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A growing small business is one that understands that although it may well in the same industry or niche as other businesses, it’s still unique. It has different perspectives, a different personality and a different way of doing things.

On this part of the platform we take a look at some of the important things that others don’t like to talk about and shed some light, thoughts and strategies on the wider subject of growing a small business.

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What is this 'culture' thing anyway? And what does it mean for small businesses? ybkbs small b business news and features
   

What is This “Culture” Thing, Anyway? (And What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?)

Chances are, if you follow business news at all (and we assume you do if you’re reading this platform!) you will have heard a lot about Brewdog in the last couple of weeks. 

Without rehashing the whole situation, here’s an executive summary: dozens of former employees signed an open letter accusing the craft beer firm and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear.” Ex-staff members claim they were bullied, treated like objects, and that the company’s culture was “toxic.” You can read more in this excellent piece by Kalyeena Makortoff and Rob Davies for The Guardian.  But following this sage got me thinking: what is this “culture” thing we hear so much about, why does it matter, and how does it pertain to small business owners? 

Lewis D Chaney Talks about saying LESS but being heard MORE YBKBS Small Business News Platform for smart business owners
  

Get To The Damn Point! How to Say Less and Be Heard More

It’s business and self employed 1:01. You’ve said it about them; they’ve said it about you. Well, maybe we just said it to ourselves, murmuring slightly with an un-noticed eye roll, or have at least thought, “Just get to the damn point already!”

eKitchenette - Serving the food industry the CoVid era and beyond ybkbs small business news for smart business owners
  

eKitchenette: Serving the Food Industry in the COVID Era and Beyond

In challenging times, innovative solutions are called for. And for three local entrepreneurs from Leicester, the pandemic inspired them to come up with a creative way to support local restaurants and food businesses. 

Thomas Edde, Ali Datoo, and George Martin founded eKitchenette, an app that combines influencer marketing and online ordering to build a trusted community of food business owners, influencers, and consumers. I met Thomas via Zoom this week to learn more about the business and the team’s journey so far.

Vilma Jackson : Meet the Performance Artist Paving The Way for Deaf Creatives
  

Vilma Jackson: Meet the Performance Artist Paving the Way for Deaf Creatives

Multi award-winning Deaf performance artist Vilma Jackson has launched a new chat show featuring an all-star selection of Deaf panellists. The first episode of The Vilma Jackson Show was released on 11 March, and the second will follow soon. Episode 1 showcases the wide array of talent that exists within the Deaf community and the barriers Deaf people face, while the second will address the wider debate around diversity, inclusion, and equality as they apply to the Deaf community.

The Man Whisperer, Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz where we talk about male mental health business, masculinity in the business world and his very unique perspective of lockdown and how it helped him, help men in business during it. YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
  

Kenny Mammarella D’Cruz: Words of Wisdom from The Man Whisperer

Talking about mental health and struggles can be challenging, and this is often particularly true for men. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that does not encourage men to open up about their feelings.  But one man is on a mission to change that. As we mark the one year anniversary of lockdown this week, editor Marc chatted with Kenny Mammarella D’Cruz, also known as The Man Whisperer, about his vital work in the area of men’s mental health.

  

Founder Anneka Hicks Speaks Out: “Why I Left Excluded UK”

Founder Anneka Hicks has stepped down from Excluded UK to create a new venture dedicated to tackling the mental health fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here she tells us why she’s stepped down from the group she founded, the toll it’s taken on her personally and fighting for the 3 Million self-employed and small business owners excluded from financial help from the UK Government.

 

Meet the Couple Dedicated to Uplifting and Promoting Black Businesses

BBR started life in 2017 with a Facebook group, but its origins can be traced all the way back to 1985 when Huw walked around the streets of London amassing data on over 2,000 Black-owned businesses. This information became the UK’s first Black Business Directory. 

Paul Scully MP, Minster with Responsibility for Small Business (SME's) talks to Steven Mather for his podcast The Business Herald and YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
  

“I Tip My Hat Top Anyone Running Businesses at This Particular Time” – Small Business Minister

Paul Scully MP, Minister with responsibility for Small Business talks to Steven Mather about funding, who they’re really talking about when it comes to small business and what their position is on the 3million small business owners currently excluded from the Government support during the Pandemic.

YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners Chris Ducker Interview and Podcast
   

Chris Ducker – Future Proof Your Business – The Business of You

Best Selling Author of ‘Rise of the Youpreneur’, International Entrepreneur and Podcast Host, Chris Ducker talks to us about future proofing your business, Clubhouse and what to expect coming out of Lockdown
Read/Watch/Listen to the full interview only at YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners

Arden bookkeeping attributes their lockdown successes to building and maintaining their small business relationships in a small business interview for YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
 

Arden Bookkeeping Focused on Relationships During the Pandemic… and it Paid Off!

The Self Employed and Small Business Owners are an innovative, creative, and tenacious bunch. We’ve heard from numerous businesses about the ways they’re rising to the challenge and adapting to survive and thrive. For that reason, we wanted to bring you some positive and uplifting small business stories to inspire you as we start to consider life beyond COVID-19.

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What is this 'culture' thing anyway? And what does it mean for small businesses? ybkbs small b business news and features
   

What is This “Culture” Thing, Anyway? (And What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?)

Chances are, if you follow business news at all (and we assume you do if you’re reading this platform!) you will have heard a lot about Brewdog in the last couple of weeks. 

Without rehashing the whole situation, here’s an executive summary: dozens of former employees signed an open letter accusing the craft beer firm and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear.” Ex-staff members claim they were bullied, treated like objects, and that the company’s culture was “toxic.” You can read more in this excellent piece by Kalyeena Makortoff and Rob Davies for The Guardian.  But following this sage got me thinking: what is this “culture” thing we hear so much about, why does it matter, and how does it pertain to small business owners? 

Lockdown Extended. What Now for Small Businesses, the Self Employed and Hospitality? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owner
   

Lockdown is Extended. What Now?

Yesterday, 14th June, the Prime Minister confirmed that the current lockdown restrictions (with some small exceptions) will be extended through until at least the 19th July. This is unlikely to be welcome news to many people. Most of us were looking forward to returning to full normality next week, and now have to wait a little longer. So what now for the self employed and small business owners?

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An article on How to Self Promote Your Small Business But Not Be a T*** About It - YBKBS UK Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
 

How to Self Promote Your Small Business But Not Be a T*** About It

We all have to sell ourselves at some point – whether it be as a corporate warrior, a small business owner, a ‘disruptor’ or as an individual. But how do we gain a following and self promote WITHOUT looking like a T***?

 

How To Get Free Customers and Clients

Let’s look at one of the cheapest ways to boost your business status and marketing with networking.

How you can use video marketing in your small business
 

Cool Ways to Use Video Marketing Content

Video marketing is incredibly popular, and still growing. There’s one simple reason for this: because it works!

have you got a loyalty scheme for your customers? Here's how it should be put together
 

How to Create a Customer Loyalty Scheme That Works

It can cost up to five times as much to attract a new customer as opposed to retaining an existing one! With numbers like that, it makes sense to focus on customer satisfaction and retention at least as much as you focus on bringing in new leads for your business. 

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What is this 'culture' thing anyway? And what does it mean for small businesses? ybkbs small b business news and features
   

What is This “Culture” Thing, Anyway? (And What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?)

Chances are, if you follow business news at all (and we assume you do if you’re reading this platform!) you will have heard a lot about Brewdog in the last couple of weeks. 

Without rehashing the whole situation, here’s an executive summary: dozens of former employees signed an open letter accusing the craft beer firm and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear.” Ex-staff members claim they were bullied, treated like objects, and that the company’s culture was “toxic.” You can read more in this excellent piece by Kalyeena Makortoff and Rob Davies for The Guardian.  But following this sage got me thinking: what is this “culture” thing we hear so much about, why does it matter, and how does it pertain to small business owners? 

Lockdown Extended. What Now for Small Businesses, the Self Employed and Hospitality? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owner
   

Lockdown is Extended. What Now?

Yesterday, 14th June, the Prime Minister confirmed that the current lockdown restrictions (with some small exceptions) will be extended through until at least the 19th July. This is unlikely to be welcome news to many people. Most of us were looking forward to returning to full normality next week, and now have to wait a little longer. So what now for the self employed and small business owners?

Calls For The Right To Disconnect - A message to the self employed? - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
   

Calls For The Right To Disconnect – A Message To The Self Employed?

Employees are finally getting what many self employed business owners have almost taken for granted – working from home. But there is a growing realisation for the employees and employers that will not only be familiar to the self employed small business owners, but what potentially happens next could effect them for years to come.

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YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners Chris Ducker Interview and Podcast
   

Chris Ducker – Future Proof Your Business – The Business of You

Best Selling Author of ‘Rise of the Youpreneur’, International Entrepreneur and Podcast Host, Chris Ducker talks to us about future proofing your business, Clubhouse and what to expect coming out of Lockdown
Read/Watch/Listen to the full interview only at YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners

New York Times Bestseller Mike Michalowicz, talks to YBKBS about how to 'Fix' your small business easily. A must read for small business owners.
   

Mike Michalowicz – How To Fix Your Small Business Easily

New York Times Bestseller Mike Michalowicz, talks to YBKBS about how to ‘Fix’ your small business easily. A must read for small business owners.
Read/Watch/Listen to the full interview only at YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners