20.4.2021 | Logistics

3 Ways Small Logistics Businesses Can Grow

TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) supports SME development.

Over the past two years, the TALE team has interviewed a range of businesses about the current state of their logistics operations and their hopes for the future. During these diagnostic sessions, we identified three ways business owners improve productivity and efficiency, and grow their logistics business.

1. Digitise your systems

Diagnostics revealed that while logistics businesses have a high desire to digitise, they’re not always sure how to do it. Managing logistics operations is complex, and many businesses still use spreadsheets to do so. This is not as efficient as other digital technologies that are readily available.

Online coaching such as our Microsoft 365 sessions, teaches business owners to do ‘new tricks’ with the software they already have.

2. Write a business strategy

Thinking about the future and how you will grow your business is very important. Although most businesses believe they have strong leadership skills, their leaders often lack the experience to come up with a strategy.

Bring your strategy questions to our experts. 1:1 mentoring can help you focus on specific concerns; provide honest feedback and new solutions you might not have considered previously. We can offer you a free ‘up to 9-hour mentoring package’ worth up to £1,200.

3. Invest in B2B Services

Through TALE we have highlighted the business opportunity presented by offering online services to clients. These include real-time tracking of deliveries and order updates, as well as 24/7 booking services.

TALE Lite grants are available to help you purchase software and initial consultancy advice related to data, and are worth £1,000 to £2,000. Applications can be processed in as little as a fortnight.

Apply for a TALE or TALE Lite grant before April 30th 2021.

TALE is funded by ERDF, visit tale.org.uk to find out more.