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Business Development

With Covid-related lockdowns, travel restrictions, cancellation and postponement of conferences and events, business development activities have had to change over the last 15 months.  Business relationships and partnership activities have to be developed and maintained on line and lead generation has also changed fundamentally.

In this series of conversations, we explore the shift that has taken place in business development, drawing on the experiences of three different Oxfordshire-based companies: The Electrospinning Company, Enara Bio and Saietta.  Through these discussions, we explore how each company has changed its approach to business development and consider how Covid has changed the way we work, looking back over the last year, and looking forward beyond 2021.

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Has business development changed?

Has business development changed?

With Covid-related lockdowns, travel restrictions, cancellation and postponement of conferences and events, business development activities have had to change over the last 15 months. READ MORE

Taking our clients international

Taking our clients international

Exploring international markets for the first time? Have established operations? James Cowper Kreston can guide you through the challenges and risks of trading internationally and maximise your opportunities. READ MORE

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Innovation in physical products

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James Cowper Kreston in India

James Cowper Kreston in India

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Why China remains a smart business opportunity

Why China remains a smart business opportunity

These are complicated times, and relations between the UK and China are no exception. But amidst all the uncertainties, there are compelling opportunities in the Chinese market. READ MORE

Improving workplace productivity by optimising the indoor environment

Improving workplace productivity by optimising the indoor environment

Productivity levels in the UK are known to lag behind those of other leading economies. READ MORE

When your customer is not your consumer: selling to the NHS

When your customer is not your consumer: selling to the NHS

Sitting around a table with a group of investors in healthcare innovations, nothing comes out more strongly than concern over a business model that primarily involves selling to the UK’s NHS. READ MORE

How Receiving State Aid Affects Your R&D Claim

How Receiving State Aid Affects Your R&D Claim

Whilst many mistakenly believe that you are unable to use both state aid and R&D tax credits, this common misconception stems from the fact that there are two forms of R&D tax credits available in the UK – SME R&D Tax Credits and Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) for larger companies. READ MORE

The journey to software commercialisation

The journey to software commercialisation

Innovation often starts with early-stage software or an idea requiring software development. READ MORE

What you should be spending your R&D budget on next year

What you should be spending your R&D budget on next year

R&D tax credits are vital to any innovative company – they enable you to continue funding the development of your product, service or solution. READ MORE

Achieving local energy resilience through smart solar storage, sharing and trading

Achieving local energy resilience through smart solar storage, sharing and trading

With the pressing need to transition to a low carbon economy, planning and preparing for energy resilience[i] is becoming increasingly important in an energy system consisting of a significant proportion of decentralised renewable energy sources and a decarbonised power system. READ MORE

The Recruitment Process – Say No to Discrimination!

The Recruitment Process – Say No to Discrimination!

As an entrepreneur, building your business will probably mean employing staff, whether as workers, employees or contractors.   READ MORE

 

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