Energy News 17/02/2017
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My business card says:
Hair professional offering expertise.
I would describe myself in five words as:
Fair, committed, passionate about hairdressing.
I decided I wanted to run my own business when:
The opportunity came my way 18 years ago when I was working part-time as a self-employed hairdresser. This suited me as a mum with two young children. I’d previously spoken with my accountant about owning a business but it wasn’t on my immediate agenda. But when she found out this salon was up for sale she asked if I was interested. I had a look, thought why not and decided to go for it.
The hardest part of setting up my business was:
Finding the finance. My businesses partner – who’s also my other half – and I put in our savings but we also had to find a loan. That was really tough. We put our house up as collateral but that still didn’t guarantee us a loan as banks were dubious about lending. I think banks could do more for businesses: bank charges cripple us. We have to pay for every transaction.
I would tell other businesses to shop around and negotiate your banking regularly. Don’t stick with one bank for years. You might want to build up a relationship with a bank thinking goodwill goes a long way but it doesn’t – I’ve only met my bank manager once. Also, I could cut hair but I didn’t know about marketing the business or managing the team. I’ve had to educate myself.
My greatest business success is:
Being in business for 18 years and being successful year on year.
The key to being a successful small business owner is:
My top tip for entrepreneurs is:
You can get advice from business coaches and your local business community and I’ve always found most people are willing to help, but don’t forget to listen to your instincts.
My top money-saving tip is:
Shop around. For utilities, for insurance, for business banking. And check regularly to make sure you’re still getting the best deal.
The business headline I would most like to see is:
‘VAT rate cut to 15%.. VAT is a killer, especially having risen to 20%.
If I wasn’t answering these questions I would be:
Having lunch! It’s gone 5pm and I’m only just now getting to eat as it’s been so busy.
Thanks for your help Mark Weeks and Switch My business
"I would like to thank Switch My Business and particularly Mark Weeks for the ease of switching and saving me money! I can highly recommend them. Thanks again Richard Blake"This review was posted by Richard Blake on the 22nd of February 2017
"Aaron sorted out a new electricity deal for my church, enabling us to make good savings. We have now received confirmation of our new 3 year plan.During our telephone conversations Aaron was always very polite and efficient. Dawn Marskell"This review was posted by Dawn Marskell on the 21st of February 2017
Great help switching
"First time I have ever done an energy supplier switch, it seemed a bit daunting but the way EDF has rocketed our industrial energy bill I had no option, Bea Luseni guided me through the process and took all the worry away, many thanks well done"This review was posted by Horatio on the 17th of February 2017
Very knowledgeable and helpfull guys
"I had Mark Weeks help me to switch from N Power to Dual for my business electricity and he was fantastic. not one question/query that he couldn't answer which made the switch very easy. So glad I have done this and thanks again Mark."This review was posted by Colin McKirdy on the 16th of February 2017
1st Class service from Kabibi Luseni
"From Start To Finish very easy to Move Suppliers . That's why I Now use SMB . Allan Wright"This review was posted by Mr Allan Wright on the 16th of February 2017