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Growing businesses face challenges.

Most owners find that as their business grows and they take on more staff, the stress levels grow and the time to think disappears. You may find that you are spending each day reacting to problems rather than growing your business and it is getting harder and harder to manage your own workload.

At this point, it is wise to take some time, step back and rethink about your business from first principles: what do you personally want to achieve from your business? Look at your systems and processes: do they reduce your workload and will they be fit for purpose as you grow? How much of what you do is necessary, and how much of it is now outdated tradition? Look at your staff: who can you grow to take on some of your tasks, where are the gaps?

It is time to refresh and restart your business; that means looking at what is contributing to your goals and what isn’t. Create a new plan, redo your forecasting, reassess what roles are needed in your business and re-evaluate your own role and tasks.

This is especially important if you are considering entering the export market. Unless your business is operating extremely well locally then exporting can be a considerable challenge to take on.

You can’t do it alone. We suggest that this is the stage where you will see the greatest benefit in getting an outside mentor or business coach, and in joining a business networking group. This will help you to rapidly put changes in place and will help you to understand the potential impact of the changes you will make.

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Resources for Growing Your Business

Other ENC Business Resources

Starting a Business

A repository of guides, templates and information on how to start a business successfully


How to get customers to know you exist and once they do, how to get them to spend with you.

Systems and Processes

Tools, resources and links that will help the back office part of your business hum.

Funding and Investment

Where to find money to start, grow or re-invent your business.

Your Finances

Cashflow is the lifeblood of every business. Tools and strategies to help you manage your day to day finances.

HR: Managing Staff

Taking on staff? - Know your obligations


There is a wealth of public data available, but where do you start? We have compiled some of the data sources that we think are useful.

Sustainability in Business

It might take some up-front investment, but reducing your impact on the world is likely to save you money in the longer term as well as make your brand more attractive.

Farm Diversification

Assistance, studies, resources and potential paths to market for those looking to grow crops.

Social Enterprise

Starting a social enterprise is a noble goal. But what exactly is a social enterprise and how do you go about setting one up?

Managing Decline

What do you do when things are not going as you wanted them to? This page provides information and resources to help with decisionmaking.

Exiting Your Business

Whether selling or walking away, there are a number of things you can do to maximise profit or minimize loss.

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