Last week we visited ‘Lina’s Authentic Portuguese Kitchen’ in Salford where one of our customers, Lina, was launching her restaurant with a select group of special guests including friends, family, colleagues at Salford Shopping Centre and Darren Pond, Lina’s PeoplePlus Enterprise Business Advisor.
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One of our customers, Yadu Kadhka is enjoying the fruit of his success at his restaurant Vedic – Vegan & Vegetarian food on Market Street in Hyde. The restaurant specialises in Indian food and has gone from strength to strength since our business advisor Gavin got involved. Yadu came to see our Tameside advisor Gavin Williams as he had an idea for a restaurant and had secured a loan, but he lacked the knowledge in how to run the business on a day to day level and manage the finances. He had a passion for cooking and wanted to make this venture a success. As he had worked in kitchens in previous roles, he felt confident that his food would be up to standard. Gavin could see how passionate Yadu was and as Gavin had worked in the hospitality industry before; he was able to share that knowledge with Yadu in order to launch his new restaurant in the right way. Yadu struggled with the idea of managing the stock, the staff wages and taking on the role of both chef and restaurant owner, as he had no previous experience with self-employment. Yadu says “I started out knowing I needed a loan […]
At Peopleplus Enterprise, we are strong advocates of networking with other small businesses and like-minded people. Networking can be a fantastic opportunity to make connections and support the growth of your business, but how? Spread the word. Think of networking as a free marketing tool. There are plenty of groups and organisations who host networking events that won’t charge you to join, and while you’re there you have the chance to promote your brand. You are the face of your product and it’s proven that people buy people first. They would rather buy from someone they know and trust than a faceless brand, so this is a great platform to share your brand’s message and get the word out about what you are doing. If people trust you and find you approachable, they are more likely to support your business. Build your confidence. Walking into a room full of strangers and trying to get them onside can be scary. However, a lot of networking groups will have a panel discussion or presentation first to ease you into the session and give you something to talk about. This also helps you see who is in the room and who would be good to […]
One of our Start Smart customers, Evy, has made it into the Business Manchester news this week! Evy started working with us while starting up his own digital marketing agency. Originally Evy was referred by the GC Business Growth Hub as he had expressed an interest in starting his own business. Unfortunately, he lacked knowledge of certain business fundamentals to start for himself. He had worked for various companies before including Google & Capita. This was when he decided that he could offer the same service to customers for a better price. However, his main concern was that as he didn’t have any experience at being self-employed he would not be able to manage his time, finances, marketing etc. He did not feel confident about starting the company alone. After speaking with PeoplePlus Enterprise advisor Gavin Williams, it was clear that he would need several 1-2-1 sessions and a clear pricing strategy to reflect the true value of his service. Evy met regularly with Gavin in order to put together a sustainable business plan. This outlines his target audience and how best to reach them. Together they positioned Evy as a ‘Digital Marketing Trainer’, and have since set him up with […]
This guest blog post has been written by Matt Brussels, Founder of the T-Shirt Bakery. Matt completed his training on the New Enterprise Allowance with PeoplePlus Enterprise. His business is now running smoothly and he has some wisdom to share… Have you ever noticed that big brands have their logos everywhere? Sure, they have much bigger budgets than small independent companies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t copy their strategies to promote your business. The T-Shirt Bakery has worked with some of the UK’s biggest brands in various business sectors. Over the years we have learnt how big brands use t-shirts in creative ways to drive customer confidence and promote their brands to wider audiences. Below are 7 big brand strategies you can use to promote your business or brand with t-shirts. 1. Dress to impress Dressing your staff in brand uniforms is a must for any business. They act like walking billboards advertising your brand or business both at your premises and when they go for lunch or travel home in the evening. Your staff are ambassadors for your business, having them look the part with smartly dressed uniforms reflects well on your business as a whole. Branded uniforms can […]