Networks

Networking can be a fantastic way to get ahead. No matter what industry you're in, knowing the right people can be extremely useful. When done properly, networking can produce more clients, more opportunities and more exposure for you and your business.

Fortunately, Runnymede is a networked place. Including Business Runnymede, the Local Enterprise Partnership and our Local Chambers of Commerce, we have you covered.

Browse through the links below to the separate organisations and find an opportunity that suits you.

Enterprise M3 Growth Hub

The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub has been developed by business for business. It is a business-led local enterprise partnership working with private and public sector partners to realise the full growth potential of the area. To create sustainable impact and increase employment it is criticial to support businesses to become more productive, profitable and grow over the longer term.

All businesses at any stage of their development can access and benefit from the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub's services including the Information Bank, the Resource Network and the Helpline.

Additionally, there is specialist growth advice targeted at businesses operating within key sectors.

Delivered by BE Group with its expert partners, SETsquared, Business South and the county councils of Hampshire and Surrey, the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub is driving impact by working in new ways based on what businesses tell us they need, to help them fulfill their potential.

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Business Is Great

Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business.

Start

Starting your own business requires careful planning, research and preparation.  Business Is Great will guide you to where you can find help and advice on starting and setting up a business. There is information on how to set up and register a company, and on the steps that you will need to take to turn your idea into a business.

Grow

When you are growing your business, there are always new challenges. From finding the right people to accessing the right type of finance, from breaking into new market to developing your people and your new ideas, there will be times when you will really want advice, support and information. So here it is.

Accelerate

It's exciting when your business grows quickly. It's dynamic but it's also very challenging. Scaling up a business requires considerable skill and judgement. And it's not achieved alone. This section provides instant access to the resources and support services that are available.

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The FSE Group

The FSE Group is an independent not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) whose surpluses are reinvested in the business, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

Their primary goal is to provide tailored funding solutions and support for ambitious and innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to help them achieve their maximum potential. This includes the provision of fund management services, training and consultancy, and the management of business angel networks.

The FSE Group pride ourselves in taking a holistic approach to the funding needs of our clients, working with them closely to understand their business and their funding requirements. Whether working with early stage companies to prepare them for investment, sourcing and providing finance from our funds under management, or via our business angel networks, or assisting with business development through training and other support, we offer a broad range of expertise to SMEs wanting to grow.

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Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. They also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

The DIT's tailored website, great.gov.uk (link below), brings together international trade and investment information and services from across government. On the website you can:

  • Read guidance to help you export your product or service;
  • get market statistics and guidance to match your experience;
  • create a profile to showcase your business to overseas buyers;
  • find an online marketplace to sell your products overseas;
  • apply for opportunities to sell your product or service overseas;
  • get finance advice and support from UK Export Finance;
  • and find events and trade mission to attend.

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Start Up Donut

The Start Up Donut website is aimed at helping businesses to succeed by providing reliable information and resources that can save business owners time and money.

The website is split into six sections. They are:

  • Sectors (how to start up and run over 200 different types of business)
  • Start up
  • Marketing
  • Law (covering both business law and personal law)
  • Technology
  • Money

With an engaging mix of how-to-guides, feature articles, checklists, expert Q&As, FAQs, case studies, video content and blogs, each site provides new and established businesses with free advice about how to manage a range of key tasks and issues. The site also contains a weekly round-up of small business news.

Donut information is updated regularly and checked by independent experts.

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Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks is a Responsible Finance Provider that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition, but cannot obtain mainstream finance.

Fredericks operates across England and Wales with a support team on hand to help and guide applicants all the way through the process. The support continues even after the applicant has been successful in the form of mentoring, practical business advice, networking and links within the local community that can help support and grow new and expanding businesses.

Fredericks Foundation also works in partnership with Surrey County council to offer business support and access to finance to small businesses that may struggle with other forms of support.

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