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Pre-planning Your Business Idea

You should do enough pre-planning, but not too much! The real key to pre-planning is to do enough to ensure that the idea is sound, what you are going to do, how you are going to do it and how quickly.  First convince yourself!

It is a great idea to have people to test that plan against, people who have succeeded in writing plans and operating against them.  An experienced eye will spot the over ambitious plan or any misconceptions in that all important cash flow plan.

The guidance of ‘do a plan’, ‘half the sales’, ‘double the time’, ‘treble the costs’ and then check if you can survive is a real sound adage and one that Yorkshire Powerhouse strongly recommend – too many new start businesses fail because they simply ignored warning signs or potential issues at this stage.

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Your business idea
 

Many sources can be the basis for you to generate a good business idea.  It’s fair to say that most are influenced by existing skills, your previous experience or the knowledge that you already have … often coming from your existing work or from a hobby or pastime that you enjoy.

Exploring all your options is vital to turning an idea into a viable business.

In addition, it’s worth considering the points below which can help with the process of business ideas generation but always remember that thorough research is required to ensure the idea has the potential to be a successful enterprise.

  • Do what you are doing – the simplest and most straightforward approach.  Examples might be an accountant for a company who sets up their own practice … or a tradesman, (joiner, electrician, plumber, etc), who becomes self employed.  The key here is to ensure you plan and understand how you will make it pay as your own business.
  • Turning your hobby into a business – can be a very rewarding way to generate a business idea as it will be something that you enjoy and invariably already have the skills and knowledge needed.  Don’t just look at the core idea but ways you can expand or adapt it and make the offer more unique.  As ever, it is about making sure that it can work as a business.
  • Look for a problem that needs solving – it is often said that necessity is the mother of invention but really it’s inconvenience!  Although totally unique ideas are rare, and you ‘could’ have one of those, its always worth looking at things that cause inconvenience or irritation to people and seeing if you can generate a business idea that solves the problem.
  • Make a better one – there is nothing wrong with a “me too” approach and taking an existing business concept and improving it can provide an extremely viable basis for your own commercial venture.
  • Trends – many people have taken inspiration from the world around them to start a business that has become successful.  There are so many different sources from travel and culture to fashion and music which can generate ideas.  Seeing the opportunity is one thing but research and planning are what will turn it into a viable enterprise.
  • WWW – the web can offer countless opportunities to generate and explore business ideas and in many ways is similar to the point above.
  • Family and friends – talking to them can be a great starting point to generating business ideas but it also offers the opportunity to tap into a broader skill set and explore a possible joint venture.  It could well be that somebody you know has a complimentary skill set that, alongside yours, could be a winning combination as a business.  Think Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple – one had the eye for a business and marketing opportunities and the other a computer genius!  The rest is history.

However you arrive at your business idea, the key is in the research to show the concept has potential as a business.  Initially all you will invest is time but it is time well spent and something which is a repeatable process until you arrive at “the one”.  Then its down to the business planning!

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What makes an entrepreneur
 

BIG decision!!  Before you start planning a business venture you need to consider a number of things.  Not least is a critical analysis of your personal attributes, experience, knowledge and skills that will make your business successful.  Knowing yourself can help you develop a business plan for a successful and sustainable business.

Have I got what it takes to be an Entrepreneur?
Having drive, ambition and desire are all fantastic qualities to undertake a business idea or proposition and the ‘business idea‘ is only the starting point.  Success in business is built on a number of factors but making sure you aren’t a liability to own start-up goes without saying.

Experience, knowledge and skill in your area of business will be crucial when running your enterprise.  It’s vitally important you understand where any gaps might exist and take the necessary steps to mitigate the risks by filling them.  Detailed research and additional training and support might be needed to ensure any shortcomings are fully addressed.

This doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t entertain a commercial idea where you have no business experience … but the chances of being a successful entrepreneur are very slim unless you take time to gain insight and knowledge in the particular business area you are considering.  Wanting to be a chef and opening a restaurant isn’t a good idea if you can’t even boil an egg!

If you feel sure that running your own business is the right thing for you, there are certain personal qualities which will significantly enhance the potential for a successful outcome.  You don’t need them all in abundance, as running a business will develop you personally by its very nature, but it would be desirable to have the following to some degree:

  • Realism – this is the most crucial quality.  This is not about curbing ambition or enthusiasm but ensuring you understand your abilities to run a business and, indeed, the potential for that business.  Being unrealistic in your expectations can nose dive your proposition before it gets off the ground and the consequences of not keeping your feet firmly planted can be fatal for your business.
  • Drive and determination – anybody who says starting a business is easy has probably never done it! You have to be prepared to push through any number of barriers, setbacks and disappointments … giving up at the first sign of a problem isn’t going to cut it.
  • Confidence and belief – having belief in yourself will transfer to suppliers, customers and stakeholders (funders for example) alike. If you exude confidence you have a far better chance of winning that order, getting that loan, opening supplier credit etc.  As the old saying goes “if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to?”  Never was it truer than when starting and running a business.
  • Passionate – you need to be a real evangelist for your business – your belief will pull others to you.
  • Resourcefulness – as previously stated, there is nothing easy about starting and running a business.  You will constantly have to adapt your thinking and get creative on a daily basis to overcome obstacles.
  • Energy and enthusiasm – unlike working for somebody else, running a business can often require long hours and a dedication to the cause.  You have to be prepared to put in the hours and drive your business forward.
  • Awareness and vision – a successful entrepreneur will often hold common traits and one of them is the ability of the owner/founder to understand their market environment.  They have a clear vision of what they want the business to be and become in the future.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you want to take over the world (or maybe you do) but does mean you have goals and a level of clarity around how you will achieve them.
  • Communication – This is about talking AND listening.  From telling people about your business to dealing with employees, amongst many other things, the ability to communicate effectively is vital for your business.  The thing here is people; and you need to get your message across clearly and understand the information coming the other way.  Added to this is also the ability to take on board advice, criticism and feedback; process it effectively and use it to your advantage.
  • Organisation and self discipline – this is an easy one to describe but often the hardest to practice.  Being an entrepreneur means you are often spinning numerous plates and to ensure you don’t drop and break any is a real art.  You will deal with customers, suppliers, banks, accountants and many more (possibly employees as well) who will all want a piece of you to varying degrees.  In and amongst this you also have the small matter of supplying your product or providing your service as well as numerous other tasks (not all of them particularly enjoyable) around administration of the business.  The list could go on but sure the point is obvious.
  • Humour and optimism – the ability to laugh and keep smiling through the trials and tribulations of running a business is a real asset.  Not only from a personal well-being point of view but it also works well (where appropriate of course) with anybody you deal with and helps build good relationships.  Often underestimated in the realms of the business world and, sadly, often lacking.
  • Personal support – not really a “quality” as such but something you certainly need to assess and take into consideration when thinking about a business start-up.  There are lots of people who can support you in a business sense – advisers, bank managers, accountants etc – but the support of family and friends is absolutely priceless.  Particularly if they are willing to tell you honestly what you need to hear, rather than what they think you want to hear.

So, if you’re still up for starting a business there are a few more things to look at pre-planning and then the real work of bringing your business dream to a reality can begin.

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Sounding things out
 

Small business support
When starting a business it is unwise to be totally self reliant.  Sure, the idea, the execution and the rewards will be down to you but there is a vast amount of support available to make the easy decisions easier and the hard ones manageable to mitigate risk.

Utilise resources as much as possible to maximise your own knowledge and skills in making your business a success.  There will be times when expert and specialist advice is needed and being able to access support from trusted sources will be invaluable.  Some resources are free and some will require payment but the value lies in the quality of their help.

National support
Some key resources which are openly available:

  • Companies House – provides guidance and forms for businesses setting up a limited company or limited liability partnership.  It contains guidance on your obligations for submitting accounts and provides links to the documents you may need.  See: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house
  • The HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) – essential for information on all aspects of tax for individuals, partnerships and companies.  From self-assessment to VAT and Corporation Tax to PAYE. You can also utilise HMRC’s online services through the website to file tax returns and pay your tax liabilities.  See: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs
  • Enterprise Agencies – located around the country and a rich source of support and information.  For a national picture see: www.nationalenterprisenetwork.org
  • Chambers of Commerce – again, like Enterprise Agencies, Chambers are nationwide and they have many resources to help business start-ups including finance, networking, business events and help with more specific areas such as import/export.  See: www.britishchambers.org.uk but also see the links in our footer below where we link to Yorkshire Chambers
  • Local Councils – business / economic development units operate within all councils and they also provide a wide range of information from research to local legislation which may affect your business.
  • ACAS – provides information and advice to businesses on a wide range of employment issues with the aim of improving employment relations.  The ACAS website contains a wide range of tools and information as well as details of the nationwide ACAS training courses.  See: www.acas.org.uk
  • Princes Trust – If you’re aged 18-30, the Prince’s Trust might be able to help you (if you are eligible there is potential for a grant or loan).  See: www.princes-trust.org.uk
  • Enterprise Funds – provides access to potential finance where banks may not be able to help. There are numerous funds which operate in areas across the country and they often provide start up support as part of the funding package.  See: www.gov.uk/business-enterprise-fund
  • Banks – many have dedicated business managers for supporting new business owners and although their main area of interest is the finance, (and getting you to open a business account!).  Their individual websites often have sections dedicated to start-up business and a wealth of tools and resources that can be utilised.  See: RBS | Barclays | Lloyds Bank | Natwest | Santander | HSBC | TSB

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Initial market research analysis
 

Having a skill or being knowledgeable or experienced in an area that you feel can be turned into a business is no guarantee of success.  No matter which way you look at it, there has to be demand; it’s straight forward – without a customer you simply have no one to sell your goods or services to and that means NO business.

The first stage in assessing your business proposition is analysis and research, research and a bit more research. You need to establish demand and understand the market you are operating in.

There is a mass of free information out there about virtually every business sector and this can be very generalist (i.e. trends, market size and value) or quite focused (with regard to specific areas of business).  Knowing where to look is always useful and, apart from the plethora of online resources, it is extremely beneficial to utilise the business section of your local library, business support organisations (Chambers of Commerce for example) and individual trade bodies for additional sources of information on your specific area of interest.

Whether you are looking to exploit a niche market or offer something that exists but with a different twist, you still need to carry out a level of market research to establish a number of things with regard to your business proposition:

  • Who are your customers?
    Depending on what you are offering, this could be quite a broad profile with a mass market or something more specialised which could be aimed at a more specific target.  Either way, you need to identify what your customer looks like and the more you understand them the more successful you will become.
  • What do they think?
    You need to know what customers think about your offer.  You should gather opinions through speaking to potential customers about what you are bringing to the market.
  • What will they pay?
    You must understand the value people put on your products or services.  Clearly you can charge a premium if you have something a little more unique but if the answer to the question “would you buy at this price?” is “no”, you probably need to reconsider.
  • Who am I dealing with?
    Will you trade business to business (B2B) or business to consumer (B2C)?  The research you do and the questions you ask will take a different approach.  The key thing is that you evaluate the answers fully, make an honest assessment and learn from what the information tells you.
    *A small footnote here in respect to the research on customers.  By all means ask family and friends BUT REMEMBER, there is a strong likelihood they will tell you what they think you want to hear rather than a completely frank assessment and it is highly unlikely they represent your target audience.
  • Who are my competitors?
    Never underestimate the power of having in-depth knowledge about the competitors in your market.  Never make the mistake of thinking you don’t have any – there will always be someone.  If nothing else, researching them can give you a good line of sight on the price or going rate for similar products or services in your market sector.  A crowded and highly competitive market could make your venture extremely risky and you may need to rethink to have a chance of being viable.
  • Are there any barriers to market entry?
    A consideration often overlooked.  It is crucial you identify anything which can stop or restrict you selling your goods or offering your services.  This includes anything covered by legislation or regulatory (such as CE marking on certain types of goods, or licences/certificates to undertake certain types of activity such as food hygiene licensing for businesses like restaurants, cafes etc).  Additionally, your customers may need you to be affiliated to (or a member of) a particular trade body so you can do business with them.

After asking yourself these questions and pulling together the information you have researched, you will be much better placed to move forward with your business plan.  You will have a pretty good idea that the market exists for your idea to have commercial viability.

You may have to make adjustments and alterations to your approach and thinking but that is what research is supposed to do.  It might be the case that the research has exposed serious short comings in what you are planning to do.  But it’s better to find that out at this stage, when all you have spent is time, than later when the investment is much greater (both time and money).

In addition, it often happens that budding business owner’s work through several ideas before finding the right one to run with.  What has been outlined prior to this point gives you a solid template for assessing each one as they come along – so, don’t give up!

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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.
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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.
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KC Communications Announces Launch of Training Academy

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Huddersfield based marketing agency, KC Communications have announced the launch of their training academy following the relocation to larger premises earlier this year. KC Communications, who primarily work with SME’s and educational organisations to support them with marketing, PR and social media requirements, have launched the academy following the demand for training services that match the standards of professional training institutions but are delivered by individuals who undertake the activity on a daily basis. Identifying a gap in the market for professional training services, the planned workshops delivered will be accessible to SME’s and sole traders to help them on the path to marketing and ultimately, business success. Commenting on the launch of the academy, founder and Managing Director Katrina Cliffe commented: “CPD is one of our core values and from the top down all staff regularly undertake a variety of training activities to ensure we deliver both the highest level of service and results for our clients. Over the years we have received many requests to deliver training but haven’t had the facilities to be able to do so. However, our relocation to Independence House in Lindley has been instrumental in allowing us to build on the opportunity to deliver workshops due to improved facilities and ample free parking. Now our refurbishment is complete; I am delighted to be progressing with the academy”. The agency will deliver workshops on a monthly basis with the first workshops in the pipeline focused on “How to write a marketing plan” and “How GDPR will affect the marketing function”.
Posted by KC Communications
El-fresco dining just got a whole lot more exciting

Monday 25 September 2017

DELIVITA has taken outdoor cooking to the next level with the launch of their new Italian-inspired wood-fired oven. Joe Formisano and Olivia Robinson created the DELIVITA oven to inspire a passion for wood-fired outdoor cooking and to bring families and friends together to share good food. Having Italian heritage they knew exactly what was needed. Launched earlier this year this flagship product, a stlyish hand made table-top wood fired oven is manufactured in Yorkshire, and was initially designed to cook the perfect pizza. However, it’s proved itself a great all rounder and cooks chicken, meat, fish, breads and vegetables perfectly too. Unlike many ovens available on the market today the DELIVITA wood-fired oven is portable, weighing in at just 30kg and measuring 35cm (H), 59cm (W), 59cm (D). Due to the size of oven, it is compact enough to sit within any setting including urban balconies and gardens. The oven itself has also been designed with style in mind. Available in a range of on trend colours including Hale Grey, Vintage Blue, Very Black and Olive Green the oven has clean and simple lines, offering a contemporary addition to any setting. “We wanted a design that would adapt to our own lifestyle: fast, portable, stylish and social. We also wanted it to be hand made in Yorkshire and - most importantly - simple and pleasurable to use.” explained Olivia who has a background in creative design and product design with Liberty of London and Mamas & Papas. “To compliment the DELIVITA wood-fired oven, we have also developed a range of accessories. Again these are hand made in Yorkshire (both the wooden handles and steel additions) and include a portable stand for the oven pizza peel, pizza cutter, dough cutter, wood prodder, oven brush and a newly developed mini axe which was launched at GLEE 2017.” explained Joe, whose experience is in sales at well known brands including Mamas & Papas and Shark Ninja. DELIVITA have recently secured funding from AD-VENTURE, have been nominated for the White Rose Awards 2017 - Yorkshire Producers and Makers, were a winner of the Huddersfield Town Shooting Stars Award and were a runner up for new product at this year's GLEE, NEC Birmingham. All in all not a bad first year .
Posted by Delivita Ltd
Plans revealed for Huddersfield’s first design conference

Monday 04 September 2017

Details have today been announced for a brand new design conference, the first of its kind to be held in Huddersfield. The event – which will take place at Bates Mill on Thursday 5 October – is the conception of Wilson’s Republic, a well-known not-for-profit design network in the town set up by Huddersfield-based designers Darren Evans and Aidan Nolan. It aims to bring creative practitioners, students and enthusiasts together to tell their stories, share their experiences, collaborate, question, learn and create. Among the speakers to have already been announced, is Huddersfield-born John Lee, a celebrated prop and model maker who has spent 34 years in the film industry. Having begun his career working on The Wind in the Willows, he has gone on to be involved in blockbusters including Aliens, Casino Royale and the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He is also a frequent lecturer at The National Film and Television School. He will be joined by Tom Foley, Creative Director of international typography specialist Dalton Maag, who has recently hit the headlines for designing the new BBC Sport ‘Leith’ font. As well as taking to the stage, Tom will also be leading two 2 hour logo refinement workshop throughout the day. There are in fact a number of different workshops on the conference programme, covering topics ranging from intellectual property, accounting for creatives, design career plotting, and the business of design, as well as a full-day portfolio review to offer professional guidance on live projects. The conference is not Wilson’s Republic’s first venture on to the events scene. Founded in 2015, the brand exists to provide a voice for Huddersfield’s design community. And, having run five sell-out social events to date the conference was the next logical step. “From textile design to precision engineering, Huddersfield has a rich history of world class invention and creativity running through it. The conference aims to celebrate these roots by looking to the future,” explains Wilson’s Republic co-founder Darren Evans. “By bringing iconic and inspiring speakers together in a relaxed, collaborative environment, we’re hoping to help further stimulate the profile of design across the town. There’s never been anything like it here.” With an undeniably high density of design talent in Huddersfield, across varied creative disciplines including product, graphic, digital, web, photography, illustration, art and architecture, this creative industry has been named the fastest growing in the Kirklees district. “We’re witnessing something of a movement in the town,” adds Aidan. “We’ve always had a prolific talent hub here, as our line-up of Huddersfield born and raised speakers shows. But Huddersfield’s creative heart is growing bigger and bigger every year, so it was time for our events to reflect this. “Wilson’s Republic has ‘gone large’ – I hope this conference will play a significant part in driving the town’s creative agenda forward!” Confirmed event partners include Kirklees Council, Bates Mill and stamping foil and decorative film specialist Foilco – who will be inviting delegates to create their own foil card throughout the day. The conference will also be preceded by the latest gathering of Design Network North – a membership organisation which aims to increase the contribution that design makes to the economy. But the hunt is still on for other sponsors to get involved, with interested parties encouraged to make contact via the website. The event costs £35 to attend, with discounted entry for students (£25) and groups of 5 or more (£30). Tickets can be purchased at www.wrconf.com and updates can be found on Twitter via @wilsonsrepublic and #WRConf.
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ABL Business expands into North Yorkshire

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Yorkshire-based business support consultancy ABL Business Ltd are expanding their operations into North Yorkshire. The company, which offers commercial finance and marketing support to SMEs, has engaged Fraser Irvine as an Appointed Representative to cover the county. Based in Harrogate, Fraser will be operating across the area, offering a full mix of commercial finance services. He will assist SMEs in raising the funds they need to trade, grow or stabilise their business, using all the funding lines and capabilities of ABL Business. It marks the third recent growth for the Cleckheaton-based company, who recently set up a new office in Scotland with two representatives just over a year ago and expanded into the North East region in March this year. Fraser Irvine is an experienced Independent Commercial Finance Broker and joins the company with an extensive career in financing businesses under his belt. He has spent almost 30 years working with asset and cash flow funders, which gives him a deep understanding of the financial needs of an SME business. Fraser has worked with new start businesses, as well as more established companies, arranging funding facilities to suit individual needs. His interest in business finance has also enabled him to gain extensive experience in the Management Buy-out, Management Buy-in and transactional market as a whole. He said: “I have known ABL Business and its owners, Andy Redman and Alex Beardsley for many years and really like the independent and client-focussed approach they adopt, so I’m very excited that I’m now joining the team. “ABL Business has access to a vast range of funders, which means I will benefit from being able to offer clients financial solutions that are tailored to bespoke needs. I am keen to help clients from new starts to multi-million turnover businesses to grow and achieve their full potential.” ABL Business Ltd and their appointed representatives have access to over 70 funders, enabling them to find an appropriate solution, no matter what a client’s financial requirements may be. ABL Business Director Andy Redman said: “We’re delighted to welcome Fraser to the team. He has a wealth of experience, which he brings with him from the financial sector, and in business too. Fraser, with his connections and knowledge, will be a real asset to ABL Business and to companies across North Yorkshire. His appointment has enabled us to expand our reach into yet another area and help even more businesses find funding packages that suit their specific needs”.
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Social Progress MD selected for Digital Women Debate Panel

Saturday 03 June 2017

During the Digital Marketing Roadshow - Wigan on Wednesday 7th June at DW Stadium five leading industry experts will be coming together to discuss diversity in Digital and how gender balance is being addressed. The day has a very exciting list of digital related seminars throughout the day including a Google Digital Garage session on 'Reach New Customers Online & Know your Business with Google Analytics.' The Digital Women Debate is being hosted by Naomi Timperley who runs Coo Digital & is a Tech North Advocate. Social Progress, owner and MD Janet Bebb is one of the five panelists discussing gender balance in the digital along with Debbie Edwards, F Disrupters, Wendy Bowers at Role, Melissa Conlon, Commercial Director at Magma and Aaron Crewe from novi.digital. Big Screen Social our highly visual Twitter Wall will also be featuring at the event displaying the photos, branding and messages of delegates, exhibitors and speakers via hashtag #DMRoadshow helping to spread the word about the full day event and reach an online audience. This free to attend event is part of a series of Digital Marketing Roadshows taking place across the North West of England organised by Launch Events. https://www.socialprogress.co.uk/social-progress-selected-for-digital-women-debate-panel/
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#FSBConnect Huddersfield
Thursday 23 November 2017, 17:00 - 19:00
Epicure Bar And Kitchen, 37-39, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 2RD
Free Entry - 40 places
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Leading in the New Normal - Have you got what it takes?
Friday 24 November 2017, 08:30 - 12:30
7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1RL
£99.97 - 10 places
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