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Tag Archives: business start-up

2 Simple Questions; Then Act Fast!

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Is your business an idea and/or under 3 months old? Then consider the half-day Business Start-up workshop on 16th September in Coleford. Is your business is over 3 months and under 3 years old; is likely to recruit in the next year and based in Gloucestershire? Then consider the Growthhub’s Essentials Programme starting 10th September in Gloucester. Business […]


3 Opportunities to Grow Your Business

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Since 2011 the Forest of Dean has had a strong record of encouraging new businesses to start and grow from the now AIM-listed Versarien to more local businesses such as Fellows Framing . This week there are three more opportunities to grow your business ranging from the initial thoughts about maybe starting a business, through getting the […]


Some IT Support Schemes

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The Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs are always happy to signpost smaller businesses to schemes which might help their business. In this case we have two schemes that potentially provide IT support subject to eligibility. BROADBAND GRANTS Businesses are being encouraged by Forest of Dean District Council to apply for non-repayable broadband grants to fund faster […]


Entrepreneurs Catch-up

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Our regular get-together of Forest of Dean entrepreneurs to share ideas and good practice took place in mid-March at the Belfry Hotel, Littledean. A dozen of us shared thoughts about our future plans, and one or two issues led to a brain storming session about potential solutions, where everyone chipped in with their own experience. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Markets and start-up marketing basics

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Any new business needs a market; but what does this mean? And if that new business can’t define its market; how does it undertake any start-up marketing effectively? How do I know I have a market? There is a boring technical answer to this essential question, but if you pick the bits apart it makes […]


Exclusive Womens’ Fashion- Forest Business Start-up

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In less than a year Louisa Dwyer of Kit & Caboodle Boutique on Hill Street, Lydney has gone from business start-up to a finalist in the Retailer of the Year category of the Forester Business of the Year Awards. At the same time, Louisa is candid that it has not all been plain sailing with […]