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on Thursday, 21 June 2012.

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Go Global Art - putting Winchmore Hill at the centre of global art Go Global Art - putting Winchmore Hill at the centre of global art
Read how award winning entrepreneur Andrea Chung is putting Winchmore Hill at the centre of the art market
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Enfield Council press the green button but the road ahead is far from clear Enfield Council press the green button but the road ahead is far from clear
On February 10th Enfield Council's Cabinet voted to proceed with the proposals to build segregated cycle lanes along Green Lanes from Enfield Town to the North Circular. 
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Homecare Preferred celebrating four years in Winchmore Hill Homecare Preferred celebrating four years in Winchmore Hill
N21 resident Ken Waterhouse looks back at the four years since he opened Homecare Preferred on Station Road.
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Vape and Juice opens its doors Vape and Juice opens its doors
Glen Waters, founder of Vape & Juice introduces his innovative business to N21 residents.
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Ten reasons why you should Live Local Spend Local Ten reasons why you should Live Local Spend Local
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CREATING the right formula to regenerate our high streets CREATING the right formula to regenerate our high streets
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Five changes that could help save the high street Five changes that could help save the high street
While the economy appears to be turning a corner, High Streets still face a battle.
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Can we have a cat mania cafe please? Can we have a cat mania cafe please?
Cats and their antics dominate the internet. Given their popularity, it was only a matter of time that someone would open a cat cafe in London, building on a trend which is so popular in Tokyo
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A letter from Graham Hill regarding his proposed farmers market in Winchmore Hill A letter from Graham Hill regarding his proposed farmers market in Winchmore Hill
Graham Hill explains why he would like to set up a farmers market adjacent to Winchmore Hill Station.
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A farmer's market in N21? A farmer's market in N21?
This little site, next to Winchmore Hill Station could become a destination for food lovers from N21 and beyond.
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Top ten tips for small businesses in 2014 Top ten tips for small businesses in 2014
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Opening doors for local designers Opening doors for local designers
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Enfield's very grown up chocolate company Enfield's very grown up chocolate company
Did you know that Enfield has a chocolate company, indeed a very grown up chocolate company, which has created jobs and exports 60% of its production, including selling hand made chocolates to Switzerland – the chocolate equivalent of selling coals to Newcastle?
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New River Restaurant: foodie enterprise in N13 New River Restaurant: foodie enterprise in N13
Meet the Sutton family, Jason, Belinda and Fabian, who live in New River Crescent in Palmers Green. This is their kitchen and also their ‘home restaurant’, which opens for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, catering for up to ten guests
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Soapnuts at the heart of a growing Winchmore Hill business Soapnuts at the heart of a growing Winchmore Hill business
Do you worry about all the chemicals, you are using – the additives, preservatives, bleaches, enzymes, foaming agents etc in the detergents and toiletries that you buy in the supermarket? If the answer to the questions above is yes, you might be interested in meeting an enterprising young Winchmore Hill couple, who are on a mission to change the way we wash ourselves and our clothes – using nuts!
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ITV reports on Winchmore Hill's parking crisis ITV reports on Winchmore Hill's parking crisis
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Zoe from Rhoobarb says goodbye Zoe from Rhoobarb says goodbye
Zoe says thank you to all her customers over the past six years.
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Keep Calm & Get Creative: Enfield Innovation Competition 2013 Keep Calm & Get Creative: Enfield Innovation Competition 2013
The Enfield Innovation Competition is now in its 4th year and during this time it has seeded new businesses, products and social enterprises throughout the borough. The competition is run as a collaboration between the North London Chamber of Commerce and redloop: the mdx design and innovation centre (part of Middlesex University), and is funded by Enfield Council
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The North London Dance School: from toddler tap to West End talent The North London Dance School: from toddler tap to West End talent
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Downsize Fitness gyms - a sizeable business opportunity? Downsize Fitness gyms - a sizeable business opportunity?
It is a sad fact that the people most in need of a gym - people who are seriously overweight or clnically obese are the ones who are the least likely to join one. Whilst inactivity is one of the likely causes of their weight problems, another thing holding them back is may be the prospect of embarrassment, exercising surrounded by lean bodies and 'fatism', real or imagined.
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Business Of The Year Business Of The Year
We Love Nails is the n21online.com 'Business of The Year', as the business to have received the most number of views since the new format site went live in June 2012, (over 6,000 views!).
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The Larder: keeping N21 foodies fed by Annie Hall The Larder: keeping N21 foodies fed by Annie Hall
Annie Hall is an N21 resident who is currently taking a Food Writing Class at Leith's Cookery School. As part of her course she was required to interview the owner of a local quality food store and she chose to interview Mark Wastell of The Larder. Her tutor, Lulu Grimes (food editor at Olive magazine) thought it would be suitable for a local publication, so n21online.com is delighted to oblige.
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Volunteers needed for beta site Volunteers needed for beta site
Neil Batchelor, who lives in Winchmore Hill is developing Omnifolio, an innovative non-profit psychometric profiling and e-portfolio service, designed for the new world of work, where both employers and job hunters need enhanced tools to make the perfect match of skills and personal traits.
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Letter to N21 residents from Brian Bitz of The Queen's Head Letter to N21 residents from Brian Bitz of The Queen's Head
Dear N21 Resident. I want to introduce myself; my name is Brian and I am the new owner of the Queen's Head pub and to my surprise we are the only independently owned pub in the area.
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Is your business doing enough for your local community? Is your business doing enough for your local community?
A new report by Rotary International has found that almost half of small and medium-sized businesses have no community involvement – and the smaller the business, the less likely they are to be engaged with local projects and causes. Yet there are plenty of benefits, from increased sales to easier recruitment and improved staff morale.
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Carving a new business out of ice Carving a new business out of ice
Carl Charalambous is keen to give up the corporate job and run his own businesss. He began trawling the Internet for possible business ideas, to identify emerging trends, gaps in the market and possible business opportunities and came across a company offering ice making and sculpting equipment for sale. Carl knew nothing about ice, but undaunted, a few more hours of sofa research soon revealed that ice sculpture is a sizable market in the US, but there are few companies in the London area offering attention grabbing sculptures that will wow guests at corporate events, parties and weddings.
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N21 businesses win Netmums competition N21 businesses win Netmums competition
Congratultions to Rochelle Cutler of I Can Do It! for winning the Netmums Enfield award for the best pre-school activity.  
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Tessa Stevens wins Salon of The Year Award Tessa Stevens wins Salon of The Year Award
Tessa Stevens won ' The Salon of Excellenece' Award at the UK National Awards ceremony for the International Institute of Anti Ageing at the Dorchester Hotel on Monday, along with two other awards. She won the top prize out of a field of over 3,000 salons!
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Businesses celebrating the Jubilee in N21 Businesses celebrating the Jubilee in N21
Good to see so many businesses entering into the Jubilee spirit!
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The Art of Business (or how to make a business out of art) The Art of Business (or how to make a business out of art)
Meet Eleni Duke, aged 24, a former Grange Park Primary pupil, who graduated from Kent University with a degree in History and Philosophy. Eleni had planned a career in art organisation, but cut backs in private and public arts funding have meant that jobs in the sector are scare and she wasn't successful in finding anything suitable. So, Eleni decided to focus her energy on creating a job for herself, opening The Curious Duke Gallery (her surname is Duke), which has been described by the Guardian as "the hippest street in London".
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Ideas are cheap, its what you do with them that counts Ideas are cheap, its what you do with them that counts
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My daddy cooks, does your daddy? My daddy cooks, does your daddy?
Getting children interested in food, weaning them off chicken nuggets and and teaching them to cook can be a struggle, but daddy Nick makes cooking cool.
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With love from Brooklyn/Winchmore Hill With love from Brooklyn/Winchmore Hill
Local roots give a product extra appeal, especially for something that is bought as a gift.
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Home Care Preferred - A letter of introduction from Ken Waterhouse, Managing Direcetor Home Care Preferred - A letter of introduction from Ken Waterhouse, Managing Direcetor
Home Care Preferred launched a few weeks ago at 49, Station Road, Winchmore Hill (formerly JJ Copyprint). We are delighted with the warm welcome from the local community and pleased to hear visitors say that "Home Care Preferred is providing a much needed service in the community".
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The Portas Review: Can Mary save our high streets? The Portas Review: Can Mary save our high streets?
Mary Portas published her future of the high street report today, (13.12.11), with a vision of "breathing economic and community life back into our high streets". This isn't the first report on the demise/future of the high street, but she is someone with charisma and clout, who has the ear of the Prime Minister, as well as public respect.
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Mid Life Career Change: From A to ? Mid Life Career Change: From A to ?
Career change isn't easy. It often leads to loss of status and financial stability. If you have been made redundant or left your old career in difficult circumstances, it can lead to anger, sadness akin to grief and a loss of confidence. Starting again can be a lonely and even scary process. However recognising that many career changers experience these feelings and manage to overcome them can be beneficial to know.
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Using video to promote your local business Using video to promote your local business
More and more local businesses are starting to use video to promote their businesses. For very good reason. Video is a very powerful communication tool which allows you to tell the story of your business, show off your expertise and examples of your work and to communicate a large amount of information creatively about what you do, in a short period of time.
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Spot these colourful characters in N21 Spot these colourful characters in N21
When you are trying to gain new customers and clients in your local area, it makes sense to use your vehicle to promote your business. People see your van and make a mental note of your name for when they might need your services. So why is it that so many local business owners are still driving round in white vans?
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Miss Mojito runs to the sun Miss Mojito runs to the sun
Meet Miss Mojito. Miss Mojito is a 1970's VW campervan, owned by Andy and Fiona Barton, who live in Vicars Moor Lane.
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Creating subscription value through design Creating subscription value through design
What do you give someone who has everything? A subscription? Great idea, how about a cleaning cloth subscription? Have a fresh, clean cloth delivered every month? Daft idea!
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My School Days, a new term for Kelly and Clare My School Days, a new term for Kelly and Clare
Potential business ideas were several months in gestation and the Eureka moment came when Kelly's oldest child Charlie was about to start school last September and she couldn't find a suitable scrapbook or album to keep photos and momentos of his school work. Kelly had had a similar scrapbook herself as a child and wanted to continue the family tradition with her own children. 
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Is 13 too young to be an entrepreneur? Is 13 too young to be an entrepreneur?
The government is very keen on promoting entrepreneurship amongst children and young people. You hear these stories about how many entrepreneurs were poor students but started wheeling & dealing when they are barely able to add up, the kids who are able to make a turn from trading at a young age, often do end up being successful in business.
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How to make your hair salon a cut above the rest How to make your hair salon a cut above the rest
It could be argued that hairdressing is one of the more recession proof business areas, since hair continues to grow regardless of the state of the economy. In truth, we all know that we can touch up our roots at home and forgo having our legs waxed and nails done when we are looking to save money.
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You can have any colour you like as long as its green You can have any colour you like as long as its green
Paint The Town Green is a new decorating company based in South London, which describes itself as "London's first eco friendly decorating company".
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What do YOU want to make? What do YOU want to make?
Do you enjoy playing around with materials and tools? Do you have an idea which you would like to turn into a model or a prototype? Then here is an idea for you.
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How to get a job in the new world order How to get a job in the new world order
Getting a job, especially a first 'real job' is very difficult in the current economic climate; with dozens and sometimes hundreds of people applying for the same job, your CV has to be distinctive to make it past the recycling bin.
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Libri Publishing - a publishing phoenix Libri Publishing - a publishing phoenix
Libri Publishing is a local publishing company which has arisen from the ashes of the now defunct Middlesex University Press. It was set up in February 2009, by John Sivak, who lives in Enfield; working alongside his former colleagues from the Middlesex publishing team, Pat Graham, responsible for marketing and designer Helen Taylor, both of whom live in Grange Park.
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Ring out the old, ring in the new local business resolutions Ring out the old, ring in the new local business resolutions
As the new year starts, hopefully on a high note for your local business, it is important to start planning your new business resolutions. It is widely anticipated that the hike in VAT, rising food and clothes prices, high winter fuel bills and continued uncertainty in the jobs market, will have a negative impact on many people's spending, especially on big purchases and non essential extras.
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Friday Night is gourmet takeout night Friday Night is gourmet takeout night
Why is it that many of the best ideas are so simple? Here is an amazing new business set up by freelance cook Frank Hannon, who is based in East London. Frank is a serious foodie and imaginative cook, who worked for several years in leading restaurants such as The River Cafe before setting up his own business.
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Fresh ideas for jaded palates Fresh ideas for jaded palates
Food businesses seem to be the flavour of the month on n21online at the moment. However we all have to eat everyday and one of the hardest part of cooking is the planning what to cook and the shopping for ingredients – cooking is the easy bit. Its the reason why ready meals have done so well in recent years.
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Setting up a kitchen table business Setting up a kitchen table business
If you like cooking have you ever thought about turning it into a small business? There are a number of interesting 'kitchen table' businesses in the local area, who are providing great products for people who are interested in quality food, which is locally prepared
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How B-Line has created a business using pedal power How B-Line has created a business using pedal power
As two new bike businesses open in London N21, in time for the Christmas and New Year's resolutions, it is interesting to see that pedal power is becoming increasingly important all over the world.
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For crying out loud pay my invoice For crying out loud pay my invoice
When you are working freelance for a larger company it can sometimes feel that you are at the bottom of the pile when it comes to getting paid.
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If you don't ask, you don't get If you don't ask, you don't get
If you don’t ask you don’t get, may be a well worn adage, but give it a go, be brave they can only say no!
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The People's Supermarket: how playing shop brings down prices The People's Supermarket: how playing shop brings down prices
The concept of a co-operative food movement isn't new, the Co-op Group in Manchester was formerly a membership movement and this model has been reinvented by The People's Supermarket based in Lambs Conduit Street, in Holborn.
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How Carol cuts cloth but not margins How Carol cuts cloth but not margins
.What do you do with all those unwearable cast offs, that are not good enough to go to Oxfam?
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Fancy 'lunch in the suburbs' in Winchmore Hill? Fancy 'lunch in the suburbs' in Winchmore Hill?
Here's a novel idea for local restaurants, instead of competing, why not collaborate?
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How loving chocolate is creating a healthy business How loving chocolate is creating a healthy business
The Chocolate Cafe is a great example of how to create a successful small business, by offering people something that is different and personal, which they will want to tell all their friends about.
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Treacey's Toystore opens its doors Treacey's Toystore opens its doors
Treacey Brennan opened her new toy shop in Winchmore Hill on Green Lanes this week, giving an empty shop a new lease of life, next to Zoey's Rhoobarb, to create a children and parent's treasure trove.
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How Snakes and Lattes is climbing the ladder How Snakes and Lattes is climbing the ladder
When you are setting up a new business it always help if the market you are proposing to enter is growing, or even better you are on the cusp of an upward trend. Trend analysts are talking about a resurgence in interest in board games.
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The Internet Time Machine identifies business growth opportunities The Internet Time Machine identifies business growth opportunities
These days there is hardly a business that isn't operating online, even if they are also a 'bricks & mortar' business. The Internet Time Machine is using internet searches to identify potential new business opportunities.
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A Potty Idea? A Potty Idea?
All over the world busy people are prepared to throw money at a problem and are continuing to outsource an ever wider range of domestic chores. Booty Camp Mom has recently been nominated by Entrepreneur Magazine in its annual '100 Brilliant Ideas'.
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Make It FOR ME Make It FOR ME
We are seeing a huge growth in sales of personalised products, across most markets, from cars to personalised diets & medical treatments, clothes, jewellery, home decor, the music we listen to, the TV programmes and online content that we watch.
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How minding the Ps created an award winning business How minding the Ps created an award winning business
Every business should have a story and indeed very often a successful new business has a clear story to tell. Here's how Karen and Gunter have created a business that has won numerous awards, My Coffee Stop on Enfield Chase Station - a story in minding your Ps.
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Denmark Studios – Bringing Glamour to Grange Park Denmark Studios – Bringing Glamour to Grange Park
Did you know that the UK's oldest commercial film lighting specialist is based in Grange Park? Did you know that Jordan, Rod Stewart, Rolf Harris, Iron Maiden and many other celebs have been visitors to Grange Park?
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The proof is in the picture The proof is in the picture
A florist in New Zealand, called Roses Are Red emails pictures of the bouquets they are delivering, to the customer that ordered it, so that you can see exactly what your money has paid for
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The Work Shop, a case study in creativity The Work Shop, a case study in creativity
The Work Shop is a new business developed by Sally Bourne Interiors, who already have a home interiors shop in Muswell Hill. The Work Shop is aiming "to inspire and nurture creativity within our local community by collaborating with local crafts people, offering workshops throughout the year".
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Sewing up a hole in the market Sewing up a hole in the market
The Sweat Shop is a 'sewing café' that provides sewing stations with a large communal table anchored at the centre, for pattern cutting and other textile preparations.
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Why being trendy makes good business sense Why being trendy makes good business sense
Multi-national companies spend a fortune employing trend consultants to spot emerging trends and changes in consumer behaviour, to plan their marketing and new product development programmes.
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A business born out of adversity A business born out of adversity
Here is another example of how new business ideas are often simple, but work because they provide a solution to a problem.
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How often do you say thank you to your customers for doing business with you? How often do you say thank you to your customers for doing business with you?
We all know how important referrals are for most businesses and a small (and inexpensive)card is a good way of cementing a relationship.
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In praise of 'Homepreneurs' In praise of 'Homepreneurs'
Today, 60% of new companies start up from people's homes.
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Men shop but women buy Men shop but women buy
This may seem like a silly question for businesses that sell to both men and women, either in a consumer or a business to business context. Men and women process information in very different ways and this has a huge impact on how they spend their money or their company's money. Men hunt, women gather.
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Becoming upwardly mobile Becoming upwardly mobile
Being mobile, taking your products or service to the client's home or office has many advantages:
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Think local, think global Think local, think global
The beauty of the Internet is that it allows a business to be both a local and a global player. Even small businesses can compete in the new global market, with a little investment, creativity and marketing flair.
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Buying a business in a box Buying a business in a box
Franchising is big business, there are over 34,000 franchisees, employing over half a million people and these numbers are on the increase.
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Because there is no Plan B Because there is no Plan B
he Marks & Spencer copyline "Because There is no Plan B" encapsulates the sentiment that the environmental agenda is a necessary part of every business.
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Are U your USP? Are U your USP?
Have you ever been anywhere on holiday, where all the local shops are selling identical souvenirs and other merchandise? Even though some of what they are selling may reflect the local culture, there is little to distinguish one small and overstocked shop from the next and consequently the merchandise is devalued.
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Look after your customers, or somebody else will Look after your customers, or somebody else will
Small businesses are often very poor at managing their potential leads and customer relationships. Research by a number of leading business organisations has found that many small companies do not have up-to date databases on people who have made an approach to a company, or even past customers they have done business with.
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Small Businesses Make Communities Hum Small Businesses Make Communities Hum
Did you know that there are around 4.7 million small businesses in the UK and they contribute more than 50% of UK turnover - they are very important to our economy.
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Shop Locally - Support Our Local Economy Shop Locally - Support Our Local Economy
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