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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

These FREE webinars have been made possible through the Economic Recovery Fund. 

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High Street Heritage Action Zone: How it works

Talking with Shropshire Council about the project - and chatting with an Oswestry trader who has benefited from the investment
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Recruitment: The challenges of attracting the right skills

How work-ready are the younger generation? That was the question posed in this SBLTV debate, at Aico in Oswestry

Introducing the Marches Virtual Hub

An online gateway to support services, including case studies, events calendars, information on business networks, and more

The Friday Hub: What’s it all about?

Every Friday, businesses come together for a morning on networking, contact-building and sharing of tips and expertise. Find out more...

Why Shropshire? Economic strengths of our county

Mark Barrow, executive director for place at Shropshire Council, explores some of the many reasons to set up in business here

Electrification and Sustainability

Telford College is hosting a major regional conference on June 22 - CEO Graham Guest explains what it's all about
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Have your say on skills and training requirements

Richard Sheehan of Shropshire Chamber explains why firms need to engage with Local Skills Improvement Plan research

Time for businesses to cash in on apprenticeship levy?

Kate MacDonald of Shropshire Council explains how businesses can benefit from tapping into apprenticeship levy funding

Why apprenticeships? To shape your own talent

Employment law and HR expert Alasdair Hobbs talks about the benefit of employing apprentices - and introduces one success story

Glynn Jones – View from the Bank of England

Glynn Jones is part of the agency team from the Bank with responsibility for keeping abreast of business views in the Shropshire area
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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

Why business protection gives you peace of mind

Dan Leech from Technical Design Services Group talks through some of the issues with Dave Edwards of Q Financial
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Can apprentices plug our growing skills gaps?

Lora Rogers from the employer engagement team Telford College explains how apprentices could help many businesses
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Risk and resilience: Angela Beechey & Jane Cooper

In the current economic climate, it's more important than ever to prepare for the unexpected - juust like this Shropshire Council duo

Adjusting to ‘new’ business life after the pandemic

Brian Evans, managing partner of law firm Lanyon Bowdler, reflects on what 2022 has had in store for his business, and the sector
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Keeping the ‘Shropshire Pound’ in the county

Could you be doing business with a neighbour? Richard Sheehan of Shropshire Chamber discusses the benefits it could bring
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FSB boss on fact-finding visit to the county

Martin McTague, chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, talks about challenges and opportunities during a visit to Telford

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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Living an eco-friendly life ‘off the grid’

Jon Stanford, the boss of Shropshire-based Apostle Coffee tells us about the company's eco credentials and green values
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Marcus Bean, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Acclaimed Shropshire chef Marcus Bean took time out to reflect on things he's learned as we emerged from the Covid crisis
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Manufacturing: Exporting in a post-Brexit world

James Stansfield, the chief executive of Filtermist in Telford, gives an insight into running a fast-growing manufacturing operation
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The changing face of the high street

Praveen Chaudhari of Lanyon Bowdler talks about some of the latest developments in the commercial property sector
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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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Shattering apprenticeship myths

Think you know what an apprenticeship is all about? Lord Rogers of Telford College says you'll be surprised by how things have evolved
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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

Meg Hawkins – ‘It’s All About Visibility’

The owner of Meg Hawkins Art explains the balancing act between having a high profile shop front, and an online presence too

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

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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Is it time to go electric?

Hayley J, Local Business Specialist at Furrows, explains how purchasing an electric car for your business is a worthwhile investment.
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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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Challenges for the local economy

Richard Sheehan, chief executive of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, talks about the challenges local businesses are facing.
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The changing face of the office

Richard Hughes of office supplies company Chrisbeon looks at the equipment you need for a home office in a post-pandemic world
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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Embracing apprenticeships

Gareth Jones, managing director of In-Comm Training, says you can be anything you want to be, through the apprenticeship route
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Nick Jones

Nick had a change of career from teaching to financial advising after attending an open day
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Graham Guest

The principal and chief executive of Telford College, who started his career journey as an apprentice, sets out his education vision
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Skills challenges in manufacturing

Christopher Greenough of SDE Technology in Shrewsbury discusses some of the most pressing skills challenges in engineering
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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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Joe Lockley

The founder of Bright Star Boxing in Shifnal explains how his company is using sport to connect with personal development and learning
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Benefits of giving back

The managing director of Salop Leisure, Mark Bebb, discusses the importance of putting something back into the local community
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Electric vehicles

Parveen Begum, chief executive of Solisco, explains how embracing electricity can accelerate a company's journey towards Net Zero
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Graham Corfield

The owner of Aviramp in Telford reveals how he had to put his family home on the line as he battled to break into the aviation sector
Jack Churchill

Jack Churchill

A founding director of Scanning Pens Limited explains how his award-winning company has made a real difference to many people's lives
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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
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The Quest for Net Zero

Mike Barry, University of Cambridge, talks Net Zero and the need for Shropshire businesses to become advocates for change
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Anxiety around supply chains

Rachel Laver, chief executive of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, discusses one of the biggest modern-day challenges for businesses
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Staff Challenges following Covid

Dave Courteen from The Shrewsbury Club talks about some of the challenges of finding staff following the Covid pandemic
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Why we’re the same – but different

Telford business owner and FSB regional chair Hollie Whittles looks at differences between Shropshire and other West Midlands economies
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Hollie Whittles

A Telford business owner and champion of small businesses, Hollie discusses some of the issues that matter in her day-to-day business life
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Rachel Laver

Rachel Laver of Marches LEP talks about her love of regeneration, and wanting to make a difference to local communities
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Chris Gough & Vernon Hogg

You're never too old to be an entrepreneur - and that's why Shropshire's new Silverpreneurs programme is off to such a great start

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Mike talks about opening a new Q Commercial Finance office in Shrewsbury and the importance of having a presence in the town
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If your company had £10,000 to spend…

How would you spend the money if someone presented you with a pot of marketing cash? Steve Baxter offers up some suggestions
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Steve Baxter

Steve, of Forbes Baxter Associates in Telford, gives his thoughts on some of the key challenges facing modern-day business owners
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Steve Baxter

To understand any business trying to sell to another you have to know about what they want from you and their own business priorities
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Skills shortages in construction

Steve Owen, managing director of Knockin-based PaveAways, discusses challenges recruiting into the construction industry
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Steve Owen, PaveAways

The managing director of Pave Aways in Knockin talks about supporting local businesses and the role of sustainable supply chains