Marketing a small business can be time-consuming and costly, and if you have a small or non-existent budget, the task of bringing in new customers can be even tougher. In this Business Bullet for NBSL, we've rounded up five ways to get more out of your marketing budget.

Writing a bid for the first time can seem like a daunting task, however following a few simple rules can increase your chances of success and keep your stress levels to a minimum.

The public sector are actively encouraging SMEs to bid for contracts. Self-certification, framework agreements, value bands and lower thresholds are all steps that have been introduced by the government to extend contract opportunities to SMEs.

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room” - There are thousands of businesses out there in the UK alone, all looking for a spot in the public eye, which means for smaller businesses and startup companies, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is a lack of recognition.

Talk to almost any business and they'll tell you that they’ve wasted time and money on advertising. Having a clever idea for a campaign is important, but knowing what, when and where to advertise the idea is even more crucial in today’s multi-channelled world we live in.


Register your business as an NBSL provider and stay up to date with the latest funding information.

If you provide business support services like marketing, business planning, human resources or financial planning find out how you could register with us to offer a grant of up to £2800 to your clients for work that you do for them.

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