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Newsletter - May 2009
Welcome to the May edition of Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
Last month we witnessed a lot of movement at Workspace House, with two businesses moving in and three moving out. So far this year we have seen twelve businesses move in and nine move out. Although we have always had businesses come and go on a regular basis, this trend is more volatile than previously and is reflective of the current economic situation. Of the businesses which moved out, one Businesscoms Consultancy have moved to bigger premises, whilst the other two have returned home, we wish them all well for the future. Enquiries continue to be very positive and are running at an average of 2-3 per week.
In this current economic climate, it is more important than ever that we support our small businesses. At Peterborough Workspace we are very proud, of the fact that we have an 85% success rate of businesses still trading successfully after 3 years, which is more than twice the national average. One of the ways that we support our businesses, is through our regular workshops. Last month we had two excellent workshops the first, delivered by Alan Brighton of Action Coach on “The simple measures every business needs to thrive in a recession” and then Mark Jackson of Rawlinsons delivered one of their highly regarded Business Builder forums. This month we have three workshops all with a marketing theme, first we have Dawn Strange of Media Matters, then Andrew Nicholson of 4 Thinking Marketing and finally Andy Lindsay of Moving up Media.
This month's Business Link article is titled “Are you doing things right as opposed to doing the right things?” and is very thought provoking.
Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

Philip Moores
Project Director

 

 

 


 

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Please allow us to introduce ourselves:
 We are a Peterborough family based business which has been established since 2004, we offer a courier service to local businesses with the added facility of chilled and frozen vehicles to service the food industry.
We currently operate a fleet of the latest vehicles that are fully insured and all are fitted with a satellite tracking/Navigation systems and mobile phones, this ensures we know the exact location of your delivery and to make sure it gets there ASAP. Once your goods are on our vehicle they remain there until the delivery destination is reached. Several of our clients have indicated that this limits the damage & losses that are associated with using a pallet distribution network.
After that build up imagine the deflation when you had demonstrated the sometimes ineffectiveness of their locks when the question comes “Do you do alarms mate?”
All our vehicles are available to go anywhere in the UK or Europe seven days a week for any of those urgent deliveries at a moments notice.
If you require any help or information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Telephone: 01733- 235553
Fax: 01733- 232002
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please quote AM021 on the completed account form & receive 10% discount on the first booking

Newsletter - October 2009
list of businesses at Peterborough Workspace
Welcome to the October edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.September continued the stable trend that we saw in August, with no businesses moving out and one business moving in. So, currently we have only one available unit the details of which appear below. However, that position will change shortly, as I am aware that three businesses will be moving out, two to much bigger units, but more on that next month.As mentioned last month we have now started our Workshops, and Rawlinsons kicked it off in fine style with "How to get your customers to buy more from you", this month we have three workshops, firstly Media Matters with “helping you raise your profile on the web”, then Easylife IT talking about some of the latest CRM developments, before we end the month with another workshop from Rawlinsons.This month's Business Link article continues “Staff recruitment theme”, this time on the interviewing process.For the third year running we will be exhibiting at Business Focus which is held on 9th October at Holiday Inn Peterborough-West, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough. Doors open ay 9.00 a.m. and if you are visiting we would love to see you.Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.Philip Moores
Project Director

 

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Welcome to the April(2009) edition of Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
We again had a little bit of movement in March, with two business moving out and one business moving in. The trend for the year continues to be positive, as we have seen nine businesses move in and six move out, leaving us with only three vacant units the details of which appear below. Enquiries are currently running at a very good level and averaging approximately 2-3 per week.
One of the important services that we offer to our businesses is a full security system, which is excellently supported by Mark2 Security. Last month the system was put to the test when we had a break in. The thieves smashed an office window which triggered the alarm, but nevertheless brazenly entered the building. However, within ten minutes the security personnel were on site which meant that the thieves only had time to steal £10 from the post tin. The security system was so sound that the thieves never left the office. Although the thieves fled before Mark 2 Security arrived, their images were caught on CC tv which has been passed to the police.
Last month we had three excellent and well attended workshops from NatWest bank, Tony Larkins of Beacon Financial and Mark Jackson of Rawlinsons. This month we have two scheduled; Alan Brighton of Action Coach “The simple measures every business needs to thrive in a recession” and Mark Jackson of Rawlinsons delivering the second of their highly regarded Business Builder forums.
This month's Business Link article talks about business financial health checks, which is very relevant at this time.
Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

Philip Moores
Project Director



 

 

 


 

A&M COURIERS - PETERBOROUGH a-m-couriers

Please allow us to introduce ourselves:
 We are a Peterborough family based business which has been established since 2004, we offer a courier service to local businesses with the added facility of chilled and frozen vehicles to service the food industry.
We currently operate a fleet of the latest vehicles that are fully insured and all are fitted with a satellite tracking/Navigation systems and mobile phones, this ensures we know the exact location of your delivery and to make sure it gets there ASAP. Once your goods are on our vehicle they remain there until the delivery destination is reached. Several of our clients have indicated that this limits the damage & losses that are associated with using a pallet distribution network.
After that build up imagine the deflation when you had demonstrated the sometimes ineffectiveness of their locks when the question comes “Do you do alarms mate?”
All our vehicles are available to go anywhere in the UK or Europe seven days a week for any of those urgent deliveries at a moments notice.
If you require any help or information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Telephone: 01733- 235553
Fax: 01733- 232002
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please quote AM021 on the completed account form & receive 10% discount on the first booking

Newsletter - October 2009
list of businesses at Peterborough Workspace
Welcome to the October edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.September continued the stable trend that we saw in August, with no businesses moving out and one business moving in. So, currently we have only one available unit the details of which appear below. However, that position will change shortly, as I am aware that three businesses will be moving out, two to much bigger units, but more on that next month.As mentioned last month we have now started our Workshops, and Rawlinsons kicked it off in fine style with "How to get your customers to buy more from you", this month we have three workshops, firstly Media Matters with “helping you raise your profile on the web”, then Easylife IT talking about some of the latest CRM developments, before we end the month with another workshop from Rawlinsons.This month's Business Link article continues “Staff recruitment theme”, this time on the interviewing process.For the third year running we will be exhibiting at Business Focus which is held on 9th October at Holiday Inn Peterborough-West, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough. Doors open ay 9.00 a.m. and if you are visiting we would love to see you.Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.Philip Moores
Project Director

 

 

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Welcome to the first edition of Peterborough Workspace Newsletter for 2009 and I hope that it will be a successful year for all of you.
As predicted last month we now have four units available, which is the first time that we have had vacant units for awhile. Having said that activity continues to be buoyant, with 7 businesses moving in and four businesses moving out in the last two months.
I do believe, that the coming twelve months will be hard for some businesses and that is why it is important, that we do all that we can, to support or onsite firms. We are very proud that we have an 85% success rate of businesses still trading successfully after three years and intend this year, to at the very least, maintain that statistic.
In the last two months, we have had three excellent workshops, the first was delivered by Graham Drage, of WSI marketing, on Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation and then we had Martin Rhodes, of HHG Business Services, on how we can benefit from the challenges that the current economic downturn presents. The final workshop was presented by Hayley McDade, of hc solicitors, on avoiding customer debt.
In February we have two workshops planned the first, by Tony Larkins of Beacon Finance, on Critical Illness and Pensions and at the end of the month Greenwoods Solicitors will be delivering a talk, on the importance of clear Terms and Conditions.
This month's Business Link article talks about business co-operation/collaboration.
Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

Philip Moores
Project Director





 

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Newsletter - October 2009
list of businesses at Peterborough Workspace
Welcome to the October edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.September continued the stable trend that we saw in August, with no businesses moving out and one business moving in. So, currently we have only one available unit the details of which appear below. However, that position will change shortly, as I am aware that three businesses will be moving out, two to much bigger units, but more on that next month.As mentioned last month we have now started our Workshops, and Rawlinsons kicked it off in fine style with "How to get your customers to buy more from you", this month we have three workshops, firstly Media Matters with “helping you raise your profile on the web”, then Easylife IT talking about some of the latest CRM developments, before we end the month with another workshop from Rawlinsons.This month's Business Link article continues “Staff recruitment theme”, this time on the interviewing process.For the third year running we will be exhibiting at Business Focus which is held on 9th October at Holiday Inn Peterborough-West, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough. Doors open ay 9.00 a.m. and if you are visiting we would love to see you.Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.Philip Moores
Project Director

 

 

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Welcome to the March edition of Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
Despite the current economic climate, February proved to be a positive month for Peterborough Workspace, with three new firms moving in and no one leaving. At the moment, we only have two vacant units and certainly the expectation is that at least one of those will be taken shortly. Details relating to the two available units are set out below.
As mentioned last month, I am of the view that the coming twelve months will be hard for some businesses. We continue to do all that we can to support the onsite businesses, with our free workshops and the support provided by Business Link being particularly valuable. This month Greenwoods Solicitors delivered a excellent workshop on the advantages of having clear Terms and Conditions. Next month, we have two workshops, with Tony Larkins of Beacon Financial talking about Critical Illness and Pensions and Mark Jackson of Rawlinson delivering one of their highly regarded Business Builder forums.
I also believe that it is vital that businesses do all that they can to network and profile raise. Peterborough Workspace is a member of BNI, the Business Club and the Chamber of Commerce all of which has proved invaluable in raising awareness and making contacts. BNI have a visitors day on 5th March which is held at the Haycock starting at 6.45a.m.and the Business Club have two meetings held at the Bell Inn Stilton on 2nd March and 17th March starting at 6.00 p.m. If you would like to attend any of these meetings please let me know. The Chamber are running 6 events in the region full details can be found on the Cambridgeshire Chamber website.
In February we have two workshops planned the first, by Tony Larkins of Beacon Finance, on Critical Illness and Pensions and at the end of the month Greenwoods Solicitors will be delivering a talk, on the importance of clear Terms and Conditions.
This month's Business Link article talks about reviewing your profit margin. The Peterborough Workspace business feature is written by Mark Dame. Mark moved to Workspace House about 2 years ago with his, then, company “PopLocks”, as that company grew he joined forces with Cambs Security and together they formed Mark2Security which is growing from strength to strength.
Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

Philip Moores
Project Director



 

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For many years I had been driving round the dimly lit streets of Peterborough trying to find that poor old shivering soul that had shut the door behind, only to get that sinking feeling that the keys to the house were staring at him through the kitchen window. There they are sitting on the kitchen table, they might as well been in another country.
However there is great satisfaction when the door swings open after you have been working on it for what would sometimes seem like an eternity. This coupled with the feeling of being able to help that person more than made up for the stress of being out that late at night.
After that build up imagine the deflation when you had demonstrated the sometimes ineffectiveness of their locks when the question comes “Do you do alarms mate?”
Then my answer had to be sorry no! But in true BNI (Business Network International) style I would say I know someone that does. Following numerous visitors of Security companies to the meetings, one company came up trumps every time. Cambs security paid great attention to detail and customer care was paramount, it showed in their work. During the weeks that followed, they would reciprocate and pass Lock jobs to me, in fact it got to the point where it was getting silly and the decision was made to join forces and work together.
We would arrive at customers premises ready to quote them happy and introduce ourselves. Hello I am Mark and this is Marc “Oh” came the reply “he's Marc too”! hmm there is a company name, so Mark2 Security Ltd was born. From these humble beginnings we have grown from strength to strength and become very busy. The marriage of mechanical locking and electronic security systems gives the customer a one stop shop for all types of security requirements.
None more so demonstrated than at Peterborough Raceway the new Karting centre in North Bretton which has something of everything. They have one master key that can unlock the whole centre, a remotely operated access system on the main door to control the flood of budding Lewis Hamilton's also there are CCTV cameras constantly watching. An alarm system keeps the building safe at night and is monitored 24 hours and will get in touch with key holders on activation, finally a panic attack system to keep the staff safe too. However installation of these systems did take us a bit longer than usual as there were frequent opportunities to test the track out!!
Recent events have seen us take over another company ARA (Automatic Reset Alarms) who had been trading for over 30 years and has managed to install many alarms in the Peterborough area.
The onset of the so called “economic downturn” has forced some elements of society to turn to crime to make ends meet rather than the stereotypical feeding a habit. The requirement of customers to upgrade has never been greater. Unfortunately the days of alarms just sounding out to alert the neighbours have gone too, our best selling system rings your mobile to let you know if anything is happening. Not only that it talks to you, I don't mean you have a chat! But its computerised voice similar to a popular Sat Nav's lets you know what's going on at home. Also with it being wireless it will only take us a few hours to fit and will not ruin your décor.
There are lots more to the system, so if I have wetted your appetite to know more simply take a look at our up and coming web site at www.mark2security.co.uk give us a ring and ask for, “yep you guessed it” Mark! Or drop in to Workspace House to see us, we look forward to meeting you and together we will be “Targeting Crime”.

Newsletter - October 2009
list of businesses at Peterborough Workspace
Welcome to the October edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.September continued the stable trend that we saw in August, with no businesses moving out and one business moving in. So, currently we have only one available unit the details of which appear below. However, that position will change shortly, as I am aware that three businesses will be moving out, two to much bigger units, but more on that next month.As mentioned last month we have now started our Workshops, and Rawlinsons kicked it off in fine style with "How to get your customers to buy more from you", this month we have three workshops, firstly Media Matters with “helping you raise your profile on the web”, then Easylife IT talking about some of the latest CRM developments, before we end the month with another workshop from Rawlinsons.This month's Business Link article continues “Staff recruitment theme”, this time on the interviewing process.For the third year running we will be exhibiting at Business Focus which is held on 9th October at Holiday Inn Peterborough-West, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough. Doors open ay 9.00 a.m. and if you are visiting we would love to see you.Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.Philip Moores
Project Director

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Welcome and a Merry Christmas to the December(2009) edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
I am still very pleased to report that we remain full, this despite the fact that, as mentioned last month, Allind Ltd left us for bigger premises. However, I anticipate, that we will have a small number of offices/units becoming available later this month, as Papershrink, are due to move out to larger premises. Papershrink have been one of our success stories, the proprietor, Elisabeth Belisle, started her business in her conservatory and moved to Workspace House about six years ago, initially she occupied one small unit, but over her time here the firm has steadily grown and at the time of leaving Papershrink occupied six units.
Smart Spending, who moved into Workspace House in the summer, provide details below of their product which has become popular within the local area.
Last month, we had an excellent workshop delivered by David Kentish of the Business Club on the benefits, to small businesses, of being part of that organisation. Later this month, Graham Drage of WSI marketing, will be delivering a workshop on Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation.
Last month, we also launched our first Peterborough Workspace internal networking meeting. With 37 businesses on site, there is a great opportunity for businesses to trade with each other and this has proved to be the case.
This month's Business Link article, a explains the help that is available to businesses in this time of doom and gloom.
Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.
As the Christmas and New Year holidays will shortly be upon us, I do not intend to issue a newsletter in January, the next one will be 1st February.
Finally, I would just like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.

Philip Moores
Project Director


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