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office covid 19

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Predictions of prime office space coming up for let post-Covid are filling media pages, and many bosses are asking ‘Do we need an office?’ – as it becomes harder to justify asking staff to make the daily commute, having successfully worked from home for several months. But giving up your office space, comes with both […]

cheap marketing training

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The other day, a contact on Linked In messaged me as he had wanted some help on a one-to-one basis, with advanced Facebook Ads Training. When we gave him the price for a 1-2 hour session, he suggested it sounded “too cheap for dedicated time” and said he would pay a different sum which was […]

Revealed the shocking effect of Covid on small business owners

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Six weeks into the UK lockdown to ‘flatten the curve’ and protect lives from Coronavirus, a wave of dissent is beginning to emerge as the real effect of the Covid-19 on small business owners takes its toll. Sole Directors and Newly Self-employed fall through the gaps While the Chancellor has laid out generous protective measures […]

Coronavirus Business Help

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(UPDATED 27TH APRIL 2020) We have received a number of questions and comments from self-employed people regarding what help is available for business owners and the self employed who have been financially hit by the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak. Lots of people have heard snippets on the news, or have some idea of what […]

Facebook Ads training

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Go on admit it, you’ve ‘Boosted’ Facebook posts haven’t you? And I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say, on some occasions you’ve had a fantastic response… so you’ve done it again, and then got nothing. So you sat scratching your head wondering why it worked so well that time, but was […]

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If you’re a small business owner, you’ve probably heard people talk about the important of “backlinks” but it’s possible you don’t really understand how it fits into your marketing strategy? What is a backlink? Put simply – it’s a hyperlink to another website. So for example, this is a backlink to our Hesford Media agency […]

All about Coworking

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As a small business owner, you might have heard the term ‘Coworking’ mentioned by your peers, but do you know what it is all about? In 2018, an estimated 2,188 spaces were opened worldwide and this number is set to reach 25,968 by 2022, an increase of 42% from 2019! What is Coworking? Coworking spaces are […]

How to start a fashion business blog

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We receive a lot of enquiries asking us ‘how to start a fashion business’ and so we have put together this guide for aspiring fashionista’s! Our founder, Nikki Hesford, comes from a fashion and manufacturing background, appearing on Dragons Den and subsequently receiving £250,000 of equity investment. She knows the hard slog of prototyping, manufacturing […]

International Coworking Day

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As International Coworking Day approaches on Friday 9th August, many reading this may not be quite sure what Coworking is or why as a freelancer or small business owner it’s important to you! What is Coworking? Coworking is a relatively new concept, of sharing workspace with other small business owners rather than committing to a […]

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