BedsHour kiki

You’re cordially invited to network with local small business owners a tweetup with a difference!  We’re trying something new, fun and relaxed to network in a no-pressure setting with friends old and new. We’re also celebrating our new home at 44 Harpur Street and would love for you to join us and see what it’s all about.  Let’s have a jolly good catch-up with each other as well as welcome new friends who run local small businesses. Monday 7th August, 7pm to 10pm. 44 Harpur Street, Bedford, MK40 2QT. Booking is essential (see button below) and it costs just a fiver for all this:

  • Prosecco
  • Wine
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Tea
  • Desserts
  • Music
  • Fun & games
  • Exciting announcements
This event has ended, thanks to everyone who attended


See you soon, and don’t forget to bring plenty of bizcards!

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Self Assessment advice

Happy New Year to you all,

Very excited about 2017, and to kick-off, my first ever blog post.  Ever…  Anywhere…   🙂

Please find it on my website at:

I’ll be writing more, either weekly or fortnightly (TBC) so watch this space!

If you do need help with your Self Assessment tax return this January, please get in touch!



Daljit Virdee MAAT

DSV Accounting


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Introducing Ocean Print Solutions

Ocean Print Solutions is a full design and print company based in the Bedfordshire countryside.

Established in 2001, our company’s vision has always been the same, to produce quality products with quality service and value for money.

We offer a personalised service for each and every client, and our friendly team of experts are always on hand to answer queries.  We have worked with a variety of clients from small start-ups to multi-national companies, and in many different industry sectors. Whatever size your company is our aim is always to work along-side you, building your brand and achieving your goals.

Our core services are:

Design & Artwork
Website Design & Hosting
Digital Print
Large Format Printm
Litho Print
Vehicle Graphics

Why not take a look at our website for more information, give us a call on 01234 381035 or fill out the form below to enquire.

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Stanmore IP – A little hello and how I can help you!

Stanmore IP logo


I’m Clare (@stanmoreip) and I’ve been running my business, Stanmore IP, since January 2015. Prior to that I worked at a large multi-national law firm as well as at specialist IP firms and in-house at Unilever. I live and work in the beautiful North Bedfordshire countryside, although I do also cross the border into Buckinghamshire and work in my husband’s office space in Olney. I have two young children, both girls, who keep me very busy with the essentials in life of soft play, sticker books, Disney films, cake and ice cream.

I am a UK and European (for now!) trade mark attorney. I advise lots of businesses of varying shapes and sizes on how to protect their brands, get the most out of them through licensing or franchising, as well as providing advice on domain name protection and enforcement, design protection and copyright issues. I work with businesses in loads of different sectors, including art, charities, fashion, food & drink, financial services, graphic designers, education providers, hotels and retail.

I love #BedsHour for the networking and the shared information. I’m notoriously late as I’m usually at a fitness class until 9pm (that’s the official excuse – in fact usually I’m catching up on work!).

If you have any queries you think I might be able to help with, please get in touch. I spend far too much time online and can be found on Twitter, Facebook,Instagram and LinkedIn so please feel free to connect in any/all of those ways!

PS my usual working days are Tuesday and Wednesday so please bear with me if I take a little while to respond outside of those days.

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Help to accelerate the growth of your Bedfordshire business

How’s your marketing going?

The reason I ask is because marketing is pretty much the life blood of any business; whether it’s word of mouth, social media, email marketing, advertising or something else. If you’re one of those fortunate business owners with a strong network of connections, marketing can sometimes happen accidentally but at some point if you want to accelerate the growth of your business, you’ll have to be intentional about it.

Marketing is crucial to business success. It’s about getting people who have a need related to your business, to know, like and trust you enough to buy and refer what you sell – that’s what I do.

My name is Katrina Douglas, I’m a Chartered Marketer based in Bedfordshire with over 10 years marketing experience developing marketing strategy and building brands. This included 4 years as UK Head of Marketing for 1&1 Internet Ltd., a global leader in web hosting and domains, and trusted technology partner for small businesses. I now run my own business Katrina Douglas Marketing providing 3 core services:

  • Marketing Training
    For those who want to learn how to market and promote their business successfully themselves.
  • Marketing Coaching
    For those who have business ideas and need help to filter through them, commercialise them and focus on next steps.
  • Marketing Consultancy
    For established businesses who need a marketing expert to develop and put a marketing strategy in place.

My business is essentially to help you build your business.

I don’t believe anyone ever achieves greatness on their own, we all have a little help along the way, and through the services that I provide at Katrina Douglas Marketing I aim to be one of those helping hands.

So if you need a marketing consultant, coach or trainer there’s no time like the present to get in touch and secure a free consultation.

Have a great week,

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