Finding new businesses in your area

7 minutes Mark Halstead

Ever wanted to know who has started a business recently and how to contact them?  Many businesses thrive on the recruitment of new customers who have recently started in business.  Seemingly, the list of things that are needed or the ‘shopping list’ for a new business start-up is long and detailed.  For most funded business start-ups, money is not an issue, time is the most precious commodity.   New business owners strive to grow their business and consequently employ the help of other businesses who can help them achieve their aims or get to the start point.  Printers, designers, web designers, accountants, lawyers, insurance brokers and a wealth other professions and trade services are deployed on or before a business starts.

‘Not just new business data, we’ve used the system to select businesses when we know they are likely to need us’

The beauty the RFA intelligence system is that you can select businesses by type or age so that you can wait for a few months and then select businesses knowing that they are approaching their first year end or are more likely to be ready to recruit new staff or move premises.  “Chambers of Commerce are a perfect example, we know from research, that new business owners want to join their local Chamber of Commerce in order to attract new business through networking and often for a ‘one man band’ they want to be part of an organisation.  We find we are more effective contacting them a few months after they have officially set up, when they have got started and have got most of the teething problems behind them” one spokesperson told us.

Brand designs and websites are often an early requirement that quickly change and develop as the business matures.  Each business will be aware of the ideal timing and type of business that meets their requirements in terms of best prospects and the system has an intuitive and easy to use web link that enables licence holders to select up to 5,000 records per day. They can select a month ( doesn’t have to be the most recent month although the data is added to system daily) and simply download the data, including email addresses where they are known but usually with a new business, telephone is the most reliable means of contacting them.

Not just limited companies

The RFA system holds data not just on the usual Ltd but also non limited businesses, sole traders and partnerships are included too.  This is a rich source of data for businesses that sell to new businesses that sets RFA data apart from other less comprehensive sources.

Includes sole traders and partnerships

Early stage businesses, even limited companies are often operating from home or renting small premises which change regularly as the business grows.  Locating  decision makers can sometimes be quite tricky but as the home  addresses of directors are also included within the intelligence system, this can often be the best way to make contact.  Directors and owners of early stage businesses are probably more used to receiving business related mailing at home initially as this is probably what they have experienced during the formation of the business.

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richard west Mark Halstead Partner

Mark's experience is big data analytics, financial services and building businesses provides Red Flag Alert with strategic direction.