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How to build a great business: find a mentor & manage your cash flow

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How to build a great business: find a mentor & manage your cash flow

Updated: Aug 16, 2016

Five successful business owners from manufacturing, agriculture, service and retail, share their thoughts on what it takes to build a great business in this short video. They have more than 80 years of experience between them.

1)Manage your cash flow

It may seem obvious, but knowing exactly how much money comes in and out of the business on a daily basis is crucial, says Michael Kain, Managing Director of Bramley & Gage. He knows that if they never have another order for their drinks, the business could pay off all of the bills for a period of time. Michael has taken the family gin manufacturing business from strength to strength, selling their award-winning 6 O’Clock gin to stockists across the UK.

2) Plan for expansion

Colin from Mill View Plant Centre in Oxfordshire has been running the family business for over 30 years. He believes you should always think about how you can expand, to ensure you stay ahead of your competition. Whether you want to increase sales by developing or improving new products or services, here are some ideas for how to plan for growth.

3) Integrity

Don Dennis, founder of the Flower Essence Repertoire in Scotland, credits working with integrity as the most important thing he’s learned from running a successful business.

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Maria from The Stripes Company now exports her fabric worldwide.

4)  Find a mentor

Maria Hopwood, pictured above, is founder of fabric specialist The Stripes Company and thinks having a mentor is crucial for building up your own business. She’s not alone – some of the most successful business leaders have had mentors including Richard Branson and Steve Jobs.

5) Use social media

Celia Gay from Newton Farm Foods in Somerset uses Twitter and social media to stay in touch with and support other local businesses. Social media can also help you attract new customers.

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If you could give one piece of advice to someone in the early stages of building their business – what would it be?

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