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 Suzy's Diary


When war broke out between myself and the Parish council things were likely to turn nasty. Thank goodness for CertainShops.

Lack of time and a menagerie of children and pets to deal with had left our allotment winning the "most scruffy and neglected allotment in Sussex" category (a gold star no less) and the children got out the tent, and prepared to set up camp on the plot, to stop the council taking it away from us and giving it to someone who actually has time to grow some plants.

Just before battle commenced it occurred to me that maybe I needed to find ways of creating more free time. Immediately I dived into CertainShops - professionals online, and sought a variety of solutions. I discovered that time dealing with my accounts could be reduced by using online software at Crunch.

I could save hours in 'brainstorming sessions' for marketing by getting some proper survey data using Research Factor Solutions, and access the creative powers in the Design Shop to put together a hard hitting "don't let them evict Suzy from her allotment" web marketing campaign.

Just to cover all my bases, I also tried going down on bended knee and pleading with the Parish Clerk - which resulted in a stay of execution till next Monday. With the support of the CertainShops professionals, I may just get to keep my allotment after all.

 The Bottom Line


CertainShops professionals at the top of google maps

When you find a professional on the top Google Maps listing, it's good to know that they may be verified by CertainShops.

As part of our ongoing mission to bring quality professionals to the attention of internet users, commercial photographer Scott Collier has gained three top listings on google maps and received new clients direct from those listings in the last few weeks.

Our aim is to bring more of our raved-about professionals to google searchers over the next few months in an ongoing optimisation campaign.

Scott's CertainShops profile can be seen here.....

Fed up waiting 20 mins just to talk to someone at BT about a broadband fault?

CertainShops' professional Rosa d'Morgan helps her clients Feng Shui their bills as well as their homes and offices.

One client of Rosa's discovered they could cover the cost of their business telephone and broadband with Utility Warehouse just through the savings they would get with the UW cashback card.  By using the cashback card at Sainsburies - buying organic butter for their cake making business - the client would more than cover the cost of using Utility Warehouse to provide their business phone and internet.

Just as important, they would also get a quality support service as well (unlike my experience of BT recently who made me wait 20 minutes before I could even talk to them about the broadband not working!)

Rosa is also known as Anne-Marie (it's a long story and I'm sure she'll explain if you ask). Why not talk to Anne-Marie/Rosa (!) and find out more about how to reduce your bottom line business (and personal) outgoings through Utility Warehouse:

Contact Anne-Marie here and she will tell you all about how easy it is to switch your business utilities and get a better service into the bargain........

 Listen and See


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Help me with my vision


Imagine…..  legal & financial powwows – relationship & parenting salons – all in one place....

Help me to create an empowering resource for people going through divorce and breakup – in every town throughout the UK.  Help by answering 3 quick questions:  See why in the video here.....

Click here to take survey

 In Brief

CertainShops professionals appearing on the top of google maps listings

How to turn leads into sales

Invitation to Brighton FSB delicious Indian meal and demo by Lifeboat crew

Professional in the spotlight

Five tips for converting leads into sales by CertainShops approved professional Janette Whitney

Five tips for converting leads into sales

One of the biggest sales and marketing problems that small businesses can face is getting people whom seem interested in buying something to actually take the plunge and hand over their money.

Read more in Janette Whitney's article published in Freelance Advisor - click here to read the full article.......

 Hot News


Brighton FSB Invites you to an entertaining evening at Brighton RNLI Lifeboat Station

Non members, partners and children are all welcome to come attend.  The evening will include:

A short talk on the work of the RNLI;

A demonstration by the RNLI crew, watch out - they are looking for volunteers!

An authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine finger buffet.

Accompanied by complimentary wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverages (How could you?)

A raffle to raise funds for the RNLI. - Brighton Branch members have donated a range of prizes to support this.

Spaces are limited to 60 so you will need to book your place by contacting Paul Yates Smith at Sussex Business Bureau on 01273 447111.

Attendance will be by ticket only.
£10 Members
£12 Non members
Under 12's free. Must be accompanied by an adult

Let's put some fun back into business. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on the 8th July at 6pm

Snippets of news via the FSB:

A few choice titbits from the Federation of Small Businesses:


We Are What We Do, the social movement that launched the Anya Hindmarch ‘I’m Not A Plastic Bag’, is back with its latest creation: a collaboration with Google called Historypin. The site allows users to share historic photos and tag them to Google maps to provide an insight into how the area has changed. Find out more

Small businesses need to be on the ball with TV Licensing

As the World Cup kicks off, new figures show that over half of small firms will let staff watch the matches, but a third are unaware they need a TV Licence to stream games online. We have also provided small firms with guidance on how to avoid employment issues during the tournament. Read the coverage in the Daily Mail.  

Superfast broadband a reality. 

The availability of superfast broadband has been in the news this week following a speech by Culture Minister, Jeremy Hunt.  FSB stats were reported in the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. The FSB is calling for the Government to make broadband speeds a universal service obligation. Find out more.

See why the FSB is the UK's leading business organisation.....

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