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Financial Planning Your New Business

Good financial planning is a vital requirement of starting a business and has complex aspects, particularly in the cash flow projections.

Tax, VAT, payment terms, debt collection, projections and credit ratings amongst others are all areas where expert opinion and assistance is most advisable.

However, there should be equal emphasis on the business owner really understanding the nuances of the financial plan themselves.  An expertly (externally) created plan is much less valuable than one where the business owner properly knows precisely what they need to do to deliver it.

You have probably seen the famous dragons den team dishing out the scorn and mocking any prospective entrepreneur seeking funding when they don’t actually ‘know’ their numbers!  But more than this, it is a legal issue too – as the business owner, any failing to properly conduct the business is your legal responsibility and so, ‘knowing’ your numbers is something essential to all businesses.

A professional advisor who can translate and explain the more technical side of financial planning is much more valuable than a mathematical and technical approach.  Ultimately, you need to take responsibility for your business and its financial performance.

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Understanding cashflow
 

Every business needs to be effective in managing the money coming in and going out.

Making and invoicing sales is great but you need to keep the cash coming in as you will always need to have money in the business to pay the bills!

Effectively managing cash flow forms the life blood of any business and needs to be one of the key priority areas for anybody running a business.  Constant awareness of the value of your debtors against the liabilities owed to your creditors and the cash reserves you have in hand are vital if your business is to run successfully and function as a commercial viable enterprise.  You often see established businesses blame cash flow for their demise and setting this discipline as a priority is always a good habit for a new business to adopt to avoid a similar fate.  Not having enough cash within the business to satisfy your creditors on demand can be fatal.  Monitor it closely and manage it with diligence.

There are a number of good business practices you can utilise that will keep your business cash flow healthy and free from excessive burden.

  • Sales forecasting – use your knowledge of the market trends and demands to make sound assumptions about where and how much you will sell.  Having an accurate estimation of what income you will generate will be extremely beneficial in assessing the financial needs of the business.  You will need to factor in market trends which should show variations where you may sell more or less and the impact that can have on your cash flow.  This may require you to have significantly more finance available and having a clear vision of what is likely to happen will help avoid potentially serious consequences.
  • Credit control – dealing with customers is not just about marketing and selling to them.  You need to ensure you get paid for what you have supplied and when payments are due.  Providing credit is how most B2B businesses run, but agree your terms with your customers at the outset and stick to them.Make sure customers are checked for creditworthiness prior to trading with them and ensure your payment terms and conditions are clearly understood by them.  Make sure you are diligent about late payments and don’t be scared of penalising late payers with interest on amounts outstanding.  You aren’t a bank and the only cash flow that will suffer is yours.  It might be workable for you to offer discounts for early settlement of invoices but the main thing is that you issue them at the agreed time and ensure they are paid on the due date.
  • Controlling costs – removing costs or saving on the cost of running the business is always something that is worth reviewing on a continual basis.  The savings you achieve go straight to the bottom line as profit!  This can involve anything from your fixed or variable costs but obviously needs careful consideration to ensure it doesn’t adversely affect the business.  Things like savings on utilities or monitoring suppliers for the best value are good examples of areas you might look.<

Being diligent about the health of your business requires a clear understanding of cash flow and you need to be aware of any issues or problems well before they are significant enough to be fatal to your business and also allow you to take prompt action to mitigate against them.

You could also talk to specialist funders about a finance system called ‘factoring’ or ‘invoice discounting’ where they essentially lend money to you based on the invoices you have raised.  This can be an effective form of generating positive cash flow but remember that there will always be a fee to pay for this.

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Your personal survival budget
 

It is always important that you establish what you want from your business in regard to your personal financial reward.

As part of your initial planning for your business, you should establish what your Personal Survival Budget figure is.

Do you need to carry on with your employed work and run your start-up ‘part time’ or do you want to throw yourself into it full time and require an income from the off?  Either way, (or any variation on that theme), you need to ensure that you have carried out a full assessment of what the business needs to provide you with personally, (to achieve your minimum survival budget), and calculate this into the forecasts developed within the business plan.

You have to be confident that the business can generate this ‘Personal Survival Budget’ level of income to sustain you otherwise you will have to reconsider your options.  Clearly this is not being pessimistic but realistic – running a business can be hard work and you need to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

This thinking needs to include factors such as rent / mortgage, council tax, bills, food, car running costs, insurance, etc.  But also remember to factor in the costs of the business too – printing and marketing costs, premises, wages, overheads and so on.

Don’t ignore your Personal Survival Budget as you need to be confident that you can last the tough times.

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Start up costs
 

Keeping start up costs to a minimum is a natural instinct.  However, taking this approach can sometimes contradict activity that the business would ideally like to do in order to get the best possible start.

The main thing is that you spend money on what is essential for the business to function well from the outset but don’t waste funds on extravagant extras or perceived “must haves”.  Your business planning should assess the costs of every aspect of your start up.  In that way, you should end up with a ‘shopping list’ that has defined costs for essential expenditure without taking on excessive debt or ending up with a lack of funds for working capital to support successful progress.  A well considered budget needs to include all the initial start up expenditure and the operating costs for at least the first 12 months.

There are several ways to reduce costs both in the pre-start phase and when you begin trading and a good business plan will certainly help to identify areas where opportunities exist to maximise the savings.

  • Premises – one of the biggest start up expenses … do you really need them to begin with?  One option could be to start from home or use a virtual office or even office share with someone else?  This decision will obviously depend on the type of business but is certainly worth considering until the business has money to invest in taking on its own premises.
  • Machinery or equipment – assess options which don’t require full payment.  Look at leasing/rental, lease purchase, hire purchase or other asset based finance.  Although this will require a deposit (typically anything from 10 – 30%) any subsequent arrangement will allow you to spread the full costs over a manageable period of time and can have added value benefits such as tax advantages and access to free upgrades for example.Virtually anything can be obtained on this basis, from office furniture to high value capital items, but lending restrictions may apply and you would need to do your research to ensure your eligibility under the finance provider’s criteria.  Some will even consider second hand or used equipment and the opportunity to save even more money.
  • Professional fees – look to spread the costs.  Most accountants and legal firms now have funding packages which will allow you to spread the start-up costs cost over a period of time to avoid large “one off” bills.
  • Supplier support – you could ask for credit from suppliers (or even extended credit terms).  This can sometimes be difficult for a new business with no credit history (and often the opposite could be true and you have to pay before goods or services are supplied.  The thing is, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.With the right approach you may be able to gain some support from suppliers, particularly if they feel there is the potential for a long term relationship – your success will benefit them as well.

You need to carry out a full assessment of your start-up costs. The following list isn’t exhaustive but can include –

 

  • Equipment/machinery – not just the purchase but it can also include delivery (particularly relevant to large items), site preparation and installation / commissioning.
  • Premises – start-up costs include things like deposits (leasing or buying), refurbishment, decoration, utilities installation, security equipment, adjustments for Health and Safety compliance and fixtures and fittings are typical examples.
  • Insurance – professional indemnity, product, buildings and contents, goods in transit and employers cover could be relevant to your particular enterprise.
  • Vehicles – any insurance associated with running a commercial vehicle as well as the initial purchase or start-up costs for a lease.
  • Professional fees – accountants, solicitors, business coaches or mentors and specialist consultants all carry costs and will invariably be required as part of your start up.
  • Start up stock or raw materials (real or virtual) – anything you require that goes into your product or service.
  • Marketing – anything associated with promoting and selling your products and services will need including. Marketing collateral such as websites, brochures, leaflets, signage and advertising are the obvious ones but also things like business cards and anything you might use at exhibitions or events are other examples. Your website and branding will likely be two significant costs within your marketing budget and an essential part of how you will promote your business (and make your first sale of course).
  • Staff – if relevant, anything associated with employing people and it can also include things like corporate clothing or training costs as well as the set up of compliance elements such as employee contracts, handbooks and terms – another recent development is the requirement to provide a work place pension under the Auto Enrolment legislation which will again carry a start-up cost.

These are the main areas of consideration for start-up costs but there could be others which need looking at in relation to your particular area of business.  Consider things like licences (or anything regulatory) or trade association membership costs which may be beneficial to your venture gaining more business.

A big part of this exercise is to work out your fixed costs (overheads) for the business over the first year on a month by month basis.  This needs to include anything you will have to pay even if you don’t make a sale such as rent/mortgage, rates, IT and communication bills and utilities charges for example.

In addition, you need to factor in your wages or drawings to ensure the business will provide you with what you require and, if relevant, include everything associated with employing people.
Having worked out your start up and first year costs, you will need to do a critical analysis of these against your sales forecasts to ensure the venture has viability.  If there are any aspects of the business proposition which cause concern, you may have to review your plan to either reduce costs or look at a areas where you can increase sales.

Becoming established after taking your start-up costs into account can take some time for any new enterprise and although some turn a profit in the first year many will only break even or possibly show a loss.  This isn’t unusual and providing you can see an upward curve into profit as you progress beyond the critical first year, and demonstrate it to any funders, that is an acceptable and recognised scenario for start up businesses.

The key thing is that you are realistic and honest about the path your business will take.  If you accurately assess and estimate what funds will be required for the start up and sustainability of the business over the first year you increase your chances of survival.  It is worth noting that whatever figure you arrive at, its wise to build in a small contingency for anything that might come along unexpectedly.

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Sources of finance
 

You need to work out how you are going to finance your business and raise the funds to make a start.

Unless you have plenty of spare cash (in the experience of Yorkshire Powerhouse this is highly unlikely!) the odds are you will be looking to use a combination of personal investment from savings, family or friends and then seeking other investment – normally approaching funding providers and sources of finance that are commercially motivated.  It’s well recognised that many institutional funders can be difficult to access when you are setting up, but a well defined business plan will give you the very best chance to persuade any potential funders to lend to you.

Raising finance from personal sources can come in numerous forms but most commonly from savings.  Other assets that are regularly used could be things such as equity release, selling shares or money paid as part of a redundancy package.

Family funding (and friends) is also common but there are some golden rules around how you do this to ensure everybody fully understands the basis on which the money is provided.  Family (particularly parents) have a vested interest in seeing you do well and can be willing participants in supporting your venture.

You have a responsibility to make sure that they are not investing money that could put them in difficult position, both now or in the future, should anything go wrong.  Not to do so would be reckless and could seriously damage your personal relationships in the future should the worst come to the worst.  There should always be a written agreement, signed up to by all parties, which clearly states on what basis the money is provided.  This could be a loan – interest free or confirming what rate of interest is to be charged and over what time period, shares or equity in the business and what percentage of ownership.  If you’re really lucky, it may be gifted!
One of the key aspects to remember is that it is almost certain that commercial lenders or sources of finance such as a bank or private investor will want to see a personal financial commitment from you to give them the confidence and willingness to invest and take on the risk.

External sources of finance for a start up business can come in many forms and it can often be the case that there is a combination of funders who see joint support as a way of mitigating risk.
As you would expect, start up businesses are classed as ‘high risk areas’ for funders and its no surprise that a robust business plan is vital to get “buy in” from organisations which are potential sources of finances. The main sources of finance are best looked at individually:

  • Banks – most peoples first port of call when they consider sources of finance for a business start up.  It is always worthwhile engaging with them asap and certainly before you have spent any of your personal investment in the business.  Most banks have start up business banking offers and they can provide loans, overdraft facilities and credit cards to allow you to access finance.  They will scrutinise your business plan in some detail and you have to be prepared to undergo a rigorous process to achieve a successful outcome.  Additionally, it is not unusual to be asked to provide personal guarantees (PG’s) if you are borrowing money and these debts will then be secured against your personal assets.
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  • Other funders – there are many business support organisations who can offer a wide range of loans outside banks.  Enterprise agencies, local authorities, government backed schemes and Chambers of Commerce are all examples of organisations who can be considered as sources of finance and many are specifically to support start up businesses.  They can often be what is called “lenders of last resort” and this often means you will pay slightly more interest … but as they are tailored to operating in a higher risk area of business finance, they can be much more “user friendly” to work with.  Their due diligence will still require you to provide a well constructed business plan that shows the viability of your venture.
  • Specialist funders – this relates mainly to areas around specialist asset finance providers (banks can also provide this).  This is where you purchase machinery or equipment for the business and pay for it over a period of time before you own the asset outright.  You will obviously have to pay interest but it allows the business to buy expensive items without the high cost of outright purchase.  The funding is secured against the asset being purchased.  This can also include leasing where you don’t ever own the asset but pay to utilise it over a fixed period (vehicles being a common one) for a monthly or annual payment.  Although it’s not always easy for a new business to access this kind of funding, it can be very beneficial and often includes tax advantages.  It is certainly worth the effort to research and speak to providers if it is relevant to what you are doing.
  • Remortgaging – when considering sources of finance, this option carries higher personal risk and is dependent on the agreement of your mortgage provider but this could be a viable alternative to more conventional areas of funding.  The cost can be more attractive and paying it back can be spread over a longer period of time.
  • Investors – they will look for a share and take equity in your business in return for the finance provided.  They can be organisations or individuals but their motives are somewhat different to other funders.  Equity based investment shouldn’t be something to be afraid of – it can often be the springboard to rapid success for the business.  You could potentially achieve something in a much shorter time ‘with an investor’ that may take you years without.  They will want a return on their money (and will normally have an exit strategy) but basically they are speculating on your success.  The business plan for an investor tends to need much greater detail and in-depth analysis of the venture.  Individual investors tend to be interested in areas or sectors of business they are familiar with.  The can often add value through greater involvement but they will want some representation in your business.  There are investors who specialise in start ups but the main thing is that you fully understand the implications of taking on an investor and be aware of what you give away and whether it helps you achieve what you want.
  • Credit cards – whilst it is never recommended that you run your business through personal finance and banking facilities, the availability of personal credit and the many attractive deals on credit cards can provide a viable source of funding for a start up.  It should only be considered as a relatively short term option (dependent on offers available and over the critical first 12 – 18 months of the new business) and without being reckless.  If there is an opportunity to purchase something that is needed for the business and that can be paid for over a period without interest, it is worth considering.  Always understand the terms and conditions that apply.
  • Crowd-funding – a relatively new kid on the block but it is an extremely viable option for start ups looking for sources of finance.  It is basically equity investment but spread over numerous investors (the crowd!) who tend to invest smaller amounts in businesses that attract them not purely for high financial returns (although they do hope for a return) but for more emotive reasons.  This is becoming increasingly popular and there are a number of online platforms available through which you can access crowd-funding and have your portfolio of investors managed for you.  It is imperative that you research these thoroughly to ensure legality and that their criteria fit within what you want for the business and any future implications.
  • Grants – less available these days (in our opinion about as common as hens teeth!) but very useful if you can find a fund within whose criteria you fit.  Grants are money which is provided from government sources that are designed to stimulate certain types of commercial activity and it doesn’t have to be paid back.  They are normally dependent on job creation, business growth or investment in new or environmental technology but they are all linked to things which promote successful businesses.  There will invariably be an application process and it can vary greatly in the depth and detail required.  It is also normal that any grant awarded is subject to other funding also being injected into the business with the specific ratios varying per grant.  The key thing is to ensure you fit the criteria for the grant you have identified – too many times people try to make the business fit the grant rather than the other way round and this can cost you a very precious commodity – time!
  • Suppliers – similar to specialist funders above. Many suppliers of anything from your office furniture and equipment to heavy machinery can offer you their own asset based finance.  Again, research to see what you can find.

With all the options of sources of finance available to you, make sure you FULLY understand your obligations, responsibilities and liabilities in regard to any funding you agree or sign up to.

Whilst we are very much talking about success with a new venture, there is still a degree of risk and you need to be aware of the implications should things not go to plan.  This is something all commercial sources of finance will consider when balancing risk.

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Interested in Finding Out What Business Banking Can Do To Help Grow & Develop Your Business

Thursday 12 April 2018

On the 25th April 2018 Matt Caie, who is Barclays Business Manager in Huddersfield, will be with us in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre on Firth Street, Huddersfield. Matt specialises in Business Banking, seeking to help grow and develop businesses through regular contact and advice and assisting companies in overcoming the challenges faced in meeting goals. Why not pop along to our Business Engagement Centre between 1pm and 4pm to have a chat and get some no obligation, business banking advice for your company! Look out for future dates/times that Barclays and other Business Support Specialists are with us and remember, the Business Engagement Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to help address the bespoke needs of your business and to provide no obligation, impartial advice and solutions or just a general chat about your company and any challenges you face. We look forward to seeing you!
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Huddersfield Business Coach Launches Service for Community Benefit Organisations

Thursday 12 April 2018

Natasha McCreesh, the founder of coaching and mentoring business PIP to Grow Strong, has launched a monthly coaching and mentoring clinic for Kirklees based third sector organisations. The clinic, known as KOKO sessions (Keep On Keeping On), will provide organisations with the insight required to help them grow strong and sustainably enabling them to continue to deliver the work they undertake in the community. Natasha’s commercial industry background, which includes almost 10 years working for Jacuzzi Group in roles such as product development, marketing and purchasing, provides a unique opportunity for interested organisations to benefit from her vast experience and in particular her ability to positively challenge organisations and help them in finding their way forward. Natasha says: “Although I am a trustee for Hoot Creative Arts and a volunteer supporter of the Huddersfield Town Foundation, this alone just didn’t feel like enough! I want to offer a service which positively impacts upon my own community and the KOKO sessions are meant just for that.” Vicky Brennan, Business Development Director at Hoot Creative Arts said: “Natasha has been an incredible support to our organisation giving us so much more than we ever asked for or thought was possible. Natasha offers an untapped amount of energy and positivity and is so refreshing to engage with. She is always keen to learn and understand a whole picture that enables her to tailor her offer and support. We have never felt like one of many clients but really her only client, this approach is driven from a clear values base resulting in an authentic offer. Natasha sees the value in the work our sector does, she sees how it transforms lives and she is truly inspired by our sectors ability to give, therefore you quickly recognise a strong sense of giving within her approach that makes working with her a joy.” To discover more and sign up to the KOKO Sessions, visit http://piptogrowstrong.co.uk/koko-sessions/
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Global Branding Agency Announces Launch of Accelerator Hub to Support Yorkshire Creative & Tech Start-Ups

Tuesday 03 April 2018

Elmwood, the world’s most effective brand design consultancy, is set to launch its first accelerator programme in June 2018. Elmwood LaunchPod is a unique project bringing creative and technology start-ups together into a thriving creative community, collaborating with them over a 12-week programme designed to take their businesses to the next level. Initial details about Elmwood LaunchPod, which will be hosted at Elmwood’s studio in Leeds (United Kingdom), have been released today, with the official launch of the accelerator programme taking applications from Monday 16th April until Friday 8th May. The inaugural accelerator programme is aimed at promoting the development of innovative consumer health start-ups, with Elmwood inviting both technology and creative (STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) businesses who are innovating how people manage their health to improve their quality of life. As a global brand design consultancy, Elmwood is uniquely placed to o?er start-ups the guidance and support they need to ensure sustainable business growth beyond the 12-week programme. By bringing emerging technology and creative businesses into their community, they hope to discover how technological innovation can enhance brand experiences for both clients and consumers. Elmwood anticipates working with 5 start-ups when the 12-week accelerator programme commences, helping to support the next generation of entrepreneurs who are already hard at work to bring emerging ideas to market that will shape the future of consumer health. Throughout the 12-week programme, successful applicants will receive specialist insight from a world-class community of marketers and creative designers and free workspace at Elmwood’s creative and dynamic studio. Participating start-ups will also have access to expertise across Elmwood’s industry-leading global clients as mentors, as well as access to investors. Sarah Dear, managing partner at Elmwood and managing director of Elmwood LaunchPod, commented: “This is a unique project bringing together businesses with breakthrough ideas propelled by the power of design. “The future inevitably starts with an idea and some of the most innovative ideas are found among start-up businesses. Elmwood prides itself on being at the intersection of creativity and innovation and we’re looking forward to supporting the aspirations of health-focused entrepreneurs who are eager to develop the next generation of consumer health experiences into successful businesses that help improve people’s lives.”
Posted by KC Communications
Harrogate to Host Digital Knowledge Conference

Tuesday 06 March 2018

Harrogate Convention Centre is set to host the “Go Digital – Live” conference on the 23rd March. The conference, which is organised by the Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the Digital Enterprise programme in partnership with BQ Live and Stray FM, is open to all SME’s in the Leeds City Region who are looking to boost the digital knowledge enabling them to upskill and grow their businesses through advances in technology The one-day conference which opens with a keynote speech from Deputy Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, Cllr. Graham Swift will also provide delegates with access to a range of industry experts including Becky Boyd from the Google Digital Garage who will be giving insight on digital advertising, Leeds Beckett University will be discussing the rise of chatbots and how to implement them into your business successfully, while Pascal Fintoni of Arclight marketing and Media will be offering advice on how to launch your own live video show. In advance of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit will also be advising on advances in cybercrime and how to mitigate the impact cybercrime has on companies and their customers. With up to 150 delegates anticipated to attend the conference, they will have the opportunity to register in advance to “Meet a Mentor” providing the ability to obtain on the day one to one support. To end the conference, there will be a Q & A Panel Session hosted by leading digital and tech specialists. A range of exhibitors will also make up the conference, providing delegates with the ability to discover some of the region’s most successful digital technology-related businesses.   To register for the event, visit https://www.godigitallive.co.uk/
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GDPR

Friday 23 February 2018

Our GDPR event March 1st is sold out! However, we do have a waiting list, so if you haven't got a place, please message or call and speak with Lucy 01484 541155
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Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Following on from the huge success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March. The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow. Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day. This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme. Running alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones. Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said: ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.” Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress. Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment. For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter. To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.
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Inspiration for Greenhead College business class from ex student entrepreneur

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Business students at Greenhead College were handed some sound advice from two local entrepreneurs. Harley Cooper and Ellie Gilbert showed the A-level students what can be achieved with a bit of self-belief, resilience and risk taking. The duo set up Avalon Mae Social Media Marketing, which has found a gap in the market for providing social media marketing services to small firms and self employed individuals such as hairdressers who want to maximise their online presence. Ellie, an ex-Greenhead student who took part in the Real World Economics event and the annual New York trip, spoke to more than 80 students and explained that young people had a lot to offer in their line of marketing as they have grown up with social media. Mark Mitchell, head of business and economics at Greenhead College, said: “Having young entrepreneurs from our alumni visiting like this is highly inspirational and helps show students that there is an alternative to the traditional educational route after Greenhead. “If you have a great business idea – just go for it!”
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Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
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Social Progress at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

Monday 23 October 2017

Social Progress, a Social Media & Digital Marketing Agency from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has been crowned one of the winners in the Yorkshire and Humber heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy. The Best Use of Social Media award winner, Social Progress will now go forward to represent the Yorkshire and the Humber region in the national finals, which take place in London in November. Janet Bebb, Owner & DM of Social Progress said: “The announcement took us completely by surprise. We entered but never thought we’d be selected as Regional Winners. “The entry showcased the interactive social media software we’ve developed called Big Screen Social that can be used at events. It’s a highly visual Twitter & Instagram Wall which, because of the unique visual presentation, is designed to encourage delegates, sponsors and exhibitors to post throughout the day or evening using the event’s specific hashtag. This gives added media exposure to the event. “Big Screen Social is going down a storm at conferences, award evenings, etc. Mid Yorkshire Chamber have used the software at two of their events this year, the Kirklees Business Conference and the Wakefield Business Conference. Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “Businesses are the backbone and driving force of the UK economy. Even in the face of uncertain times, they continue to show their resilience and strength – creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth. “Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions, and the calibre of entries this year was no different. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work. “The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business communities’ achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of UK businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.” Social Progress is a Yorkshire based Social Media Agency specialising in social media strategy, social media training and social media content management on behalf of clients. Our client base stretches from micro-businesses to large corporations and all training and services are tailored to suit their requirements. We ensure training is suitable for the individuals involved and tailor the teaching to suit their skill-level and learning pace to ensure they make the most of the training and feel confident enough to go away and have a go themselves. We offer Content Managed Packages for clients who wish to out-source their social media management ranging from low-level to detailed social media strategy and support. All packages can also have additional training bolted onto them to ensure the client is confident to manage their own social media after a time. Social Media Strategy Packages help to focus business owners and marketing department on the what, why, how and when of using social media for business. We help give them a purpose to using social media and help them to use if more efficiently and effectively. We also strive to encourage authenticity and to show their personality through their social media channels/activity. We’ve also developed a highly interactive and visual Twitter & Instagram Wall called Big Screen Social which is designed to enhance any event. Be that conferences, exhibition stands, award evening, charity functions, festivals, music concerts, weddings & parties. Big Screen Social can be purchased to use for a day or on an ongoing basis by event planners, social media agencies, PR agencies, advertising and marketing agencies and AV technicians. The display posts using a given hashtag. It can be moderated and customised to suit the branding of the event.
Posted by Social Progress
A Cure for Cabin Fever!

Monday 02 October 2017

As a Sole Trader, Freelancer, Consultant, Nomadic or Home Worker we all know how challenging it can be to work on your own, by your own. As an answer to the lack of social connection, creative thinking, strategic brainstorming, professional critique or just a chinwag with other professionals, Co Up is launching Sole Trader Social. A quarterly meetup that turns the 'standard networking event' on its head. First and foremost it is a social event that encourages individuals to get out more and meet with other like-minded professionals in a relaxed environment. Danny Bulmer, Founder of Co up says... "We've all been there - either when starting up a new business, being a sole trader or working remotely or in your kitchen. Whilst we have some luxuries to hand, we as human beings lack the social connections and the serendipitous moments of working with others. These moments are often where new discoveries, developments and ideas flourish. Some of the best ideas, business concepts and conversations are often had down the pub, in a cafe or around the kettle. These are places where people can feel more at home and open to new ideas and are possibly more comfortable in expressing themselves. Sole Trader Social is a space where professionals and entrepreneurs will hopefully feel part of a community of like-minded individuals. The social aspect is important but these meetups definitely help to develop oneself, your wider network and your businesses in very a natural, unforced and productive way" The Sole Trader Social kicks off on Thursday 8th October at 5:45pm-7:45pm at Co Up in Slaithwaite and will run quarterly from thereon in. Find out more on their website: www.co-up.co or on the Co Up Facebook page.
Posted by Co Up.
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