International Women’s Day. Sheffield. 

woman in business – Please see open invite to International Women’s Day from Alicia Nang.

Come & join us celebrate the ???International Women’s Day??? tomorrow 12th March at the Hubs, near Sheffield Hallam University. It’s a FREE event & everyone is welcome. From 12pm to 5pm

Including fashion show with Alicia Nang Hair & Beauty team at 4pm

Don’t miss it! There will be plenty others activities like face painting for children with Beanies Childcare , hair braiding, nails painting , facial & make up with Mary Kay products ,etc… And raffles tickets cost £5 to win prizes worth £750 including Brasillian hair, Mizani products, some goody bags to take way only for customers

Forward it to a friend you would love to be there ??





We are proud to be working to set up a Partnership with a promotional print company.  We will offer additional supportive products to the customers buying ‘Promotional Print’.  Customers can use the graphics from the print in the websites and Internet marketing platforms on offer.  Low cost products like SEO, Blogs, PR Platforms, inbound marketing systems and social media integration.

We build relationships with businesses to provide a better service.

Accountants | Printers | Bookkeepers | Stationary Providers etc.


Boost businesses websites

Also re-hosting and re-optimising websites will be part of the offer.  Prices are keen to match the highly competitive in-place promotional print prices and the partnership will be piloted in the north east of England.


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SFEDI’s Executive Chair Ruth Lowbridge receives MBA | Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs


Ruth Lowbridge has been made an MBE for her Services to Entrepreneurs and UK business by the Queen at today’s Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Born in 1953 and brought up at Hartlepool Headland, the pursuit of entrepreneurial success has been a defining feature of Ruth’s entire life. Her mother, Mary Pattie, was a determined business woman who ran a successful boarding house for ten years and then went on to establish and run a baby linen and wool shop for many years. Having replicated her mother’s self-reliance and commitment to entrepreneurial innovation throughout her working life, Ruth took to the helm of SFEDI, the Sector Skills Organisation for enterprise and business support, just over ten years ago.
She said:

“I feel very honoured to receive this award in recognition of my work, which I couldn’t possibly have done or continue to do without the support of my wonderful family and the whole of the SFEDI team. Inspired by my mother, I have always strived to encourage new and existing small and micro business owners to make the most of themselves by developing their enterprising skills.”

Ruth’s early career saw her working with some of the UK’s most disenfranchised communities to promote and facilitate skills training amongst young people. She also worked with pre-release prisoners to improve their potential for successful re-entry into society through training and employment.

Over the years, Ruth has run a number of successful ventures including a bistro, a conference centre, a software company and a training consultancy. Today, she brings that vast wealth of experience and insight to her driving passion – helping others to fulfil their entrepreneurial potential.

As someone from a relatively modest Hartlepool background, the SFEDI Group Executive Chair described herself as ‘humbled’ by the Honour, which came as a complete surprise to her:

“I’m extremely proud and humbled to be recognised in this way. When I received the offer letter, I actually thought that they must have mistaken me for someone much more important! However, it does prove that with the right support and determination anything is possible – who could have guessed that the girl with the school report that always said ‘could do better’ actually would!”

Ruth has been instrumental in redefining the enterprise skills landscape on a regional, national and international level. Because of her, the way that enterprise skills training is delivered, accredited and promoted has undergone dramatic and positive change.

Additionally, throughout her varied career, Ruth has always been a firm advocate of the value of enterprise mentoring. Having benefited from the input of good mentoring early in her own working life, Ruth has gone on to both become a lifelong enterprise mentor herself and to implement the IOEE’s fantastic Meet a Mentor initiative.

For five years, Meet a Mentor has been connecting experienced enterprise mentors with enthusiastic new entrepreneurs in order that valuable knowledge and experience may be passed on to the small and micro businesses that form the UK’s economic backbone. Ruth anticipates that this sterling work will only continue to enrich our ambitious enterprise communities. She said:

“I am looking forward to sharing the work of our SFEDI and IOEE family team with many more business owners, helping them to start-up, survive, thrive and feel good about themselves and their futures in the process.”

The SFEDI and IOEE team would like to congratulate Ruth Lowbridge on this much deserved achievement and recognition of her dedication and support to entrepreneurs and UK business.

Darlington Upholsterer use website to streamline customer service with ‘Fabric Choice’ page.

BJ Upholstery Services

Jo at BJ Upholstery realised that the links at the foot of her website was a very useful tool in helping customers choose a fabric.  The links are links to fabric suppliers range.

So Jo decided to develop this simple tool and set up a ‘Fabric Choice’ page.  Cleverly though she retained the footer link so that her old customers still knew where to go to find the fabric supplier links.

Keep it simple and it will work!

BJ Upholstery work with established and proven fabric providers. We have listed below some providers with links to their websites so you can select your fabric.  Make a note of the company and fabric name, we can show you a swatch when we meet.  You can provide your own fabric as an option, any customer provided fabric must be fire safety compliant.

Jo responded to how her customers were working and picked up on what they like.  Using very simple and readily available technology Jo developed this to set up an improved customer process that helped her customers and her.  Paul Harper | Zedcomms.

WordPress 4.4.1 Best to update and strengthen security

WordPress 4.4.1 is available and we suggest you update ASAP to the latest WordPress version. While you are there also update your plugins and all themes, even themes you don’t use.  This prevents any possible security issues running older versions of WordPress, Plugins and Themes.

You can set up auto update too by using JetPack and linking to your WordPress account.

We have a policy to click all updates each time we access our clients sites to keep thinks healthy.