Free Business Event


Selling2Grow: The Sales that Matter

Info2Grow presents a wealth of advice and top tips to help firms in Nuneaton and the surrounding area to improve and grow their business! Following on from the enormous success of the previous Info2Grow events, you are invited to hear about the opportunities for growing your business locally along with top tips for growing your business abroad.

Come along to Info2Grow to discover how the fastest growing businesses in our area are doing it!

According to figures from the British Chamber of Commerce, 58% of businesses said that exporting led to a level of growth not otherwise possible for their company. With £26.3 Million worth of goods/services shipped abroad from the Coventry & Warwickshire region in February this year, can YOU afford to ignore this opportunity?

A Q&A session will take place during the event, to provide advice to help your business grow. This FREE event also provides an exclusive opportunity to mix with like minded businesses.

Event details

Date: Thursday 15th May 2014
Time: 4.30pm Refreshments and networking
5.00pm Panel presentations and discussion
6.15pm Further networking – please bring along your business cards!
7.00pm Close
Venue: The Barras Suite, The Chase, Higham Lane, Nuneaton, CV11 6AG

*Free parking is available*

The event will be chaired by Paul Carvell, Stewart, Fletcher & Barrett, part of The SFB Group.

Presentations at the event include:

  • Maximising local opportunities for your business – Alan Franks, Managing Director of Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council.
  • Exporting 4 Growth – the benefits and support available – Kati Hope, UK Trade & Investment
  • How exporting grew my business – John Nollett, Non-Executive Director, Pailton Engineering.

To register for this event, please RSVP by 2nd May 2014 by emailing:

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Martin Lindsey wins Financial Services Professional of the Year Award

SFB are celebrating after their Wealth Management Director Martin Lindsey won the Financial Services Professional of the Year category at the FirstPro Professional of the Year Awards 2014. The awards, organised by Coventry & Warwickshire First, showcase the talent within the professional and financial services sector, across five specific categories – business services, legal, financial, property and young professional.

Jon Sargent, the Director of SFB’s Coventry office, was also shortlisted for the Business Professional of the Year category.


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24 million people to receive a new personal tax statement

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that from October 2014, around 24 million people will receive a personal tax statement from HMRC which will detail how their taxes were spent.

Taxpayers will receive a new tax statement that will explain how their income tax and national insurance contributions for 2013/14 have been calculated, the average tax rates and where their money has been spent.

These taxpayers include:
• 8 million people who complete self-assessment returns online
• 16 million PAYE taxpayers who received a tax coding notice from HMRC in the 2013/14 tax year

George Osborne hopes that the decision will lead to increased transparency in the tax system: “These tax statements represent a huge boost for tax transparency, showing people very clearly how much tax they pay and giving them a better understanding of where their money is spent.”


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House price growth shows ‘moderation’


House price growth is showing “tentative signs of moderation”, according to Nationwide.

Nationwide said that on both a monthly and quarterly basis, house price inflation was slowing.

However, when measured annually, price growth accelerated in March, with prices up 9.5% from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, the average house prices in London are now more than double those in the rest of the UK, at £362,699.

The overall average house value in the UK now stands at £180,264, the highest since January 2008, although that figure is still 3% below the 2007 house price peak.

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Fraud warning

There has been an increase in cases where fraudsters are calling or writing to customers impersonating their bank’s fraud team or the police.

They dupe the customer into believing their account has been compromised and that they are a victim of fraud. They are told that a brand new account has been set up and “to protect your money” the customer is asked to transfer all their funds into this new account. The money is actually going to a fraudster’s account.

As well as personal customers, recent cases have also seen business and agriculture clients being attacked.

Here is a reminder of some key Fraud prevention messages.

• Banks and the police will never contact you to ask you to transfer funds or hand over your cards or money.

• If you get an unsolicited phone call, be on alert.

• If you are suspicious of the caller, end the call and call back on the number of the back of your card or from one of your statements. Be aware that the phone line can still be open when you’ve put down the receiver. Call back from a different phone or call someone you trust first to ensure the call was disconnected.

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Retail sales up 3.7%

Retail sales in the UK were 3.7% higher in February 2014 than they were in February 2013, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown.

The quantity of sales also grew by 1.7% in the month from January 2014. Sales in the last 3 months were 1.6% higher than in the previous 3 months.

The latest ONS data showed that the average weekly UK retail spend in February 2014 was £6.6 billion, up £200 million on the previous month. Online sales increased 12.4% in February 2014 compared with February 2013.

SFB offer a specialist services for retail businesses. Please visit to find out more.


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SFB make the shortlist at FirstPro

SFB are celebrating after two of its Directors have been shortlisted for the FirstPro Professional of the Year Awards. The awards, organised by Coventry & Warwickshire First, showcase the talent within the professional and financial services sector, across five specific categories – business services, legal, financial, property and young professional.

Jon Sargent, SFB’s Director of Coventry has been shortlisted for Business Service Professional of the Year and SFB Wealth Management Director Martin Lindsey has been shortlisted for Financial Professional of the Year.

SFB’s Managing Director Paul Carvell said, ‘It’s a great honour for our company to be recognised amongst such prestigious and fantastic business talent in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Jon and Martin have been instrumental to SFB’s success over the last year and I’m proud and pleased for them to receive the recognition they deserve’.

Winners will be revealed on the night of the awards ceremony, which takes place on Thursday 10th April at the Ricoh Arena.


Jon Sargent


Martin Lindsey

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