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Growing Your Business



Overview
 

Once your business is established and you’re making a profit on the products and services you sell to customers, you may want to start thinking about how to grow.

Many businesses think of growth in terms of increased sales, but it’s also important to focus on how to maintain or improve your profitability.

Things you can do to help grow your business include:

  • looking into ways of increasing your sales, both to existing customers and new customers
  • improving your products and services by researching and testing changes with your customers
  • developing new products and services, and selling them to new or existing markets
  • taking on staff or training your current staff, including working with apprentices and mentors
  • looking for additional sources of funding, such as bringing in new investors
  • thinking about selling your products or services online
  • work with a business mentor, who can help you think about how to do all of these things
As your business grows

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You may also find that a different legal structure is more suitable as your business grows.

Get Extra Funding
 

Growing your business, whether through increased sales or improved profitability, often means you need to invest more. You can do this by:

  • investing previous profits back into your business
  • taking out a loan
  • selling shares to outside investors
  • looking for other sources of finance, including government-backed schemes
Find out which types of finance might work for your business.

Professional advisers such as accountants can help you to work out whether it makes financial sense to take on loans or investment. You should take legal advice before taking on new investment in your business.

Find a chartered accountant on the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) website, or a solicitor on the Law Society website.

Taking out a loan

You should make sure that your business will be able to pay back the debt before you take out a loan. Repayments are often made in instalments over a number of years, and you’ll need to pay off any interest on outstanding debts.

If you’re a sole trader looking for a loan, a lender might ask you to provide a personal guarantee or promise to hand over assets like your house or car if you can’t repay the loan.

Selling shares

If you’re thinking of bringing in new investors, they’ll want to know how much your business could increase in value if they buy shares. To work this out, they’ll need to know how much their investment will increase your sales and profitability.

You’ll need to provide potential lenders and investors with a financial model showing:

  • how your business will spend the extra money to increase sales and profitability
  • how initial costs and increased ongoing costs will affect your cash flow
Increases in sales usually only happen after taking on additional costs like employing more staff, moving to larger premises or putting in bigger orders for raw materials. You’ll need to take all of these into account in your financial planning.

Increasing Sales to Existing Customers
 

How you go about increasing sales depends on your circumstances and how your business is performing. You might choose to focus on customers who’ve already bought from you, or you could try to win new customers in your local area, nationally or overseas.

Target your existing customers

The simplest way to increase your sales is to sell more of the products or services you’re selling at the moment to the customers who are already buying them. For most businesses this involves:

• persuading one-off customers to become repeat customers
• finding customers who’ve stopped buying from you and trying to win them back
• selling more of the same products or services to your regular customers

By keeping a record of who your customers are and what you sold to them, you can work out who’s stopped buying from you, and who might consider buying more. Targeting these customers is often a cheaper and more effective way to increase sales than trying to find new ones.

Review your prices


Regularly reviewing your prices and checking them against your competitors can be an effective way of increasing your sales, profits or both.

You should try to estimate the likely effect of different price changes on the sales, cash flow and profitability of your business before making any changes. To do this successfully, you need to understand:

• the ‘cost structure’ of your business (including regular ‘fixed’ costs, and ‘variable’ costs that change according to your business’ activity)
• the value your customers place on your products and services

It’s worth bearing in mind that offering a discount can sometimes reduce your overall profitability, even if your sales go up. Equally, you might be able to make more profit overall by increasing prices, even if you’re selling fewer items.

Small changes to pricing like providing loyalty schemes or bulk discounts can increase sales to both existing and former customers.

Example

A car wash offers free cleaning every tenth visit if customers opt for the deluxe service. Even though they’re giving something away for free, the value of repeat business from loyal customers means that profits go up.

It’s likely that it would’ve cost significantly more to generate the same amount of sales with new customers, resulting in less profit.

You should also regularly check the price you’re selling products and services at against competitors. This will help you find out if you’re:

• losing customers who get the same product or service elsewhere for less money
• sacrificing profitability, because customers are willing to pay more than you're charging them

Attracting New Customers
 

Increasing awareness

One way of finding new customers for your products and services is by increasing awareness in your local area. You can do this by:

• asking your customers to recommend you to their friends and colleagues
• advertising in local media
• using other forms of marketing, including online

You could also talk to potential customers who don’t use your business at the moment and find out what it would take for them to switch from your competition.

Expanding outside your local area

If you want to sell your product or service through new sales channels or markets elsewhere in the UK, there are different organisations you’ll need to work with, including:

• wholesalers
• retailers, including online retailers
• distributors

You could also try using direct marketing to find new customers.

Expanding outside the UK

You might decide to find new customers outside the UK by exporting your products. UK Trade and Investment offers help and resources on successfully selling your products and services to customers in other countries.

Make sure that you’re aware of your legal responsibilities around the sale of goods and services, and data protection.

Improving Your Products and Services
 

If you’re looking to grow your business, start by focusing on your existing customers and their needs. Talk to them and use their feedback to improve your products and services.

Talk to your Customers

Find out your customers’ views on:

• what they’re buying from you, and what they value most about it
• what you could do to make it more useful and valuable to them
• what would encourage them to buy more

Make changes based on feedback

Getting customer feedback should help you to identify ways to improve what you're offering to your current customers. It may also allow you to:

• increase the price you charge to your existing customers
• attract new customers whose needs you weren’t meeting before

Try to ensure that any changes you make will increase your sales and profitability enough to make the time and money you’ll need to invest worthwhile.

If possible, you should test out prototypes of improved products or services with a few existing customers. By doing this, you can get their feedback and avoid making unpopular changes that could harm your business.

Doing this is equally important for all businesses, whether you’re starting up or established, improving an existing product or service, or bringing something new to market.

Think about selling online

Selling your products or services on the internet can:

• help improve efficiency and productivity
• reduce costs
• help you communicate better with customers and suppliers

You can use analytics software to help you understand how customers use your site and show you ways to improve it.

The digitalskills.com guide can help you find out more about selling your product online.

You’ll need to make sure you understand all the costs involved (eg hardware, software, hosting, training, services, maintenance and support, upgrades etc). You must also provide your customers with certain information.

If you’re going to sell online, protect your customers and business with measures to keep systems and data safe from theft or hackers.

Developing New Products and Services
 

If you’re planning to develop new products and services, you should test them with your customers with just as much care and attention as a new business going to market for the first time. 

Is there a demand?

By making sure theres real demand for what you’re planning to sell, you can find out about any problems and fix them before you’ve wasted too much time, effort and money.

1. Talk to existing and potential customers and find out about their needs.
2. If you can, develop a prototype as quickly and cheaply as possible. Work out the minimum investment that lets you find out if you’re meeting a real need.
3. Test it with customers and get feedback. Find out what they’d be willing to pay for it. Try out different prices with different customers in a consistent, realistic way to see what people will really pay. Can you make enough money for a return on the investment you’d need to develop your new product or service?
4. If there are are other businesses competing for your market, think about what will make you different. Can you provide something better than what’s already available? And is it significantly different or better to what you’re already offering?

Benefits of development

By developing new products and services, you can:

• sell more to existing customers (making the most of existing relationships is cheaper than finding new customers)
• spread fixed costs like premises or machinery across a range of products
• diversify the products you offer so you’re less reliant on certain customers or markets

Another way of expanding your product range is by importing goods from overseas to sell in the UK. Make sure you know the rules on things like tax and commodity codes if you’re planning to import.

Business ideas and intellectual property

If you’ve invented something or come up with an original idea that you want to turn into a product or service, you should register it to make sure nobody copies it without your permission. Find out about trademarks, copyright and intellectual property.

You can find local support in England for coming up with business ideas and developing them on the National Enterprise Network website.

Other sources of advice and support include:

• the Design Council’s business resources
• the British Library business and intellectual property centre

You may be able to benefit from developing your idea in partnership with experts in academic institutions through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Hiring and Training Staff
 

As your business expands, you’ll need more capacity to produce or provide your product or service, and a wider range of skills. The easiest ways of achieving this are usually by taking on new staff, or training your existing workforce.

Employing people

By taking on new people you can spread your workload, expand production and take advantage of new and different skills and expertise.

This applies whether you already have employees, or you started your business on your own as a sole trader and are thinking about taking on staff for the first time. Find out about your responsibilities when employing someone.

Apprenticeships


Taking on an apprentice allows you to grow your capacity by investing in people who want to learn. Your business benefits from the skills they develop as they train both on and off the job.

Training your staff

You can improve the range and level of skills in your business by training up existing staff. Giving staff training opportunities can increase their loyalty to your company and their productivity - as well as your profits.

Schemes and organisations that can help you to grow your business through training include:

  • finding training courses specific to your business area through the National Careers Service or Business Events Finder
  • using a business improvement framework, like Investors in People

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Huddersfield brand agency set to highlight the power of design in the North

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Huddersfield-based brand agency, The Engine Room, is set to highlight the power of great design in the North, in a variety of upcoming seminars and workshops. Discussing the impact that design can have on a firm’s bottom line – as well as some of its wider benefits such as cultivating employee advocacy – the company is now encouraging local business leaders and design professionals to attend. The series of four sessions is being kick-started in Leeds on Friday 28th April. Focusing on the topic ‘The Power of the Brand’, The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver will take to the floor of Design Network North’s monthly Rise and Design event. Joined by client Olando Salina of Polyseam, the duo will discuss how they collaboratively achieved an annual sales increase of 744% for the sealant manufacturer, and in turn, won the prestigious Grand Prix for the DBA’s Design Effectiveness Awards. Lesley will then head to The National Festival of Making for the Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) conference on Thursday 4th May. This seminar – taking place at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery – will examine the role of design thinking in driving change and exploring new business opportunities. Design director, Darren Evans, will also share his design expertise at Manufactured Yorkshire on Wednesday 10th May. Discussing how internal branding can help to embed a positive culture, he will shine the attention on the work undertaken with world-renowned manufacturer Cummins. Commenting on why The Engine Room is championing the power of the brand at these events, Lesley said: “Branding is often interpreted as a ‘nice to have’, or even a side-line of marketing efforts. But, as these case studies will show, that’s simply not true! Branding is not an art, it is a strategic exercise that can act as an unrivalled catalyst for growth. “So, whether a business is looking to develop their own brand, or an individual working within the branding industry wants to improve their knowledge, these sessions will give people a real insight into what’s possible!” The fourth workshop is set to take place on Tuesday 16th May at the Museum of London, in conjunction with the DBA. Speaking to other design agencies and commissioners, Lesley will chat about how effectiveness and creativity worked hand-in-hand to deliver real results for Polyseam, which led to the Grand Prix award win. Founded in 2001, Huddersfield-headquartered The Engine Room is run by founding director Darren Evans and MD Lesley Gulliver, and has clients in varied business sectors ranging from manufacturing to health and the public sector.
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Smith Brothers appoints finance director as revenues soar

Thursday 20 April 2017

Following unprecedented success over the past twelve months, Elland-based high voltage electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has appointed Richard King as their financial director. With over 30 years’ experience as a financial adviser, and previous directing roles within SMEs, Richard King brings a wealth of accounting and business expertise at an exciting time in the company’s growth. After a year of significant growth in which turnover increased to over £27m, the power contractor has secured a run of new projects. This will see revenue exceed £40m in the next financial year. Commenting on Richard King’s appointment, director John Smith said: “We’ve expanded our operations massively over the past 12 months, so taking on a financial director was the next logical thing to do. “His impressive track record made Richard an obvious choice for the role, and his effective decision-making and vast financial awareness will be pivotal to our continued growth over the coming year.’ With wide-ranging experience in property, manufacturing, the supply chain and public sector, Richard brings versatile financial management, budget strategy and fundraising skills to the position. He commented: “Joining a fast-growing, end-to-end business like Smith Brothers always brings excitement and challenges in equal measure, but I’m looking forward to both. “The company’s expansion over the past 12 months is certainly something to be proud of, and we’re focused on consolidating that growth this year, with our move to bigger premises and recruitment of additional skilled workers. This will set the groundwork for further expansion into 2018.” Taking charge of the firm’s finances, Richard King joins founders John and Richard Smith, as well as David Ogden and Craig Collinson, on the board of directors. Established in 1990, Smith Brothers works on high voltage power engineering projects up to 132kV, providing turnkey electrical and energy management solutions to a widening client base throughout the UK and overseas.
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Systems consultancy makes senior appointment to support trebled turnover

Tuesday 04 April 2017

A West Yorkshire business systems consultancy has made a senior appointment as the company prepares for three-fold growth. Huddersfield-based All My Systems has recruited experienced business analyst Rob Nightingale. Responsible for devising and configuring process-led technologies for the company’s expanding client base, he will increase capacity in the team as All My Systems prepares for a significant hike in turnover. The five-strong firm has recorded turnover of £145,000 for the current financial year. But early indications show that the company is on track to secure £444,000 of work for the 2017-18 period. The hunt is therefore on for a sixth team member – a second business analyst – to support this next chapter of development, as well as an apprentice. A second office at The Craggs Country Business Park in Calderdale has also been secured, meaning All My Systems now has a rural base to complement the town centre HQ at the 3M BIC in Huddersfield. The young micro-company has had an exciting three years since it was established in the spring of 2014. The brainchild of IT expert Mark Pullar, it has grown to become a respected information systems consultancy which offers the Microsoft technology and expertise to optimise data and processes that fuel business growth. One of the team’s most exciting 2016 projects was a 12-month assignment with KPMG which included the training of 13,000 CRM (Customer Relationship Management) users and the spearheading of a change management programme. But enquiries continue to flood in from both national blue-chip firms and local SMEs, with a CRM and data project for Craggs Energy among the most recent client wins. Commenting on the company’s growth, founder and managing director Mark said: “It’s been a whirlwind time for us, but it feels quite significant that, as we mark three years in business, we’re also projecting three times greater turnover for the next financial year. “I think the evolution of our company to date is also a result of three key factors. We’ve got a highly specialist team, recruited from the local area, with technical skills that you would normally only find in organisations at least five times our size. We’ve also purposefully designed the business, from the outset, to scale it. This means that as we grow, we become even more productive and efficient than before! “But, perhaps most importantly, I think there is an appetite among UK businesses, to turn to niche consultancies, such as ours, as they strive to work smarter. Gone are the days of hiring big, multi-disciplined suppliers, purely because of their size. There is a greater tendency to seek out experts – rather than generalists – with a depth of knowledge in their specific field. This has stood us in good stead to expand and is the real reason why our forward order book is strong.”
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Growth gives private Huddersfield dental practice reason to smile

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Huddersfield-based private dental practice The Courtyard has purchased its fourth premises in the centre of the town, to help pave the way for further growth. The acquisition of 1460sqft of additional space marks the latest phase of significant expansion for the award-winning cosmetic dentistry specialists. With 1,200 registered patients – and plans to enrol a further 300 during 2017 – The Courtyard has evolved to become a 15-strong team. And, with interest in proactive dental care, implants, veneers and Invisalign* continuing to rocket, founder Marcos White has his eyes on the recruitment of four more colleagues before the year end. This ongoing development of staff comes following a £¼ million investment in new dentistry technology over the past two years. As a result, The Courtyard is now the only practice in the North of England with a lab that houses this level of digital scanning, 3D printing and CAD CAM capabilities on-site. And this investment in property, people and processes is set to continue, says Marcos. “I joined this practice in 2003, bought it 18 months later aged 28 and, in 2009, I decided to go private. I wanted to do something different by creating a relaxing environment where people could genuinely feel comfortable, and the ethos of The Courtyard soon began to take shape. “We’ve worked with interior designers from the hospitality industry for example, to ensure luxurious, personalised surroundings that couldn’t be further from the stereotypical clinical setting you get with many practices. And this theme will continue into the fourth premises when work gets underway. We’ve become as renowned for the customer experience as we have for the services we provide. This commitment to quality must therefore be maintained however large we grow.” A four-month renovation project will now take place to turn a two-storey terrace building into the new implant suite. The existing 2900sqft space will then become The Courtyard’s flagship clinical academy. “Whether a patient has been coming to us for a decade, has just become a member, or has been newly-referred from another practice for a more complex treatment, we want to show them just how sophisticated modern dentistry can be,” concludes Marcus. “The expansion of our facilities, and the creation of customer-focused space, is as crucial to that as the skill-sets of our dental experts.” The Courtyard is so-called because the dentistry’s soon-to-be four converted premises surround a cobbled square, tucked away off King Street in Huddersfield town centre. The new building will open in June.
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Momentum Wins Objective Management Group Outstanding Achievement Award

Sunday 26 March 2017

Momentum has been a partner of Objective Management Group (OMG) for nearly 18 months and at the end of 2016, completed it;s first full year as a partner. OMG are the We are the pioneer and industry leader in sales force evaluations and sales candidate screening. Through being a partner of OMG, we are able to help businesses with accurate accurate insights for growing sales, profits and market share. We look at your people, strategies and systems and can tell you whether your people can actually execute the company’s strategies, meet your expectations and belong in the roles they are in. At the recent OMG international partners conference in Boston, Momentum received two awards, one as the best new partner or "rookie" of the year award and an outstanding performance award. We are delighted with these awards and look forward to working with businesses locally to help them increase sales. For further information about how we can help you, then click on the link below:- http://stats.objectivemanagement.com/397
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Trebled turnover prompts office move for high voltage power experts

Tuesday 21 March 2017

A high voltage electrical engineering specialist has relocated to new offices having almost trebled its turnover in the last 12 months. Smith Brothers saw revenue increase substantially to £27m last year, but as orders showed no signs of slowing, the expanding team soon outgrew its previous space on Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield. A 10,000 sqft property on Lowfields Business Park has therefore been bought outright for £700,000, to pave the way for the next chapter of business development. Having moved in to the two-storey premises, the 64-strong team is now concentrating on a busy project schedule. Meanwhile managing director John Smith has his eyes set on the next phase of recruitment. “When we signed for the new office, we invested a further £50,000 in décor and furniture which means we’re now kitted out for the next five years, easily,” he explains. “We’ve room for more people too, so I’m already on the lookout for project managers, skilled labourers, jointers and qualified high voltage electrical engineers, to join our multi-disciplined team. There’s no reason why we cannot double our workforce over the next 4 years.” With a nationwide client base in sectors ranging from commercial and industrial, to offshore and renewables, Smith Brothers specialises in high power projects up to 132,000 volts. In fact it is this ability to comprehensively handle particularly complex electrical engineering assignments, that has seen the team work throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as in overseas countries ranging from Barbados to Azerbaijan. “We’ve now connected close to one Gigawatt of power in the UK alone,” continues John. “I’m proud of the reputation we’ve built up for handling difficult high voltage projects – that’s why we’re securing repeat business with some of the country’s most renowned brands, at the same time as attracting a healthy flow of new enquiries. “Our focus now for 2017, is to consolidate our growth and recruit more talented experts within our niche field. That way we have the skill-sets and infrastructure in place to push for £60m turnover by 2022.” Established in 1990, Smith Brothers continues to be run by joint directors and brothers John and Richard Smith. As an accredited contractor on the Lloyds Register NERS (National Electricity Registration Scheme), the high voltage electrical engineers design, build, install, test and commission safe, energy-efficient and robust network systems up to 132kV.
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Vizulate becomes Approved Supplier on Digital Enterprise scheme

Friday 10 March 2017

Vizulate Digital is delighted to announce that we have been named as an approved supplier on the Leeds City Region Digital Enterprise scheme, which allows eligible small and medium sized businesses across Yorkshire to ‘Invest in Digital’. Running until March 2019, the Digital Enterprise scheme aims to support the growth and development of SMEs in the region through investment in digital skills and technology. Eligible businesses will be able to apply for 40% funding towards the cost of digital projects including digital marketing, social media, web design and development, e-commerce and more – up to a maximum of £5,000. The Digital Growth Vouchers could also fund part of the cost of technology upgrades such as IT and telecoms and, if approved, the business will then only have to cover the remaining 60% of the cost. The Digital Enterprise scheme is a partnership programme which is partly funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority/Leeds city region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the 9 local authorities which form part of the Leeds city region – Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, Bradford, Selby, Craven, Harrogate, York and Wakefield. As approved suppliers on the Digital Enterprise scheme with over 10 years’ experience we are able to offer the full range of digital services including: Website Design & Development E-Commerce Digital Marketing Social Media Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Online Advertising (Google AdWords, Facebook Ads etc.) Video & Animation Integrated Digital Solutions Web Hosting & Email Through our trusted partners we can also provide IT and telecoms solutions. We believe digital marketing represents the single biggest opportunity for businesses to achieve growth.
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Huddersfield Digital Marketing Trainer is only Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Accredited Trainer in the North of England

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Janet Bebb of Social Progress Ltd was recently invited to Facebook International, Ireland to be trained up on Facebook Fundamentals, Facebook Pages, Instagram and Advertising as part of the She Means Business initiative. Janet was flown out to Dublin, with seven other UK digital experts, to learn from the social media giant about their new initiative, She Means Business being delivered in partnership with Enterprise Nation. “Facebook offices were such an inspiring and fun place to be and we all learned a lot from both Facebook and each other” – Janet Bebb, Social Progress Ltd As well as being shown around the Dublin Facebook HQ, these digital experts were trained especially to deliver the She Means Business Programme across the UK, on behalf of Facebook and Enterprise Nation, at nationwide events throughout 2017. The programme is designed especially to encourage budding and existing businesswomen across the UK to develop their businesses and grow their digital skills in 2017. The aim is to provide digital skills training to more than 10,000 women. Not only does the programme involve various events to book onto, but they will also provide resources and support for the women who register onto the programme. “I wouldn’t have been able to set up Social Progress Ltd by myself without the support and advise I received from similar support programmes over 5 years ago. It’s awesome to be able to support more business women to achieve their business goals and realise their potential!” – Janet Bebb, Social Progress Ltd Janet was the only trainer selected from “up North” with the majority of the others being from the London area & Southern Counties. These eight individuals included social media consultants & digital marketers who will each deliver the She Means Business programme in their area, to cover the UK together. For more information and to book visit the Enterprise Nation website: www.enterprisenation.com/shemeansbusiness
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Huddersfield Digital Agency Backs ‘Do It Digital’ Campaign

Monday 30 January 2017

Huddersfield-based digital agency Vizulate Digital is backing a campaign to help an additional one million UK small businesses become more digitally engaged in 2017. Do It Digital is an independent, not-for-profit campaign that looks to highlight resources around the UK, online and off, that can help small businesses take the next step in digital, whatever their current level of skill and engagement may be. Their #100DaysOfDigital social media campaign runs from 22nd December 2016 to March 31st 2017 and will champion a different digital opportunity every day, creating a UK-wide pool of resources for small business. The campaign coincides with new research published from Development Economics, and commissioned by eBay, that found small businesses in Britain without digital infrastructure including a website, social media channels or an online marketplace presence are missing out on £20.2bn in revenue each year. This equates to £20,000 in increased revenue or efficiency savings per business across all sectors. According to YouGov, a quarter (23%) of SMEs surveyed have no website, four in ten (40%) no social media channels and nearly three quarters (72%) lack a presence on an online marketplace. Shockingly, of those surveyed, over half (57%) without a website said they had no plans to change this in 2017, citing a lack of time and expertise as well as security concerns as barriers. Vizulate Director Scott Brant said: “We believe digital, in all its forms, represents the single biggest opportunity for businesses to target new customers, generate leads, and engage with their existing customers. “We’re proud to be taking part in Do it Digital’s #100DaysOfDigital Campaign as we continue to help small and medium sized businesses in Yorkshire and beyond take the digital plunge”. Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said: “Digital knowhow can help firms save money, increase profits and improve productivity, yet too many firms still do not use websites, trading platforms or social media channels. “It is essential we take every opportunity to create the world-leading businesses of tomorrow, so I welcome Do It Digital’s campaign and pledges from other organisations to increase digital skills in small businesses.” Michelle Ovens MBE, director at Do It Digital, said: “All evidence supports the belief that there are clear financial benefits for small businesses embracing digital. But we also know that many don’t have the time or access to the expertise to take advantage of what’s available to them. We want to help change that, one step at a time, by showing that digital needn’t mean a leap into the unknown by giving them access to support and guidance on how to engage in a way that is best for their particular business.” The Do It Digital campaign not only aims to help people take their first steps online but also encourages those already online to engage further and expand their digital horizons. This could include anything from a simple web presence and social media to being able to access a wider market for selling online. Vizulate Digital will be featured in Do It Digital’s 2017 #100DaysOfDigital social media campaign on Sunday 5th March. In the meantime, be sure to follow Do It Digital’s social media channels below for tips and advice each day throughout #100DaysOfDigital or visit https://doitdigital.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DoItDigitalUK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doitdigitaluk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doitdigitaluk/ About Vizulate Digital Vizulate Digital is a digital agency based in Brighouse near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. It provides the full range of digital solutions including mobile-friendly and responsive website design, e-commerce development, digital marketing and video.
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US furniture company moves into Bradford

Thursday 26 January 2017

A leading US furniture company has now set up a UK operation, 'Ace Casual Limited', based in Bradford, from where business is already booming. This UK base signifies the latest chapter in the company's success story. Globally, their X-Rocker multimedia chairs revolutionised the gaming market. With built-in sound and sensory features, they are designed to provide more immersive experiences and added comfort for serious gamers and other multi-media users. In a deal with commercial property landlords Towngate PLC, a 10-year lease has been signed for the 15,900sq.ft. unit on the Euroway Trading Estate. With warehousing height in excess of 6m, loading bays, offices and parking, the recently refurbished hub on the M606 provides the perfect foundation for growth in Europe. “Judging by sales over the Christmas period, the UK has really embraced our innovative furniture concepts," explains Gary Shaw, head of UK operations. "Gaming is big business, with the UK market worth more than £4bn, so we're delighted with the success of our multimedia chairs and have high hopes for our wider product ranges.” At the moment, there is just a handful of staff based at the new premises. However, with the warehouse set to fill up in the coming months, Ace Casual Ltd expects to recruit a number of warehousing staff and additional administration people in the near future. Commenting on this exciting let, Towngate’s property marketing manager Julia Ford said: “We work with both new and established companies throughout Yorkshire and the North West to find properties that will help them to thrive. This unit on the Euroway Trading Estate has fantastic space, with potential for growth and great motorway connections. “Ace’s tenancy is brilliant news for the national gaming market and the regional business economy. I’m delighted they’ve chosen Bradford as their base and we wish the company every success as it pursues its expansion plans.” Hot on the heels of its UK success, Ace is set to expand its portfolio significantly in the European market during 2017 to include indoor & outdoor leisure chairs and tables, unique bean bags and lifestyle furniture for kids, tweens and teens.
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Thursday 27 April 2017, 09:30 - 12:30
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#FSBConnect Networking West Yorkshire
Thursday 27 April 2017, 17:00 - 19:00
Discovery Bay, 12, Wood Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1DG
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Design Network North: Rise & Design - Power of the Brand
Friday 28 April 2017, 08:30 - 11:30
162-163 Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY
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Pinterest & Instagram Mini Workshop
Wednesday 3 May 2017, 14:00 - 16:00
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Google Plus Mini Workshop
Friday 5 May 2017, 14:00 - 16:00
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
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Social Media Marketing and Branding
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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Facebook for Business Workshop
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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Sheards Charity Curry Night
Monday 15 May 2017, 18:00 - 21:00
70, John William Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EH
£20 - 50 places
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Facebook Advertising Workshop
Thursday 18 May 2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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Business Hub Live - Innovation and Research & Development
Wednesday 24 May 2017, 08:30 - 10:30
Firth Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3BD
Free Entry - 50 places
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