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Buy Local, Boycott Amazon Prime

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You may have seen the countless advertising from Amazon regarding their ‘Prime Day’ tomorrow Tuesday 11th July 2017, I’m not sure it can be avoided!  Well for those of you not familiar with Amazon’s ‘Prime’ service, this is where the worldwide corporate retailer charges the consumer a monthly fee for free next day delivery when you endlessly shop on Amazon.   Beware however, that most of the products they sell are available cheaper when not through Prime, but this is beside the point. Amazon is its entirety is squeezing the life out of the High Street and will continue to do so.  And when I say High Street, I mean the […]

Half Term Family Fun in Bristol

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This February Half Term, we hope you’re lucky enough to have some time off from running your business to spend with your children.  The week can just fly by so we wanted to help you make the most of it.  Here’s a few suggestions of places to visit, which our children love and cherish, if you want to get out and about in Bristol this week. MShed This (fairly) new addition to Bristol’s museums, is a family favourite in our household at any time of year.  Although on a rainy, miserable day, it is a welcome visit!  Housed in the original Bristol Industrial Museum space, this was reinvented as the […]

Keep Calm, Keep Focused and Keep Local

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Brexit has happened.  Party politics have started Wimbledon off early with in-house ball games and its now officially summertime, so the rain has kicked in! So how are small businesses across the South West supposed to react?  Are we happy, relieved, disappointed, concerned, unsure or just bored with politics altogether? One thing we can be sure of, it’s unknown territory.  Most of us aren’t aware of how the changes will effect our industries and customers.  So whilst we await any pending changes, remain positive and continue to drive your businesses forward. Our message to small business owners and consumers across Bristol and the South West is simple – Keep Calm, […]

Mind Your Own Business

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so we thought we’d explore how running a small business can affect mental health and wellbeing. Running a small business is not all plain sailing, it is full of ups and downs.  During successes and periods of growth it can be overwhelming.  During periods of uncertainty where losses can prevail, it can be depressing, anxiety inducing and isolating.  In a nut shell, owning and running a business will affect your mental health and wellbeing, it’s unavoidable.  Below we discuss a few ways small business owners can look after and improve their mental health:- The First Rule About Mental Health is to Talk About […]

Making Bristolians happier – Why we became a Bristol Pound member

As a very proud Bristolian, when I first heard the words ‘Bristol Pound’ and ‘local currency’, I must admit it was like you had me at Hello!  It was a case of where do I sign up?!  As I looked into the scheme it seemed too good to be true. A large and vibrant city like Bristol maintaining its own currency, change really can happen!  When I heard our first elected, independent Mayor, George Ferguson, was being paid his full salary in Bristol Pounds, it was all the endorsement I needed. I have to praise the genius of the person or people who came up with the Bristol Pound’s tagline […]