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Information and advice to help your business going forward

We’ve put together a wide range of knowledge and insight for you – read up on plans, financial support, media and marketing and much more.

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  • All topics

    Starting out

    Writing a business plan

    Your guide to a successful business plan

    A good business plan defines what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it. Our guide could help you write yours.

    Business finance options

    What’s the best finance option for your business?

    We’ve outlined some of the most common sources of financial support to help you plan your options.

    Getting financial support from your bank

    Approaching a bank if your business needs funding

    Few businesses get off the ground without some initial funding. Here are a few key things to do when approaching your bank for support.

    Social media for business

    How to use social media to promote your business

    We outline some of the most effective ways to use social media sites when you’re promoting your business.

    Business structures

    Deciding the legal structure of your business

    Understand the responsibilities that come with business partnerships, limited companies and sole proprietorship.

    Boost your business’ digital skills

    Digital skills can make the difference

    Want to sharpen your business’ skills but not sure where to start? Try online. Here are 6 ways digital can make a difference.

    Turn your hobby into a career

    Make a career out of your passion

    Burgeoning baker or keen crafter? Find out how you could earn a living doing something you love, from the people who’ve already done it.

    How to make your start-up a success

    Our top tips for getting your company running

    Learn key strategies to keep your new business on the right track.

    Scaling up

    From setback to success

    Learning lessons from adversity

    Failure is difficult but it can be a good thing. Learning to turn setbacks into something positive can be transformative, empowering and beneficial for your business.

    Growing your business

    Doing well? How to expand

    We run through some of the main things to consider if you’re planning to expand, hire more staff or seek major investment.

    Recruiting for success

    How to find and retain the talent you need

    Hiring the right people can drive your business forward – we discuss how entrepreneurs are adapting to a changing recruitment market.

    Finding the right exit

    Helpful tips to plan your high-growth exit strategy

    With the value of mergers and acquisitions of UK companies exceeding £200 billion in 2016, here are some key factors to consider when planning your exit strategy.

    There’s no ‘I’ in team, culture or growth

    Find your team and use their voices

    Philip Stiles, from the Cambridge Judge Business School, outlines how you can assemble the best team, and retain them as your business grows.

    Strategy – the blueprint for growth

    See your business through your customers’ eyes

    Professor Stelios Kavadias, Director at the Cambridge Judge Business School, explains how to look at your business like your customers do.

    How to compete as a high-growth entrepreneur

    Don’t let your competitors drive you to distraction

    Ben Fletcher, entrepreneur, angel investor and founder of Fast Growth Icons explores the good, the bad and the ugly side of competition.

    Work smart, not hard

    Perfect your processes

    Feryal Erhun of the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) explains how taking a step back to break down processes can help you give your business a shot in the arm.

    Busting marketing myths

    Change the way you think about marketing

    Eden Yin, course leader and senior lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), challenges what you think you know about marketing.

    Entrepreneurs Uncovered: Cassandra Stavrou

    How Propercorn went from cement mixers to supermarket shelves

    The premium snack entrepreneur talks about the importance of self-belief when founding a business and how she ensures her company culture attracts a talented team.

    Industry insights

    The feedback economy

    Could online reviews help your business?

    Our survey of 2,000 customers and 500 businesses revealed the importance of online review sites to the hospitality and leisure sector.

    Landed estates

    The professionals’ view

    Read our latest report on current trends in the landed estates sector and what you should consider for the future.

    City Life Developments

    Opening the doors to success

    Barclays funding and support gave property developer and investor City Life Developments the confidence to adopt a high-growth approach.

    Adding eggs to their basket

    Borrowing against potential

    Barrow Farm set up an eggs business following a 100% loan from us, and close relationship with its Agricultural Manager.

    Tripled value through property development

    Reaping the rewards of a shared understanding

    The local expertise of our relationship team made them an attractive proposition for property developer Wildbrook Investments.

    From swine to wine

    Long-term strategy for a vineyard in an old pig farm

    Property investments helped Bluebell Vineyard Estates improve its visitors' facilities, to complement its award-winning wines.

    Stargazing under canvas

    Luxury camping keeps it in the family

    A shared passion helped us back Brambells Glamping, to keep Buildings Farm a family affair after 4 generations.

    More change and 25-year terms for buy-to-let businesses

    The buy-to-let market continues to adapt to change

    Regulation, benefit and rule changes continue to alter the buy-to-let market.

    Open Banking for business

    What Open Banking could mean for your business

    Juliet Rogan, Co-Head of High-Growth and Entrepreneurs, looks at some of the opportunities that Open Banking could create for high-growth businesses.

    International

    A world of opportunity awaits

    Exporting tips

    10 tips on becoming an exporter

    Discover some top tips for exporting – and find out where to get expert advice.

    Understand the world of exports

    Exports and international trade explained

    We answer some of the most commonly asked questions on exporting – and cut through the jargon.

    Support for international trading

    Doing business abroad, backed by Barclays

    Find out about the dedicated support, expert advice and banking services that could help make your business an international success.

    Business owners talk about exporting

    Ways to make exporting work for you

    SMEs explain why they looked at international markets, the challenges they faced and how we helped them expand overseas.

    Doing business abroad

    Could it be time for you to start exporting?

    Simon Spinks, MD of Leeds-based luxury bed maker Harrison Spinks, discusses the importance of exporting.

    Managing your business

    Protecting your business idea

    Got a big idea? Find out how to protect it

    The Intellectual Property (IP) rights of your business determine the value of your idea, so a copyright, patent or trademark is essential.

    Apps to manage your business

    How apps can help increase efficiency

    Help your business be more efficient and use apps to help manage your business.

    What does GDPR mean for your business?

    Preparing for General Data Protection Regulation

    The EU’s unified framework of personal-data protection comes into effect in May. Is your business ready?

    Are your customers safe online?

    How a green padlock can help

    Cybercrime is a constant threat, but you can help make your site safer for customers by providing a secure online connection.

    Unlocking business growth

    Are you utilising data to fuel business growth? Read our report to find out how data can help your business get into shape for expansion.

    Planning for business disruption

    5 tips to help cope with the unexpected

    Unforeseen circumstances or factors outside your control can hit your business when you least expect it, but you can still plan for the worst with these tips.

    Are you ready for anything?

    Read our latest report to learn how you can include resilience planning in your business’ day-to-day activities.

  • Starting out

    Writing a business plan

    Your guide to a successful business plan

    A good business plan defines what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it. Our guide could help you write yours.

    Business finance options

    What’s the best finance option for your business?

    We’ve outlined some of the most common sources of financial support to help you plan your options.

    Getting financial support from your bank

    Approaching a bank if your business needs funding

    Few businesses get off the ground without some initial funding. Here are a few key things to do when approaching your bank for support.

    Social media for business

    How to use social media to promote your business

    We outline some of the most effective ways to use social media sites when you’re promoting your business.

    Business structures

    Deciding the legal structure of your business

    Understand the responsibilities that come with business partnerships, limited companies and sole proprietorship.

    Boost your business’ digital skills

    Digital skills can make the difference

    Want to sharpen your business’ skills but not sure where to start? Try online. Here are 6 ways digital can make a difference.

    Turn your hobby into a career

    Make a career out of your passion

    Burgeoning baker or keen crafter? Find out how you could earn a living doing something you love, from the people who’ve already done it.

    How to make your start-up a success

    Our top tips for getting your company running

    Learn key strategies to keep your new business on the right track.

  • Scaling up

    From setback to success

    Learning lessons from adversity

    Failure is difficult but it can be a good thing. Learning to turn setbacks into something positive can be transformative, empowering and beneficial for your business.

    Growing your business

    Doing well? How to expand

    We run through some of the main things to consider if you’re planning to expand, hire more staff or seek major investment.

    Recruiting for success

    How to find and retain the talent you need

    Hiring the right people can drive your business forward – we discuss how entrepreneurs are adapting to a changing recruitment market.

    Finding the right exit

    Helpful tips to plan your high-growth exit strategy

    With the value of mergers and acquisitions of UK companies exceeding £200 billion in 2016, here are some key factors to consider when planning your exit strategy.

    There’s no ‘I’ in team, culture or growth

    Find your team and use their voices

    Philip Stiles, from the Cambridge Judge Business School, outlines how you can assemble the best team, and retain them as your business grows.

    Strategy – the blueprint for growth

    See your business through your customers’ eyes

    Professor Stelios Kavadias, Director at the Cambridge Judge Business School, explains how to look at your business like your customers do.

    How to compete as a high-growth entrepreneur

    Don’t let your competitors drive you to distraction

    Ben Fletcher, entrepreneur, angel investor and founder of Fast Growth Icons explores the good, the bad and the ugly side of competition.

    Work smart, not hard

    Perfect your processes

    Feryal Erhun of the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) explains how taking a step back to break down processes can help you give your business a shot in the arm.

    Busting marketing myths

    Change the way you think about marketing

    Eden Yin, course leader and senior lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), challenges what you think you know about marketing.

    Entrepreneurs Uncovered: Cassandra Stavrou

    How Propercorn went from cement mixers to supermarket shelves

    The premium snack entrepreneur talks about the importance of self-belief when founding a business and how she ensures her company culture attracts a talented team.

  • Industry insights

    The feedback economy

    Could online reviews help your business?

    Our survey of 2,000 customers and 500 businesses revealed the importance of online review sites to the hospitality and leisure sector.

    Landed estates

    The professionals’ view

    Read our latest report on current trends in the landed estates sector and what you should consider for the future.

    City Life Developments

    Opening the doors to success

    Barclays funding and support gave property developer and investor City Life Developments the confidence to adopt a high-growth approach.

    Adding eggs to their basket

    Borrowing against potential

    Barrow Farm set up an eggs business following a 100% loan from us, and close relationship with its Agricultural Manager.

    Tripled value through property development

    Reaping the rewards of a shared understanding

    The local expertise of our relationship team made them an attractive proposition for property developer Wildbrook Investments.

    From swine to wine

    Long-term strategy for a vineyard in an old pig farm

    Property investments helped Bluebell Vineyard Estates improve its visitors' facilities, to complement its award-winning wines.

    Stargazing under canvas

    Luxury camping keeps it in the family

    A shared passion helped us back Brambells Glamping, to keep Buildings Farm a family affair after 4 generations.

    More change and 25-year terms for buy-to-let businesses

    The buy-to-let market continues to adapt to change

    Regulation, benefit and rule changes continue to alter the buy-to-let market.

    Open Banking for business

    What Open Banking could mean for your business

    Juliet Rogan, Co-Head of High-Growth and Entrepreneurs, looks at some of the opportunities that Open Banking could create for high-growth businesses.

  • International
    A world of opportunity awaits

    Exporting tips

    10 tips on becoming an exporter

    Discover some top tips for exporting – and find out where to get expert advice.

    Understand the world of exports

    Exports and international trade explained

    We answer some of the most commonly asked questions on exporting – and cut through the jargon.

    Support for international trading

    Doing business abroad, backed by Barclays

    Find out about the dedicated support, expert advice and banking services that could help make your business an international success.

    Business owners talk about exporting

    Ways to make exporting work for you

    SMEs explain why they looked at international markets, the challenges they faced and how we helped them expand overseas.

    Doing business abroad

    Could it be time for you to start exporting?

    Simon Spinks, MD of Leeds-based luxury bed maker Harrison Spinks, discusses the importance of exporting.

  • Managing your business

    Protecting your business idea

    Got a big idea? Find out how to protect it

    The Intellectual Property (IP) rights of your business determine the value of your idea, so a copyright, patent or trademark is essential.

    Apps to manage your business

    How apps can help increase efficiency

    Help your business be more efficient and use apps to help manage your business.

    What does GDPR mean for your business?

    Preparing for General Data Protection Regulation

    The EU’s unified framework of personal-data protection comes into effect in May. Is your business ready?

    Are your customers safe online?

    How a green padlock can help

    Cybercrime is a constant threat, but you can help make your site safer for customers by providing a secure online connection.

    Unlocking business growth

    Are you utilising data to fuel business growth? Read our report to find out how data can help your business get into shape for expansion.

    Planning for business disruption

    5 tips to help cope with the unexpected

    Unforeseen circumstances or factors outside your control can hit your business when you least expect it, but you can still plan for the worst with these tips.

    Are you ready for anything?

    Read our latest report to learn how you can include resilience planning in your business’ day-to-day activities.