Category: MBF News

Business loans from credit unions

In an email to MBF members sent on November 16th, I said that credit unions were providing business loans and gave the website address of our local credit union, East Sussex Credit Union However, although some credit unions have been providing business loans for several years (see this article for example) it seems that East …

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How to get your articles in the press

On Tuesday 1st November 2011 Julie Rae (of Toys to You) gave a great talk on PR, using her experience as a journalist and working in marketing to give very useful tips and insights. She gave lots of interesting tips – the format for a press release, avoiding technical jargon, organising photocalls, how to become …

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Royal Mail delivery and NatWest opening times in Mayfield

Delivery times from the Royal Mail just seem to be becoming later and later.  At the same time, the NatWest bank, the only bank in the village, has reduced its opening times and now closes at 2.30pm.  The result is that letters containing cheques from customers arrive at small businesses too late to be paid …

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Wealden Expo – Thank you for your Support

Well! What a day! Wealden Business Expo was a sell out! And the whole day was buzzing from start to finish… So thank you MBG for coming along – particularly, Chris, Gerry, Ian, and anyone I’ve missed, I hope you got some measure out of it, particularly the advice sessions. It’s taken me this long, …

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Don’t hide it under the bed! And other things…

I briefly attended the last meeting of the forum, and had to leave part way through an interesting conversation discussing how you look after your data, emails and printing. It is still perceived that the best way to store something is put it on paper or disk and hide it. The more reliable way is …

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Green Batteries – A cautionary tale

Recently – well last year, I bought some of these new batteries, rechargeable yet will retain their charge for about a year if not used… Where as the older Nickel Cadmium ones will go flat in less than 30 days… Perfect! A Green battery that last as long as an ordinary battery… BUT watch out! …

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Fed up with Windows – Try Ubuntu!

If, like me, you got along with Mr. Gates’s offering called XP and are wondering where to go to next, can I suggest Ubuntu? You probably have XP, or worse still Vista, and even contemplated Windows 7… But all seem to need a bigger more powerful computer to run  it. I have used various alternatives …

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Creating an Ecommerce website

A short while ago I attended my first meeting of the Mayfield Business Forum (1st March 2011). At that meeting two people from Comtec, presented an excellent article on ecommerce, which for the average business may have seemed bewildering. Tom Blackden from Comtec, also provided a very compact article explaining a lot of  the ‘ins …

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Making use of your phone…

Like many of us I have a home phone line and a mobile.  I also run a business from home. The question is how do you distinguish between business and personal calls, particularly if you’ve got this line being used by the whole family. You could just give out your mobile number, this then identifies …

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Introduction to e-commerce

Tom Blackden of Comtecs led a very interesting discussion on e-commerce at the MBF meeting held on 1st March 2011. He clarified the difference between just marketing your products and services on the web and actually taking orders for them online, then talked about the different setups for enabling customers to choose their items and …

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