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Put your money where your heart is Shop local, support your friends, neighbours and yourself. Invest in your community; help to create a stronger and healthier local economy by keeping your money local. Community Sustainability Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact and walkable town centres – which in turn are essential to reduce sprawl, vehicle use, habitat loss and pollution Keep Your Community Unique One of a kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of your local area. They create diversity on your High Street and they often support other local makers and creators. Create Collective Prosperity Locally owned businesses invest more in local labour, contribute more local taxes and spent more time on community based decisions, and creating local events.  In doing so, they create more opportunity for everyone in your community Local Owners Care Local business owners often live in and love your area.  They are less likely to leave and are more invested...

I'm a single mum. I run a home. I have a busy teenage daughter. I manage an small business outsourcing team. And then I manage my own work for clients on a daily basis - so it's not surprising that I'm often asked just how I manage to do so much. And mostly with a smile on my face. First, I'm not always smiling and sometimes my endless cups of fennel tea (I also don't drink any caffeine ever!) go cold and I need to remember to breathe. But it's not often, as I have a few' work rules' I live by that make my business life a lot easier to manage, some of which you might find useful! And if business still feels overwhelming at times, then give us a call and we'll see how we can help! Be Ruthless I’m really ruthless in terms of doing only those things which are...

We all know about hashtags by now right? And you’re know to use hashtags for every day to increase impressions, engagement, and reach? If not, you may want to try! Using hashtags is fundamental to your success on social media platforms.  Hashtags will help you easily and organically grow your social media following by linking together relevant content and interested users across all social media platforms. Some of us post every-day, others like to pick and mix the days across the week, depending on what’s trending or how website analysis is showing their audience spread, so to help you across every day of the week I have compiled the top trending hashtags for every day of the week. If you’re a #girlboss you may also like to check out my 50 Hashtags for Female Entrepreneurs ! Hashtags For Every Day Monday #Monday #MondayFunday #MotivationMonday #MondayMotivation #MotivationalMonday #MantraMonday #MeowMonday #ManicureMonday #MondayMood #ManCrushMonday or #MCM #MusicMonday #FitnessMonday #MagicMonday...

There was a time when social media wasn’t an essential part of growing a small business. But that is no longer the case. Way back in 2012, only 54 percent of small-business owners reported they needed help with social media. Now 72 percent saying that their marketing efforts across the channels that matter, including social, email, mobile and Web, are working. And many of them say they have outsourced professional help to manage this. We all know it’s all about engaging the right audiences with valuable content. The online community has little tolerance for blatant self-promotion viewing social media as a means to free advertising. Given this, small-business owners face a challenge when it comes to striking a balance in using social media, ensuring a balance between engagement, storytelling and out and out promotion. Engagement is rooted in regularly sharing insight and providing value every time you connect with a customer. This builds...

We all like to smile and research shows that learning makes us happier. Researchers have looked into the relationship between education and health and the main pattern discovered was that life-long learning and a love of education has a positive effect on people’s well-being and subsequent happiness. Most people I know love to read and grew up absorbed in novels that expanded our imagination and made us both laugh and cry. We all have our own special memories of childhood reads, novels that inspired us through tough times, books that taught us things we didn't know and the fun books that spread a little happiness and made us smile a little!  So to celebrate World Smile Day we’ve pulled together our top 4 Books to Make you Smile – and one due out in February which we can’t wait for! We hope they make you smile every single time you pick...

Have you ever wanted to get some help in your business but were put off because it felt too hard?  Does the word outsource fill you with dread? Is the thought of getting another person to ‘do’ part of your business nerve-wracking – of course it is, you know your business better than anyone and it’s your baby. When we first start out, we tend to have very little money and so we feel like we must do everything ourselves. Then the business gets busy, life gets a bit frantic. The accounting gets left to the side because we don’t have time. The marketing just doesn’t happen or we post a few bits to Facebook, tweet a bit and send out one e-newsletter that took the best part of a week to get our head around, the blogging just doesn’t happen. And as for updating the website, well that’s a distant dream. If...

                Even with these handy email tips, management of email is cited as one of the most time consuming business management tools we all use every day, with over 48% of people stating that email overload impacts negatively on their productivity. Coupled with constant meetings and chatty colleagues, the daily impact on your output can be huge. So what are some of the ‘golden’ email time saving rules which could save you at least a little time each day? Out of Office The “out of office” feature is great for when you need to focus on an important project or deadline. It’s a brilliant way of letting people know not to expect a reply until a given time or date. Use the phone instead Do you need to pop it on email? There are some things that can be communicated, and often better, by telephone or face-to-face rather than through email. Would a quick phone call...

Overwhelmed by Social Media? When I first started looking at how to best work with Social Media for my business, and for the two small arts businesses my teenager has set up, it felt like a huge mountain to climb in unfamiliar territory and with jargon that was as clear as mud. Which site to use most, how to plan a strategy, what would the benefits be? Do you find all the Social Media options confusing? Not know why you need to use it, or which option might be good for your business? Or once you've chosen, how to make it work for you? Can you optimise your social media and use it to generate real, tangible and invoiced work? Are you confused by how social media could help your business today? Small businesses can grow and succeed using social platforms but the choices and options are vast. However, its worth considering...