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Building your business

Effective business planning will help you to assess where your business is now, where it is going to go in the future and how it is going to get there.

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Featured article

Unsightly growth
Expanding too rapidly can destroy the profitability of a businesses. To explore the problem, the authors studied 37 retailers whose growth rate had faltered. This article lays out a framework for determining when to switch to a low-growth strategy and how to put it into practice.

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Featured eBook

Winning with Partners: A practical guide to International Expansion for SMEs
David Sellings and Viveka Odlen Persson (Me4U, 2013)
For owners and managers of small-to-medium size companies who are planning to establish, or have already established, a partner-based export business. 

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Grow by focusing on what matters: competitive strategy in 3 circles
(Business Expert Press, 2010)
Presents a model to enhance business growth through four key principles, focusing on the unique values of a business and the needs of its customers.

The growing business handbook: Inspiration and advice from successful entrepreneurs and fast growing UK companies
(Kogan Page, 2008)
"Drawing on a wide range of professional expertise and commercial experience, this book gives a comprehensive insight into techniques and solutions for maximising growth and controlling risks". The book is designed as a practical guide for entrepreneurs and managers.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Why growing your business could be the worst decision you make

The author argues that survival is more important than expansion. He cites a study of 3,200 startups which found that 74 percent of those businesses failed because they grew too quickly.

Unsightly growth

This article lays out a framework for determining when to switch to a low-growth strategy and how to put it into practice.

Virtual board: Carrie Bate

An expert panel gives Carrie Bate advice on how she can take her £2m-turnover company, Little Coffee Bag Co., mainstream whilst retaining its luxury allure.

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Useful links

Information and guidance

Growing your business (GOV.UK)
Information and guidance on a range of topics relevant to business growth.

Start your business (BL)
The British Library's Business & Intellectual Property Centre incorporates services and information on business planning, including a wide range of essential information to help you plan and grow your own business.

Growth Business
Practical information and resources for businesses undergoing expansion.

Small business organisations in UK

Federation of Small Businesses
The FSB publishes the annual Voice of Small Business Survey and the quarterly Voice of Small Business Index. The index looks at employment, revenues and the confidence of small firms and provides information on regional businesses with a breakdown by sector across the UK.

Forum of Private Business
Not-for-profit membership organisation which provides guidance and support to SMEs represents their interests in government.

Institute for Family Business
The IFB is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation supporting the UK family-owned business sector. It offers courses, conferences and research publications.

British Chambers of Commerce
The website of the network of Chambers of Commerce across the UK provides information on their activities and a tool to find your local Chamber of Commerce.

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