>
 

Search Results

20 items found for ""

Services (3)

  • Business Health Check

    Our Business Health Check is a series of 90 questions covering 9 business functions that will provide your business with a detailed score. It will show you areas of opportunity and development. It is completely free of charge and is managed by one of our Business Consultants.

  • A Discovery Call

    A 20 minute discovery call where we can run through the opportunities and the issues you are facing in your business. This is a free of charge discovery call with no obligation. We want to know how we can help and to then offer you a more in depth meeting, usually over Zoom or Teams, again free of charge with no obligation. We see this as out investment in to you and your business, after all we need to get to know you and your business. Then if both parties wish to move to the next step we will show you through this process. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

  • Business Review Meeting

    Book a meeting with one of our Business Consultants using our online booking form. The "Initial Client Meeting" usually lasts for approx 45 minutes, or longer if needed. Here at ACT Business Consultants we see it as our opportunity to ask a series of questions to understand your current business position, your objectives and your time scale. The business review questionnaire creates a score for the business and from there it will highlight areas of opportunity and also stress points within current practices and structures. We follow this with a presentation at a second meeting to demonstrate how we can assist you in moving forward with confidence. This is a demonstration of our investment in to your business, after all we need to know that we can assist you and deliver a visible return on any investment you choose to make in our services.

View All

Blog Posts (9)

  • SME - Gov Grant Funding - FAQ's

    Here at ACT Business Consultants we felt these FAQ's would be of help and whilst the situation is continually evolving we felt these questions and answers helped greatly and we are pleased to be able to share them under the licence below. They are a direct copy and provided as a guide at the time of this blog, but we encourage you to visit the Gov web site to keep yourself up to date. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grant Funding Schemes – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance , we are able to and acknowledge its use under the terms of the 2020 Copyright in the typographical arrangement Open Government Licence. .9 4 About this document 1. Two business grant schemes, the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund, were announced by the Chancellor on 11 March and 17 March 2020. Guidance on the two funding schemes has been published and updated on GOV.UK and businesssupport.gov.uk. 2. This document sets out Frequently Asked Questions regarding the criteria and management of the funding schemes. 3. For further information on business support, please see https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/ General 4. What is the purpose of this funding? This funding is being made available to help small, rural, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19. 5. How much funding will be provided? Small Business Grant Fund: Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) as of the 11 March will be eligible for a payment of £10,000. We estimate that this will apply to some 730,000 businesses across England. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund: Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) on 11 March, with a rateable value of less than £51,000, will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000.01 or over and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme. 6. Is this scheme UK wide? Local business support policy is devolved. The Barnett Consequentials formula is being applied to additional support for businesses in England. The devolved administrations will receive over £2.3bn additional funding as a result of this English grant scheme, enabling them to provide support to businesses in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 7. Will some areas of the country benefit more than others? The scheme criteria will apply equally to all areas of England. 8. Why are you giving money to all eligible businesses, isn’t it more appropriate to target funding to those affected by COVID-19? The government acknowledges that the majority of small, rural, retail, leisure and hospitality ratepayers are likely to be affected by COVID-19. 9. Why support those in receipt of SBRR – what about other small business e.g. those who do not occupy a property? This funding is to support small and rural businesses who are ratepayers on a property. These businesses are more likely to have on-going fixed costs. 10. What are the principles behind the Government’s economic response plan? We have set out three principles that are guiding our development of economic policy in response to COVID-19. • First, our response must be comprehensive. We will act in a manner commensurate with the scale of the challenge we face. It is now clear this situation will require a response beyond the bounds of normal government intervention. We will do whatever it takes. • Second, our response must be coordinated. We in Government are working hand in glove with the wider economic authorities. Domestically, that includes the Bank of England, the regulators, and the health response. And internationally, we will continue to speak with G7 and G20 counterparts. • Third, our response must be coherent. It would be easy, at a time like this, to rush into a response that we later found out had been ill-considered. 11. Are there any conditions attached to this grant funding? Any business who accepts this funding must confirm they comply with all the applicable State aid requirements. Businesses who accept this funding must also provide information requested by the Local Authority to support monitoring and assurance. 12. Is this funding taxable? The default position is that these grants would be liable for tax, as are the business costs this grant is supporting. 13. Which businesses are eligible? Businesses that were in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate as of 11 March will be eligible for the Small Business Grants Fund. For the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants Fund, businesses that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme with properties that have a rateable value of under £51,000 are eligible. 14. Can businesses with multiple properties claim multiple grants? (e.g. Can a hairdresser with three shops, each with less than a £15k rateable value, claim three £10k grants?) Businesses can only get one grant under the Small Business Grant Scheme. Businesses eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme can claim one grant per eligible property. 15. Will businesses be able to claim support from both the grant scheme for retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors and the Small Business Grants fund? No. If a business receives a Small Business Grant, they will not be eligible for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant on the same property. 16. It is not clear for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure businesses that receive Small Business Retail Relief whether they fall into the ‘Small Business Grants’ category or the ‘Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme’. Any properties falling within both the Small Business Rate Relief and Expanded Retail eligibility should be awarded one 10k grant. Businesses cannot be awarded both grants on the same property. 17. Can businesses who are eligible but don’t want or need funding opt out? A business may decline the grant. 18. How should Local Authorities deal with businesses who, now a grant is possible, are advising them that they have been in occupation of a property for some time? Any changes to the rating list after 11 March 2020, including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the ratings list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 11 March 2020. The eligible business is the ratepayer in Local Authority records for 11 March. However, Local Authorities have the discretion to depart from this if they know that record was incorrect. 19. Do businesses who do not pay business rates such as those operating out of Business Centres or Enterprise Zones qualify for Cash Grants? If a business is not registered for business rates, they will not get funding through these schemes. 20. There has been a relaxation in the rate relief rules to include estate agents etc. Are they included in the grant scheme for retail, leisure, and hospitality businesses as well or just rate relief? All businesses that were in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief on 11 March are eligible for the grant under the Small Business Grant Fund, regardless of the sector they are in. The Extended Retail Relief Scheme has been extended to also cover bingo halls, estate agents and letting agencies. This will now bring bingo halls, estate agents and letting agencies in hereditaments with a rateable value of under £51,000 in scope of the grant. Eligibility – Small Business Grant Fund 21. Is there any clarification on whether Nursery/Childcare facilities will be eligible for the 10/25k grant? Properties falling within the Nursery scheme are not eligible unless they were in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief as of 11 March. 22. Can businesses like B&Bs operating with domestic rates (council tax) still be eligible for the grant? No – only properties in the rating list are eligible. Eligibility – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund 23. How will businesses be identified for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme? Businesses that would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount Scheme as of 11 March will be eligible. Local Authorities hold information on Small Business Rate Relief, Rural Rates Relief, retail and hospitality businesses within their areas, and will be contacting eligible business. 24. Is there a more detailed definition of each of these sectors? The grants schemes replicate the eligibility for the specific rate relief schemes. 25. Are Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that are eligible for Marginal Rate Relief and the Extended Retail Relief (as a leisure provider) entitled to the second scheme? If they would have been eligible for the Expanded Retail Scheme on 11 March then they qualify. Properties that had rate discounts increased to 100% using local discretion on 11 March still qualify for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant. The same principle applies with charity shops. 26. Are supermarkets going to remain supported by the rates relief position? Supermarkets that are eligible for either scheme can receive the grant, in line with State aid rules. Charities 27. Charities getting Charitable Rate Relief get the Expanded Retail Discount so why not the grant? Charities receiving Charitable Rate Relief can’t be eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief and therefore cannot be eligible under the Small Business Grants Fund. They may be eligible under the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants Fund. Business details 28. How can businesses claim this funding? Local Authorities will be in touch with businesses that are eligible to apply. 29. How will Local Authorities contact businesses to get contact details when their premises are closed or in lockdown? Local Authorities will decide whether letter or email is most appropriate. 30. Can Local Authorities request additional information to verify the details companies have provided? Local Authorities have discretion to request further information. Ratepayers 31. How does this funding work with shared space/serviced offices, where tenants are not the rate payers? Only businesses with their own assessment for business rates and eligible for SBRR, rural or Expanded Retail Discount with a rateable value below £51,000 will be eligible for the grant. Businesses which are not ratepayers are not eligible. We understand for some shared space/service offices, individual users do have their own rating assessment and may be eligible. In these cases we encourage landlords to support local government in ensuring the grant reaches eligible ratepayers. 32. I am not the ratepayer – my landlord pays the rates on this space. Will I get funding? This funding is to support small and rural businesses who are ratepayers on a property. These businesses are more likely to have on-going fixed costs. 9 Payment 33. How will this funding be delivered? Local Authorities responsible for business rate collection will deliver this funding to businesses. Local Authorities will contact eligible businesses directly. 34. What is the position on commercial rent? Eligibility for the grants is linked to rateable value. Timing 35. How long will it take businesses to receive this funding? All Local Authorities are encouraged to get the grants to businesses as soon as possible. State aid 36. Is this State aid? Yes. State aid applies to these schemes, and all recipients are required to comply with the maximum permitted funding under the relevant State aid rules – EUR 200,000 over three years under the De Minimis Regulation, or EUR 800,000 under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework scheme for the UK (different thresholds apply to agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture business). Grants provided under the Small Business Grant Fund can be made under either the De Minimis Regulation (where the relevant conditions are met), or under the COVID19 Temporary Framework scheme for the UK (once approved) where for example, the De Minimis threshold has been reached. Grants paid under the Retail Hospitality and Leisure scheme can be made under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework scheme for the UK (once approved). 37. Won’t grants be well above the State aid limit? Where a business has multiple eligible properties under the RLHS, they may reach the State aid limit. The RLHS grant conditions require businesses not to exceed the maximum permitted funding limits. 38. What checks are councils expected to make regarding State aid? Businesses will be required to confirm that they comply with the scheme conditions, for example that they have not received more than the maximum permitted funding for State aid. Local Authorities will write to businesses to ask for confirmation of this. 39. How will support to national retailers work on a practical level given the numbers of properties? State aid applies to this scheme, and national retailers would be required not to accept more than the maximum permitted funding.

  • Tools for remote working!

    These are some of the tools I find work really well whilst working from home - they are often free at entry level and really do the job. CALENDLY this offers a free calendar management tool to book appointments and meetings without double booking yourself. It has integrations with Google Calendar, Office 365, Outlook and iCloud. It automates event notifications and ensures everyone stays in sync using email notifications. ZOOM a great tool you can use to hold remote meetings, video conferencing and screen sharing. It is easy to set up and to manage, you will be up and running in no time. They offer a free version with some limitations. LOOM to share and make quick simple videos - really helps to sort out client questions where a visual is easier to make rather than write a complicated response.

  • What can i control?

    There is clearly an increase in communication via email and social media, once you get past the “we all need to keep safe bit,” (which of course we do), particularly targeted email is a great way to do this. My feeling is that as people really start to work from home in large numbers they will allow themselves more time to look longer at targeted communication, especially if the sender is know to them or the topic is of interest. There are a number of different email software solutions where this process will allow you to craft some nice email newsletters/mailers from templates, link to your web site and your CRM - just search Email Software Program. There are a number of well known solutions which range in price and feature sets but there are also some fantastic ones aimed at the SME sector for example Wix Shoutout, Wix Ascend (others available) which I use regularly myself. To receive these carefully crafted emails will build awareness, empathy, trust and other subconscious emotions used in the decision making process. I am not suggesting that B2B orders will result easily at this particular time whereas B2C may well do, but I am certain that as we come through this current situation those companies that have built up their communication will be best placed and this activity will result in raising your awareness with your current and also with your prospective clients. I see this as one situation that you can control at a time when one has little control over other aspects of current life.

View All

Pages (8)

  • Book a Meeting | ACT Business Consultants

    BOOK A MEETING FREE BUSINESS REVIEW MEETING Réserver Book a meeting with one of our Business Consultants using our online booking form. ​ The "Initial Client Meeting" usually lasts for approximately 45 minutes, or longer if needed. Here at ACT Business Consultants, we see it as our opportunity to ask a series of questions to understand your current business position, your objectives and your time scale. The business review questionnaire creates a score for the business and from there it will highlight areas of opportunity and also stress points within current practices and structures. We follow this with a presentation at a second meeting to demonstrate how we can assist you in moving forward with confidence. This is a demonstration of our investment into your business, after all, we need to know that we can assist you and deliver an appropriate return on any investment you choose to make in our services. ​ ACT now to book your initial meeting after all what have you to lose? ​ "SPECIAL OFFER" ​ Book a meeting and receive a report showing 12 industry sector-specific metrics to compare your current business performance to.

  • About Us | ACT Business Consultants | Oxfordshire & Wiltshire

    ABOUT US £300K - £20M clients turnover range 7,000 individual solutions 7 functions of business 75 hours of data evaluation 27M SME sector employed ACT Business Consultants, Ltd., specialists in the SME (Small Medium Enterprise) sector. We primarily work with clients who have a turnover in the range of £500K to £20M, within the regions of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and surrounding counties. As business consultants, our job is to identify areas of concern or areas in need of improvement within the wide range of industries and markets from where our clients’ businesses come from. We are the dedicated home of Icon Business Solutions in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and proud to be part of a global business that have delivered over 7,000 individual solutions to businesses specifically within the S.M.E. sector. Our continued relationship with Icon Business Solutions positions us perfectly to deliver the practices of the larger Consultancies but tailored to our niche market and professionally supported by the Icon team. In our minds, business consulting cannot be general – in fact, it needs to be highly specific and highly relevant to each individual client. No two businesses are ever the same, so why should our consulting services be the same? When a client approaches us, we first do everything we can to understand their business, their market, and their target audience. From there, we work through a series of detailed “Evaluation Sets” specifically designed to deliver the information we need to develop the client bespoke strategies and tactics which will deliver the change and development we have identified in conjunction with our clients. From there, we work with our clients to ensure that we deliver them an entirely bespoke business plan completely unique to their business. Our structured series of meetings provide personalised advice and consulting addressing the 7 functions of business:- Sales, Marketing, Finance, Production, HR, Legal and IT. At every stage of our program we work hard to develop S.M.A.R.T. solutions, these are S mart, M easurable, A chievable, R ealistic and T ime defined. Our processes are designed to help build continuous change and development ensuring clients meet their objectives quickly and efficiently. Here at ACT Business Consultants, we’re more than just consultants – we’re your full-service provider of business expertise. If you’re ready to partner with ACT Business Consultants Ltd CONTACT US TODAY!

  • ACT Business Consultants | Oxfordshire & Wiltshire | Business Services

    OUR SERVICES At ACT Business Consulting, we provide a wide range of consulting and advising services for clients, within Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and surrounding counties. We work collaboratively with our clients to ensure that we understand their needs down to the detail so that we can work to deliver an entirely bespoke and personalised business plan, one designed specifically for their unique business needs. Our team of expert and professional business consultants are highly skilled at formulating new business objectives and goals for our clients, as well as designing and delivering the strategies and tactics that will allow them to achieve these new objectives with confidence. We are the home of Icon Business Solutions for Oxfordshire and Wiltshire working in collaboration with their board and their processing teams to deliver solutions under agreed timelines. We issue our clients with a works schedule in order that we can agree on objectives and deliver on time every time in a professional and enjoyable manner. Nothing gives us more satisfaction to see how our combined efforts lead the way in change management and in meeting targeted objectives and that's guaranteed. S.M.A.R.T. When it comes to our clients, we always do the S.M.A.R.T. thing. S mart M easurable A chievable R ealistic T ime-sensitive Our solutions and our programmes are designed by innovative thinkers who have worked in industry at a senior level, demonstrated their expertise, and have proven success time and time again with our bespoke business plans. Every solution that we provide is designed with intelligence, contains measurable R.O.I., sets achievable goals, realistic in relation to your business, and keeps time in mind, so that you can reach your goals quickly, efficiently and with confidence! If you’re ready to partner with ACT Business Consultants CONTACT US TODAY! OUR APPROACH At ACT Business Consultants, we offer a comprehensive approach when it comes to providing our clients with class-leading business consulting services. We understand that upon our initial consultation, you know more about your business than we do. For that very reason, our consultants do everything they can to listen intently, capture the details, and understand your big picture before we do anything else. Our qualification process defines the opportunity to work with you, produces a comprehensive report and scores your business as it is today and where it may be in the near future. From there we work with our clients to determine the structure of the programme and provide a competitive cost for the work involved and suggest a payment plan in order to help manage available funds. ​ In order to be comprehensive, we must first understand your point of view, your objectives and ambitions for your business and for you personally. By working with our clients to understand their past, present, and future through their eyes, we can help to tailor our services to ensure that they are entirely unique to each individual client. Moreover, provide a class-leading return on investment into the future. Here’s How We Do It! Achieve Sustainable Growth In today’s volatile business climate, many businesses struggle to scale and grow. At the end of the day, you need to strategically position your business for growth because in most cases, it just simply won’t happen automatically without a strong and detailed plan in place. While you may generate leads, convert customers, and build a following, if you’re not properly prepared to scale, you risk missing out on sustainable growth. Let our consultants work with you to ensure that your business is ready to transition into a new chapter and grow your business successfully. Planning & Development Business development is the key to success, especially in the age of digital. Our skilled consultants will work with you to develop your business ideas and objectives from the ground up. We can assist in helping you establish your short-term, mid-term and long-term goals building your road map to success. Systems & Automation In this digital age acquiring and implementing the right systems and automation are crucial to the success of any business regardless of size, scale, or scope. Businesses often have trouble making such investments in technology and sometimes in its successful implementation. Our consultants will work with you to determine exactly where you should be implementing automation to improve your systems and processes to achieve better outcomes. Succession Planning & Exit Strategies For many businesses and organisations, succession planning and exit strategies are integral to ensure a successful transition after an old leadership team steps down or is replaced, or after a number of business criteria are met and investors and stakeholders are interested in liquidating. Our consultants will walk you through the processes and help to assure you that your business can make it through these complicated transition periods without harm and with maximum return. Cash Flow & Funding Managed cash flow and performance are key requirements when gaining the interest of investors and to the long term success of your business, which can be challenging, especially when it comes to modern fundraising processes. Our consultants have a deep understanding and extensive expertise in building an investment /funding strategy and know exactly what investors want to see in a business. From planning to building investors decks through to the presentation to investors we can help you build an attractive proposition to secure the long term development of your business. Competitive Edge In today’s marketplace, businesses that don’t adapt, who don’t offer new goods or services, or who don’t explore new markets are often the ones left behind as the economy grows. Let’s work together to ensure that your business or organisation is always ahead of the curve. We’ll work with you to explore untapped markets and develop new products that could help to keep your competitive edge in today’s business market. Team Development & Training Employee engagement is a key aspect of running any successful business or organisation. If your employees aren’t engaged, are unsure of their job requirements, or are unable to fulfil their duties, you will surely see a drop-in profits and conversions. ACT Business Consultants will work with you to develop your team, ensuring that they’re properly trained, experienced, and engaged to handle their daily job duties. We will assist you as the business owner from working in your business to working on the strategic development of your business to make it less reliant on you. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Customer service is everything, and one way to ensure that you’re always offering top-notch customer service is to pay attention to your customer relationships. We’ll work with you to compile data that defines your customer relationships and customer service as sector leading. Customer-centric positioning your business to preferred supplier status with a value-added proposition, able to command your price and avoid the race to the bottom. Business Intelligence In the age of digital, businesses now have access to cutting-edge and innovative forms of business intelligence. This type of technology allows businesses to automate processes, collect data and information effortlessly, and maintain IT infrastructure. Our consultants will point you in the direction of the types of technology that would work best for your unique ventures. Address Owner Dependency We will show you how to elevate yourself within your business structure to spend more time working on your business as opposed to working in your business. How your business can become less reliant on you. Increase the value of your business not only by results generated but also by systemisation and functionality. ​ Work smarter not harder and build informative reporting and dashboards keeping you at the forefront of educated decision making as well as planning. It’s 100% a plan for your business and not just a business plan. Business Essentials We offer a growing list of support materials to read and download as well as a tailored news update for both clients and those who may consider becoming a future client. Use our contact us form to request the information you need. G.D.P.R. – General Data Protection Legislation – May 2018 M.T.D. – Make Tax Digital – from March 2019 Research & Development tax Business Tax Deductible Items C.R.M. – Customer Relationship Management B.I. – Business Intelligence Online Cloud Accounting Venture Capital General Business Funding Client Satisfaction Survey Top to Bottom Financial Review

View All