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Using print in your marketing plan

Posted in Marketing Plan by Sophie White (from Visual Print and Design ) on 2017-10-19 00:00

It is common knowledge that businesses strive to get their message out there with the latest exciting digital marketing campaigns, but it is equally as important to make the most of a fundamental option that has been around for so long – print. Choosing to focus part of your marketing efforts into print may seem like a strange choice in this digital age, but here are some ideas why you should. Print creates a tangible connection. The internet encompasses so much of our day to day lives, but handing a customer a product they can touch and feel will have a huge...

As tourism booms, ensure you are on the right side of the law.

Posted in Visitor Economy by (from Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitors ) Social Change on 2017-08-22 00:00

  VITAL advice to keep seasonal holiday businesses on the right side of the law has been issued, as new figures reveal the Lincolnshire visitor economy is booming. A report, released by East Lindsey District Council, shows an increase in overall visitor numbers to the area in the last two years. Between 2014 and 2016 the visitor economy across the area grew by 8.87 per cent, with a five per cent increase in overall visitor numbers. The research shows how a growing number are also opting for non-serviced accommodation – either in self-catering or holiday parks. The East Coast has some of the highest...

Water deregulation - what a business should know

Posted in Running a Business by David Knight (from Peterborough Environment City Trust ) on 2017-04-18 00:00

As of the 1st April 2017, eligible companies now have the opportunity to choose who manages their water and waste water, an option that was only available to large organisations, or organisations that used over 5 million litres a year in England. The change is legislation is estimated to allow over 1.2 million more customers to choose their retail water service provider.   Following a consultation and review, carried out via the 2010-2015 coalition government, the Water Act 2014 was introduced. This Act has set out the framework for the reformation of the entire water market. The new water retail scheme has been introduced to create...

Floristry business is blooming in rural south Lincolnshire

Posted in Running a Business by Trudy Roberts (from The Prince’s Trust ) on 2017-02-09 00:00

A new business is blooming and brightening up lives in the village of Lutton near Spalding in rural south Lincolnshire. Alicia Gant (25) who recently opened her Florist business ‘Lily Jayne Florist’ set in the beautiful surroundings of Lutton, near Spalding is now set to see her fledgling business grow to new heights with backing from The Prince's Trust . Alicia who trained to become a florist at Easton and Otley College, has always had a love for flowers, after gaining the qualification and experience working in floristry. However, she decided that she wanted to take the next step to take control...

Business Lincolnshire at Boston College 'The Age of Information and Technology'

Posted in Business Technology by Social Change on 2017-01-27 00:00

Boston College hosted an event this week to celebrate ‘The Age of Information and Technology’, which saw over 60 delegates from local businesses engaging and networking with some of the industry’s ‘key players’.

How do you manage your resources and make cost savings?

Posted in Uncategorised by David Knight (from Resource Efficiency Team, Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub ) on 2017-01-25 00:00

  There are more than a few ‘Top Tips’ out there to help you save money. I am not going to provide you with another list – I will instead suggest and encourage you to consider only one. An Environmental Management System (EMS). The term EMS is can create mixed opinions, especially around uncertainty whether an EMS is relevant for your organisation, and many people attach it to an accreditation scheme. Certification is the best practice for any business but, I would like to separate the certification element from the nature and purpose of an EMS for this article. The purpose of an...

End of year high for business deals looks set to continue into 2017

Posted in Business Financing by James Pinchbeck (from Streets Chartered Accountants ) on 2017-01-23 00:00

Whilst there is much talk about uncertainty in the economy and the business world, this doesn’t seem to have suppressed interest in or the demand for deals within the corporate finance sector. To some extent, it might be the case that Brexit and the US presidential election have helped to create new interest in business acquisitions, disposals, mergers and restructures. Certainly this seems to be the case for the Streets Corporate Finance team, which is headed up by dealmaker Neil Gray.

Opportunity for SMEs to develop innovation ambitions with a new Innovation Programme

Posted in Innovation by Jessica Boot-Marshall (from University of Lincoln ) on 2016-12-13 00:00

After 2 months of blood, sweat, and fortunately no tears, the Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire’s website is finally live! Launched in September 2016, the Innovation Programme is a 3 year, £3.3m European Regional Development Funded project which aims to support SMEs (small to medium enterprises) across Greater Lincolnshire to advance and develop their growth ambitions. Small and Micro businesses make up 98% of the 41k registered businesses within Greater Lincolnshire - above the UK average. Through the Innovation Programme we will be providing those organisations with the knowledge, expertise, funding and skills to enable them to progress their products and...

Crowdfunding – what is it and how can I use it for my business idea?

Posted in Business Financing by Social Change on 2016-12-08 00:00

What if 100,000 people who thought exactly like you were to invest £10 each into a business idea? This is crowd funding – gathering the interest of a ‘crowd’ to invest in a business or project.

‘Business Rates – the story continues’

Posted in Running a Business by David Thorpe, Development Manager (from Federation of Small Businesses ) on 2016-10-13 00:00

Following recent successes with lobbying and campaigning regarding the Apprenticeship Levy and Digital Quarterly Tax Reporting the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) can confirm concessions won relating to Business Rates.