Starting a bakery

Starting a bakery requires a mix of skills; you need to be an experienced baker and also an astute businessman, as success will require not only the skills to create attractive products but also the skills to run and grow the business with profit in mind. Location is absolutely key; baked goods are often bought at strategic intervals (breakfast, lunch...
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Tips to establish a strong corporate identity

The success of a business largely depends on the reputation of your company/firm in the market. Strong corporate image leads to more customers which results in increased sales. It is pivotal to chalk out an effective marketing strategy consisting of clearly defined steps to be followed.
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Q&A: Sean Farrell - Chateau Rouge

Sean Farrell is the founder of luxury tea company Chateau Rouge. The company, which is named after a Parisian chateau, aims to scour the world for special producers in order to develop a unique line of blends.
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Case study: eCommerce helps Truffle Shuffle take on the retro t-shirt market

Vintage T-shirt vendor Truffle Shuffle started trading in 2004 and has grown to be a significant player in the retro t-shirt market. They implemented mobile payments just over a year ago with help from a graduate web developer for the grand total of £200. Now, their mobile customers’ conversion rates have increased five-fold and resulting revenue has...
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Becoming a personal trainer

Personal training is a highly rewarding profession that offers plenty of opportunities to specialise. If you want to be a personal trainer, you’ll need a detailed knowledge of a range of disciplines including nutrition and biology. There are many different training avenues available, so you can pick the one that suits you best.

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OPINION: The F-commerce myth - addressing the hype behind selling on Facebook

At the current time (April 26) Facebook, the most visited website on the internet, is deep into preparations for its expected $100 billion Initial Public Offering (IPO). That may seem like a lot of money, but all the indications are that the public simply can’t get enough of this site. To put this into perspective, Facebook wins one in every five internet page views. Even more astoundingly, the average visit lasts 20 minutes. The truth is many people simply don't leave this walled garden; meaning that Facebook really IS the internet for millions of people.

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Q&A: Adam Soliman - Charbrew

Building a fledgling tea business from his parents’ house was a far cry from 21 year old Adam Soliman’s dream of the City trading floor. But, just two years after graduating in the thick of the worst recession in a generation, the young entrepreneur now heads one of the UK’s fastest-growing speciality tea brands worth over £1 million.

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Let’s take control and stop relying on the banks...

Ten years ago, a small business owner might reasonably expect to visit the local bank manager and – assuming the business was fairly healthy - negotiate a loan or an overdraft. But that was before the series of calamitous events that have hit the global economy and changed the financial industry forever.

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EVENT COVERAGE: Creative Mishmash @ Clerkenwell Workshops

inspiresme.co.uk attended the ‘Creative Mishmash’ event at Clerkenwell Workshops on September 29th, organised by Dreamstake in association with Elite Consulting.

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