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Growth Accelerator

by Tina Dulieu from Coaching Dynamics: Tina Dulieu, B.Ed., Dip CEC

28th October 2012

Post Type: Other

Tina Dulieu of Coaching Dynamics was delighted to tell Gateway to Business members last week of the popularity of the new Government funded Growth Accelerator Programme to help entreprenural businesses double their turnover within 3 years.  As one of Growth Accelerator's regisitered and approved Growth Coaches, Tina said that she'd had 4 companies accepted into the scheme that week, already has 3 on the programme and several more applications pending - it is all very exciting!

For further information contact Tina at tina@coachingdynamics.co.uk.  Details on the scheme can be found at www.growthaccelerator.com.


Visitors' Day - 22 November - Bring a business day

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

22nd October 2012

Post Type: Leadership Team Announcement
Visitors' Day - 22 November - Bring a business day

Want more business?

Come to our visitors' day at Gateway to Business BNI, 6.45am on 22 November 2012. 

Great breakfast, great business opportunities.

Book now!

 

Gateway-to-Business (GTB) networking group which has generated an impressive £1.4m worth of business for its members since the start of this year alone, is inviting more local companies to share in this success by coming along to its Visitors' Day on 22 November.


The GTB group — which is part of Business Networking International (BNI), the world's largest referral organisation — brings together more than 30 local businesses every Thursday for a breakfast meeting at the Hilton Hotel at Stansted Airport at 6.45am. Far more than just a talking shop, every member has grown their businesses by more than £30,000 since the start of 2012, despite the challenging economic conditions.

This year, the GTB members aim to break an annual record by generating £2 million worth of business through a combination of internal and external referrals. This will be achieved by growing GTB to 40 members over the next couple of months, and local business owners and managers are encouraged to visit on 22 November.

With only one business in any one sector able to join, becoming a member of BNI locks out the competition, and the GTB group is currently looking for florists and video production companies who want to grow their businesses and become part of the area's premier networking and referral organisation.

NBA WELCOMES ARMY HOME

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

17th October 2012

Post Type: BNI Announcement
NBA WELCOMES ARMY HOME

NBA members produce Afghanistan tour booklet for 33 Engineer Regiment at Carver Barracks, Essex. 

 1,000 Army booklets: John Musgrove, Lieutenant Colonel Bell and Jeremy Rose, Creative Solutions. 

 

Newport Business Association NBA businesses have helped to design, produce and print over 1,000 commemorative booklets for the men and women who served out in Afghanistan. The tour, from March to October 2012 was celebrated with a 76 page booklet showing the contribution different sections of 33 Engineer Regiment contributed to Operation Herrick 16


In memoriam to Sapper Connor Ray, Corporal Andrew Roberts and Private Ratu Manasa Silibaravi. When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.


Thank you to Michael Cameron for some photography, Jeremy Rose of Creative Solutions for the design and production, John Musgrove of Colour Print for printing the booklet and Alice Maggs for Minute Man Press for printing the programmes. 


Big thank you to all those that have pledged money for the new Family Guide, which will be produced in February/March 2013. 


If you’d like to advertise, please call 01799 541114 or email nba@c-lutions.co.uk and pledge £100, £200, £300 or £400 and we’ll create the advertising.


Harry's Bar, Splendid London Restaurants with an advanced website.

by Simon Thomas from Toucan Internet LLP

05th October 2012

Post Type: New Member Article
Harry's Bar, Splendid London Restaurants with an advanced website.

The decision to choose between a routine website and one that ups the game to run business processes and online marketing is a big one, however the ongoing benefits of automating routine procedures saves time and money.

We were delighted to be commissioned to redevelop the website at Harrys.co.uk as Toucan Internet LLP started as Harry’s Bar’s web partner with their very first website that was developed in 1999.

The creative design was critical in capturing the essence of these two quite different Harry’s Bar restaurants. This exciting design involved considerable liaison with the team at Harry’s Bar and the photographers who shot some stunning images that project exactly what Harry’s Bar is about.

The technical specification was extensive and it affords the team at Harry’s Bar extensive control over the whole website through a friendly control panel:

  • Add and delete pages
  • Schedule pages to be available during certain periods, ideal for seasonal menus
  • Upload, crop and scale images automatically; no image preparation is required before upload
  • Mailing list function automatically handles opt-ins and corporate mail outs are managed directly on server affording easy mailings and avoidance of being seen as Spam
  • Place rotating onsite advertising panels
  • Manage the on-page search engine optimisation
  • ……… more

Since a greater amount of decision making will be done through mobile web than is done on conventional pc’s over the next few years, Harry’s Bar’s new website also supports a responsive design that is automatically used in favour of a wider screen rendition if viewed on smartphones.

All menus have a dedicated print version that emulates the real restaurant menus such that they can be printed and reviewed before visiting the restaurants.

Finally when you’re in town next and fancy a bite to eat away from the madding crowd, we wholly recommend Harry’s Bar for a warm welcome, exquisite food and great atmosphere – you will not be disappointed. Furthermore on presentation of a printout of this article before the end of November 2012 you can get 10% discount on the a la carte menu at the Ironmonger Lane venue. Many thousands of visitors to the website every month have already discovered Harry’s Bar, now it’s your turn.

For more information and a chat about affordable professional website development for restaurants please feel free to contact Simon at Toucan Internet LLP and improve your online success.

http://harrys.co.uk/

t: 01279 871 694

e: simon@toucanweb.co.uk

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