Michelle Dewberry & Goldie to help pick three winners to pitch to the Cabinet

Apprentice winner, successful business woman and Business Matters columnist Michelle Dewberry is joining musician and graffiti artist, Goldie, and Ginny Lunn, head of policy and development at The Prince’s Trust in backing to Bebo’s Big Think – Take Your Ideas to the Top, which is looking for young people to put forward innovative and practical suggestions on how to make a positive difference on crime, careers and climate change.

The idea is just the start

Anyone with a good idea and adequate common sense can start a business, but establishing and growing it is another matter.

In the current climate, where money lending has all but dried up, orders are falling, and firms are trimming all the fat possible by cutting costs, the hard part is often working out how to grow your business.

Small business gets its own TV channel

If talk is cheap, genuinely practical advice and support is invaluable for business owners struggling to access finance and left numb by the politicians’ promises. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has launched www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk a free new online service advising entrepreneurs on a range of key business issues – including approaching banks for credit.

Considered the franchise business model?

Most people associate franchising with large brands, but it can also be an effective way for some smaller businesses, struggling to raise finance in order to expand in the present economic climate, to grow at minimal cost. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is campaigning to raise awareness of franchising as a way forward for many viable businesses.

‘Have you got news for us?

“Do-it-Yourself” PR might well be a solution for small firms looking to reduce costs in the current downturn but still keep their profile in the public eye. Enterprise PR specialist Louise Third and business correspondent Maisha Frost will run their next media workshop on Monday 9th November at The British Library Business and IP Centre on Euston Road in London. Places cost £85 +vat per person which includes handouts and refreshments.