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Discussion in 'Yorkshire & Humberside' started by Henry Osadzinski, Jul 13, 2012.
Look forward to your postings then !
Hi, I am Debbie. Currently based in Pontefract and my business is still in the setting up stage so I am here to learn!
Welcome to the Forum, what business are you setting up ?
An online store (to begin with, hopefully one day it will be bricks and mortar). Vintage fashion and interiors. It will be carefully selected, cleaned and repaired, no overpriced charity shop items here! I sourced the bridesmaid dresses for my Mums vintage style wedding and that kicked it all off.
I hope to eventually start stocking independent designers (especially interested in British) and becoming more of a lifestyle boutique.
I just finished my degree in fashion retail branding so I think I have my visual side down, I just need to learn about the business-y bits now!
This is a great place to ask questions and seek guidance from other businesses, or just sanity check what you think you will need to do..
Key thing is put a lot of effort into your Business Plan, this way you will at least be able to see any potential hurdles, before you encounter them and plan accordingly, although in reality it is only once you start the business up do you discover all the challenges.
Hey but it is way better than being a wage slave I think !
Only you can sack yourself..
Have you tried this site http://www.finddoggroomers.co.uk/ you could also try adwords with a free voucher ?
I will try and avoid sounding like I am coming to an AA meeting!
My name is Karl and I run my own high impact business development agency LBS (Business Development Services) working with SMEs to expand their client base on a B2B basis by telephone.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to access a selection clients such as: Formula 1 Management, DTZ, Showtime Television, Peel Holdings, Reed Rains, Demontfort Fine Art, Toys R Us, CEX, HMV, Cash Converters etc amongst others.
It would be great to build relationships with local businesses so I can help them win bigger and better things!!!
I am not industry specific, as I am of the belief that business comes from relationships, not the other way around.....
Look forward to hearing about your business!!!
After our website was hacked a year or so ago we have found it difficult to re-establish our customer base online for Aone Tools.co.uk . We post on Facebook, Twitter, business forums regularly and are ranked highly on products on Google (page 1-3 for most items) that we sell on our site. Our prices are low priced but yet we cannot seem to be getting the visitor hits that we desire and once had.
We have people coming into our shop talking about being on our site and looking at the prices but yet they are not buying from it as they once did.
Can anyone help or offer a some advise how we can establish this base once again?
Might be a bit of work here, but I would recommend service calls to all of your customers or perhaps you need to entice your customers back with promotions, either way it is important to 'touch' your customers in the right way.
It could be that whilst your products might be cheap, the service is possibly better elsewhere?
Only one real effective way of doing so and that is picking up the phone to them and asking.
Although I appreciate that this might be a daunting task; please feel free to drop me a message and I might be able to help you out.
After 5 years doing purchase and sales ledger i've decided I want to do something more enjoyable with my life.
So I'm trying to turn my hobbies into a business.
I've just started LT Entertainment; an entertainment solutions company specialising in presentation and tuition in: Magic, Juggling and Balloon Modelling.
Hope to get chatting to some of you soon
Hope you find the experience of the Forum stimulating anmd enjoyable and hopefully useful !
Look forward to seeing your posts..
I've done business promo work by putting a corporate branded sticker on balloons and balloon models a few times.
Stickers on balloon dogs could be quite cute.
Our dog groomer promotes her appointment available times on Facebook daily and gets filled up quite quickly that way and then builds up her client retention from that.
This morning she posted on FB to say she is booked out for this week already.
She also posts some before and after pictures of your dog. We found her on Facebook when she got added as a friend (though we don't know her, just saw her through a friends list).
Some suggestions on your website:
Get rid of the 'this website is under construction' sign. It doesn't look like it is, and that can be misconstrued as 'this website is not yet ready to use'.
The layout needs a bit of a tweak - the 'construction' message and everything underneath it look like it should be in the left hand column under specials, not right at the bottom. And then your Top Sellers box is not aligned with Featured.
Add 01484 to the footer banner - not everyone will know the code for Brighouse.
On checkout, the address fields are in an odd order - post code before city - and can you not default the country to United Kingdom?
Why not say up front that the password has minimum requirements - I entered a four character password and was then told it was invalid.
And this is a biggy I think...VAT is not added until the checkout, which I wasn't expecting. Buying from the Featured boxes or product category listings, it isn't clear that the quoted prices are VAT exclusive. If your customers are DIY types, and I guess some are, then this could be another reason not to complete. I'd suggest either having prices including VAT, or make it clearer elsewhere that they're exclusive.
Some of these things might seem trivial, but small things not quite right can contribute to an overall 'not sure I can trust this site' feeling.
You might also think about installing Google Analytics on your site which will tell you how many people are using your site, and to an extent, how they are using your site. We've found it very useful to watch people actually using our live online store and seeing how they move from page to page.
Hope this is helpful.
I'm new here. I've recently started a business, End2End Admin, offering flexible admin support to small businesses, sole traders, trades people, clubs, charities in the Calderdale/Halifax area. I'm here for hints and tips, especially on how and where to market my business. But also to learn all manner of things about running my own small business.
Welcome to the Forum and good luck with your Business
Suggest you also check out some of your local networking groups as well (BNI, L4N 4networking etc) as well as the MYCC monthly meetings all great sources of contacts and opportunity for you to promote your new business.
Thanks for the responses. I'm currently networking for England, or it feels like it at least! 2x Ladies4Networking, 2x BNI. I've just signed up for another 2x BNI and a 4Networking meeting too. Not only is it a good way to meet people to tell them about my business, as I mostly work by myself it may be the only sensible conversations I have in a day (talking to the cat doesn't count). I've also found that it's a good way of getting straight in my mind what information about my business is important to others, what they want to hear in a short space of time and what can be left for them to find out about me and my business on my website. It's a steep learning curve but I'm enjoying it!
Hi All, my Name is Nick Davison and I run High Impact SEO, a small internet marketing company based in Morley that provides content based SEO Services to companies across the UK. We also provide webdesign and produce "ready to roll" optimised websites based on a number of platforms including Wordpress and Joomla.
My name is Richard,
I am based in the Killingbeck area of Leeds and work within a socially responsible organisation providing training for people with both mental and physical disabilities using print, print finishing and fulfilment as our focus, ultimately I hope UKBF will be able to advise and potentially help us grow our organisation through networking and leads.
I'm Paul - I arrange business funding from our base in York.
We are truly independent and so can fund from a few thousand for stock or equipment up to many millions for property or development.
Our busiest sector at the moment is property finance, for businesses and for buy to let houses so if you are looking at any form of funding, talk to us for a free, no-obligation quote.
Happy Christmas to all!!