Sunday, 28 February 2010

Our very first Localventure interview, Focus Hypnosis

As regular readers of the blog will be aware I'm looking to give insights and supports for small business owners out there and one way of doing this is to use the expertise that exists in the business community. With this in mind I recently chatted through this idea with one of our newer members and Richard Hennessy from Focused Hypnosis agreed to run me through some of the key areas around his business.











Here's the first part of the interview :

Richard, thanks for agreeing to discuss your business with us can I start by asking if you can give me a rough idea of your background and your story before you set up your business ?


My interest in helping people began at school age. I was a mentor to younger kids while I was in my last year, I did a city & guilds counselling course which lead to a sociology A level then a social science degree. I wasn't sure what aspect of social work I wanted to do but I did know that I didn't want to be just dealing with other people's stress day after day as I don't handle stress well. I looked at being a social worker or prison officer but none of these did it for me. During this time I was working in the service industry and found I had a passion for coffee and became a barista (coffee expert). This work allowed me to do something I enjoyed while paying my bills but I was desperate to be my own boss but didn't know what area I wanted to work in. A throwaway comment by a friend made me consider being a hypnotherapist and I was delighted to discover it was perfect for me.

So when did you set up the business and tell us more about how you became interested in hypnotherapy and where you trained ?

I first became interested in hypnotherapy when a friend was telling me how she had seen a hypnotherapist to help her get over a relationship ending. The hypnotherapist my friend saw wasn't very good and while telling me all about the problems she had had she said "You would be a better hypnotherapist than HIM!" which made me consider hypnotherapy as a career for the first time.
As I looked into the industry I quickly realised that there were some real cowboys out there who offered very little by way of training but charged a huge amount of money. After a lot of research I found that in my hometown of Sheffield there was a hypnotherapy training school that was one of the best in the country. The course was run by 2 ex-psychologists who are now full time hypnotherapists and they provided me with very practical based training. I was hypnotising fellow course members by the end of the first day! This hands on approach gave me a great deal of confidence in what I was doing and how to use these new found skills effectively.

Richard, you specialise in helping your clients stop smoking - how did you develop this as the core theme of your business ?

Through further research into marketing after I graduated from my course I discovered that in most industries there is always a large number of generalists. Above these are a smaller number of specialist and above them are an even smaller number of experts. I have always tried to be the very best at whatever I have done, whether that is mopping a floor or hypnotising someone so I was determined that I wouldn't be a generalist as that didn't fit with my desires for my business. The issues hypnotherapy can treat are also very diverse and trying to tell everyone about every issue I can treat would be almost impossible so I decided I had to focus on one area. I chose smoking because it was where I had had most experience. I smoked for 13 years so was well aware of the thought patterns of smokers and the issues involved in stopping. I was also hypnotised by a fellow course member to help me to stop smoking and it worked! I had no cravings or mood swings and I actively enjoyed the process of becoming a non smoker and I wanted to share that enjoyable experience with other people through hypnotherapy.

That's the first half of the interview with Richard. We'll be running the second and final instalment tomorrow. Watch this space.

Merus Deli

Here's some information Sonia at Merus has provided us :

With our inviting and friendly environment to relax in why not call in to Merus Deli and try our award winning coffee and a home-made cake for some added perk to your day. We source and stock only the very highest quality food and drinks and wherever possible local producers are used. Fresh sandwiches and wraps are prepared daily using the finest ingredients and we stock a variety of fine foods. You’ll find a range of local cheese, artisan baked bread, preserves, olives, sauces, cooked meats, fruit, veg and so much more. 



Faust International Chef Service

Faust International Chef Service

Event Caterer and 
Private Party Service
57 Great George Street Office 282
Leeds LS1 3AJ
www.faustchefservice.com
info@faustchefservice.com

Tel.Fax. 01132785511  Mob. 07854135312

CPL Transport of Manchester



Established in 2006, C.P.L Transport has many years experience in the same day couriers industry, with the focus on providing delivery solutions to clients throughout the local area. We are based in the North West with links to all the major motorway networks and will carry all of your deliveries to any part of the UK and Europe.
The company provides delivery solutions to local and national businesses with a professional and cost effective response and has grown significantly since the launch in 2006. The customer friendly service ensures clients goods are delivered on time and to the correct destination using satellite navigation in all vehicles.

C.P.L Transport has an expanding customer base, located in and around North West and provides robust rapid response to many clients throughout the UK, including Several blue chip companies who rely on dedicated sameday courier service that CPL provides. We have gained a reputation over a number of years for reliability and professionalism second to none. From pallets to small packages nothing is too big or too small. 

Friday, 26 February 2010

La FeeNoire - Welcome to Localventure

I'm really pleased to be able to add another new member to the site this afternoon, here's the full breakdown :





La Fee Noire Maternity
Proprietor: Rachel Bloom
Bio
La Fee Noire Maternity (The Black Fairy) was created by a mum-to-be, desperate to retain her own sense of style during her pregnancy. Finding it difficult to satisfy her need for funky and functional maternity clothing,  this Devon mum sought out stylish and alternative maternity wear for like minded yummy mummys.
As a business women working from home, The Black Fairy (La Fee Noire) was inspired by the birth of a baby girl who also required that a mum worked from home. So a true cottage industry (complete with thatch and sleeping dog at the door!) was created and has grown from strength to strength. The core business consists of a range of both High street and designer brand maternity clothes featuring petite to plus size maternity and everything in between. Whether size 4 or size 34 there is something offered to ensure every funky mum-to-be turns heads with her bump!
Two main objectives supported the creation of La fee Noire. The first being the aim to provide a range of maternity clothes wearable pre pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy! The cut and styling had to accommodate the changes experienced during these three stages. So Zipped Up maternity clothes was designed to suit the needs of all three stages in a woman’s life! Thus a favourite top could be used throughout all the seasons of womanhood!
Secondly and following a pregnancy sporting a particularly heavy bump, Rachel researched the market for a product to help relieve the symptoms of the debilitating condition SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) which affects up to 1 in 3 pregnancies. Like 80% of pregnant women she suffered back ache during the majority of the 9 months. 
Other than those offered on the NHS (ugly, white truss style garments) there was nothing on the market that seemed to offer both support and comfort as well as the pretty looks of lingerie. 
So  Hug-a-Bump® SPD Maternity Support Band was created and launched following stringent user trials over several months. The product now offers many expectant mums welcome relief from lower back pain and symptoms of SPD so often experienced in pregnancy. Offered in plain beige and also now pretty lace, this product is proven to be effective and allows the wearer to continue comfortable mobility. 
See the whole range and the exclusive Hug-a-Bump® SPD Maternity Support Band at www.lafeenoire.com
Email for more information to info@lafeenoire.com

KitchenCraftsmen.com - welcome to Localventure

Our third new company of the day, based in Sheffield - here's some information :



Welcome to Kitchencraftsmen.com.


We specialise in the design, manufacture and fitting of traditional oak and pine kitchens. We also have experience in kitchen furniture construction using modern eco-friendly and recycled materials.
Our workshop is in South Yorkshire and our products can be found in beautiful homes locally, in Sheffield and in other parts of the country.
We offer a friendly, personal and professional service, and a product that is designed and manufactured locally especially for you at a reasonable price.

W. wwwkitchencraftsmen.com
E. adrian@kitchencraftsmen.com
T. 0114 2474336
M. 0777 6386659

FDP Sheffield - Welcome to Localventure

FDP specialise in Forecourts, Driveways and Patios :




The first step :


The first step towards a new forecourt, driveway or patio is to decide on the materials you want to use and the effect you want to achieve. The choice will be influenced by the site, the cost and the type of surface you require.
With the correct choice of materials, properly prepared site and construction by an experienced, conscientious and knowledgeable team of workmen, your new driveway, forecourt or patio will be an asset to your home for many years.

Contacts :

W. wwwfdpsheffield.co.uk
E. info@fdpsheffield.co.uk
T. 0114 2474336
M. 0777 6386658

Buildade - welcome to Localventure

Our first new member of the day - Buildade in Sheffield







Welcome to the Buildade for :

Bricklaying and masonry....housebuilding, extensions, renovation....
Joinery and roofwork...plumbing and electrical work (Part P).

After many years' experience in the building and construction sector, I set up Buildade in 2008.
With a number of experienced operatives we provide construction, repair and renovation services to clients throughout the local area. The company is situated in Westfield (Sheffield). and most of our work is concentrated in the Sheffield / Rotherham and surrounding area.
Most of our work comes from personal recommendation. Customers often make comments about our work on findagoodone and free index. We work with care and try to create as little disturbance as possible. We take pride in a leaving a tidy site and satisfied customers.
We can offer advice and expertise on all aspects of building and renovation, and offer competitive no obligation quotes. Please call us on the number above at any time, or email us with your query or phone number.

Contacts :

W. www.buildade.co.uk
E. adrian@buildade.co.uk
T. 0114 2474336
M. 0777 6386658

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Signing off for the evening ...

I have a had a very productive day today - managed to get another tranche of prospecting letters and e-mails out to clients today (hi there if you're reading this as a result of one of those, i hope you'll be able to join this little business community we're starting to build here). In addition I've also been able to add three new members as well :

Norton Signs & Focused Hypnosis in Sheffield
and Balastra Corporate Sword Fencing in Manchester

A really hearty welcome to you all !

In addition, I also have at least another three new members to add to the blog first thing in the morning. At the moment I'm working hard to reach the milestone of 100 members - this is the level I kind of have in mind on the blog before I start work on transferring to the full website.

The site I have in mind will mix different elements of a business directory, member support organisation (with articles, advice, workshops, member events, interviews etc) and business consultancy/coaching in which I have a real interest.

Remember that the advertising and much of the support elements will remain free to our early members - you're the ones who are helping me get to a critical mass and hopefully the support and work I do for you will be of assistance to your businesses too.

As well as the prospecting, my next project is to begin featuring more business related content here and in that vein I'm already in discussion with a couple of people who may want to be featured in a business interview - watch this space.

Remember, if you're a small business or budding entrepreneur and want some free publicity or to do some guest blogging to big up your business or an event you're planning - please feel free to get in touch. You can contact via the usual methods :

T. 07883 882064
E. venturelocal@gmail.com
Leave a comment on this blog post
DM me on Twitter (localventure1)
You can even videocall me at pkn4395@gmail.com

Norton Signs - welcome to Localventure



We are really pleased to welcome another new client to Localventure today. Here's a brief over view of the business with relevant contact information :

Norton Signs Ltd.



We provide a wide range of high quality signs both off the shelf and custom made to your requirements. Our products include house number signs supplied on stainless steel, acrylic and wood, business plaques, name plates, door plates, door and desk signs, information signs for shops, hotels, restaurants etc, sign boards and temporary signs to advertise your business while you work. Promotional items such as mouse mats, coasters, rulers etc. to advertise your business to your clients.

Feel free to call or email us to discuss your requirements, we are happy to help.

www.nortonsigns.co.uk
info@nortonsigns.co.uk
Tel: 07967 644425

Welcome to Localventure- Balestra Corporate Sword Fencing

An interesting addition to Localventure, providing corporate team building with a difference.

Here's the information on his business from Darren Birchall :


Team building with an edge with our safe and fun corporate sword fencing events, a unique take on team building, client entertainment and staff rewards.  Perfect for energising and motivating groups of 10-200 staff or clients.  
So if you fancy fencing the MD in the boardroom or entertaining your clients at the point of a sword, let us come to you with our package of sword fencing tuition and team games designed to get you working together fast in learning the skills of the oldest target sport in history.  Packages start at a low p/p prices and include all equipment and tuition at your own premises or a local venue.






Here's a link to the website

Welcome to Localventure- Focused Hypnosis

We're pleased to welcome Richard Hennessy and his business to Localventure, he's the information that Richard supplied :




My name is Richard Hennessy and I own and run Focused Hypnosis, the only stop smoking specialists in Sheffield. I offer the very best chance for a smoker to stop and to stay stopped. I use a multi session approach which is individually tailored to each clients habit which is more effective than other hypnotherapists who do a one or two hour "intensive" and generic programme.
March 10th is national no smoking day and to mark this I am offering something special. I am reducing my normal fee from £260 to just £195. Out of this £195 I will be donating £65 to Weston Park Cancer Charity here in Sheffield. I am running this offer to anyone who books treatment in March and I hope to raise £3,000.

Richard Hennessy 
HPD, Dip. H, Dip NLP, Cert. DE.
Focused Hypnosis
Sheffield
info@focusedhypnosis.com
www.sheffield-hypnosis.co.uk
0800 242 5686
07525 204 530

I'd like to draw your attention to the special charity fee structure that Richard is offering in the lead up to National No smoking Day in March and am really pleased to associate Localventure with his efforts to reach his £ 3,000 target.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Hi there potential new clients !

I just wanted to say a quick "Hi there!" to anyone who's visiting this blog as a result of the mailings that I sent out today.

In the post immediately below this one you'll find details of what we are about and hopefully see that firstly we can be of assistance and more importantly appearing here is free and that there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Long story short, we're passionate about business and supporting the UK's small business owners - feel free to drop me details about your business and I will include you regularly in the blog for nothing.

If you'd like more information you can catch me via the following :

Telephone : 07883 882064
E-mail venturelocal@gmail.com
Leave a comment with your details attached to this post
DM me via Twitter where you'll find us as 'localventure1'

Regards Phil

What is Localventure all about ?

Put simply, as a small business owner myself I understand that small business and entrepreneurship are the powerhouses that drive the UK economy forward.

I created the Localventure blog to add an extra dimension of support to UK business by offering something for nothing. So to help your business you can advertise here for free. You can include web links and an image in your ad for free. i'll then regularly rotate your ad so it appears at or near the top of the blog as often as possible. In addition, when you want to update, give us news or even just do a quick guest blog entry you can also do that for free. It's simple.

What's it in for me you ask ?

Well I want to drive revenue from this idea in the future but I need critical mass of members to do so - you get free advertising/web presence and I get great members and cool content.

When we have around 100 members upwards I'll migrate to a full website and begin to offer paid for services to you and new members but, it will always be free to advertise with me if you get in now ! 

I'm hoping to offer a range of interesting business related services including

New Media Support : blog & website design and upgrade, 
SEO services,
Twitter management
Life and Executive coaching + Business consultancy, 

Motivational Speaking
Support and introductions
Business Networking events
Advertising consultancy

Current Clients

Hi there, just wanted to give you a breakdown of our current client list.

Prestige Whisky
MCC Small Electrical
RS Book-Keeping
Merus Deli
Faust International Chef Service
CPL Transport
Mike Lester Photography
Select Security Services
Invitations for All Occasions
MPS Electrical

Remember that if you join you'll be able to access any special offers from other members - for example RS Book-Keeping is offering a 25% discount on annual fees for any Localventure member. For more information contact us here or Rob at RS

More new members to follow in coming days and weeks - we're aiming for 100 to begin the move to the localventure website proper.

Watch this space !

Monday, 22 February 2010

Interviews, features, ideas or discussions

At the moment all content on Localventure is either self generated or ads provided by our marvellous clients.

I would however like to support the business community in the UK more by offering a range of interesting articles and interviews.

So if you can think of someone to interview - even yourself ! ; topics we should be covering or any interesting things you'd like us to feature, report on and generally include please feel free to get in touch via the usual methods :

DM via Twitter (locaslventure1)
e-mail venturelocal@gmail.com
phone on 07883 882064

I look forward to hearing from you.

Proud to be a client ...

As with a number of the Localventure members i'm really pleased to say that I'm also an occasional client of Merus Deli (below) who have just joined us as well as being featured on the website of another of our client www.prestigewhisky.com.

I drive along New Road Side in Rawdon on a regular basis and always receive a warm welcome at Merus, plus their coffee is great !

We're really pleased to welcome Merus Deli to Localventure

Our latest client is Merus Deli on New Road Side, Rawdon in North Leeds.


Here's some information Sonia at Merus has provided us :


With our inviting and friendly environment to relax in why not call in to Merus Deli and try our award winning coffee and a home-made cake for some added perk to your day. We source and stock only the very highest quality food and drinks and wherever possible local producers are used. Fresh sandwiches and wraps are prepared daily using the finest ingredients and we stock a variety of fine foods. You’ll find a range of local cheese, artisan baked bread, preserves, olives, sauces, cooked meats, fruit, veg and so much more. 





New and existing members

You'll see that on my return from London I've rotated some of the existing members back to the top of the blog below. As you may know, if you advertise for free here on Localventure I also re-publish your original post regularly so that you keep appearing here on-line. Remember that you can also give me updates (news, events, customer offers etc.) whenever you want and I will also publish this for you for free.

Later this morning I will also put on another new member who sent details at the end of last week.

Select Security Systems

You can contact Select on : 0800 5945588


Select Security Systems delivering first class customer service every time

People use Select Security Systems when they have been broken into or suffered losses so we are sympathetic to our customer's needs. Whether you require CCTV an audible or monitored alarm, you can trust us to get it right 1st time.
Select Security offers a variety of security systems to fit your financial budget.We are approved installers of Scantronic & Menvier security systems. We do not employ sales people, all quotes are carried out by engineers who can answer any questions you may have about the installation. We also offer repairs to existing systems. Comprehensive maintenance is also provided. Why not talk to us now on 0800 594 55 88
We offer a range of service options to suit a wide range of security systems, whether they be Intruder, CCTV, Access Control or a combination of all three.
Select Security's regular preventative inspections are backed-up with a rapid prioritised response if required.

Does installing an alarm cause damage to my decorations?

No not at all, our installers have been installing alarms for many years, and know how to install the equipment quickly, efficiently and as unobtrusive as possible.We use cavity walls whenever possible to run cables.This ensures the highest possible installation with virtually no wires, we also install the latest wire free systems, call us for a free quote

Why choose Select Security Systems?

The type of alarm and other electronic security solutions you choose is very important. However, if you want it to be effective and meet the requirements of your insurer or the police, it is important that the system is installed and maintained in accordance with the required standards by a competent installation company. Many companies or individuals will tell you they can install an alarm, often cheaply, but are they:-
  • capable of meeting the standards of workmanship and service you would expect?
  • properly security vetting all relevant staff to British Standards?
  • operating a 24 hour call out service and able to respond within 4 hours?
  • fully insured?
  • completing a thorough security survey and risk assessment of your property?
  • installing reliable, up to date equipment?
  • issuing you with a Specification for your system?
  • offering you a maintenance contract?
  • meeting the stringent requirements of the police or your insurer?
Select Security meets all the above criteria. 

Mike Lester Photography

Mike Lester Photography specialises in Boudoir, Portraiture and Glamour photography, and providing Tuition for photographers and models... Shooting in a range of styles.... Including: Portfolio work for models, Family shoots, Boudoir photography, Location and Commercial.

Specialists in Portraits, Boudoir and Glamour, Mike Lester Photography provides a discreet and intimate service for ladies and couples. Whether you’re a bride to be, wanting that special gift, or looking to enjoy the thrill of a special photoshoot to boost confidence, Mike Lester Photography will ensure that every need is met in a thoroughly professional manner. Established in 2005, the business is based in Meanwood, Leeds.

Mike Lester Photography also offer a range of Photographic Training Workshops covering all skill levels and offer a perfect opportunity to photographers wishing to develop their studio, location and editing skills. Whatever the level, Mike Lester Photography has a training workshop suited to the needs of the student. All tuition is 1:1
                                  Follow this link to the website


Invitations for All Occasions

Lynne's business is based in Leeds : 0113 2779799


Here's some info about her business :

Are you looking for wedding invitations that’s just perfect for your wedding?
Have a look at our contemporary and elegant designs!
Here at Invitations for all Occasions
All of our cards are made by hand for that personal touch.
We can customise your card to match your chosen colours, our cards are unique, so you will not find them anywhere else!
Your wedding day is ultimately best day of your life. We want to help you make your weddingeven more special by supplying you with quality personalised handmade wedding stationery at an unbeatable price. Our wedding stationery is professionally printed to a high standard. The online availability of our wedding business means we can offer wedding invitations to you at 60% less than the normal retail price. This means you get a great deal on your wedding invitations.
Check the quality of our wedding stationery by ordering sample wedding invitations.
• We do not charge for e-mail proofs like many other wedding invitation companies.
• Our prices are over 60% less than high street prices giving you a great saving by buying yourwedding invitations online
Distance is no object - we've had orders from all over the UK & Ireland, and from as far afield as Malta, America, Australia and... Africa!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

New member for Localventure - Faust International Chef Service


An exciting new member for LV, our first in the gastronomic area - we're really pleased to welcome Andreas Fink and his :

Faust International Chef Service

Event Caterer and 
Private Party Service
57 Great George Street Office 282
Leeds LS1 3AJ
Visit our website
www.faustchefservice.com
info@faustchefservice.com

Tel.Fax. 01132785511  Mob. 07854135312

New member for Localventure - CPL Transport of Manchester




Established in 2006, C.P.L Transport has many years experience in the same day couriers industry, with the focus on providing delivery solutions to clients throughout the local area. We are based in the North West with links to all the major motorway networks and will carry all of your deliveries to any part of the UK and Europe.
The company provides delivery solutions to local and national businesses with a professional and cost effective response and has grown significantly since the launch in 2006. The customer friendly service ensures clients goods are delivered on time and to the correct destination using satellite navigation in all vehicles.

C.P.L Transport has an expanding customer base, located in and around North West and provides robust rapid response to many clients throughout the UK, including Several blue chip companies who rely on dedicated sameday courier service that CPL provides. We have gained a reputation over a number of years for reliability and professionalism second to none. From pallets to small packages nothing is too big or too small. 

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Accurate websites and contact details

Setting up this blog I have begun to be involved in business to business prospecting in earnest. Contacting hundreds of potential client companies and offering them the services of Localventure. It's been an interesting process that I'm enjoying immensely and finding a tremendous challenge. Many business owners are really interested and supportive. We're in discussions with a number to join the blog and also (hopefully) provide other services for which we may earn consultancy fees. However, one of the things that has struck me is how often when prospecting I discover that the website address for a business (say that is listed on another business directory) is no longer working. I'm assuming this means one of several things - the business has unfortunately gone under, the nature of the business has altered and the site no longer fits or that the site has temporarily gone down or they've changed hosting provider. If it's the first reason then clearly it's a sad situation and Localventure is really no more help to them. However, if the site has 'gone' for any other reason then I'd suggest it's commercially not a great situation to be in.

In addition, even those businesses with working websites often have contact details which are difficult to locate and in some cases only offer one or two contact methods.

So here's my thoughts on how I'd advise business to cope with some of these issues - some of it is fairly common sense stuff which is why I'm surprised more businesses don't do it :

1) Check you website every day to make sure it's up and running - I had a problem with my own business site on Friday, it was simple to resolve (just some issues with certain browsers not immediately updating amended content) but if I hadn't checked the site a couple of times in the morning and spotted the errors then the changes I'd made to the delivery tab wouldn't have been implemented.
2) Do a weekly in-depth or test purchase check to make sure the 'under the hood' stuff is working properly. I think it's worth doing this even if you sell things regularly and the client experience is working ok - it's always worth going back and re-living the customer journey to make sure it's as you expect - having created my own e-commerce site from scratch in close partnership with my designer I (like to think) I have a good grasp of the mechanics of the site.
3) If you make any changes to the site - name, products sold, closing down for upgrades - anything that makes the site disappear or look different always leave a holding page with full reasons and contact details up in it's place. Even if your business changes or interrupts you might get calls or contacts that could help future networking. Any client contact should always be viewed as positive
4) I've always adopted a 'belt and braces' approach with regards to client contact - so on my site I have a contact us/info request form; e-mail address, landline telephone number plus I always include all this info in my e-mail signature as well. I even now add my gmail video account if people want a video call ! As a consumer I personally tend to ask for information and support in different ways depending upon what I need - sometimes I phone, sometimes e-mail and sometimes pop round - I think it's therefore best to cover the bases where possible.
5) When you do make changes or want people to know what's happening in the business I'd suggest a couple of extra items to try as well - e-mail shots are a quick way to get info out to your current client base and if you do blog or tweet keeping people updated is both fast and easy. Setting up this kind of capability is incidentally something that LV can help with if you're interested.

I'm not suggesting for one second that massive revamps of websites are needed - in most cases it's pretty easy to add in little bits of extra copy for free or at low cost.

Hi to business in Manchester, Leeds and London

Hi there if you're visiting Localventure as a result of the prospecting work I've been doing today.

today I have been focusing on Leeds, Manchester and London.

Have a look round at the posts and remember that to appear hear is free and subsequent updates/guest blogs are also free.

If you're interested drop me a line at venturelocal@gmail.com or call on 07883 882064

Rotating clients information

As we build up new members I've committed to rotating blog entries so each business has the opportunity to appear at or near the top of my blog. This way they should get maximum repeated exposure over time.

Once we switch to a standard website from the blog format this will be less of an issue as finding businesses and featuring them will become simpler - in the meantime we need to build up a critical mass of members to make the switch to a better format of site worthwhile and cost effective.

In the meantime you'll see MCC Small Electrical, RS Book-Keeping and MPS Electrical re-entered on the site below this blog post with others (plus new members) to follow in coming days.

MPS Electrical

Here's the info on MPS Electrical :













MPS Electrical has many years experience in the electrical industry as electrical contractors serving the general public of Leeds, West Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.
MPS Electrical is based in Leeds and provides all key electrical services to commercial retail outlets, industry and the domestic field.
MPS Electrical undertake electrical installations within the new build residential sites throughout West Yorkshire and are proud to work alongside the leading names in residential development.
All work undertaken is to the 17th Edition IEE wiring regulation and inspected by qualified by professional inspectors and testers. MPS Electrical covers Leeds West Yorkshire and nationwide.

RS Book-Keeping

Here's some information about RS Bookkeeping :

RS Book-Keeping is a small accountancy service provider based in Pontefract, West Yorkshire specialising in small businesses. I work closely with my clients giving them a friendly and professional service and charge extremely competitive rates. I never charge for answering phone calls or replying to emails. There services I offer are:

Book-Keeping
Accounts Preparation
VAT Returns
TAX Returns
Letter Writing

The contact information and website address is :

Mr Rob Scott






Hope this is of interest to people, make sure you tell Rob who sent you if you're interested in using his services.

MCC Small Electricals

Here's some basic information about them :

Part P Approved Electrician Leeds



MCC Small Electricals provides quality, reliable and professional electrical services throughout Yorkshire ranging from single sockets to full home security systems. We offer a fully comprehensive service for small business, light industrial and domestic electrical problems, to arrange an estimate or quotation please call 0800 3579995 , website : www.mccsmallelectricals.co.uk0800 357 9995

MCC Smalls Mission Statement

The only way to do a job is to do it properly is our take on business, we work with honesty, integrity and we treat all of our customers with respect. Our reputation has been built on word of mouth, what you think matters to our business. At MCC we pride ourselfs on the standard of work we produce, and believe that our quality of service is second to none. We promise value for money and qualified electricians providing a high standard of workmanship.
Specialising in small electrical jobs around the home and offer very competitive rates on quality electrical solutions.

MCC Small Electricals are a really welcome addition to this blog, having used their services we can really testify to the quality of the work and the helpfulness of the business owner. Interestingly, Michael from MCC is happy to let clients leave feedback and features customer reviews as an integral part of his website - thoroughly recommended !

Monday, 15 February 2010

Twitter and a general news update

Good morning everyone, had a some really good success with prospecting on Friday and we picked up a number of new clients from only a couple of dozen sales contacts.

One of our existing clients, Rob at RS Book-Keeping has been kind enough to offer a 25% discount on his annual fees to all Localventure companies and I am giving details of this to all new members as they join and I hope that over time other LV companies will be able to offer similar discounts, offers etc. - the main of this blog is to provide support and information of interest to small business and entrepreneurs and a sense of community and involvement it vital to make this project work I believe.

Normally I try to make a lot of noise on Twitter as well as here on the blog. Unfortunately I'm struggling to get onto the website this morning - as a result, if you're an avid Twitter watcher I can only apologise that we've gone temporarily quiet on that front for the time being.

I wanted to list of clients so far - now we're getting a few, I'm going to list be sector and area - over time I plan to migrate the blog to a proper website and still feature all of our clients on the new site for free (we'll eventually start to drive revenue by providing other enhanced services for new and existing clients over time - the core proposition - supporting business will of course remain totally gratis!). When we do move to a new site I'm beginning to think how we'll feature your business - and I'm open to suggestions - size, sector, market, location, b2b, b2c - all options up for consideration. If anyone does have ideas I'm open to suggestions.

Here's our list for the time being :

Company                                               Sector                       Location

Select Security Systems                      Alarms/Security          Leeds
Mike Lester Photography                     Photographer              Leeds
Invitations for all Occasions                 Wedding                      Leeds
MPS Electrical                                       Electrical                      Leeds
RS Book-Keeping                                 Book Keeping              Pontefract    
MCC Small Electrical                           Electrical                       Leeds

(there is a focus on West Yorkshire at present simply by virtue of the database i'm using for prospecting - hopefully we'll expand across the UK over time).

Lastly, I wanted to recommend a book I've just started to read - you might know from previous posts I'm part way through How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (still haven't finished and will review in full when I'm done), I've also just picked up 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff' by richard Carlson. A short pithy book full of practical exercises to really take the edge off stressful situations both in business and life in general. I'm around two thirds of the way through and enjoying it immensely and finding it useful. I'll review fully in a later post but would certainly suggest picking up a copy from your local independent book retailer.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

New to Localventure : Select Security Systems

Another new client for us this morning, here's the ad from Select :

You can contact Select on : 0800 5945588




Select Security Systems delivering first class customer service every time

People use Select Security Systems when they have been broken into or suffered losses so we are sympathetic to our customer's needs. Whether you require CCTV an audible or monitored alarm, you can trust us to get it right 1st time.
Select Security offers a variety of security systems to fit your financial budget.We are approved installers of Scantronic & Menvier security systems. We do not employ sales people, all quotes are carried out by engineers who can answer any questions you may have about the installation. We also offer repairs to existing systems. Comprehensive maintenance is also provided. Why not talk to us now on 0800 594 55 88
We offer a range of service options to suit a wide range of security systems, whether they be Intruder, CCTV, Access Control or a combination of all three.
Select Security's regular preventative inspections are backed-up with a rapid prioritised response if required.

Does installing an alarm cause damage to my decorations?

No not at all, our installers have been installing alarms for many years, and know how to install the equipment quickly, efficiently and as unobtrusive as possible.We use cavity walls whenever possible to run cables.This ensures the highest possible installation with virtually no wires, we also install the latest wire free systems, call us for a free quote

Why choose Select Security Systems?

The type of alarm and other electronic security solutions you choose is very important. However, if you want it to be effective and meet the requirements of your insurer or the police, it is important that the system is installed and maintained in accordance with the required standards by a competent installation company. Many companies or individuals will tell you they can install an alarm, often cheaply, but are they:-
  • capable of meeting the standards of workmanship and service you would expect?
  • properly security vetting all relevant staff to British Standards?
  • operating a 24 hour call out service and able to respond within 4 hours?
  • fully insured?
  • completing a thorough security survey and risk assessment of your property?
  • installing reliable, up to date equipment?
  • issuing you with a Specification for your system?
  • offering you a maintenance contract?
  • meeting the stringent requirements of the police or your insurer?
Select Security meets all the above criteria. 

New member for Localventure - Mike Lester Photography

We'd like to welcome Mike Lester Photography to Localventure, here's some information :


Mike Lester Photography specialises in Boudoir, Portraiture and Glamour photography, and providing Tuition for photographers and models... Shooting in a range of styles.... Including: Portfolio work for models, Family shoots, Boudoir photography, Location and Commercial.

Specialists in Portraits, Boudoir and Glamour, Mike Lester Photography provides a discreet and intimate service for ladies and couples. Whether you’re a bride to be, wanting that special gift, or looking to enjoy the thrill of a special photoshoot to boost confidence, Mike Lester Photography will ensure that every need is met in a thoroughly professional manner. Established in 2005, the business is based in Meanwood, Leeds.

Mike Lester Photography also offer a range of Photographic Training Workshops covering all skill levels and offer a perfect opportunity to photographers wishing to develop their studio, location and editing skills. Whatever the level, Mike Lester Photography has a training workshop suited to the needs of the student. All tuition is 1:1
                                  Follow this link to the website



Friday, 12 February 2010

Another new member ! Introducing Lynne Duncan : Invitations for all Occasions

Our second new client of the afternoon,

Lynne's business is based in Leeds : 0113 2779799

click to her website

Here's some info about her business :


Are you looking for wedding invitations that’s just perfect for your wedding?
Have a look at our contemporary and elegant designs!
Here at Invitations for all Occasions
All of our cards are made by hand for that personal touch.
We can customise your card to match your chosen colours, our cards are unique, so you will not find them anywhere else!
Your wedding day is ultimately best day of your life. We want to help you make your weddingeven more special by supplying you with quality personalised handmade wedding stationery at an unbeatable price. Our wedding stationery is professionally printed to a high standard. The online availability of our wedding business means we can offer wedding invitations to you at 60% less than the normal retail price. This means you get a great deal on your wedding invitations.
Check the quality of our wedding stationery by ordering sample wedding invitations.
• We do not charge for e-mail proofs like many other wedding invitation companies.
• Our prices are over 60% less than high street prices giving you a great saving by buying yourwedding invitations online
Distance is no object - we've had orders from all over the UK & Ireland, and from as far afield as Malta, America, Australia and... Africa!

New Localventure member - MPS Electrical


I'd like to welcome MPS Electrical to Localventure :













MPS Electrical has many years experience in the electrical industry as electrical contractors serving the general public of Leeds, West Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.
MPS Electrical is based in Leeds and provides all key electrical services to commercial retail outlets, industry and the domestic field.
MPS Electrical undertake electrical installations within the new build residential sites throughout West Yorkshire and are proud to work alongside the leading names in residential development.
All work undertaken is to the 17th Edition IEE wiring regulation and inspected by qualified by professional inspectors and testers. MPS Electrical covers Leeds West Yorkshire and nationwide.