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Yearly Archives: 2014

Business Support at the Forest Enterprise Fair 2014

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The Forest of Dean’s very own business start up service ‘Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs’ has run a second annual Forest Enterprise Fair as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 (the nation’s largest entrepreneurship-focused campaign) with the help of event sponsors Learn Direct, Ultimate Cleaning Solutions, UnLtd and Adult Education in Gloucestershire. Project volunteer and business […]


Getting Ready To Grow And The Growth Hub

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There was a slightly different “alumni” networking evening on 12th November, as entrepreneurs were invited to say what future services they would like from the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs project. The event took place in the Enterprise Hub at Vantage Point Business Village, Micheldean, and a number of points were made: One-person lifestyle or “micro” […]


Fellows Framing, Dreams Coming True

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This month’s start-up interview is with Sarah Trenchard who runs Fellows Framing. It is a bespoke picture framing service covering the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas. “We frame all types of subject from photos to watercolours, stamps to large oil paintings, cross- stitches to tapestries, and sports shirts to types of memorabilia eg military, […]


Entrepreneurs Alumni, being passionate about your business

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A dozen entrepreneurs attended a networking evening at Cinderford Rugby Club organised by Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs on 18th September as part of the Entrepreneurs Alumni bi-monthly events. The main speaker was Kim O’Rourke of Merrie Marketing Ltd, who gave a number of tips about being passionate about your business. Questions of Passion? Spiritual energy […]


Forest Showcase

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Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs made many new contacts when they exhibited at this year’s Forest Showcase event on 5th October at Speech House. The sun shone which brought out the crowds and a steady stream of visitors flowed past the stand all day. Five project volunteers shared stints on the stand and all of them […]


Start-up Business, Space to Grow

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All new businesses need to create dedicated space. Whether that’s a bricks and mortar business with a shop or office or a virtual business that will always be run from home. Even for the former in the pre-start-up phase it is likely that you will start from home. Whichever it is, it is always worth […]


Two Entrepreneurs Plus Two Equals Success

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Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs case studies usually focus on one business, but today there are two plus a collaborating organisation and another start-up! Why, because Becca Cobham of Creative Bee wrote a blog post for Camellia McQueen on the network apprentice scheme of the CAP Business Clubs. Becca and Sharifa are both successful participants on the Entrepreneurs […]


Building Business Basics, Social Media

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For a new start-up social media is one of the cheapest forms of marketing. It enables you to get your message out and also hear what others think through polls, discussions, groups and trends. Social media enables multiple conversations with referrers, supporters, targets, prospects and clients. Its cost is time to build your connections and […]


Networking and Knowledge

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15 entrepreneurs gathered together to gain knowledge, support and to network on 21st May in the second Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs Networking evenings. The venue was the recently opened University of Gloucestershire’s new Enterprise Hub in the Vantage Point Business Village. Enterprise Hub to benefits Forest start-ups Basil Omar from the University was on hand […]


Ultimate Cleaning, a New Forest Business

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Ultimate Cleaning Solutions Lydney My name is David Leopold and I am the proud co-owner and founder of Ultimate Cleaning Solutions along with the other co-owner Wayne Laffan. We are professional Surface Cleaning specialists.This means that we carry out work for domestic and commercial clients cleaning, refurbishing and sealing all of their outside areas to […]