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Last week tech park experts Bidwriting.com treated us to a masterclass on success tendering at the Cranfield Innovation Centre's offices.

For the full review and our write up see here: http://ow.ly/93RA305AeS7
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Delighted to launch our latest breakfast seminar series! 3 free events to help your business beat the competition: http://ow.ly/sSw9304cfjX
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Cranfield University Technology Park’s June seminar was all about entrepreneurship, with advice from Cranfield University’s Bettany Centre on how to plan for growth in order to run a better and more successful business.

Top Tips:
Led by Dr Shai Vyakarnam the session focused on the challenges of growing a business and especially how to turn growth into supergrowth. Shai’s presentation is available here. In addition, here are our own top tips from the seminar:

You can be an entrepreneur
The word entrepreneur is easily associated with specific, charismatic indviduals, but don’t be put off – entrepreneurs are not born, but can be made and can be taught
At the moment there is a lot of buzz around ‘start-ups’ in the UK but the real challenge is not starting but growing. Rather than thinking like an SME, think like a big business which is still on its journey

Plan ahead
Growth means change, which itself creates risks. Plan ahead to meet the next challenge in the business – whether that is managing teams or putting structures in place without tying the company in red tape

Keep your eye on the prize
Make sure that the vision – where you want to end up – doesn’t get bogged down by the day-to-day running of the company
Articulate that vision to your team and bring them along with you. Successful businesses don’t rely on an individual but on a shared attitude and way of doing things which clients can buy into

Focus on the numbers – the magic of 1%
Look at your accounts in broad terms and assess where you can tighten up your expenditure and income. If you can increase prices by 1% at the same time as cutting overheads and supply chain costs by the same, you can boost your profits considerably

Talk to Cranfield
Cranfield University can help you run a successful business. Check out the Business Growth Programme and also the Bettany Centre’s Venture Day – a one day event looking at how to move from growth to supergrowth held in September 2016.

About the events
Cranfield University Technology Park’s free business seminars are designed to suit the needs of growing businesses in the Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire, with topics ranging from finance and business development to apprenticeship programmes.

The events which include a networking breakfast are hosted in the Cranfield Innovation Centre offices’ conferencing suite and are open to all.
The events are delivered in partnership with Cranfield University, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and Central Bedfordshire Council.

http://ow.ly/oPb2301LnGc
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On Wednesday 15 June our free breakfast seminar will investigate how you can build a successful business and what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Over the past 25 years of running the Cranfield Business Growth & Development Programme, Cranfield University has learnt a few lessons about how to achieve breakthrough in business.

Shailendra Vyakarnam from The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University’s School of Management, will share ten of these lessons, focusing on the magic of 1%, teams and strategy as core messages for your firm. http://ow.ly/NJIz300C6NU
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We're supporting the Think Start Up Conference in Milton Keynes on 18 May. Delivered in partnership with a host of business leaders including SEMLEP and MK College, the full day event will look at how start-up businesses can take their ideas to the next level.

The event will blend seminars with workshops and even a pitching competition, combined with a host of expert speakers.

For more information and to sign up: visit http://ow.ly/Q85o300hzYw
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We’re launching a brand new season of free seminars this Spring. Join us for breakfast networking and to hear from our expert speakers on what you need to do to build your business for the year ahead.

Wednesday 13 April: HR for Small Businesses
What you really need to know about HR with Paula Stuart of Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP

Wednesday 11 May: Finding Funding
Where to look for finance and grants including the latest initiatives from the UK and Europe.

Wednesday 15 June: Entrepreneurship
Build your successful business with expert advice from Shailendra Vyakarnam and Stephanie Hussels from The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship

http://ow.ly/Z9s9u
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Thinking of taking on an apprentice? The FSB is holding an evening seminar on the 25th February in Biggleswade looking at how your business could benefit from a new recruit. http://ow.ly/YARWC
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Cranfield University is working on a major water resource management project in Kenya to help expansion of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. http://ow.ly/YpTaj
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Cranfield University is holding an event next week on the Sustainable Mobility Revolution - which is being quite literally 'driven' on our campus with the development of a £9m research facility into autonomous vehicles.

For more information check out the event page here: http://ow.ly/UN6UG
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Here's our review and top tips from our social media seminar last week with the fantastic Julia Doherty at Green Umbrella Marketing Limited, looking at what small and growing businesses around Milton Keynes and Bedford need to do to build their businesses online http://ow.ly/UH1Fk
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