How To

Need to access funding? Battling to recruit the right kind of staff? Want to win an award? We’ve been speaking to a wide array of local businesses who are keen to share their own experiences, helping you to pick your way through a maze of rules, regulations, and red tape.

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Pete ‘The Speaker’ Hill: How to pitch your big idea

The Shropshire-born entrepreneur who conquered TV's Dragons' Den talks about mastering the art of pitching and networking

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How to write a great grant application

Want to maximise your chances of success? Top 10 tips are offered here by the team from the Marches Growth Hub
Laura Butler

Healthy lifestyle = happy and productive business

Lifestyle coach Laura Butler explains why it's more important than ever for employers to prioritise staff welfare and wellbeing

Is your company’s website fit for purpose?

Shaun Carvill, from Clickingmad in Bridgnorth, offers up some top tips for making sure your website is efficient and user-friendly
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Five causes of a dysfunctional team

We catch up with Roy Amyes, who has worked closely with Oswestry-based Aico on a number of teambuilding initiatives
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How to make networking work for you

Networking really does work - Shropshire Chamber of Commerce CEO Richard Sheehan explains why it's a tried and tested formula

Business Continuity Planning

Dan Ellis, CEO of EPX Technical Services, talks about business continuity planning and its importance.

How to maximise your Instagram activity

Understanding the Instagram algorithm can help you to make the most of the platform and widen your reach, says Sophie Coombs
Hannah Williams

How we started up: Young Shropshire entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs reveal how and why they have started up three very different Shropshire-based business ventures

Cyber Security – how to protect your business

Daniel Ellis discusses some top tips which businesses can take to protect themselves from a potentially costly cyber attack
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How to access finance to grow your business

Access to finance champion for the Marches, Paul Kalinauckas, explains some of the current sources of business funding
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How to make best use of your free office space

Has Covid changed the size or type of business space your company requires? Here are some of the key factors you need to consider

How to make your passwords secure

Cyber criminals are lurking, waiting to take advantage of workers who make their log-in details too easy for hackers. Are you secure?
Carl Jones

How to maximise your brand profile

Branding expert Carl Jones, from Church Stretton, says he is always learning new things. Here, he runs through his 10 top tips for success
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How to improve your brand awareness

Carl Jones, of Branded by Jones in Church Stretton, looks at some of the most important factors when it comes to getting your brand noticed
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How to apply for the Queen’s Awards

Getting a royal seal of approval can really make a difference - and this is what you'll need to do, to apply for a coveted award
Shrewsbury prides itself on its array of independent retailers

How to stand out on the high street

Small retailers have faced the biggest challenges with the switch to online shopping and an increasingly crowded marketplace
Ikram Malik

How to sponsor staff from overseas

Struggling to fill skills gaps in your business? Ikram Malik of Aaron and Partners explains how you can widen your recruitment search
Chloe Pullen has doubled her salary since going freelance

How to make it as a freelancer

Working for yourself can give you the chance to completely shape the work-life balance that suits your personal circumstances
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How to protect your business against the unknown

Mitchell Gough of Q Financial Services says the need to protect our businesses against the unexpected has never been greater
Awards are a chance to showcase your business in front of hundreds of influential people

Business awards can bring rich rewards

Awards are a great way to shout about your company, increase brand awareness, and set you apart from competitors, says Ruth Martin