A Gazette Publication Thursday, November 20, 2008
Time to be the boss!
It’s Enterprise Week! And as part of the campaign Blackpool Council is encouraging residents who would like to start up their own business to visit the Get Started team for more help and support. More than 300 new businesses have been started in 17 months ranging from web designers, dog walkers, cleaning companies, graphics design, private tuition, picture framing, painting and decorating, entertainers
SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE and even a hypnotist! If you’ve got the desire to be your own boss but need some advice or support, Blackpool’s very own Get Started team can help.
If there’s an idea you would like to get off the ground or want to find an alternative way to supplement your income – they have the experts to talk to.
Or maybe you’re at home with the children and are looking for an ideal way to build up your family’s income which can be built around childcare. So if you live in an FY1 to an FY5 postcode, Blackpool Council can help you Get Started! Blackpool is bucking the national trend at the moment having helped over 280 individuals step on to the ladder. What better way to earn a living
than turn something you love doing into a profitable business. Did you know that Blackpool Council has its own Enterprise Centre? It is a three-storey high building in Lytham Road, South Shore, with reception area, fully equipped conference and training facilities shared and managed by business services in spacious accommodation, providing high quality yet affordable accommodation for your business. Enterprise Week (November 17-23), part of Global Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS FACTORY: The Enterprise Centre in Lytham Road, South Shore
Week, is a national celebration of enterprise with thousands of events and activities happening across the UK. Last year there were over 5,000 events and more than half a million people took part, including Blackpool residents. For more information about Get Started, visit www.realise yourideas.co.uk or call (01253) 406271. For more information about the Enterprise Centre call (01253) 478819 or visit the council’s website www.blackpool.gov.uk.
Sound with vision WEST Coast Radio offers professional sound and lighting solutions for every venue. Friendly staff offer free, professional advice from hiring a single microphone to providing full sound and lighting equipment for a large event. Make sure parties are perfect with professional sound systems, CD players, amplifiers, mixers, speakers, FM tuners, zone controllers, mood and disco lighting, microphones, karaoke machine and much more on sale or for hire at West Coast Radio. Equipment is installed by qualified sound and lighting engineers who also inspect, service or repair any item, whatever the problem.
Service contracts are available to ensure that all s o u n d and lighting is serviced and maintained to a high standard and the company also offers a call out service should any unforeseen problems arise. Portable Appliance Testing can be carried out on site or in house. To see how West Coast Radio can improve your venue call (01253) 838828 or visit the office on Spen Business Park, Clifton Road, Marton.
AT Duchess of Grange Events we craft innovative event experiences for both the public and private sectors. We specialise in working with creative industry but are happy to offer our services to anyone wanting to deliver distinctive and unforgettable experiences. We offer complete event management from inception to delivery as well as a full range of ancillary services. Events include exhibitions, album launches, award ceremonies, private parties and occasions, product launches, corporate functions, dinners and
parties and film screenings. The services we offer range from venue research and booking entertainment and catering services, design and dressing, planning and execution, photography and video events, staffing and security print and web services. The essential difference with a Duchess of Grange experience is Nathaniel and Bethany Cassidy. Both come from creative backgrounds and are intensely passionate about what they do. To find out more please visit www.duchessofgrange.co.uk, or contact Nathaniel Cassidy on 0844 3571500.
Unique every time
A Gazette Publication Thursday, November 20, 2008
Freedom for ladies
LADIES, are you feeling lost, lacking in confidence, or just in need of some motivation? Freedom Clinic could be just what you need. Owner Sharon Sinclair is offering life coaching classes for women who may have lost confidence or direction and want a hand to get them back on track. She said: “I don’t have the answers but I can help people find the answers from within themselves. We all need a bit of help now and then and I encourage people to identify where in their lives they are at the moment, where they want to be – and how to get there.” Sharon is introducing women-only networking groups where business women
can meet to offer support, advice and make new contacts She also wants to make sure the 65+ age bracket are catered for socially – especially single people who can feel isolated – and is keen to arrange social events to suit all tastes. Anyone interested should contact Sharon on (01253) 316435. The first 10 callers will get one free coaching session.
RED Rose Picture Framing is a long established specialist framer based in Blackpool which also serves the Fylde coast. The company prides itself on providing an expert, bespoke picture framing service offering competitive prices, quality products, an excellent selection of frames and experienced and skilled staff. The team at Red Rose Picture Framing has more than 17 years of experience in framing mass production, standard size frames and bespoke picture framing. Trade prices are available to the public and the workshop at St Pauls View, rear 207 Dickson Road, has a wide range of
mouldi n g s , m o u n t s, backings, glass and framing hardware for people to choose from. T h e team can advise on the best way to mount items which can include originals, prints, photographs, football and rugby shirts and boots, awards, cricket bats, golf clubs and boxing gloves. Customers who visit the shop and mention this Gazette advert will also get 10 per cent off.
FROM just £19.50, your home can sparkle from top to bottom, with one call to Diamond Cleaning. D i a m o n d Cleaning offer a professional and reliable domestic and commercial cleaning service throughout the Fylde coast and can fit around your busy lifestyle. All the cleaners bring their own cleaning equipment and carry full public indemnity insurance. Everything is tailored to fit the individual client and as well as domestic properties, the company also offers its clean-
ing services for commercial premises, such as pubs, clubs and offices. No job around the house is too big or too small, as the team at Diamond will not only clean from top to bottom, but also carry out domestic chores such as ironing and laundry. For older clients, Diamond will carry out errands such as shopping, if requested, and general assistance. For your convenience, the office is open to take phone calls between 8am and 8pm each day on (01253) 443404, (01772) 635848 or 0773 321 4578.
NOT enough hours in the day? Well this could be the answer to all your problems! Your Personal Organiser is aimed to help new and small businesses and people within their homes. The service operates in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre areas where all services are carried out personally, offering you the time that you don’t have. Your Personal Organiser is adaptable and versatile; every service is catered precisely to your requirements. When you buy any of the services, be assured you will get value and quality for money. Your Personal Organiser is adaptable and versatile; every service is catered precisely
to your requirements. Buy more time to set up the program effectively for your specific business and then to ensure all of the information is entered correctly.
Get into the frame
Buying more time
A Gazette Publication Thursday, November 20, 2008
Firm creates perfect sign to link to any occasion ENSURE your life is bursting with colour with Links Signs and Graphics Limited. The Blackpool company can tend to all your sign and display needs and will make your company look good given the opportunity! Links Signs and Graphics is passionate about making a difference for all their clients from businesses requiring new signs or a complete rebranding package or for those simply seeking the perfect Christmas gift. In the lead up to Christmas their
special Canvas Wraps will go down a treat on Christmas Day, or for any occasion. Simply provide a digital
image and Links Signs and Graphics Limitedâ€™s expert staff will do the rest! Ideal for presents to loved ones
or just as good for corporate clients wishing to display their products or services. The images will be re-produced on high quality canvas at true photographic quality and then wrapped on to a frame with fixings making it ready to hang. But they are more than just manufacturers, staff also specialise in project management and consultancy. For any signage or display requirements call Shaun Bennett on (01253) 291516.
Innovative website helps out resortâ€™s small traders
INNOVATIVE website bestbuyblackpool has been set up to help consumers in Blackpool support the local community. The idea for the site was generated from a desire to help keep local shop traders trading during the current economic downturn. As from December, customers can search for products ranging from male and female clothing to bedroom furnishings and electrical equipment.
Smaller traders across the Fylde and Wyre face competition from internet shopping and out-of-town retail parks and by joining bestbuyblackpool retailers can become more competitive in the marketplace, revive interest and tackle these issues head on.
Shopping nowadays is all about marketing and convenience, and in a shrinking market making yourself seen and heard is the
most important aspect. By offering your products to a wider market you can draw custom from further afield to maximise your business, and by using the website to discover local products consumers will be helping the plight of local businesses. Operating over a 7.5mile radius from the centre of Blackpool, the website incorporates a 100,000 target market.