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Well done to Holly and Jen!

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I wanted to say well done to Holly and Jen who have completed a meat-free May to raise funds for Cat Protection Bedford branch.  They managed to raise an amazing £138!  Well done to you both, and also to everybody who supported their fund-raising!

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/meatfreemay


Our Story

Holly and Jen love animals but eat a lot of meat! They’ve decided to go MEAT FREE for the whole of May!

Holly and Jen support an animal charity very close to their hearts – Cats Protection. The volunteers at Cats Protection work extremely hard rehoming over 200 cats a year, running a trap and neuter service for feral cats, promoting neuteuring, running a lost and found service for cats in the branch area and offering support and advice to people with cat-related problems.

Holly and Jen have seen first-hand how hard these volunteers work to help cats in Bedfordshire and have heard some very heartbreaking stories. They want to raise money to ensure that the Cats Protection Bedford & Biggleswade branch can continue with their vision to ensure that every cat is given the chance of a life where it will be treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

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JuliaVdesign

Hi all,

As I’m sure many of you know I’m Julia from JuliaVdesign. I’m a Freelance Graphic Designer with a love of all things print. I’m based here in Bedford and after 10 years of working for some lovely companies full time I’ve decide to take the plunge and begin the adventure of being my own boss.

If you would like to see some of my previous work take a look at my website www.juliavdesign.co.uk

Looking forward to getting to know you all over on #bedshour!

Julia

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Podiatrist, Bedford.

Hello all,

Thankyou for allowing me to post a guest blog.

I recently started working for myself as a private podiatrist in Bedford and am excited to join the small businesses of Bedford community, using social media as a platform for my advertising and sharing expertise.

Completing my degree at the University of Southampton, I am a fully qualified, HCPC registered podiatrist which means you get the assurance that I know what I’m doing!

For all foot pain, skin and nail problems or podiatry/Chiropody related matters please contact me at www.orchardosteopathy.co.uk * or email elli.orchardclinic@gmail.com

*osteopathy and sports massage also available by other clinicians!

I look forward to seeing some of you in the clinic and at future bedshour tweetups.

Elli Priston

 

 

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Small Business Saturday UK 2016

The countdown is well and truly on for the launch of this years’ Small Business Saturday UK 2016 Campaign and on 1st June applications will be open for individuals to pitch their business.  I just wanted to put together a blog to help individuals and businesses who perhaps haven’t heard about the campaign to understand what it’s all about.

So, let’s start with

What is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 3rd.

Any individual or business whether providing a service or product can apply to Small Business Saturday from 1st June, until applications close towards the end of July and by doing so are given the opportunity to pitch their business, hopefully going on to be profiled by Small Business Saturday UK.  Apply here.

When applications close, the team begin their selection process to decide upon 2016’s #smallbiz100 and emails are sent out confirming if they have been chosen.   The lucky 100 individuals representing 100 businesses are then given a nominated date and are profiled across social media and in the local press in the 100 days leading up to the event.

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My business, Agile Administration Services, a Virtual Assistant business was fortunate to have been selected in 2014, which ended up not only being profiled across all social media platforms, but I also had an invitation to Downing Street. It was a fantastic day and lovely to be sharing the occasion with the other 99 businesses. Gallery here. Not only did I feel incredibly honoured to have my pitch chosen, I was then asked to become a Champion for Bedfordshire, one of only 20 asked and went onto provide the music for the official launch of the campaign last year (one of my clients)   Press Release

I truly admire anyone who sets up in business and love what Small Business Saturday stands for.  Small businesses need support, they need advice, they need custom….we need to shop local and look after each other not only on Saturday 3rd December but throughout the year.  My contribution to the Small Business Saturday Blog.

Small Business Saturday UK, a non-political campaign offers a platform for giving advice, a programme of business-related workshops, talks and events, Inspire Series.  Everything is FREE, there are opportunities to put your business on the Small Business Saturday Business Finder.  See how you can get involved even if you don’t decide to pitch your business.

Have a think about what you can do on Saturday 3rd December to help promote your business.  Whether it’s offering a free slice of cake with every hot drink bought or discounted price over a period of time for a service that is provided, pledge it on Small Business Finder and promote your business and or event.  You’ll find me at LU7 2TZ.  I will always retweet and share posts if tagged in @AAVirtualAssist.

Best of luck!

 

Cathy

Follow me on Facebook too.   https://www.facebook.com/AgileAdminServices/

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Let’s get it started!

Hey folks, I wanted to kick off the first guest post to say welcome to the start of the BedsHour community site and to say a special thanks to the people who have kindly agreed to contribute content to it over the next couple of days.  You’re all wonderful for agreeing to help bring it to life!

If you haven’t already realised, this site has been made so that anybody can login and edit it, you don’t need to register to get started.  Just click the Login with Twitter link above and the dashboard bar at the top will unlock so you can change any pages and posts.  There’s a little more explanation on what this site is and what you could do with it.

Don’t forget that the BedsHour branding is now available for free download to do as you please, so give that a go and I look forward to seeing what everybody does with it!

#BedsHourSo that’s enough from me; I’ll leave it with you.  Please do add something and tweet about it.

Wishing you all the best of success,
Paul @ White Label Dev

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