All the information you will find on this page is courtesy of the Design Council, the national strategic body for design.
The study also showed that a significant number of the UK’s small business are going it alone – and not seeking any kind of business advice whatsoever:
• Only 36% of small business take advantage of mentoring schemes
• 38% of small business go to private organisations for advice, including 45% of growing companies.
The five biggest priorities for the UK’s small businesses are:
• Increasing turnover (23%)
• Winning new business (16%)
• Cash flow (14%)
• Maintaining current activity levels (11%)
• Growth (9%)
The Design Council believes design tools and processes, design results like brands, products and services, and designers can help small businesses meet more of these priorities.
Trying something new
If you’ve not used something before, it can be good to get some expert help. Only experts sometimes use language that doesn’t make sense to you and they certainly won’t be an expert about you, or your business.
If the thing you haven’t used before is design, what you need is an expert who will get to know your company and who can introduce you to the design methods, tools and processes that make sense for your business.
It can also be good to learn from others who’ve gone through the same thing as you.