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Dame Helen Alexander and MP Michael Fallon Share Their Advice For Business

LONDON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

*Networking should play a key role in business* 

*National Business Awards open to enter - visit  http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk* 

*The deadline for entries is 23 May 2014*

The most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders are those that find a way to stay ahead of the competition.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPXhKlGm4xc

The National Business Awards Chair of Judges, Dame Helen Alexander advises that one of the most important aspects of business is to make sure that you know what your customers want. She also recommends having a clear business goal, but making sure you are flexible enough to realise that it can and will change and to ensure that you are in a position to evolve your business plan. MP Michael Fallon muses that the key is to make sure that you seek out advice from those already in business, and with record low interest rates, he tells businesses now is the time to go for it.

In the Business Without Barriers report, published by the National Business Awards, which surveyed over 500 Business decision makers throughout the country and researched attitudes towards growth and prospects for the year ahead - 80% of firms said that international sales will be key to their growth. Both Dame Helen Alexander and Michael Fallon agree that businesses should start maximising international opportunities or risk being left behind.

They also discuss networking, which is now widely accepted as an important business tool. Dame Helen approaches this as a way to learn from others in business and Michael Fallon agrees it's an important aspect of the business world. Watch our video for tips to make sure that you know how to win business friends and influence others successfully.

To enter the awards, or read the full report visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk

The deadline for entries is 23 May 2014.

The National Business Awards ceremony takes place 11 November 2014 at The Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London.  

About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business.  Now in its 13th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.

Categories includes -

 The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business

The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year

The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year

The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year

The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year

The QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year

The Digital Business of the Year

The New Business of the Year

The Customer Focus Award

The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award

The Social Enterprise of the Year

The Corporate Citizenship Award

The Innovation Award

The Growth Business of the Year

The Employer of the Year

The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year

The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year

About UBM Live  

The National Business Awards is organised by UBM Information Limited. UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.   Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

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