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Business of the Month

August 29, 2019
Support Local - Hope Marshall I started Support Local two and a half years ago when my son was six months old. I worked in the legal department of a finance company before having my first child. After he was born, I realised how wonderful life could be and I wasn’t prepared to settle for anything else or go back to a job I didn’t love. I really wanted to give small businesses a platform and I couldn’t see that anyone else was doing this at a price they could afford. Support Local is all about connecting small businesses with...

3 Top Business tips from Katie at Paddlesworth Produce

August 9, 2019
We asked Katie Anderson at Paddlesworth Produce to give us her top tips for anyone starting their own business.1. Don’t be afraid to fail. As long as you learn something from it, it is not a failure but a lesson! Starting your own business means you have to learn so many new things - accounting, marketing, manufacturing, delivering - the list goes on! So you are bound to make mistakes. It is easy to give up or get down when things don’t go to plan but it has really helped me to write down the lessons I have learnt from...

Business of the Month

July 24, 2019
Paddlesworth Produce - Katie Anderson My business idea began in November 2018, the website launched in January 2019 and the first boxes were sent out this Easter. I started my business because I am really passionate about consumers buying food and drink responsibly - that means knowing where their meal has come from, how meat and eggs are farmed and acknowledging the environmental impact of packaging, waste and food miles. However I am also a realist, I understand that farmer’s markets or rural farm shops, even high streets, are often inconvenient for shoppers to get to and I am a...

The Big Ideas Show

February 22, 2019
The Big Ideas Show is a weekly video and audio series, exploring 'The Big Picture' with creative problem solving, goal setting, leadership and motivation. Based in Folkestone, Kent, they work to bring exciting content, thoughts and creative solutions to you for discussion! They talk to creatives, businesses and individuals about what motivates them to do what they do, and where they draw their inspiration from. Stuart was invited on The Big Ideas Show to share some thoughts on the subject of asking for help and support. We would love to hear your thoughts on this, whether you agree or not....

Does regulation in business need to be complicated?

August 1, 2017
Sue Harvey works for Kent Trading Standards, in their Business Advice Team. In this blog she'll give you an introduction to regulation in business plus informs us about what's on offer for businesses in Kent and Medway from the Better Business for All initiative. Why do I need to know about regulations?         Regulations can get a bit of a bad name and can often be seen as 'red tape' but in actual fact they are there to protect and ensure consumers, our communities and businesses are safe and fairly treated. As a business you will have certain responsibilities to meet...

How to Successfully Start a Local Business

June 29, 2016
How to Successfully Start a Local Business Like anything good in life, owning your own business comes with its highs and lows. It can be an extremely rewarding experience - one that may sort you out with a job that you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life – but it isn’t without its struggles. One of the things that people struggle to get to grips with the most is the initial start-up process. Even if it’s something you’ve done in the past, it can prove to be a tricky and sometimes overwhelming task. Even more so with the sheer amount...