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Shen Wei, CUE president, JDJ and Suzanne Oliver, HLBBShaw

I attended, and participated in, the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE; www.cue.org.uk) ‘Entrepreneurs’ 5K challenge’ training event today. It was attended by about 70 very keen (it was Saturday afternoon) and clearly smart budding entrepreneurs from Cambridge University and I was one of 5 speakers. My topic was ‘routes to market’ and I had a brief which posed 3 questions which were a challenge to address in just 30 minutes. (more…)

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 When I’m not helping the owners and directors of smaller enterprises to run their businesses well I spend some of my time trying to get a fair deal for local people from local government. I am, in fact, an elected councillor! And in common with all councils the one on which I serve is grappling with the need to cut expenditure as the UK does its best to get itself into shape following the recent, and continuing, financial crisis. (more…)

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This is a guest blog entry from Lynn Munday of Forecast Flow. Click here for Forecast Flow’s web-site. The biggest problems that small companies, and that includes start-ups of course, encounter often relate to not knowing how well they’re doing, not knowing what’s coming along next month or even next week and not having enough cash. There are a number of simple accounting rules to follow to make avoid such problems. (more…)

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I attended another excellent seminar at the St John’s Innovation Centre (www.stjohns.co.uk) last week. This time it was on directors’ responsibilities. It was delivered by a team from Mills & Reeve (www. mills-reeve.com) and was another of the series organised by St John’s and supported by the Greater Cambridge Partnership with government money. There are more seminars planned and there’s information about them on the St John’s website. Mills & Reeve itself is a top 50 UK law firm with an interesting profile; check out its website. (more…)

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Following an unscientific poll of contacts David Jenkins of i2i-management.com reports that most SMEs which he’s spoken to say that business is not as bad as it has been but still a long way short of being as good as it was before the recession started to bite. David spoke to a mix of retailers in Cambridge, exhibitors at the TOTAL packaging show and distributor contacts from one of i2i-management.com’s clients. Their faintly bullish outlook was matched by similar remarks from Cambridgeshire’s leading bus operator which is reconsidering plans to reduce the frequency of a number of bus services. (more…)

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