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Why the words of others can be vital for your business

05/08/2016
If you are considering buying a product or booking a service of some kind online, do you take time to read past customer reviews? Research company Jupiter found out that 77% of people do. Buy something on Amazon and you'll always be asked to provide a review, and some companies have thousands of these collected into a satisfaction rating. Now, consider this from a different angle. How often do . . .

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How to spot a rogue trader

06/07/2016
Here at Trust Local, we’re dedicated to stopping rogue traders by only allowing reputable traders and businesses to advertise their services in our local online directory and magazine. Checking traders are properly qualified is one way of verifying they are who they say they are, but how else can you spot a rogue trader? The cold caller Reputable local traders are unlikely to knock on . . .

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What can an accountant do for me?

02/06/2016
Whether you run your own business, or want to sort out your personal affairs, there are many ways you can benefit from the services of a good accountant.   What a good accountant can do for business owners Whether you are just setting up your business or thinking of expansion, there are reasons for seeking help from an accountant at different times throughout your company's growth. . . .

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9 Tips to Burglar Proof Your Home In Bristol

01/06/2016
Sadly, most homeowners and apartment dwellers in Bristol and the rest of the UK don’t think about home security until it is too late. Yet if you are serious about protecting yourself and your family, that has to start with your home. There is no need to lock it down like Fort Knox (unless you do happen to have a stock pile of gold) but some basic tactics will go a long way to giving you and . . .

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First Time Buyers Guide To Mortgages

01/06/2016
So, you’re finally doing it. You’ve made the big decision to buy your own house. It’s an exciting prospect but it can be a long road to collecting your keys and there’s much to think about before you hire your removal company. Here’s our quick guide on how to get moving. HOW MUCH MONEY CAN YOU BORROW? Getting a mortgage is not as simple as it used to be. The . . .

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A guide to self-assessment

19/05/2016
If you need to fill out a self-assessment tax return, it can seem like a daunting task, and you might be tempted to put it off. But filling out your tax return doesn't need to be something to fear, and this simple guide will show you how straightforward it is to get on top of your taxes and stop worrying. Who needs to submit a self-assessment tax return? While most UK taxpayers do not ne . . .

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The importance of business referrals and how to get them

04/05/2016
A business referral relates to the process of your satisfied customers recommending you to people they know. In a competitive market, having a business referral system in place is incredibly beneficial, yet firms often don't know how to go about this successfully. Obtaining business referrals There are lots of ways that you can get your customers to refer you to people they know, who cou . . .

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Ashley Thouless Vehicle Repairs

23/04/2016
Currently living in the local area I was originally born in Cheltenham, although raised and educated since primary school age in Thornbury, where I call home and my parents still live. My career as a vehicle mechanic started off in 1998 with an apprenticeship with a local garage. Following successful completion of my apprenticeship I worked for another local garage and then in 2003 took the plu . . .

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Rogue Traders in South Glos – Let Trading Standards Know

05/04/2016
South Gloucestershire Trading Standards would like to reiterate the warning given recently to residents to be extra vigilant when dealing with unexpected callers at the front door. Officers are aware that rogue traders are currently operating in the area and are offering to carry out, amongst other things, paving, fencing and other gardening work. Reports suggest they are currently operating in . . .

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Is networking still key for small business owners?

04/04/2016
Whilst we know that advertising in our printed and local business directory is a great way to win new work for your business, we also advise getting out and meeting fellow business people face to face. Otherwise known and the dreaded "networking"! Business networking is a valuable way to make new connections and grow your business, no matter what your size. For small businesses, who m . . .

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