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Esi Hardy’s Story

By Donna | Mar 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Esi Hardy joined the Inspiring Enterprise project in January and has been working with our adviser Susan, who has been helping her get started. She has now registered as a sole trader, written her business plan, and has her website up and running. I caught up with her to find out a little bit more […]

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Focus on Social Enterprise

By Donna | Mar 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Social enterprise - Gardening

  What is social enterprise? A social enterprise is a business which aims to help people, communities or the planet. The Big Issue, Divine Chocolate and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant are all examples. According to government statistics in 2010 there are 68,000 social enterprises in the UK.   How is a social enterprise different to any other […]

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The Small Business Toolbox

By Donna | Feb 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

100 Free Tools for Small Business Owners, brought to you by The Funding Circle. We’re always on the lookout for ways to make life simpler for the startup, small business owner or entrepreneur. This toolbox of 100 tools certainly fits the bill! You will need to sign up, but it is only an email address – no […]

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Community First – Feeling Confident Workshop

By Darren | Dec 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of our partners Community First are holding a free Feeling Confident workshop this December. Feeling Confident – Community First Workshop Plan for the future Build your confidence Improve your own self esteem This course will leave you feeling more relaxed, confident and able to face daily challenges. You will learn:- How feelings can change […]

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A common small business advertising mistake and how to fix it

By Amber | Nov 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Running small display ads in the local paper, in specialist magazines and other business newsletters, on websites and online directories can be an attractive low-cost option for a newly-started firm. But this is an area where many small business owners end up being disappointed with the results due to a very common mistake. A mistake […]

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Could your business offer something unexpected?

By Amber | Nov 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
man in grey hoodie working with electrics

One frustrating aspect of running a small business is trying to reach that point where you’ve developed a reputation that sets your venture apart from everyone else in your sector. The problem with reaching this goal is that there is nothing you can directly say that will result in it happening. In fact, the harder […]

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Thinking of buying a franchise?

By Amber | Nov 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
franchise shop selling food and drink

Buying a franchise allows you to set up your own business without starting from scratch. You use a tried and tested formula, and benefit from the experience and support of the franchisor (the company offering the franchise). Franchisees can enjoy many of the benefits of self-employment with less risk. Successful franchise operations have a much […]

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David Shervill’s Story – Global Music Visions C.I.C.

By Amber | Nov 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
David Shervill in his music studio holding his certificate

I am David Shervill, and I am registered as partially sighted, and although I feel fortunate to have had the opportunities to attend main stream schools and colleges.  It has at times been extremely difficult, and frustrating to try and accomplish the same tasks as everyone else, without the extra time and support I needed. There […]

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Stephanie Carswell’s Story – Hawthorne Handmade

By Amber | Nov 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
stephanie hawthorne handmade badger

Stephanie has always been interested in craft activities and the sheer joy and sense of achievement she felt when she finished a handmade piece was the inspiration and the initial spark for setting up her own business, Hawthorn Handmade.  Stephanie had developed a particular interest in felting, a particular crafting technique and might have made […]

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Nathan White’s Story – Jeenewoosh

By Amber | Nov 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Nathan White from Jeenewoosh Street Clothing, standing by his stand with tshirts

Nathan White battled drugs and mental illness but has now turned his life around to launch his own clothing brand. He designs, produces and sells his own clothes after receiving help from the WSX Driving Urban Enterprise Project. He said: “After coming up with the idea about the clothing brand I didn’t know what to […]

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