Where Can Small Businesses Find Funding In South Africa?

There are more than 2.5 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, however, accessing funding remains still a major challenge for many entrepreneurs. To combat this, the country now has a growing alternative lending sector that is focused on providing funding for this market. SME lending is a massive gap and a global

Free Market Research (Volume 3): Planning to Enter the Luxury Travel Industry? Here are some Interesting Facts…

Tourism in South Africa contributed 1.5 million jobs and R425.8 billion to the economy in 2018, making it the largest tourism economy in Africa, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector released today. The 2018 research shows that the South Africa

Free Market Research (Volume 2): Planning To Enter The General Building Contractor Industry? Here Are Some Interesting Facts…

The South African Cement, Lime and Plastering Industry: The South African cement industry has an installed capacity of over 20 million tons per annum and employs some 16,000 people. A lack of large infrastructure projects and low business confidence has resulted in continued declines in demand for cement products. Industry stakeholders forecast that the current oversupply

Free Market Research (Volume 1): Planning To Enter The Food Delivery Industry? Here Are Some Interesting Facts…

Across the world, people are ordering dinner to the Eiffel Tower, breakfast on Bondi Beach, lunch alongside the Tokyo Imperial Palace and picnics to Emmarentia Dam. The explosion in app-based food ordering is still relatively new and, although many people feel guilty about ordering in, it’s a trend that is not going away any time soon.

Is The Market Ready For A New Type Of Business Plan?

Lately, I’ve been rethinking Business Plans. On the one hand – in the consulting, finance, investor and academic world – what is meant by a Business Plan is a fairly comprehensive research project. It includes a thorough analysis of issues including customers, markets, competitors, pricing, marketing strategies, risks, with detailed multi-paged financial projections looking three-

Planning To Enter The Petroleum Industry? Here Are Some Interesting Facts…

The South African petroleum industry is still in its beginning stages, even though the history of the industry dates to the 1940s. For the first 20 years of the industry, almost zero development took place, except for light exploratory efforts. Then, after less than a decade of international development, another period of almost 20 years

Are You Entering The Craft Soda Market? Here’s Some Free Market And Industry Insights

The Global Craft Soda Market Size was valued at USD537.9 million in 2016. Rising population in developing countries along with the increasing consumer disposable income is expected to have a positive effect on the product industry in the coming years. Moreover, the growing health concerns and raising awareness regarding the use of organic products are

Internet Of Things (Industry 4.0): Free Market Research And Industry Insights

We are heading towards a world where everything is connected, not only online, but also in the physical world of wireless and wearable devices linking cars, with offices, with watches, ovens and street lights. When we add to that the tracking of activities from our smart homes by way of automated thermostats, light fixtures, smart

How Do You Market To Generations Y and Z?

Getting clients and prospects to engage with your start-up business is like learning a new language. It doesn’t simply just happen over a weekend. It takes time and practice to truly become fluent in speaking the “marketing language” of your clients. So what different dialects should you include in your start-up company’s marketing language to

Are You Entering The Food And Beverage Industry? Here Are Some Of The Latest Trends

The Food and Beverage Industry is becoming more competitive with each passing year. The consumer is demanding more and new entrants are offering different approaches to marketing their products. A new era in personalisation is dawning due to the expansion of online and mobile food shopping. As more consumers find modern life to be hectic and

Poultry Industry Focus: Free Market Research To Help Emerging Poultry Farmers

The poultry industry consists of three separate sectors: (1) The day-old chick supply industry (2) The broiler industry, and (3) The egg industry. Overview: Broiler chickens are raised for meat i.e. fresh, frozen or value added (e.g. chicken fingers, saucy steaklets or polony). Egg layers or dual-purpose chickens are used for the production of eggs (they are lighter in weight

Art Industry Focus: Free Market Research To Help New Art Galleries

The ways that buyers access and purchase art have changed significantly over the last 20 years.  In 2016, the most recent year for audited results, global art sales were between US$45 and US$57 billion. Art fairs alone generated US$13.3 billion in sales in 2016, up 5% year-on-year and 57% since 2010, according to the 2017 Art