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Welcome to the November '08 edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
If you read the press on a regular basis, you would get the impression, that it is all doom and gloom for small businesses. However, I am pleased to say that, partly as a result of attending Business Focus, we continue to receive a healthy level of enquiries. Indeed, two new businesses agreed to move in last month. These businesses will move in once one of our firms (Allind Ltd) completes its move to larger premises, which should be any day now. Allind Ltd have only been with us a short time having moved into a small unit at the beginning of the year, and then quickly expanding to three units. However due to the success of the business they need to move to a larger space.
Homefresh, another of our business had a very successful month in October, with the launch of its first franchise. Details of this exiting development are set out below.
As mentioned above, we attended Business Focus at the beginning of October, I find this a very stimulating event, as it gives you the opportunity to meet with other local business people and to not only promote your business, but to pick up a number of good ideas.
Last month we had had another two excellent workshops, the first was delivered by Nick Smith the “Achievement Coach” on Goal Setting and the second by Terry Moore of the Peterborough College of Adult Education, on the services that they provide and how small business can benefit from them. This month, we again have two workshops, the first, by Tony Larkins of Beacon Financial Limited on Critical Illness and Income Protection for the Self Employed, the second, by David Kentish of the Business Club on the benefits, to small businesses, of being part of that organisation
This month's Business Link article is “Up-sell and cross-sell your way to more profit”, which hopefully will help you sell more products to your customer whilst, at the same time, increasing the customer benefit.
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


Novembers Business Focus - Franchising is the Way Forward for

local business 'Home Fresh'


With the launch of the first Home Fresh franchise in Watford, Hertfordshire, Home Fresh seems to be bucking the trend in this economic climate. Watford Franchisee Stephen Hodson had spent 25 years in management at the post office and when redundancy was imminent he was looking at the Franchise sector for an opportunity within the domestic services marketplace. With the launch of the first Home Fresh franchise in Watford, Hertfordshire, Home Fresh seems to be bucking the trend in this economic climate. Watford Franchisee Stephen Hodson had spent 25 years in management at the post office and when redundancy was imminent he was looking at the Franchise sector for an opportunity within the domestic services marketplace.
Stephen was encouraged to go down the franchise route as statistics released by the British Franchise Association (BFA) are evidence he is far more likely to succeed than going it alone, essentially with a franchise your running your own business, using proven trading templates, but your never on your own as you have constant back up and support from Head Office
Home Fresh Proprietor James McCullen says "As our first franchisee, it was very important to have the right candidate, and Stephen had all the prerequisites that I was looking for, excellent people skill and a decent level of business acumen. Stephens's success will be a platform for us to sell further franchises across the country over the next few years and so I shall be working very closely with Stephen to help him make a success of his territory.

The following statistics were taken from the NatWest/bfa Franchise Survey 2008.

  • The franchise industry is now estimated to be worth12.4 billion
  • 91% of franchisees claim to be profitable
  • The average turnover for franchised businesses is £360,000


Profile of Franchisees

  • 86% of all franchisees are married.
  • The average age of for a franchisee is now 47.
  • 66% of new franchisee recruits are male.
  • The personal services sector has the largest proportion of female franchisees at 61%.
  • The number of graduates operating franchise units is 37%.
  • A quarter of new entrants are of Asian background.

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Welcome to the October '08 edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
I am pleased to say that despite all the economic gloom in the news, that we are still receiving a healthy level of enquiries, indeed three new businesses moved in last month. As a consequence we do not having any vacant offices/units at the moment. However, later this month one of our firms (Allind Ltd) will be moving out, due to business expansion which will free up a further three units.
We held a tenants meeting last month, coming out of the meeting were two ideas which I will be exploring in the coming weeks; the setting up of a directory to promote the onsite businesses, both locally and nationally and to improve the mechanism for the onsite businesses to trade with each other. I am at the early stage of these projects but I am looking to have something in place by the end of November.
Last month we had two excellent workshops the first was delivered by Chris Billington-Hughes of the Result Corporation titled ”Increase your business by 33% using proven growth strategies”, the second was delivered by Graham Baldwin of Hartwin Ltd “Your IT questions answered”. Next month we again have two workshops, the first by Nick Smith on Goal Setting the second by Terry Moore of the Peterborough College of Adult Education.
This month's Business Link article is “How to survive difficult times Part 2”. This article focus is on sales and revenues. With everything that is happening in the financial markets at the moment, the article makes very interesting reading. This month's Peterborough Workspace business is LMT (Liqui Moly Treatments) who have been with us 12 months.
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.
This month we will be attending Business Focus on 8th October at the Holiday Inn if you are visiting please come over and say hello.

Philip Moores
Project Director


Octobers Business Focus - LMT Limitedliqui-moly-logo

LMT Limited (Liqui Moly Treatments) supply a vast range of TUV approved treatments, manufacturer approved oils and manufacturer Mercedes approved car care products. With the credit crunch amongst us why spend over the odds on maintenance? We can guarantee by using our products you will notice a difference to your vehicles performance, whether it be increased acceleration from Speed Tec or an Air Conditioning overhaul, Liqui Moly has your back. Most of our product range is primarily aimed at the professional automotive market place, such as garages, workshops or dealerships. There are however also a number of products that can be used by the everyday person, with this in mind and the government and local councils now implementing roadside emission tests, why not Do It Yourself. A simple oil change or an air conditioning sanitiser can make the difference in saving you money and time. For free advice on your vehicle needs contact us on 01733396175 or alternatively visit www.liquimoly-direct.co.uk

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Welcome to the August '08 edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.

It is great that at last we have some sunshine and let us hope that the fine weather continues for the remainder of the summer.
Last month was quiet, which is normal for this time of year and although we had some small internal movement with one of our businesses Rose Fire Engineering Limited, taking over a larger office we remain with six units available which are detailed below.
In July we had another excellent workshop from Mark Jackson of Rawlinson's titled “Increasing your productivity”, which as always was well received. This month we are pleased that Chris Billington - Hughes of Results Corporation will be delivering a Business Coaching workshop.
The Business Link article this month is on how to motivate staff. I am also pleased that we have another article from Wendy Howard, of Spirit of Venus, titled “tips to promote your unique business identity”.
This month's Business Link feature is on how to make one to one instructions effective and the Workspace House business article is on the Book People who joined us earlier in the year.
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 September '08 edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.

We are now at the end of what has been a dismal summer, weather wise. However, at Peterborough Workspace after a slow start enquiries have started to pick up and indeed last month two new businesses moved in. At the moment we have only 3 units/offices available, as detailed below. Occupancy is currently 93% up 30% on the same period last year.

This month's Business Link article is “How to survive difficult times”. With everything in the press about the “credit crunch”, the article makes very interesting reading. This month Darren Richardson the proprietor of Heatfix, who have been with us for over 12 months, writes about his experience of starting a businesses and moving into Workspace House.

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 July '08 edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
Although the level of enquires remains high, for the second month in a row no new businesses moved into Workspace House. Two businesses have moved out for personal reasons and as a result we have five offices currently available which are detailed below. The offices are of various sizes and will accommodate from 2-3 people up to 8 people.
As I have mentioned in previous months the ebb and flow of businesses into Workspace House is natural and indeed we have gone from having 20 vacant units/offices twelve months ago, to being 100% full four months ago to the current position.
Last month we had two excellent workshops, the first by Mark Jackson of Rawlinson's and the second by Alan Brighton of Action Coach. This month Mark is back again delivering a workshop on “Increasing your productivity”. The benefits of these workshops, which are free, to the onsite businesses are significant as they provide a number of hints and tips on how to approach the minefield of running your business.
Like last year the Peterborough Workspace team will be attending the East of England show on 13th, 14th and 15th June and again we will be in the Federation of Small Business's tent. If you are passing please pop in and say hello.
This month's Business Link feature is on how to make one to one instructions effective and the Workspace House business article is on the Book People who joined us earlier in the year.
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


July Business Focus - the Book People

The Book People have been operational for the last 19 years, bringing great value books to millions of people. Now one of the UK's largest and most successful booksellers, The Book People were the winners of the BOOKSELLER RETAIL AWARDS 2007 and run web sites for such people as Jamie Oliver and are featured in the Richard and Judy T.V. series.
Locally we cover a 40 mile approx radius of Peterborough. We deliver to any workplace from tower blocks to local shops, to schools and hospitals as well as leisure centres/mother and toddler groups/playgroups and clubs.
In addition we hold Book Fairs or Book Events in large venues e.g. staff restaurants - mainly for firms who are not able to take sample books in the usual manner. We also attend School Book Fairs, in which parents are invited by the school to see and buy books after school hours e.g. Cottesmore, Eye Primary and Leighton Schools.
The Book People has also established an Essential Catalogue for Schools. Locally we are invited by Pre School Learning Alliance to attend their annual party and events day at Huntingdon Racecourse to introduce families of younger children to early reading and book awareness.
You may also see us at small book stalls for Fund Raising events e.g. Village Halls or charity venues like Thorpe Hall and Anna's Hope based around Stamford.
All the titles we deliver are offered at our incredible discounts, giving you the opportunity to shop in your own time with no strings attached. If you decide to purchase any of these wonderful books, simply add your name to the order form, leave your cash or cheque payment, or complete your payment on line with tbp.co.uk. We will return a few days later to hand deliver your books there and then. Yes it really is that easy!
We will visit you approximately every six weeks. Each time you will see a new and varied range of up to the moment popular books from the UK's leading publishers.

If you currently do not receive a visit, or would like to suggest a workplace that would enjoy this unique service, then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit or website tbp.co.uk

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