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Doug Richard’s Web Fuelled Business – Brighton Bootcamp 27 March

This one day bootcamp is designed for all small businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises that want to grow their business fast online. Led by Doug Richard, from TV’s Dragon’s Den, this FREE practical bootcamp immerses you in the strategies, tools and techniques required to find and close customers via the internet and manage your business more effectively using web-based tools and solutions.

Every business, whether it’s a brand new startup, local shop or small business needs to know how to establish an identity across the web, build a brand through social media, mass media and search engine marketing, find customers through pay per click and viral media marketing, and build a website that truly closes sales. Every company needs to leverage the internet to run their business more efficiently and more cost effectively.

Register now on the Web-Fuelled Business website to book your place.

27 March 2012 – Doug Richard’s Web Fuelled Business – Brighton Bootcamp

9 -17:30  Chichester House The University of Sussex

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Business Startups What’s the business in you?

The 2012 Challenge is underway – Be Inspired – Whats news – Find Finance – Find A Business Mentor – Find Advice – More Sources of Help – the Government, StartUp Britain campaign and other partners are working together to support new business startups and growth. Between them they got all the advice, inspiration and practical help you need to turn a dream into a working, profitable business.  Read more  about the Campaign 


BBC Dragons’ Den

BBC Dragons’ Den

If you have a great idea or invention and looking for cash then make space in your diary – 23 February 2012 – 11 am to 4 pm at The Holiday Inn Seafront Brighton. Businesss Admission FREE. Read more > Brighton & Hove Business Days Event

Businesses of all sizes can enter The Challenge

The Make it in Great Britain Challenge is open to inventors, manufacturers, engineers, designers, businesses of all sizes, young people and the general public. It forms part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to change the image of modern manufacturing.

The winning entries from each category will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition to be held later in the year at the Science Museum in London, which will coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

Business Minister Mark Prisk launched the nationwide competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts the UK has to offer. Read more > Making It In Great Britain

Business Employment

Survey carried out by YouGov for HR adviser Croner highlighted the continuing rise in UK employees looking for job offers that offer a good work environment, good pay and benefits and an attractive work-life balance rather than big name companies. Whilst big names such as Google, Apple and John Lewis attracted the most frequent mentions, just 11 per cent of respondents said a great brand makes a good company.

Of the 2,133 people surveyed, 82 per cent rated a good working environment as the best feature of a good employer, followed by attractive pay and benefits, a good work-life balance and training and development.

Noted that although many small businesses were unlikely to go to the same lengths as big corporations such as Google and Apple, they were capable of being innovative in their approach to engaging and rewarding employees.  Read more > YouGov

The Holiday Inn Hotel Seafront Brighton

The hotel accommodation provider to the forthcoming  London 2012 Olympic Games are the chosen host venue for staging The Brighton & Hove Business Days events 2012,  January through to April 2012.

The Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront is an excellent location for business meetings and conferences in Brighton. It boasts a central location overlooking the sea, 9 fully equipped meeting rooms all with wi-fi internet and air conditioning and an outdoor terrace which is great for breakouts. Room are all designed to motivate and inspire, and their quiet surroundings make it an ideal location for meetings.

The first business 2 business event networks on 26 January 2012 and is FREE to all businesses, large and small, across Brighton & Hove and Sussex.  Simply register your attendance online at Brighton & Hove Business Days

Tendering information

The Intellectual Property Office carry useful weblinks for tendering opportunities –  read more > Brighton & Hove Business  –

The new style Spring 2012 Business Days FREE events, being held at The Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront, including all -day Business 2 Business networking, starting 26 January 2012 are pleased to welcome back The Intellectual Property Office.

The IPO will be providing free up-to-the-minute guidance and presentations for businesses covering topics such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, infringements and especially how to protect your growing brand. They will further help with  IP guidance  relating to The London Games 2012.  Online firms, website designers, new media, digital related industries are especially welcome to attend this event along with general business, product and services. Register online to attend > Brighton & Hove Business

Small Business Advice Sought On Fraud

More than £780 million a year is being lost by small businesses due to actions of fraud according to latest research. Small Businesses are being provided with an opportunity to share their experiences about fraud and requirements to self-protect and prevention.

During 2012 Action Fraud are actively seeking advice from small businesses to ensure the best service and offers to improve their online resources. This is a genuine opportunity for small businesses to tell Action Fraud what is relevant, useful and helpful.  Read more > Action Fraud 


Starting Up New Businesses

According to a 2009 report by the Retail Markets Alliance, markets in major cities largely outperformed high street shops during the recession, as people increasingly sought original and inexpensive bargains. The findings of this research revealed that the UK’s retail and wholesale markets sector has an annual turnover of £7.6bn, generated by 47,000 small to medium businesses with almost 100,000 people employed in this sector.

About a 20% rise is being seen in new business startups during 2011, with more than 470,000 startups being recorded. Read more > how market stalls are being seen as another great revival of the High Street. 

Road Transport and Parking under The Red Tape Challenge

The government process to get rid of unnecessary, burdensome and overcomplicated regulation continues and the latest results see The Road Transport Red Tape Challenge under the spotlight with a view to get rid of more ‘bits of paper’ and live in a digital age.

The Department for Transport is:

  • Scrapping the regulation requiring motorists to hold a paper counterpart to their driving licence by 2015 – saving drivers up to £8m.
  • Improving the regulation surrounding the notification process for vehicles that are not in use on the road (Statutory Off Road Notification or SORN). Once drivers have notified the DVLA that their vehicle is SORN, they will no longer have the burden of annual SORN renewal.
  • Only issuing hard-copies of V5C vehicle registration certificates for fleet operators when needed, with the potential to be rolled out to private motorists.
  • Introducing a limited exemption from drivers’ hours rules so that those who also drive as Territorial Army reservists in their own time can continue to do so.

A total of 142 road transport regulations will now be scrapped or improved including many that affect business.

Other proposed changes to road transport regulations include:

  • Removing the need for an insurance certificate. The Department for Transport will work with the insurance industry on removing the need for motorists to have to hold an insurance certificate.
  • Abolishing the requirement for drivers to prove they have insurance when applying for tax meaning 600000 more people will be able to tax their car online. This has been made possible by new checks of existing databases for insurance under new Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules. The DVLA’s records are compared regularly with the Motor Insurance Database (MID) to identify registered keepers of vehicles that appear to have no insurance.
  • Look at experience in other countries on driver Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC) – the qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers.  In particular, if government could remove the need for some sectors, such as farmers who drive stock to market, from needing a CPC.
  • Local Authorities will now have to ensure business interests are properly considered as part of any future proposed Workplace Parking Levy scheme. They must show they have properly and effectively consulted local businesses, have addressed any proper concerns raised and secured support from the local business community.
  • Abolishing the regulations on the treatment of lost property on buses. Bus companies currently have to wait 48 hours before they can throw away perishable items left on the bus.

Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk stated
“The Red Tape Challenge has built up real momentum since it was launched in April. Overall, of over 1200 regulations considered so far, we have agreed to scrap or improve well over 50 per cent.

“We have already published regulations covering 12 themes, and there are 13 themes to come, so there remains huge scope for reducing the burden of regulation on business and individuals even further…”

  • Currently live for comment Energy – Disruptive Business Models – Maritime & Rail – General Regulations

Read more about The Red Tape Challenge and how you can have your say