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More than 99,000 businesses seek help and advice from Business Link

Posted on 11:42am Friday 27th May 2011

Against a backdrop of austerity, entrepreneurs in Hertfordshire have continued to turn to Business Link for practical help and advice. Of 99,929 businesses in the region making use of the services provided by the organisation in the past year, 19,061 were based in Herts.

New workshop programme to help local people start up in business

Posted on 11:35am Friday 18th March 2011

Business Link is offering a full programme of workshops and business briefings from April to November this year, aimed at people who want to set up a business, as well as those who are already established.

Local businesses show their customers some love this Valentine’s Day

Posted on 3:58pm Friday 11th February 2011

This Valentine’s Day, many of us will be concentrating on showing our loved ones how much we care. The latest survey by Business Link has shown that businesses in the region are no exception.

Free support from Business Link to help workforce development

Posted on 2:30pm Wednesday 2nd February 2011

23% of the region’s businesses would like to provide training for their staff but are not sure what they need, a survey by Business Link has found. With workforce development playing such a vital role in business success, now is the time for local businesses to benefit from free support that will outline the wealth of training options on offer.

More businesses survive with help from Business Link

Posted on 2:49pm Wednesday 17th November 2010

An independent survey carried out by Business Link in the East of England has revealed that entrepreneurs that seek advice from the service when starting out have an 84% survival rate beyond three years, compared with a 64% national average for those that choose to go it alone.

Extra funding to help pubs stay open for business

Posted on 3:23pm Friday 12th November 2010

A third round of funding has been announced to help Hertfordshire pubs stay open for business

Facing the challenges: help is at hand for Hertfordshire businesses

Posted on 12:26pm Thursday 21st October 2010

A recent survey conducted by Business Link in the East of England has revealed that finding new customers is the biggest challenge currently concerning local businesses.

New free business briefings from Business Link

Posted on 10:43am Tuesday 21st September 2010

Business Link has today launched its new programme of free workshops and briefings for businesses and entrepreneurs in Hertfordshire.

Business Link customers more than 91% satisfied with the service

Posted on 10:23am Friday 6th August 2010

Local entrepreneurs continue to benefit from free business support

New Boot Camp kick-starts Herts’ high-growth businesses

Posted on 12:34pm Friday 16th July 2010

Following the success of the Start Your Own Business Boot Camp, Business Link in the East of England has introduced a new Business Boot Camp for start-ups with high growth potential. The new programme meets the needs of entrepreneurs who are starting businesses with the potential for high growth and need a solid base with the right foundations from which to grow.

Avoid scoring an ‘own goal’ – prepare your business for the World Cup

Posted on 11:06am Friday 11th June 2010

With England’s World Cup kick off imminent, Business Link is urging businesses in Herts to ensure they prepare themselves for one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

Over 91,000 businesses find the right Link to business support

Posted on 5:15pm Wednesday 26th May 2010

The year-end figures for Business Link in the East of England’s performance indicate that a challenging economic year has not discouraged Hertfordshire businesses from seeking the support needed to pursue entrepreneurial ambition.

Springtime start-ups: start afresh with Business Link’s new series of workshops in Hertfordshire

Posted on 9:52am Thursday 25th March 2010

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and what better time to start afresh and pursue your entrepreneurial ventures? Business Link in the East of England has just launched a new workshop programme for April-September 2010 aimed at start-up businesses, so those with ambitions of becoming self-employed can rest assured that advice is at hand every step of the way.

Herts’ working parents take control of the work-life balance

Posted on 11:51am Thursday 11th March 2010

Parenting stories are hugely prominent in the news of late. Whether it’s talk of the approach of Mothering Sunday (14th March), proposed changes in paternal working rights, or recent research into the long-term cost of childcare, the words on everyone’s lips this week are ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’. Business Link in the East of England’s latest survey celebrates the important role Hertfordshire’s working parents play in the county.

Manufacturing support mapped out in the East of England

Posted on 10:04am Monday 1st March 2010

Newly expanded manufacturing station on The Business Map points the way during EEF’s National Manufacturing Week (1-5 March).

Herts business owners tell Business Link of their love for their enterprise

Posted on 11:37am Tuesday 9th February 2010

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the latest survey from Business Link in the East of England shows that Herts’ business owners are in love with, and truly committed to, their precious enterprises.

Traditional telephone lags behind the digital world in latest Business Link survey into business communication preferences

Posted on 2:32pm Thursday 28th January 2010

With over three quarters of respondents to a recent Business Link survey recognising the importance of managing their business’s reputation online, combined with economic concerns limiting the potential of more traditional paid-for marketing methods, Herts’ businesses can’t afford to be shy of the online world. For those currently taking a back seat, what better time than Social Media Week (1st - 5th February) to take the digital the plunge for your business? And, as always, Business Link in the East of England is on hand to provide some top tips on using social media to give your business the edge.

Emma Knight

New year, new business resolutions

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:26am Thursday 7th January 2010

No business is exempt from planning and what better time to revisit priorities than New Year, with fresh resolutions for the future?

Onwards and upwards for SMEs

Posted on 12:17pm Monday 21st December 2009

Over the last year, the regional Business Link service has continued to engage with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East of England to support and guide them through the challenges of business.

Award-winning Business Link has double the PRide

Posted on 5:04pm Tuesday 8th December 2009

Business Link in the East of England was last night celebrating double gold glory at the East Anglia CIPR PRide Awards 2009, recognising public relations success and achievement in the region.

London 2012 Olympics: be in it to win it with CompeteFor

Posted on 3:12pm Thursday 26th November 2009

With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the doorstep of the East of England counties and with less than 1,000 days to go before London welcomes the world, Business Link East is encouraging businesses in Hertfordshire to embrace the lucrative opportunities that are still up for grabs.

Women’s Enterprise Day - Wednesday 18th November

Posted on 10:52am Friday 13th November 2009

Celebrating the achievements of successful businesswomen in Hertfordshire

Fall of pound lifts export interest

Posted on 5:06pm Tuesday 3rd November 2009

As the value of the pound begins to return to a competitive level, international trading opportunities are being increasingly sought after by UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Last month alone, Business Link’s online UK Trade and Tariff tool received a record 30,000 visits, suggesting that the improving exchange rate has sparked renewed increased interest in exporting.

Spotlight on small businesses

Posted on 12:48pm Monday 12th October 2009

The aim of Small Business Week 2009 (19th-23rd October) is to better understand the small business community, provoke discussion around its changing needs, and develop ways to equip SMEs for long-term success. Business Link in the East of England is proud to be an official supporter of the campaign.

Brush up on the basics with Business Link

Posted on 3:53pm Thursday 8th October 2009

Business Briefings from Business Link in the East of England (and partner organisations) could be right up your Hertfordshire street - and best of all, they won’t break your recession-hit bank.

From Business Link for National Poetry Day

Posted on 12:55pm Monday 5th October 2009

‘Heroes and Heroines’ is the theme of this year’s National Poetry Day, which falls on Thursday 8th October. Advisors and Enterprise Awareness Managers are the heroes and heroines at Business Link in the East of England.

PRide at Business Link

Posted on 4:39pm Friday 11th September 2009

Business Link in the East of England is celebrating its double place on the CIPR PRide Awards 2009 shortlist. The Awards recognise public relations success and achievements across twelve areas of the UK.

Herts businesses beat the recession blues

Posted on 12:54pm Friday 4th September 2009

Small Business Advice Week (7th – 13th September) aims to help businesses ride out the recession wave and move forward. With this year’s Week focussing on help, advice and support to enable companies to grow, the latest survey from Business Link in the East of England paints a positive picture about the post-recession future of Hertfordshire’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Stortford sisters are doing it for themselves!

Posted on 1:05pm Tuesday 1st September 2009

Bishop’s Stortford-based Lucy Gilmor is proof that for many women in business, being on the top of the pile isn’t out of reach.

Success is in the soul

Posted on 9:44am Tuesday 1st September 2009

Glass ceiling, or no glass ceiling, Hemel Hempstead-based Sally Ilsley is proof that for many women in business, success is in the soul. - Fresh from school and with big plans for a business in the leisure and tourism sector, Sally launched The Life & Soul Academy from her parents front room. Now a thriving local asset, The Life & Soul Academy of Performing Arts, Wellbeing and Lifestyle based in Boxmoor Hall, offers a variety of facilities and treatments to clients of all ages, with further growth plans in the pipeline. Business Link in the East of England continues to provide expert support and advice, helping Sally to exploit all opportunities that come her way.

Is failing to plan, planning to fail?

Posted on 12:20pm Wednesday 5th August 2009

Business planning is important for more than just giving direction to your organisation. Ideally, it will consider business continuity and crisis management for those dreaded times when things go wrong. In light of the Swine Flu pandemic, Business Link in the East of England is encouraging the region’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to recognise and address the possible impact it may have on their business.

The (business) Class of 2009

Posted on 3:02pm Friday 10th July 2009

Herts-based graduates wanting to find out more about ‘Starting Your Own Business’ should register now at www.bookevents.org for forthcoming FREE Business Link workshops

Home is where the heart (of the business) is

Posted on 11:33am Wednesday 24th June 2009

Working from home is an increasingly popular lifestyle choice and a common trend in self-employment. As a result, a growing number of entrepreneurs in the region have turned to Business Link in the East of England for advice and support on going solo from the comfort of their own home. In recognition of this increasingly popular lifestyle choice, the NFEA – the national enterprise network – will be running Home Enterprise Week from 6 -10 July.

3,000 years of experience to help East of England businesses thrive

Posted on 10:15am Wednesday 24th June 2009

It is not surprising that Business Link in the East of England has reported performance results which exceeded all expectations in its second year of operation. With 3,000 years of business experience inside the service driving it forward, there has never been a better time for the region’s SMEs and entrepreneurs to tap into the skills and expertise of its Advisers and Enterprise Champions to help them thrive, prosper and grow their way out of the unstable economy.

Two’s (good) company

Posted on 11:37am Tuesday 9th June 2009

Another milestone reached and figures that evoke success; Business Link in the East of England continues to be the place to go for business support.

Success is as sweet as Sugar

Posted on 9:32am Tuesday 9th June 2009

With Sir Alan Sugar residing in the heart of the region and the much sought after words “You’re hired!” now ringing in the ears of Yasmina Siadatan, this year’s apprentice, Business Link in the East of England surveyed the region’s entrepreneurs on their business inspiration and what they really think of The Apprentice.

Boot Camp delegates marching towards business success

Posted on 10:52am Wednesday 6th May 2009

Entrepreneurs in Hertfordshire are being helped on their way by Business Link East.

The best things in life are free

Posted on 12:47pm Wednesday 29th April 2009

Smart businesses in Hertfordshire survive difficult times with new business briefings from Business Link East

Beat the recession; Hertfordshire businesses plan for the future

Posted on 12:06pm Thursday 9th April 2009

New survey results on the topic of business planning are now available from Business Link East.

NEW FREE Business Link Workshops could work wonders on your business idea

Posted on 9:19am Friday 20th March 2009

The brand new Business Link East workshop programme has just been launched, with 845 workshops taking place from April through to September.

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