Small Business Saturday
December 7th sees the launch of the first Small Business Saturday in the UK - an opportunity to shop local and to support small businesses on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.Inspired by an American initiative, Small Business Saturday is...
Chloe McGenn is an award winning jewellery designer and here she tells us how she engages with her customers and develops customer loyalty to keep them coming back.   I like our shop to be the name on the lips of someone looking for that...
Today, writer, crafts events organiser and trainer, Rickie Josen, takes us step by step through starting out in the world of Blogging!   Here at Birmingham Arts, we’ve recently run a Success Workshop about blogs, part of our...
With the advent of social media tools such as Twitter, people the world over now have unprecedented freedom to communicate with other people, from friends and family to celebrities and business titans alike. One business owner Jenny Buttery of...
Emma Allnutt of Sugar Cane attended the School for Startups free Web Fuelled Business bootcamp at Leeds on the 21st March 2012. It was a full day bootcamp to help small businesses grow revenue, increase customers, lower costs, improve their...
Resize images for use on the web is a simple but exceedingly useful skill to learn as website and magazine editors can often request images of designer-makers work in various different sizes. Today photographer Helen Shorey talks us through how to...
In this digital age, it's a pretty sure bet that press coverage won't just fall in your lap but getting press will certainly be easier if you know how to write a decent press release. But where to start? Here is a bit of advice from my point of view...
This article was originally published in the recent Autumn 2011 issue of UK Handmade Magazine. Article by Tatiana Hitchen.There may be a battle raging to keep some traditional crafts and skills from disappearing into the mists of time, but the...
Hilary Pullen looks at why Twitter lists are a such useful tool for staying ahead in your industry. Lists can give you the latest news and you don't have to spend time finding people to add to your list, you can just follow other peoples. Lists are...
In this digital age, often good product photography can mean the difference between a sale and a missed opportunity, the difference between being picked to be featured in a magazine or stocked in a shop/boutique and not. As difficult as it may be to...
Today we are pleased to reproduce with kind permission this fantastic article by marketing guru Katy Cowan; Editor of Creative Boom and owner of PR and Marketing agency Boomerang PR. Invaluable advice from an expert! Katy Cowan Marketing is one of...
UK Handmade is pleased to introduce you to some of our favourite business resource websites. We've brought them together here for your covenience. The Academy: A great new resource and learning community for independent business owners in the...
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by Katy Cowan of www.creativeboom.co.uk   One of the most beautiful things about the World Wide Web is how it has brought the globe together and allowed freelancers and small businesses to compete on the same scale as larger and more...
In last week's business blog post: Quick Guide to Maximising Christmas Sales we said: "This is the perfect time of year to thank your loyal, repeat customers. Send them a card to say you appreciate their business and give them a heads up about any...
What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)? Search Engine Marketing (SEM) or SEO is the art of understanding how search engines rank results and then making changes to rank your shop/website higher. SEO is therefore an important tool for most people...
Talented ceramicist Steve Booton of Steve Booton Ceramics tells us how to make the most of YouTube to promote your business.Let me take a moment to explain the title of this piece, it can have a number of different meanings. I live on the edge of...

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