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Supported by the ibd Group of Business Advisers, I bring honest, understandable,
support to SME businesses at all stages of the business life-cycle.

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IBD is a powerful, innovative and cost-effective management support resource for Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMEs). We are a network of over 200 business support professionals and experts throughout the UK, all of us dedicated to developing, supporting and representing the interests of businesses just like yours. All business advisers are mature, experienced problem-solvers – we are professional, we are focused on results and we ‘hit the ground running’, helping you identify and address your critical business issues and deliver the real, practical solutions you need. No nonsense. No waffle. All of us business advisers are fully trained to manage the specific business challenges that SMEs encounter – and we are supported with a comprehensive network of business and technical experts, mentors, coaches and online management information.

No business owner set up to be an expert in everything - yet many owners are expected to be just that.

What were your goals when setting your business up? Have you got to a stage where you are on a treadmill of administration - and the enjoyment and freedom of ploughing your own furrow are just a dream?

Do you need the space to look at your business afresh?

As an intrapreneur, looking at you business from the inside out; allow me to build a relationship with you, to look at what your truly want from your business, and where you want to take it.

Having developed a number of Start-up companies, and been a Change Agent in large organisations and always working at the ground roots, I bring a huge breadth of experience across many disciplines; I can support you through revaluating your business and your goals. I work with people; your customers, your suppliers, your team, and you – the business owner, to identify business improvements that support all parties.

Where necessary, I have the support of 200 ibd members, each an expert in their own field, to call on.

No hard sell, if you feel it is time to take that step back and look again at where your business is going contact me for an informal chat.

Business Support

Company Health Check

Business Planning
Establishing, or rebuilding, the Business Plan
Developing the Business Strategy
Identifying the business sink-holes

Building Stakeholders Relationships
Developing meaningful communications
Identifying existing blockages
Seeing the other parties viewpoint
Making it easy for the customer to do business with you

Managing the Project
Identifying work flows
Getting the buy-in of those involved
Calculating the cost/benefit analysis with honest appraisal
Adding the ‘what if’

The Digital World
Using available tools more effectively
Improving Ways of Working
Getting the data right
IT security
Business continuity
GDPR compliance
Building relationships through social media


Looking to start your business, or trading for less than 2 years?

IBD work with Transmit Start-Ups, a national delivery partner of the Start-Up Loans Company, a Government initiative set up in 2012. Start Up Loans, of up to £25,000 per person, are designed to help you get your business up and running. Transmit approves hundreds of loans, for entrepreneurs like you, every year – from hairdressers and plumbers to app developers and film-makers.
IBD will guide you through the application process, including advice on creating a business plan and cash flow forecast, and also provide free mentoring after receiving your loan. There are no fees charged for obtaining a Start Up Loan or any of the services associated with it.

A Start Up Loan is an unsecured personal loan for business purposes. Individuals can receive one loan, however more than one partner in a business can apply for a loan.
To be eligible you must:
-Be aged 18 or over
-Be living in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland
-Have an idea for a new business or a business that has been trading for less than 2 years
Most types of businesses will be considered. Transmit will conduct a credit check, although do not credit score (if you are concerned about this please contact us). If you are a foreign national you must have a relevant visa that extends at least 6 months beyond your loan repayment term.


Research and Development Tax Credits

The government has put in place R&D tax relief to support companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology. It can be claimed by a range of companies that seek to research or develop an advance in their field.
It can even be claimed on unsuccessful projects. – It is the fact you have attempted to stimulate growth by investing in R&D that counts.
You may be able to claim Corporation Tax relief if your project meets the government definition of R&D.
Projects that count as R&D
The work that qualifies for R&D relief must be part of a specific project to make an advance in science or technology. It can’t be an advance within a social science like economics or a theoretical field like pure maths.
The project must relate to your company’s trade - either an existing one, or one that you intend to start up based on the results of the R&D.
To get R&D relief you need to explain how a project:
- looked for an advance in science and technology
- had to overcome uncertainty
- tried to overcome this uncertainty
- couldn’t be easily worked out by a professional in the field
Your project may research or develop a new process, product or service or improve on an existing one.
With ibd we can examine where you have invested in R&D and ensure you claim the maximum you are entitled to. You can claim for some past tax years to.