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Purple Tuesday Regional Business Spotlight

Purple Tuesday Spotlight

29th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Purple Tuesday Spotlight Purple Tuesday is about to celebrate its ninth birthday. Based in Norwich, with a team of thirteen, the software house supports a wide range sectors and industries.  Having a broad client base, and being a tech company, placed them in a better starting position than many when the pandemic hit back in March, but the past six months have not been without challenges. They have had to...

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Ledger Business Solutions Spotlight

Ledger Business Solutions Spotlight

25th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Ledger Business Solutions Spotlight Mark Ledger, Principal of Ledger Business Solutions works with owner-managed and family-owned SMEs throughout East Anglia. Whilst he describes himself as a Portfolio Finance Director, the title does not give justice to the roles he performs for his clients. These range from creating a business plan, to providing a regular senior strategic leadership role. During the past six months, his clients have included organisations in a...

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Quickfire Digital Spotlight

Quickfire Digital Spotlight

20th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Quickfire Digital Spotlight Nathan Lomax started providing marketing and web services whilst still at school. Some ten years later, he is now one of three founders of Quickfire Digital: a web development and design agency. Quickfire Digital is emerging from the pandemic busier than ever, with an optimistic view of the future. Quickfire Digital was founded in 2017, by Nathan, Fred, and Martin. In early 2020 they decided the time...

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MAD-HR Spotlight

MAD-HR Spotlight

14th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

MAD-HR Spotlight Our MAD-HR Spotlight feature looks at a businesses most valuable asset - its employees. We also investigate the role the virus has played in turning businesses into either a hare, a tortoise or a hedgehog. Read on to learn more. Lockdown restrictions are easing, and businesses are trying to define and adapt to their new “normal”. Business leaders are faced with the challenge of managing the colossal impact...

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Safepoint Spotlight

Safepoint – Spotlight

4th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Safepoint Spotlight The focus for Safepoint is employee protection and safety, by providing technology-based solutions to concerns with lone working. Launched successfully in 2019, they intended to do a marketing campaign in the first quarter of 2020 to introduce their app and guardian portal to the wider market: a campaign that has been delayed by three months due to Covid-19. Being a tech company, the move to homeworking in March...

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The Big Drop Brewing Co.

Big Drop Brewing Co – Spotlight

30th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Big Drop Brewing Co. James Kindred and Rob Fink founded Big Drop Brewing Co in 2016: a radical change from their previous careers of web design and law. Driven by their own desire to see quality alcohol-free beer readily available, they have since that time launched over a dozen products and received numerous international awards for their range of craft low/no alcohol ales. Being stocked by major supermarket chains, pubs,...

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Business Growth Coaches Network

Business Growth Coaches Network – Spotlight

18th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Business Growth Coaches Network - Spotlight Peter Basford, a business growth coach with the Business Growth Coaches Network, and his team have been working flat out since March. Not surprising when he describes himself as a mentor, coach, advisor, someone to celebrate success with and a shoulder to cry on – with that last one being heavily in demand at times during Covid-19. Like many businesses and SMEs, Peter’s type...

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Queuepay Spotlight

Queuepay Spotlight

14th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Queuepay Spotlight In June 2019, Ellis Heighes had an idea for a quick and easy purchasing platform without the need to download an app. An idea that started with the principle of scanning a QR code to enable the purchase of a product quickly and easily for the consumer was developed and tested over the following months, and Queuepay was ready to launch in February 2020. A few weeks later...

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Evander Spotlight

Evander – Spotlight

10th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Evander Spotlight Evander’s Central Operations is in Norwich, supporting 20 branches throughout the country. The UK’s leading provider of glazing and lock services, helping over 120,000 customers per year, they are a trusted brand with strong relationships in multiple sectors including insurance, facilities management and noise abatement. When Covid-19 started affecting businesses in March, it was no different for Evander. They have continued to operate throughout lockdown supplying prompt responses...

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Expert Print Management Spotlight

Expert Print Management- Spotlight

7th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Expert Print Management - Spotlight Expert Print Management owned and managed by Paul Youngs is a successful Norwich based business working with marketers and marketing departments of businesses throughout the UK. Paul has over thirty years’ experience in the print industry, and over that time has seen significant change and survived economic turmoil more than once, but nothing quite prepared him for 2020. All three areas of the business –...

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New Anglia Growth Hub

New Anglia Growth Hub Spotlight

6th Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

New Anglia Growth Hub was set up in 2014 to provide free face-to-face business support. Since then, its team of expert advisers have engaged with over 9800 businesses, providing more than 51,000 hours of support across Norfolk and Suffolk. Businesses can access a range of support including help accessing grants and funding, international trade advice, training opportunities and specialist high growth support. Initiated by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership...

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Chase Plastics Spotlight

Chase Plastic – Spotlight

1st Aug 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Chase Plastics Spotlight David Harris acquired Chase Plastics, one of the country’s longest established manufacturers of recycled plastic, in 2018. The company had a good reputation and established client base but needed new energy and a different approach to grow. Their historic demand had been based on price: it was cheaper to use recycled polythene.  However, in recent years the increased focus on sustainability and the circular economy has created...

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The Magnus Group - Spotlight

Magnus Group – Spotlight

27th Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Magnus Group started in 1973, initially as a shipping agency and now offering a complete range of freight logistics and forwarding services. When Olly took over the family business in 2019 he knew that he had a challenge on his hands to bring the business back to life. A firm believer in success being rooted in having a strong team, Olly started recruiting the management team he wanted to help...

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Smart Garden Offices Spotlight

SMART – Spotlight

22nd Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

SMART - Garden Rooms, Offices and Studios SMART, based in rural Suffolk, manufactures, sells and installs garden rooms throughout the UK. An award-winning brand with 19 years’ experience, priding itself on customer service and the ability to provide a modular build to allow the room to be tailored to exact requirements. The last 18 months have been especially interesting for SMART. In January 2019 Matt Moss joined the team. Due...

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Ensors Accountants

Ensors – Spotlight

17th Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Ensors It feels hard to believe that little over three months ago the Prime Minister announced his decision to put the United Kingdom into lockdown as a result of Covid-19 – knowing the impact this would have on our economy, job protection and general wellbeing. As the lockdown now begins to significantly ease, it is easy to focus on the negatives and the long road ahead to recovery and hard...

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The KBB Centre, Ipswich

The KBB Centre – Spotlight

12th Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

The KBB Centre The KBB centre is a family run business based in Ipswich, run by brothers Roger and Patrick Peck providing kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, with over 60 years combined industry knowledge and family links in the kitchen industry in Ipswich going back to the early 1970s. When the lockdown started in March, there was little choice but to close. All staff were furloughed leaving the directors to undertake...

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Spotlight on The Woolpack

The Woolpack – Spotlight

4th Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

The Woolpack The British Beer and Pub Association surveyed its members in May and found that 19,000 of 47,000 pubs believe they will go bankrupt without further Government help. With social distancing at 2m, it is expected to allow around 25% capacity, which means even when allowed to open, they believe it will be impossible to survive financially. Even those with gardens and outdoor space will struggle, especially once heading...

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Spotlight on The Hudson Group

Hudson Group LLP – Spotlight

2nd Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Hudson Group The Hudson Group has been supporting organisations to promote their brand since 1966. From promotional merchandise and clothing to vehicle graphics, printed materials and signage. A local company, employing 38 people, based on two sites in Suffolk, and one in the Midlands, providing support nationwide. When the Government announced on 20 March that entertainment, hospitality and leisure businesses were to close and that if you can work from...

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I’m delighted that Charlotte is part of our team at Smart and Zedbox.

Her HR experience is unparalleled. She delivers her advice and implementation with real precision – combined with a great empathy. She’s a real professional: bright, intuitive and insightful. She’s a real pleasure to work with and she brings a clarity and depth to all our thinking.

Working with Charlotte gives us the confidence to train, develop and manage our entire team to ensure we’re a progressive, second-to-none employer with world class ambitions.