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Take a step back to think about the risks

Business owners are so busy juggling the daily challenges of managing their business, suppliers, clients and staff that they often fail to take a step back and assess the various risks that they face. This is according to Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited, who says that while it is not very pleasant, in the midst of this juggling, to dwell on the negative incidents that can still go wrong, the simple act of thinki...
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SA SME industry not for the unprepared

Macro and micro risks local businesses need to be aware of Challenges such as strikes, load shedding and e-tolls reinforce the statement that starting and running a business in South Africa is not for the faint-hearted. Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited, however believes it is more helpful to think of it as ‘not for the unprepared’. Biljon says that the difference in opinion reveals the other side of the risk ...
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New fund launched to stimulate franchising among SA’s young and previously disadvantaged

In order to stimulate job creation, Business Partners Limited today announced the launch of its Franchise Fund – an innovative platform backed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) - aimed at allowing young and previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs, with limited assets and access to capital, to qualify as franchisees. The total Franchise Fund amounts to R107.03 million and consists of R48.65m from National Treasury’s Jobs Fund (R...
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SA SMEs confident of success in 2014

South African business owners have expressed continued optimism that conditions will be conducive to business growth in 2014. This is according to the 2013 fourth quarter Business Partners Limited SME Index (BPLSI), which measures attitudes and confidence levels amongst the local Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector. Assessing confidence levels of key aspects affecting SME’s growth prospects, the average confidence levels across all indica...
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Gear up for a more successful business in 2014

2014 is likely to be the year in which South African business owners emerge from a survival mindset to one of preparing for a new era. Small business owners should make the paradigm shift and prepare the business for expansion, which will be achieved through steady income growth. This is the view of Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited, who says that his opinion is backed by various surveys which suggest improving co...
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How to navigate securing finance for your business in 2014

A common issue raised among local entrepreneurs is the ease of access to business finance, which is often criticised due to the difficulties experienced when attempting to secure funding to either establish, or grow, a business. According to Christo Botes, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited, while access to finance is a challenge for many South African entrepreneurs, often entrepreneurs also pose challenges to financiers, which may s...
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SA commercial property remains safe haven for cautious investors in 2014

Quality commercial and industrial properties in South Africa will continue to boast yields comparative to most other investment classes in the near future, despite the market remaining as flat as it has over the past five years. This is according to Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director at Business Partners Limited, who says that the company, which oversees a property portfolio of nearly R1 billion, is optimistic about the property market as an i...
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New Year’s resolutions for SMEs

2014 brings with it new challenges and opportunities for South African business owners, all of which need to be incorporated into a business’s plans going forward. This is according to Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited, who says that business owners should make use of the first few weeks of the New Year to reflect on what worked well in 2013 and what needs to be improved or changed for the year ahead. He says th...
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The importance of ‘personal stock taking’ for SA’s SME owners

It is nearing the time of year that many individuals start winding down and preparing for the festive period, after a long and possibly strenuous year. For many small and medium enterprise (SME) owners however, business comes first, which often results in no period being set aside for relaxation and rest, which is necessary to prepare themselves for 2014 and the new challenges that comes with it. Nazeem Martin, MD of Business Partners Limited, sa...
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SA venture capital market on the rise

Venture capital is often associated with investments into large, high growth businesses, yet there is a growing need for venture capital amongst entrepreneurs in South Africa who require smaller investments to get their concept to market or move their business to the next level. This is according to Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited, who says that this demand has been highlighted by the interest received from entr...
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