The hub offers ideas for your business written by a community of experts who also run their own micro businesses.
Georgina El Morshdy
Georgina is the wordsmith at Gem Writing & specialises in helping micro business owners communicate their message through words that do justice to their business.
Robert Peters is a small business advisor, coach and consultant. Through his Fresh Eyes Consultancy he helps micro business owners grow sustainable and profitable businesses. Sign up for a free copy of his guide on how to avoid the feast and famine cycle and take the stress out of micro business sales.
Jo Waltham is the techy person behind the Micro Business Hub. She builds websites for micro businesses and bloggers at Callia Web where she also provides general tech support with WordPress, email and hosting. So if you are looking for a little techy help then do get in touch.
Mark James is an in-house Writer for Crunch, accountants for contractors. He specialises in small business and has aspirations of his own start-up one day.
Sue Ritchie is a confidence and business coach at You Time Coaching. She delivers "Motivational Masterclasses” for business & the “Strategies for Being Brilliant” coaching programme for individuals. Sue is a professional speaker as well as a regular guest blogger at Virgin where she writes about powerful motivational strategies to help you be brilliant in your career.
Giuseppe Colombi is an accountant with over twenty five years experience and owner of Best Choice Accountancy Ltd. He has a friendly, practical style and removes the stress of accounts, tax and deadlines, helping you focus on building your business. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of business, accounting and tax with business owners like you, small companies, contractors and freelancers.
Kassia Gardner is the founder of Spindle Tree and an email marketing specialist. Spindle Tree works with businesses, associations and not-for-profits, helping them grow by providing email marketing services, email marketing software, copywriting and proofreading services
Henneke Duistermaat is a marketer and copywriter. She helps companies win business with persuasive website and content. Sign up for her ultra-short, entertaining copywriting and content marketing tips at Enchanting Marketing.
Tanya Jayne Park
Tanya Jayne Park is a cloud computing evangelist and all round girl geek. Constantly connected to the internet helping micro businesses and non-profits increase profitability whilst reducing IT headaches. If you need some guidance on setting up cloud based apps then Tanya is a Google Apps and Capsule reseller.
Chris Dyson is a Freelance SEO Consultant and currently blogs about Social Media and SEO at Triple SEO.
Libby loves social media marketing and training. She founded Zest Communications in 2011 to help businesses communicate more effectively with their customers through social media and now offers the UK's first social media marketing BTEC qualification for business.
Clair Fisher specialises in developing effective leaders, high performing teams, and productive partnerships. Clair is a lecturer at the Brighton Business School, is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a reviewer for Evidence & Policy Journal. Clair has trained as an ILM executive coach and has recently launched Microbiz coaching in Horsham, Sussex.
Emily is a very unusual Chartered Accountant - she speaks fluent plain English! She has worked with small businesses for the last 12 years to help them lose their fear of the taxman and "the numbers". She is Chief Accountant to FreeAgent who make award-winning, beautifully simple online accounting software for small businesses and freelancers.
Alison Bradford is a business coach who specialises in helping Micro Business Owners to become more productive and more profitable. Her clients are working longer and harder in their business and she works with them to grow their business without burning themselves out. You can get her weekly Rock Your Biz Tips here: www.alisonbradford.com/rockbiztips/
Beverley Jones is an author, speaker and the owner of 'Awaken' as well as accredited master coach with the Sue Stone Foundation. In September 2012 her first book ‘Made it Thru the Rain’ was published. This book chronicles her journey through depression, and is available on Amazon. Beverley coaches on a 121 basis as well as through workshops and has launched a new coaching programme which has been devised to assist people thinking about starting a business to understand the ‘business blurb’ that at times seem so daunting. The "Business Simplified" programme is available on a memory stick through her website.
Julia is on a mission to help businesses grow with the dynamite combo of results- centred social media and Nigel Botterill's Entrepreneur's Circle - WOW! She'll help you talk in the right way to the right people to get the right results. Simples. Have you been BrambleBuzzed yet?
Lucy Matthews is a freelance PR consultant. She has a passion for the media, an enviable selection of contacts and a proven record in working with businesses to build their reputation and presence in the media.
Annette Du Bois
Annette Du Bois is a Small Business Growth Expert, direct response marketer, speaker and author. Creating the impetus in this delicate economy for small business owners to work less, make more money and regain the passion and drive for success.
Gaz Copeland is the owner and creator of “Stoked SEO” the Stoke-on-Trent based SEO and Internet Marketing blog. A passion for creative link building, eCommerce and local SEO Gaz has worked as a consultant with hundreds of sites, on all kinds or platforms in many industries since publishing his first site all the way back in 1999.
Daniel is Director of Honey Digital and has over ten years experience in digital marketing. He has worked in both digital and marketing roles for large organisations such as the Energy Saving Trust, British Red Cross, and Chesterton Humberts before working for major London digital and social media agencies. In these roles Daniel has managed major website design and build projects, created both offline and online strategies, and worked on social media projects for clients including the BBC (Top Gear, Doctor Who, BBC Earth).
Kathryn is a Virtual Assistant with over 10 years administrative experience. Running My Virtual Sidekick, she specialises in giving female solopreneurs the freedom to ditch the admin so they can focus on the creative aspects of running a business.
Janine Beattie from Optimum Business Support has an extensive background in marketing & is skilled at identifying those hidden opportunities to get your business noticed. An avid blogger & social media enthusiast she enjoys helping "the small fish to shine the brightest". Janine is also an avid networker and a wibn franchisee for the Bicester, Buckingham, Leighton Buzzard and Stony Stratford groups.
Lucy Thornton of Perfect Balance Marketing helps businesses of all sizes and sectors to plan, create and implement marketing and social media campaigns that deliver results. With eleven years experience Lucy has worked with businesses from a range of industries, including retail, hospitality, childcare, travel and education.
Joanne Dewberry is a multi-award winning small business owner, mummy of 3, and business blogger. She has produced a booklet - Blogging for Business on how you can develop an effective business blog for beginners.
Russ Henneberry is the founder of Tiny & Mighty, a blog about generating sales, leads and referrals for a tiny and mighty business.
Henri is a freelance writer and the founder of Wake Up Cloud, where he helps people turn their passion into a thriving lifestyle business. When you feel ready to take action, get his free special report.
Stewart Wells is Business Unit Director for consumer engagement at Cosine, a leading UK based field marketing agency based in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire.
Lynn Fotheringham is the owner of InsideOut Buildings and has been supplying garden office buildings for nine years. You can contact her for friendly advice, ideas and to learn about all types of garden offices, studios and annexes.
Jo Harrison of Writer’s Block Admin Services is a British Virtual Assistant based in South West France. Jo specialises in eBook formatting, WordPress websites and social media management.
Dina Behrman is a freelance journalist and copywriter. She runs Dina Behrman Copy, providing copywriting services and social media management. Find her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nikki Patel from Potters Social Media has over 12 years of experience in social media marketing. Potters Social Media offer a wide range of services including social media management for businesses, social media set-up, Facebook timeline covers, Twitter background & more.
I'm a dad, husband and MICRO business owner which for anyone are 3 big plates to keep spinning. So I took the most time consuming task - paperwork and accounts in my B2B promotional gift company - and developed software to do it quickly and efficiently and SpinLessPlates was created. To discover how SpinLessPlates features could save you time click here, or read more time saving tips and boost your micro business efficiency on the more time work less blog.
Matt Ryman has been involved in creative production and delivery for the last fifteen years. Moving from the TV advertising world into the digital one, incorporating strategy as an integral part of the content production to enable coherent campaigns in a competitive online environment.
Tina’s expertise & passion lies in empowering micro businesses to do what they love - providing a quality product & service to their customers. Only Me Here, helps micro businesses, charities & social enterprises develop and grow through the creation of a positive vision & the implementation of a strategic plan to help them stay focused on their goals. Tina also co-founded, Enterprise Rockers. They aspire to become the largest global self-help community for micro businesses, wherever they are in the world and are committed to "make life in micro business better and fairer".
Rosie Slosek runs One Man Band Accounting, supporting one man bands in the UK with hassle and fear-free accounts mentoring, with a home made brownie for every client. Start your week well and sign up for her free Accountability email every Monday morning at 8am.
Stan Smith is Founder of Pushing Social, where he's obsessed with teaching businesses how to beat the competition and boost profits with breakthrough blogging. You can jumpstart your blog with his free 7 Minute Blog Strategy Guide and get a few bonus goodies too!
Mike Gracia is head of strategy for Thinkable Digital, a UK based digital and content marketing agency.
Shaun Graham is an online marketer, web designer and owner of Van Zant Media. Offering specialised marketing solutions to accountants and bookkeepers throughout the UK. Van Zant Media recently launched IzzBox a premier business directory for UK based accountants and bookkeepers as part of their specialised marketing service.
James Harding is a self-confessed expert in various aspects of SEO and is also the Content Supervisor for Whoishostingthis.com. He spends hours reading about the latest advancements in the world of SEO and tries to think up ways to put in practice everything that he has learnt.
Charles Roberts has several years experience working in the marketing and business to business telemarketing with such companies as Market Makers. He says that finding new leads and contacts isn’t only a vital part of the plan for any growing business, attending networking events and building your presence online can be both fun and profitable.
Four Design work with many SME’s on projects such as Branding, Corporate Literature, Brochures and Website design.
Retail Champion Clare Rayner is the UK lead for Independent Retailer Month. Clare is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK, championing for the success and sustainability of smaller, independent retailers and suppliers to retail. Her first book The Retail Champion: 10-Steps to Retail Success is out now.
Vince Robisch is the founder and Chief Content Officer of ModernCopyStudio. The trusted choice of marketing directors, business owners and web design companies worldwide, he helps clients create and market premium website content with business results.
Craig Sharp works with a wide range of business sectors, and uses over 16 years of experience from a diverse customer base to ensure clients get the best possible IT Support and Service. He is customer focused and meets regularly with clients face-to-face to see how he can enhance the way they work and make sure they are getting the best from their investment in IT.
Katie Saxon is a Google AdWords Certified Individual and a Bing Ads Accredited Professional. She works for Boom Online Marketing, managing PPC campaigns for both big and small companies.
Chris has a passion for all things IT and a hatred of the 'Computer Says No' mentality of many so called IT experts that just seek to control everything you do. Chris has founded his IT businesses on the principal that IT is just another tool for the business, that it should be helping the business to get stuff done more effectively and more efficiently. If it's not, you really need to question what it's doing there! If you are serious about putting your computer to work for your business and tired of being told you can't do it that way, then you should have a chat with Chris, chances are he can help you!
Travis Van Slooten
Travis Van Slooten is a local SEO consultant and owner of TVs Internet Marketing. His business specializing in providing Google+ Local and website optimization to small businesses throughout the U.S.
Lauren Pope is the editor at Energy Forecaster - a website dedicated to helping businesses work out which way the wind is blowing on energy issues.
This guest post was authored by Tim Rushall. Tim is a keen writer & blogger, with a strong interest in marketing - especially relationship marketing, whether online, or in the real world.
Chris Garrett is an online business consultant, founder of Authority Blogger and VP of Educational Content for Copyblogger Media. He also blogs at chrisg.com where he teaches small businesses how to grow audiences of people who know, like and trust them.
Neil Cavanagh is the owner of Xpress Data Systems Ltd. He has over 15 years’ experience as Chief Technical Officer in large organisations in both the public and private sector. Having recently launched CamisOnline, an online Business Administration and Management tool, Neil is actively contributing advice to help businesses thrive on the web.
Eugen Oprea helps people convert more traffic into loyal customers using proven techniques that grow your business. Get his Google Analytics course for free to learn more and check his new WordPress plugin Elevatr.
Neil Maycock is Managing Director of Optimize-Yorkshire a Search Engine Optimisation company based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He has been involved in SEO since 2006.
Social Media Lincs helps businesses to use Social Media efficiently and effectively to promote their business and communicate with their customers. I run workshops and offer 1 to 1 advice via Skype.
Moonfruit is a company that helps freelancers set themselves up with online sites, whether to monetise hobbies or showcase their work. They offer free websites for individuals and small businesses and have a simple aim: to enable the sharing of business, projects and passion online.
Ash Mashhadi is a Web Design and Social Media Specialist and founder of Design Inspiration. He is a respected writer for publications and websites and has appeared on national TV and radio.
Zeeshan Feroz is an Ecommerce Consultant specializing in online payments. Over the years he has worked with some of the UK’s largest online retailers, delivering complex multi-channel, multi-national and multi-currency payments products.
Stuart Russell is an Online Marketing Consultant and Founder of FindNetworkingEvents.com, the UK's leading Business Networking Events directory. Over the past 10 years he has worked on sites for some of the worlds top sporting organisations amongst others and now focuses on helping clients develop and market their businesses online.
Helen Smith is the founder of HelenSmith Virtual PA Solutions and offers administration, secretarial and virtual PA duties throughout the UK. She has a passion and enthusiasm for working with micro business owners and experts. She is more than a PA she is a Powerful Advantage to your business!
Vee Roberts from Insight2Marketing has consulted within a number of sectors including local government, health, private & 3rd sector. She has successfully launched & managed a number of brands.
Graham Norwood is a freelance property journalist writing for the Financial Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and trade magazines.
James Harper is the online marketing manager at Boom Online Marketing. James devises marketing campaigns for businesses of all sizes.
Sara Parker blogs for Face for Business. Face for Business specialise in providing virtual receptionists for SMEs across the UK.
Salcombe Trading Company is part of a team of Scandinavian specialists mixed with the best of British interior accessories that make a house your home and a careful and through attention to detail.
Rebecca Kimber is the Managing Director of Create – the hosted website solution that gives you the power to design and run your own website and online shop with ease. Create has helped thousands of people make their online debut in style.
Simon Wilson blogs about small business marketing and runs copywriting courses in London, covering everything from tips for creating a content strategy to writing case studies. When he’s not online Simon enjoys swimming, cycling and visiting his local cinema.
This article was written by Laurence Kellett on behalf of PR Fire. Laurence is a web analyst and currently blogs about social media and SEO on a number of sites across the web.
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