What is the True Cost of Hiring Your First Employee?

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What is the True Cost of Hiring Your First Employee

The decision to hire your first employee is a big one for any small businesses. It marks a turning point from being a solo entrepreneur to having to manage someone else. Your responsibility increases as they are now relying on you for their living but it also means that you can free up some time to concentrate on other aspects … Read More

Using Video to Effectively Promote Your Business

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Using Video to Effectively Promote Your Business

I have heard at many workshops and networking events of the opportunities there are for small businesses to use videos of themselves to promote their personality, knowledge, unique selling points and their working environment in a far more creative and colourful way than one dimensional words or images. There has been a notable shift over the past few years from … Read More

How to Legally Use Images for Your Business Website

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How to Legally Use Images For Your Business Website

It’s a fairly typical scenario. You’ve developed your business idea, refined your marketing message, acquired a great domain name and your website is nearly ready to go.  All you need now are some great pictures to support your carefully crafted words.  Simple, let’s grab a few pictures from Google images.  As long as there’s no copyright symbol you’ll be fine, … Read More

Developing a Small Business: Tola Health Case Study

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Developing a Small Business Tola Health Case Study

Local business owner, Morag contacted us through the South West Growth Hub initially to get some help with developing her reflexology business, Tola Health. She had been trading for nearly two years at the time but wanted to grow her business to the stage that she could dedicate herself to it full time. We sat down and went through the … Read More

Essential Apps for Small Business Owners

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Essential Apps for Small Business Owners

If you’ve got enough paperwork to fill a small barn, are still mailing out invoices to your clients in the post, or wasting weeks of your life preparing your accounts and receipts then perhaps it’s time to look to technology for the answer. You’re probably already used to using your mobile phone for more than making calls and sending texts. … Read More

6 Practical Ways to Undertake Market Research for Your New Business

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6 Practical Ways to Undertake Market Research for Your New Business

One of the most important and challenging aspects of developing your business idea is conducting market research. Yet, to launch a viable, sustainable and successful product or service you need to be able to answer the following questions: In short, will you be able to make money from the venture? The marketing plan is probably the most critical part of … Read More

How to Market Your Small Business on a Shoestring

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How to market your small business on a shoestring

Okay, so you’ve had a great idea, done your research, put your business plan together and now comes the day you officially start trading. Everything is good, right? Well not exactly. You might have created the greatest product since the iPhone but that’s no good if no-one knows you exist. So what do you do, especially if you’ve got little … Read More

6 Steps to a Great Small Business Brand

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6 Steps to a Great Small Business Brand

Often one of the first questions for any new business starting out is ‘how can I create a professional looking brand?’ Though most people understand that it’s a vital part of creating their business identity, fewer really know what goes into building a successful brand or how to achieve it. It’s certainly not something just for big companies and there … Read More