Barclays business growth seminars for entrepreneurs

Around half of the UK's small businesses are poised to expand over the next year and Barclays is laying on a raft of free seminars to help them, backed by ACCA and support service Business Link.

With more than 600 events lined up under the Let's Talk banner, the financial services giant is targeting anyone thinking about starting a business, as well as existing owners of small firms.

"Small firms depend on bank lending to fulfil their potential and any move like this by lenders to help businesses deal with new challenges is encouraging," said business secretary Lord Mandelson.

Citing a recent survey of over 3,000 small firms by Barclays Have Your Say, the bank's Steve Cooper confirmed that 49 per cent intend to expand in the coming 12 months.

"Expansion can be a positive move for a company, and there are always opportunities for growth, but the reality is that it's also difficult," he added.

Cooper pointed out that aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners will have the chance to hear experts speak about successful growth during the seminars – as well as getting to pose any questions "they need to ask".

Nine upcoming Let's Talk Preparing for Growth seminars will focus on business development, while 17 Let's Talk Bright Marketing and More Profit sessions will outline strategies and processes focused on customers and profitability.