the announcement to offer my reaction.
[rb_inline_related]No real “rabbits out of the hat” this year, though, only stark warnings of growth, or lack of, in the years to come. However, I was pleased to see the chancellor re-affirm a cut in corporation tax to 17 per cent by 2020, even though I feel that SMEs are being continually punished, and need as much support as possible. It really gets to me every time I read about large multinational corporations that have paid little or no taxes, when tax bills for SME owners, like myself, can sometimes make it more difficult to take on a new recruit or invest in expansion for growth. SMEs are the backbone of the economy and yet we are being punished, financially, whereas those that are well documented in the media to have paid a fraction of tax whether corporation or not ?, aren?t so much. It is, simply put, an unfair system. After meeting with a representative of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), I decided to join, as its views on, not only this matter, align with my own. It is one of many organisations of which I am member, including the Entrepreneurs” Forum. Such organisations are as important as networking events, if not more so, as they provide businesses with ongoing support and can also help generate new leads. With the Forum, in particular, this afforded me the opportunity to receive business support in the form of mentoring, which has had a massive impact on my business plan, and subsequent success. At this end, I would strongly recommend the input of a business mentor, especially in the early days, but even as you grow and expand; I still call upon the services of my mentor to this day. With that being said, I hope you all have a nice break at Christmas and spend quality time with family and friends, recharge your batteries and gear up for a prosperous 2017 in business.
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