Participant Stories: Gemma Richardson

By Donna | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gemma joined Inspiring Enterprise via the University of Winchester and has set up a family business called Countdown Cards, selling innovative and fun cards counting down to children’s birthdays. Here she talks about her business and her time with Inspiring Enterprise “My business idea started when my son was sad when boxing day came and […]

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Lockdown Savings

By Donna | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

With lockdown still in place, now is a good time to take stock of your household finances and see where savings can be made.  Reviewing your spending this spring – and switching to better deals – will help ensure your finances are as robust as possible.  CANCEL ANY UNWANTED SUBSCRIPTIONS Going through your bank statements […]

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How businesses can show compassion during coronavirus

By Donna | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was once quoted as saying there is no such thing as society. After these past few crazy weeks, that quote hardly holds any weight. That said, the second part of her quote from an interview with Woman’s Own in 1987 does very much ring true. She said: ‘It is our […]

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Participant Stories – Henry Garnett

By Donna | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Henry discovered his interest in painting at the age of 16 thanks to the encouragement and support of an astute art teacher who recognised his talent.  He was introduced to oils and fell in love. Interestingly, the art teacher wasn’t the only one who noticed his work and Henry realised that a fellow student had […]

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Participant stories – Alison Bullamore

By Donna | Feb 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

There’s a warm welcome (and a few wagging tails) to greet you at Cantine, Fleet’s first dog-friendly café opened by Inspiring Enterprise participant, Alison Bullamore. Having taken redundancy last May after 21 years of working for British Airways, Alison decided the time was right to take the plunge and set up her own business. “I […]

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Make the most of advertising your company with van signs and logos

By Donna | Feb 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The branding of commercial vans is crucial for any company. While they are on the road most of the day, vans should present the right image for your business, and display high levels of quality. Potential customers will see your van and may take your number if it conveys good quality. Van branding is also […]

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Participant Stories – Ashlene Boyer-Millard

By Donna | Jan 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a recovering addict, Ashlene was introduced to the Inspiring Enterprise programme via the Action Hampshire network. Ashlene was particularly motivated to begin something new as a response to her addiction, to create a living for herself and to also give others the opportunity to change their lives for the better. Ashlene identified the Inspiring […]

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6 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Santa

By Donna | Dec 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Nobody tops Santa for customer loyalty. Mr. Claus certainly picked a large market but he divided his customers between who’s naughty and who’s nice. If you want to be bad, Santa isn’t going to waste his time on bringing you the toy that you’ve dreamt about all year. But for the children who made the […]

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Participant Stories- Steve Bloyce

By Donna | Dec 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hartley Wintney’s Steve Bloyce was made redundant from a job in computer hardware in 2018. But he did not let it get him down, instead he used the opportunity to take his career in a different direction. Steve had an accident 4 years earlier and suffered an injury and was unable to use his arm […]

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What your online retail business can do to stand out at Christmas

By Donna | Dec 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The growth of online marketplaces such as and Etsy have helped British consumers discover products from independent retailers that they may never have found otherwise. So how can you make sure that your online business stands out this Christmas ??? 1.Treat your website homepage as you would a shop front Your website homepage is […]

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