Winter Newsletter 2013

‘With New Hope Comes New Opportunities’

Our Winter Newsletter 2013

2013

Another year is rapidly drawing to a close, so once again it is time for me to cogitate over the events of the past 12 months. Nationally, 2013 has been a year that has been epitomised by the phrase of ‘hard works pays off’. We have finally seen a recovery in the economy, the deficit has been reduced by a third and the housing market is on the up. It has been a long time since we have been able to say something positive about the state of this country’s finances, so personally I am finding it quite refreshing! Hope has been restored in our nation’s economy and a more positive attitude has come with it. We are certainly not out of the woods yet, but a certain degree of confidence has been restored. Let us hope that this can now be reflected in the world of business.

 

Virtually Perfect

2013 has been a year of fresh ideas for us at The Rural Business Community, and we have continually looked for new ways of working. We are committed to providing services and support for local businesses and aim to be flexible around their needs. This year we have unfortunately seen a great deal of companies forced into downsizing: Large, physical working spaces (such as private offices) have been replaced with a need for a virtual solution for many companies. Virtual offices require fewer members of staff, offer lower costs and are completely flexible – this is where we have been able to step in. The Rural Business Community works in collaboration with many independent service providers; from accountants, to HR specialists and we are proud to be affiliated with some of the best small business in the county. We also offer a range of in house solutions; such as telephone call answering, administration and a postal service. This year we have seen an influx of business that need to use our virtual solutions to save costs but remain professional and operational.  Whilst I am confident that these companies can begin to re- grow, I am happy that we have been able to help them through this period of change. To see a full list of the services that we are able to offer, click here

 

Writing for Businesses

It has not just been through services that we have tried to help our local businesses. Another fresh idea that we had was to put together a selection of articles, aimed at educating, informing and inspiring local companies. All of these can be found on our website, underneath the ‘blog’ section.  In August 2013, I wrote an article for The Rutland Times, in which I looked at five ways that small business based in rural areas can flourish. The key components of this were ‘understanding the market’, ‘finding a niche’, ‘organising your finances’, ‘flexibility and diversification’ and finally, ‘networking’. We had some great feedback on this article, and I hope that our local business owners found the content to be useful and helped to spur them on. You can read the full article here.

 

Is Your Business on Film?

Our new way of thinking will continue into the New Year, with a brand new venture. As you may know, at The Rural Business Community we are committed to helping local businesses flourish. One of the most effective and powerful ways that you can make your business stand out from the crowd, is through video.

Austin Updated

If you would like to know more about this new service, please do not hesitate in contacting us on 01572 338001 or emailing charlotte@theruralbiz.com

 

Loyalty Rewarded

We are full of new ideas at the moment and want them to continue into next year. In 2014 The Rural Business Community will be launching the Meeting Room Loyalty Card. This new initiative will reward regular users of our meeting facilities, by giving them a full day’s rental for free! The concept is straight forward; for every 4 meetings rooms, of any size, that you use, we will give you the 5th for free. You can chose from either an Individual Meeting Room or a Double Meeting Room for your free rental, and use the space all day. And if you need a larger room, we will still honour your loyalty to us by giving you a discount up to the value of a Double Meeting Room. We appreciate that business budgets are tight at the moment, so this is our way of helping you to save money and ease the strain. Cards will be available in Reception or by contacting me directly on 01572 338001 or emailing charlotte@theruralbiz.com.

 

We’re Super Fast!

We are delighted to announce that super-fast broadband has arrived at The Rural Business Community! We fully understand that having a good, fast access to the internet can vastly improve the productivity of your business. In the past, we have trialed several different systems in order to deliver this service, but it is not until now that we are satisfied that we have the best internet access facilities available.  We now have quick speeds, reliable service and Wi-Fi access throughout the building; meaning that if you are using a private office, a meeting room or relaxing in our Coffee Lounge, you can access the internet without delay.

 

Office Space 

Private offices now available, from 2-4 person spaces. Fully serviced with access to meeting rooms, free parking and a professional reception. Call 01572 338001 or email charlotte@theruralbiz.com for details.

 

It is my hope that a rekindled confidence in the economy leads to new opportunities and new success stories for UK businesses. Recovery will take time, but it is important to keeping working hard to keep afloat. We find that the easiest way to achieve this is to collaborate with other fellow business owners, operate on a flexible basis that handles change well and keep your finger on the pulse with business developments. Networking events are a great way to keep your ideas fresh, make new contacts and spend time working on your business, rather than just working in it. In 2014, The Rural Business Community will be hosting a range of workshops, breakfast meetings and seminars, designed to help local businesses succeed and grow. Keep your eyes open for the upcoming dates and events on our website.

 

I hope that you have found our services, articles and events useful in 2013 and that you feel inspired and enthusiastic about the coming year for your business. From everyone at the Rural Business Community, I would like to wish you a very ‘Merry Christmas’ and all the best for a prosperous New Year. If you think that we could help you in 2014, please just give us a call or drop in for coffee.