What is your biggest challenge to growing your business?

After nearly four years of economic downturn, and with experts saying it’ll be next year, 2013 before things change, many businesses have lost sales. Some are now looking to try to recover the lost business, or even go for growth. Tell me what is your #1 challenge – what is the main thing that holds you back from going for growth?

I will publish the results and post some ideas for growth strategies that should help.

Take the poll now…

Another 4 small businesses win Gold Star!

Delivering exceptional customer experience is at the heart of keeping customers happy and returning again and again!

Centre for Competititveness is delighted to announce the latest 4 new EFQM Gold Star Award winners. They are Drenagh Estate, Keady Farm View B & B, Cafe Piaza and FoyleHov. Faghanvale Stables is due to be recognised before the end of July. They are all from the Limavady area.

EFQM Gold Star is a European Benchmark of Better Performance, and it is quite an achievement for these local companies to be recognised at this level.

This programme has been delivered in partnership with Limavady Borough Council, who has supported this initiaitive as part of their programme of support for local tourism businesses. The Centre for Competitiveness is working, on several different programmes, with a number of other councils including Coleraine, Antrim, Lisburn and Banbridge to assist with their economic development strategy. Results are very encouraging.

The Centre has a wide range of tools, methods and experience in business growth and development, and works well in supporting councils with their economic development objectives. It’s a good partnership – a win:win approach that really benefits small, local companies.

You can see the list of all the EFQM Gold Star Award winners here: EFQM Hall of Fame

Dr Adrian Gundy. Innovation, OD and Growth Strategies