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Growing Your Business
Accessing new markets, clients and business opportunities

Growing your customer base is one way to improve the profitability of your business. 

Venturing into new markets presents many opportunities for growing businesses and, at Fenland for Business, we offer free, impartial guidance to inform your strategic decision-making.

We can also facilitate partnership working and introduce you to local and national organisations that can support your business' growth and development aspirations.

Exporting

Diversifying and growing your customer base needn't be confined to the domestic market. 

If you're a company looking to export your goods or services into overseas markets, the Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets.

Visit their website for information on trading internationally and for tender opportunities that may be of interest, either now or in the future.

If you wish to tender to export overseas with the government, you can find these advertised on the Exporting is GREAT website which also provides advice on exporting.

The Enterprise Europe Network. The Network’s international business experts have the experience and resources to help your business grow. They can advise on the best market opportunities to help you expand internationally. The Network offers advisory services and innovation support here.

Networking 

Fenland for Business can connect you with a number of networking opportunities to create a supportive business environment that encourages organisations in Fenland and the wider area to work together to overcome barriers to growth and capitalise on fresh opportunities. You may be able to organically generate growth and expansion by working with a new business partner or taking advantage of new processes that a contact has shared.

Government contracts

One ways to grow domestically is to bid for tenders from local government. The Government has made a commitment to contract a greater proportion of work to SMEs to help stimulate the economy and give small businesses the chance to expand and diversify.

From 1 January 2021, if you are a supplier looking to do business with the UK public sector you will need to use Find a Tender to view new public procurement opportunities published by UK contracting authorities.

Find a Tender is a new service that replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily in the procurement process for new UK procurements advertised after 11pm on 31 December 2020. It lets you search for above threshold works, services, supplies and utilities contracts and framework agreements, across the whole of the UK.

Please use the links below to find out more about the following:

We can facilitate new partnerships and arrange for you to be introduced to businesses that can strategically support your growth.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

For over 40 years, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) have been helping businesses across the UK make better use of skills, technology and expertise to improve their competitiveness and efficiency. 

KTPs have a proven track record in helping businesses and social enterprises improve their profitability by providing access to new markets, seeking innovative solutions to business problems and enhancing quality.

Working with an academic institution such as a college or university, businesses can gain access to skills and expertise that will help them develop whilst students can work on specific projects that improve their ability to apply knowledge and theory to real problems to bring about improvements and greater efficiency.

KTPs are part-funded by a government grant particularly. Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) are expected to cover part of the cost, which goes towards paying the students and other academics involved in supporting their work. 

     
            

For help expanding into new markets, growing your customer base and business network, talk to Fenland for Business:

Email: business@fenland.gov.uk 

Call: +44 (0) 1354 622506

                 
     

 

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