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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Small Business Brexit – VISA Hike The Interchange Fees for UK Customers

Small Business may well be dealt a tougher hand in Post-Brexit Britain as VISA are set to notify an INCREASE in interchange fees for doing business in Europe. 

The payments giant is to hike fees for purchases made by UK-based customers from most of Europe – prompting more fears of higher prices and fuelling the argument that Brexit is adding to the cost of trading with the EU.ck on their feet.

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“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.

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The ‘Wedding Business’ Gearing Up For A Rebound (In Business Terms Obviously)

Tears, Tiara’s and Tantrums have reverberated around the UK as loved-up couples dream days have been dashed by the global pandemic. But when Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of the worst country wide disaster since World War 2, couples started getting their plans together again and in turn, will help a devastated industry get back on their feet.

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Only Some Small Businesses and Self-Employed Helped in Budget 2021

As the dust settles on a Chancellor’s Budget speech that was more an animated short, rather than the summer blockbuster we all hoped for, there is a sense of relief for the majority of self-employed and small business owners around the UK. But there are still over 2 million self-employed and small business owners that are shaking their heads in further frustrations as quite simply, nothing has changed.

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Small Businesses Wait to See What’s in The Budget For Them

Some are saying this is one of the most important budget speeches since World War 2. Others are frustrated at the Governments continuous ‘leaks’ to the press about what’s going to be announced later this afternoon. But there could well be more help for the self-employed which are due to be announced in the Budget, including the possibility of first grants for an estimated 600,000 people.

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The Apprentice Levy Has Failed Every Small Business

Since the days of the Youth Training Scheme, the Government has always tried to publicly ‘push’ the idea of Apprentices and what they can do for businesses both large and small. However the reality of Apprenticeships is less a mixed bag of results, more a bag of pitiful re-engineering that is not fit for purpose.

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