Business support

Cogito can provide coaching and support to existing small medium enterprises to help to improve efficiencies, especially access to training to performance against key business targets.  This includes support to engage with apprenticeships or to develop relationships with training providers.  The support available is provided by consultants with proven expertise in the topics outlined below:

Funding and policy
Making effective use of market analysis
Developing partnership and strategies for growth
Effective organisational needs analysis
Marketing
Sales and account management
Accessing training and development
Customer service

Cogito will help businesses facilitate their own performance improvement by providing assessment against relevant criteria (for example Investors in People )and then leading workshops or individual support sessions against an agreed action plan.  

SMEs encouraged to showcase how they are "Trading For Good"

Trading for Good, a new digital service has been launchedf by BIS for small businesses to promote the good work small businesses do in their communities, has been launched.

The service, a social media platform, aims to encourage half a million small businesses to share the good work they do, as well as become more socially responsible, helping them to boost their reputation and grow their business by attracting like-minded clients and consumers.

Growth and Improvement Service

The new Growth and Improvement Service provides straightforward, practical ideas for people who want to generate more sales, increase profits, and save time and money. It provides you with access to practical videos, case studies, events and business support finders; and makes it easy to network and share challenges with other business owners.

Resources

Useful online resources that is accessible check out:

Business Support Finder

Use our updated Business Support Finder to find potential sources of help with starting, running or growing your business.

It provides details of publicly-funded grants, loans or offers of expertise you may be entitled to, as well as details of publicly- or privately-funded business recognition awards.

Innovating for Growth

Innovating for Growth is a package of business consultancy that is aimed at helping businesses grow, and is built out of the British Library’s immense research collection and the business expertise of its network of trusted partners.

British Library are looking for exciting SMEs that are looking to grow by developing a new product, a new process or entering a new market.

Businesses must be London-based and have been trading for more than a year with proven sales. The full eligibility criteria and application form can be found on the Innovating for Growth programme website. Applications are now open!

Cogito is developing a number of resources that will be available to support small business. For other useful resources and links look at the Resources section.