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'Why your SME business needs a solicitor' by Scott Bailey LLP Lymington and Lyndhurst New Forest

"Running a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) is like juggling flaming torches while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. There is a thrill there, but the risks are also very real. In the circus of business, every SME owner needs a safety net, and that's where a solicitor comes in. Here are some good reasons, with some truly awful legal puns, as to why your business should have a solicitor on speed dial."

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Ambush in the New Forest? Scott Bailey LLP with offices in Lymington and Lyndhurst explains

Beyond the thrill of the game of rugby lies a complex arena where businesses vie for brand exposure through marketing and advertising activities. "Ambush" marketing is rife within the context of sporting events and can be tempting to try - but businesses should exercise caution to avoid infringing trademarks or misleading consumers. Ben Ironmonger at Scott Bailey LLP explains...

Congratulations to Brilliance in Business Winners

New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards 2023 Finalists and Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Brilliance in Business Awards Winners and Finalists

The New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards 30 November 2023

 

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Literally hot off the press from last night's Brilliance in Business Awards at Brockenhurst College and Careys Manor Hotel herewith the list of finalists and winners.

Enormous congratulations to Brilliant Business of the Year Scott Bailey Solicitors!

The announcement of overall business of the year comes at the very end  - and the team at Scott Bailey Solicitors was thrilled to be named as winner of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Award for Business of the Year! 

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The Country Inns Award for Apprentice of the Year

Finalists:

Chloe Harvey - The Noble Bee

George Nutt - Gyles Construction

Kamron Flaxman - Woodland h at Hoburne Bashley

Winner: 

Kamron Flaxman - Woodland h at Hoburne Bashley

The Balmer Lawn Hotel Award

for Outstanding Contribution to the Visitor Economy

Finalists:

Furzey Gardens

Lymington.com

St Barbe Museum & Gallery

Winner: 

St Barbe Museum & Gallery

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club Award for Marine and Maritime

Finalists:

Optima Yachts

Sanders Sails

Waterlodge UK

Winner: 

Optima Yachts

The Fordingbridge Print Award for Growth

Finalists:

New Forest Academy of Dance

New Forest Tartan

Scott Bailey

Winner: 

New Forest Academy of Dance

The Hampshire Country Council Award for Contribution to the New Forest Community

Finalists:

Driving Miss Daisy

Harvest Fine Foods

The Woolpack

Winner: 

Harvest Fine Foods

The Escape Yachting Award for Entrepreneur of the Year

Finalists:

Jo Hompstead - ConnectUp

Mike Essex - Devise Marketing

Zabir Ali - Wessex Optical

Winner:

Zabir Ali - Wessex Optical

The Forest Foot and Health Clinic Award for Health and Wellbeing

Finalists:

Arches Physiotherapy

Freedom Care

Gentlemen's League

Winner:

Gentlemen's League

The Forest Foodie Award for Outstanding Customer Care

Finalists:

Affinity Technology

Herbert William

Love Organic

Winner:

Herbert William

The New Forest District Council Award for Best New Forest Microbusiness

Finalists:

Flyte Creative Media

Roche Wills & Trust

The Cloth Fox

Winner:

The Cloth Fox 

The New Forest Enterprise Centre Award for Best New Business

Finalists:

Digitize Marketing

The Brew Forest

The Imaginarium

Winner:

The Brew Forest

The New Forest Marque Award for Food and Drink

Finalists:

820 Spirits

Beaky Blinders

Pages of Lyndhurst

Winner:

Beaky Blinders

The New Forest National Park Authority Award for Sustainable Business of the Year

Finalists:

New Forest Collection

True Horizon

Vida Promotions

Winner:

Vida Promotions

The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times Award for Best New Forest Charity / Social Enterprise / Community Interest Company

Finalists:

Countryside Education Trust

New Forest Disability

Olivia Inspires

Winner:

Olivia Inspires 

The Scott Bailey Award for Professional Services

Finalists:

Circle Insurance

Cloud Eleven Accountants

Woodlands Financial Planning

Winner:

Cloud Eleven Accountants

The Solent University Award for Innovation

Finalists:

All The Cool Stuff

Optima Yachts

Triangle

Winner:

Triangle

The Southampton Business School Award for Young Person in Business

Finalists:

Emily Drew - Scott Bailey

Oriana Caires - The Work Shop

Tom Simpson - 820 Spirits

Winner:

Tom Simpson - 820 Spirits

The Brockenhurst College Award for Training and Development

Finalists:

Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa

Forest Foot and Health Clinic

Scott Bailey

Winner:

Scott Bailey

The Simpson Hilder Associates Award for Personal Achievement

Finalists:

Andrew Stembridge - Iconic Luxury Hotels

James Hiley-Jones - Greenclose Hotels

Winner:

James Hiley-Jones

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Award for Business of the Year

Scott Bailey

 

About NFBP

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The New Forest Business Partnership is a not-for-profit organisation which supports local businesses in various ways. It provides a varied programme of networking opportunities and business support on a huge variety of topics.Through its partnerships with local public bodies and businesses it's in a unique position to help shape the New Forest economy through challenging times.

 

Photo credits to Dave Dodge Photography

Congratulations to Brilliance in Business Winners

Stop Press New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards Winners

Congratulations to 2022 Brilliance in Business Awards Winners and Finalists

The New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards 1 December 2022

Literally hot off the press from last night's Brilliance in Business Awards at Brockenhurst College and Careys Manor Hotel herewith the list of winners and finalists.

Enormous congratulations to Brilliant Business of the Year New Forest Activities!

The announcement of overall business of the year comes at the very end  - and the team at New Forest Activities was thrilled to be named as winner of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Award for Business of the Year! 

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And now for the individual category award winners. We'll go into more detail and with photos, next week!

The Country Inns Award for Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Maria Hajduk – Balmer Lawn Hotel

Finalists: 
Kamron Flaxman – Woodland h at Hoburne Bashley
Samantha Gates – New Forest Activities

The Balmer Lawn Hotel Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Visitor Economy

Winner: Woodland h at Hoburne Bashley

Finalists: Lymington.com, Montagu Arms Hotel

The Escape Yachting Award for Marine and Maritime

Winner: BHG Marine

Finalists: GES Marine, Circle Marine Insurance

The Get Set Solent Award for Growth

Winner: Healthy Pet Store

Finalists: The Forest Foodie, Highball Cocktails

The Hampshire County Council Award for Contribution to the New Forest Community

Winner: The Stag Hotel, Lyndhurst

Finalists: St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Harvest Fine Foods

The HSBC UK Award for Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner: Sana Stephens – Timber

Finalists:  

Tom Holman – Hampshire Candles
Sarah Fitzgerald – Sassys New Forest

The Forest Foot and Health Clinic Award for Health and Wellbeing

Winner: Shorefield Holidays

Finalists: Oakhaven Hospice, Bump & Glide

The Colva.tech Award for Outstanding Customer Care

Winner: Pylewell Park

Finalists: Go Ape Moors Valley, New Forest Collection

The New Forest District Council Award for Best New Forest Microbusiness

Winner: Naked Jam

Finalists: New Forest Tartan, Chocolate by Miss Witt

The New Forest Enterprise Centre Award for Best New Business

Winner: Forecourt E

Finalists: Forest Edge Roasting Company, The Tinker's Granddaughter

The New Forest Marque Award for Food and Drink

Winner: Sway Butchers

Finalists: The Commoners Larder, New Forest Fruit Company

The New Forest National Park Authority Award for Sustainable Business of the Year

Winner: Cottage Lodge Hotel

Finalists: Boon & Green, New Forest Escapes

The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times Award for Best New Forest Charity / Social Enterprise / Community Interest Company

Winner: The Honeypot Children's Charity

Finalists: New Forest Bike Project CIC, Olivia Inspires Charity

The Scott Bailey Award for Professional Services

Winner: Fordingbridge Print

Finalists: Creative Little World Copywriting, Padua Communications

The Solent University Award for Innovation

Winner: HP Music

Finalists: Oakhaven, MDS Leisure

The Southampton Business School Award for Young Person in Business

Winner: Tyler Hole - Multi-Signs

Finalists: 

Molly Gunn - Scott Bailey
Abbie Hills - The Dazey Hills Company

The Totton College Award for Training and Development

Winner: New Forest Activities

Finalists: UK Chiropractic, Minstead Trust

The Simpson Hilder Associates Award for Personal Achievement

Winner: Robin Hutson OBE

Finalists: Anthony Climpson OBE, Aldred Drummond

 

 

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Sassy’s New Forest sponsors winning sails for Lymington race series 

New Forest business Sassy’s is very pleased with its decision to sponsor new sails for local yacht Yard Fees. The Lymington based Beneteau Platu 25 keelboat, skippered by local part owner Declan Clamp, has just taken the win in the IRC1 class in the Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s recent Late Late Series sporting its winning sails proudly sponsored by Sassy’s.
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Versadock Lymington New Forest nominated for DAME award

VersaDock leads the way in offering innovative floating pontoon and modular dock solutions. It has now been nominated for a prestigious DAME design award for its new float which makes it easier for wider hulls and keel boats to be accommodated.
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Lymington.com business profile: ConnectUp and Jo Hompstead  

Lymington.com business profile: ConnectUp and Jo Hompstead

New Forest based ConnectUp "makes a positive impact on people’s working lives, by recognising the human need for meaningful connection at work and to the work we do"

April 2021

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ConnectUp is a consultancy and training company.  It provides both advice and inhouse training to companies of all sizes which need help with managing the inner workings of their businesses. That’s the people, who drive the processes which make the business actually happen.

The engine of most businesses is all those vital people who do the work to implement the plan and make the wheels go round to produce the results! 

This is of course very pertinent in these continuing strange times. In some companies some staff have been and maybe still are on furlough, others have been working harder than ever. Tensions can build.

Many businesses have been through the mill and it’s nowhere near over yet. Staff often realise the pressures their bosses are under too; it’s hard for owners and managers to hide their fears when the very survival of their businesses may be at stake.

In every company are individual members of staff who have suffered to a lesser or greater extent from the pressures brought about by a year of living with Covid. Think about lockdowns, death of loved ones, the emotions wrung by not being allowed to visit parents or partners in care homes. We don’t need to spell out all the additional personal challenges on top of all those which exist already in today’s hectic life.

Connected - with the people with whom you work

ConnectUp’s premise, which few will challenge, is that people work at their best when they’re treated well, motivated and “connected” - with each other and their managers.

Then of course that the whole is usually greater than the sum of the parts: a team which is working well together has the power to increase individual effort, ability and productivity.Jo Hompstead

Connected - with the importance of your individual role 

The other vital component is feeling good about what you actually do, recognising the part your role plays in the bigger whole of what the organisation itself does. That feeling that that your cog in the wheel is vital - as vital as any other, which of course it is. 

So this aspect of ConnectUp's role is about helping people feel connected to the work they do - so they see the meaning in it. "Does what I do matter?" Which of course, it does!

If all or any of this sounds pertinent to your business, take a look at the ConnectUp website and call Jo now for a chat.

The vital message is the management focus on the needs of the individual people

This is where Jo Hompstead comes in, with her HR training, background and experience, and with skills kept constantly up to date through ongoing reading and learning.

Jo’s first career was in the HR departments of major companies including John Lewis and Waitrose, with responsibility for recruitment, training and development. She has seen and experienced from within the heart of the organisation the difference made by management focus on the needs of individual people in their roles.

As Jo says, “It’s a no-brainer to me that people work at their best when they are treated as human beings and not just an asset.

Why wouldn’t we want work to be a fulfilling and meaningful place for people to be? Just for the human stuff, but it also makes clear commercial sense.”

collage of woodland imagesJo is naturally curious about what makes people tick, driven to make an impact on how people feel about and perform at work. She is known for establishing early trust, encouraging staff to open up and tell her how things really are, enabling her to really get to the nub of what’s going on.

“I enjoy helping leaders and business owners unleash the potential of themselves and their people. I am known for working as a trusted advisor and confidante, drawing ideas together into meaningful action and bringing insight and intelligence to problems.”

New for 2021 - "More Than Just a Fun Day Out!"

Team building in the beautiful New Forest at Hoburne Bashley’s Woodland Centre

As well as working with you at your place of work, or a venue of your choice, new for 2021 Jo is offering 'More Than Just a Fun Day Out'. Based at Hoburne Bashley's Woodland Centre, these full and half day team building events take place outdoors, incorporating two elements Forest Team Experience and Group Connection & Action Planning. By the end of the day all the participating individuals will feel engaged with what needs to happen to build success, understand their role within that and feel connected as a team as they move forward together. Find out more here!

"ConnectUp helps teams reconnect, reset and move forward together with clear purpose, expectations and harmony. I get all the niggles out and facilitate the creation of plans of which everyone involved can feel part. I can do this virtually or with you in person, here in the New Forest. I offer the best mix of consultancy, facilitation and training to build connected work." Jo Hompstead, founder and owner of ConnectUp.

Find out more on the ConnectUp website here or simply call Jo on 07704 642156 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Give Jo a brief introduction to your situation and needs, and take it from there!

More information and contact details here too.

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Future proofing your business in the New Forest and beyond

Future proofing your business – the measures a business must have in place

A must read for all business owners – in the New Forest and beyond

mgps commercial ltd logo Sandeep Sesodia is Director of New Forest based MGPS Commercial Ltd which arranges commercial finances.  He is well qualified to talk on these matters, having been been considering the many impacts of the coronavirus both economic and human, on businesses large and small.  As we learn to live with its legacy he shares his thoughts about the steps businesses can take now to put themselves in a strong position to face the future.

So, we ask, what does future proofing mean in today’s parlance? 

“I’d say future proofing as we exit the coronavirus “crisis” and adjust to the new normal, is a kind of combination of best practices in order not only to survive but to come out ahead of the game.

Irrespective that COVID 19 has shown that nature is "red in tooth and claw", it is now a case not only of survival of the fittest but also, those willing to adapt.

Because one thing is for sure, COVID 19 has been a wake-up call. 

At its simplest future proofing is about surviving, continuing to trade. Then it’s about anticipating the future by doing the homework – identifying threats and opportunities.  And pragmatically about being aware of real potential shocks, the possible stresses and hurdles of future events and eventualities. 

It’s not about borrowing!

Although monitoring the business finances is vital, it's not all about borrowing!

Borrowing alone is not the answer.  So many business have taken advantage of the government grants or loan schemes - or both!  Right now, it is more about having good business acumen and a fit for purpose operating model at all times. Applying common sense along with having good practices will be the key.  So, it is informing businesses "what good looks like". That means right NOW! So it is informing businesses “what good looks like”.

So, what measures must a business have in place to survive and to continue trading?mgps commercial business growth 600

Good housekeeping is essential. Translated, this is good governance, being disciplined, diligent and having a checklist to ensure the longevity of the business. This should always be in place so that measures are in place to safeguard and protect the business / future proof itself.

This means having

  • A business strategy along with the business vision and goals
  • controls and monitoring in place, a sustainable operating model, having a robust Business Plan, a Business Continuity Plan (which should include a Business Recovery Plan and a Business Impact Analysis) and a (COVID 19) risk assessment / risk mitigation procedures
  • A template in place to measure individual and business performance and adapt / update as necessary
  • Robust financials and financial reporting in place
  • Experienced and qualified management team / structure

Businesses should not be daunted by having a checklist.  The checklist is simply comprised of everyday business activity, common sense and good practice and will allow a business owner to carry out a health check. 

In arranging commercial finance, the priority for mpps commercial ltd is to carry out a health check on a business looking for funding. Here are some of the typical considerations:

Is the business keeping pace with change e.g. Investing in the business, technology, staff, training / upskilling, recruitment etc?

Is slick administration in place to ensure efficiencies, a streamlined and lean process?

Paperwork and accreditations must be up to date – are records kept? Has the business faced up to the requirements of GDPR and put appropriate measures in place?

Are Compliance and regulatory obligations and responsibilities kept up to date?

Is tax paid up and up to date? Is the business benefitting from tax breaks, allowances, Government grants and schemes?

Are security and safeguarding procedures in place e.g. entry into buildings, ID checks, adequate insurance, cyber security, HSE, Fire Regulations?

Are products and services relevant? Is diversification required?

Is the business aware of and alert to the market conditions, market forces and any changes e.g. legislation?

Is a competitor analysis carried out on a regular basis?

What business activities are kept in house and which are outsourced e.g. HR / Employment law, Payroll, accounts / bookkeeping?

What is the business’s policy on the environment, its Carbon footprint, its CSR activities?

Above all a business must maintain communication with its business partners and professional advisers including the bank, the accountant and other qualified business advisors and mentors.

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Business life cycle and succession plan or exit strategy

Consideration should also be given to the

  • life cycle of the business and natural growth
  • succession plan / exit strategy

A business will want to demonstrate to all and any 3rd parties the financial strength and financial stability of their organisation. That there is growth potential and that the business is fit for purpose e.g. to potential buyers or for the future sale of the business.

Some organisations and potential clients will only deal with businesses that display these characteristics. 

From a borrowing perspective, all lenders will want to evidence these characteristics because these will form a part of the lending criteria. So, they will seek comfort and reassurance to understand the purpose of or rationale behind the finance application. Understanding this will determine the appropriate facility and the structure of the borrowing.

There are approximately 140 commercial finance lenders at present. They range from High Street Banks across to those with an online presence only, to specialist lenders to Alternative Finance, Private Equity Firms and to Crowd Funding platforms. Therefore, being specific about the borrowing need is critical. Gone are the days of one loan fits all. 

The Business Plan, including the latest financials (the latest filed accounts, Management Information and cashflow forecasts / projections - sensitised and stress tested - together with the underlying assumptions) is a must. The cashflow analysis is critical because it will signal whether a business can service a debt. Otherwise how can a business calculate how much to borrow or how can a lender assess how much a business can afford to borrow?

Reviewing the Business Plan and monitoring the cashflow forecasts on a regular basis to ensure that there is sufficient working capital is vital, as is having a 30/60/90 Day Plan. Carrying out a SWOT analysis and a risk assessment will be extremely important.

So, the Business Plan must exemplify prudence; it must clearly demonstrate a viable operating model, financial strength, and stability. It must address, for example, what

  • income generating activities are being undertaken?
  • is the pipeline business?
  • are the future revenue streams?
  • is the position with the debtors (including bad debt) and creditors?
  • growth plans are in place?
  • diversification is planned?
  • use will be made of the current skill base?

There must be a candid analysis of what business as usual looks like.

Before approaching a lender, a business / owner must ask themselves: Would I lend to myself? If so, what information would I want to see to reassure me and convince me to agree to lend?

Business resilience is something that is being much talked about. What does this mean? It means surviving and the actions to take to enable this – medium and l-term; operations; When to return? How to return? Standing back and re-imagining etc.

This leads to recovery and similar issues to consider:

  • How impacted by COVID 19 and how coming through it? Distancing, face masks, shields etc
  • Impact of new legislation
  • Strategic analysis of the business products and services: what works and what does not
  • Cashflow implications
  • Will the business be able to change and adapt?
  • Relevance and value
  • Workplace
  • Online presence and increased usage for target audience, therefore an improved offer to customers and potential customers
  • Identify new opportunities
  • Business agility

In terms of Cost Control, in reviewing the operating model the business must aim to make it leaner, more streamline and assess essential costs – overheads, fixed and variable costs (rent reviews / negotiations) and of course staffing and wages. This will be a tough exercise but it is about sustainability and survival.

Therefore, for any challenges or issues the business has faced it must provide explanation and commentary on how the matter was addressed and the solutions identified.

An honest appraisal and transparency will be needed.

COVID 19 has indeed been a wake - up call. However, we must remain positive and think of our business in a different dimension and be entrepreneurial. Remember, as history has shown us time and time again, crisis breeds creativity and innovation.”

Sandeep Sesodia 003Sandeep Sesodia is a Board member of The New Forest Business Partnership; Chair of Southampton Connect (Business Partnership working with Southampton City Council and represented by private and public organisations in Southampton); Non – Exec Director, Partnerships Portfolio Hampshire Chamber of Commerce; Chair Southampton Business Board, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce 2015 – 2020; Enterprise Adviser, The Careers & Enterprise Co, Solent LEP; Governor, Highcliffe School; Chair, Humanities, Highcliffe Rotary Club and Vice President Bournemouth Cricket Club.

For an initial discussion with Sandeep please contact him on 07388 908919 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sandeep Sesodia

June 2020

 

 

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Lymington.com See-Inside Virtual Tour with Google Street View

Bring your business to life with Google Street View 

Promote your business with a see-inside virtual tour which displays on Google, your website and other online channels

Plus a stunning set of conventional photographs for your business

Every picture tells many more words when it comes to promoting your business, especially in the new 'post lockdown' social distancing norm that is materialising with the coronavirus situation. Thanks to See-Inside Photography you can create a 360 degree virtual showroom of your business and boost the impact of your Google Business Page, website, advertising, PR and social media, with both a moving image virtual tour AND a brand new set of professionally taken conventional images. 

If your business has a physical premises it can have a virtual presence as well - and Google likes it too

See-Inside - the view from inside out from the Haven Restaurant Lymington

360 degree photography has a multitude of benefits including for example: explaining the layout of a self catering property, showing the table layout in a restaurant, indicating the range of products available in a shop, encouraging prospects to then visit in person.

Our See-Inside interactive imagery attracts potential customers allowing them to discover your business: they can effectively “walk through” your virtual shop, showroom or restaurant, explore and take a closer look.

A virtual See-Inside tour of your business be it restaurant, shop or showroom will not only get your business noticed and encourage new prospects to turn up in real life, but will also improve your presence on Google.

Google Street View technology is used to create a high-quality, interactive, 360° experience and add stunning images that get your business noticed online. Your business is presented at its best on desktop, mobile and tablet too. 

Plus a set of professional photographs included with every virtual tour

At the same time you can take advantage of a superb set of up to date professional business images including your premises, products and people as preferred.

See-Inside and outside too with Google Street View and conventional imagesTypically 10 images are included, free, with your tour. If more are required, these can be arranged for a small additional charge. The whole package comes for less than the price a typical professional photographer will charge for a photo shoot. It’s a complete win win for small businesses! Call us on 01590 612902 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your Virtual Tour.

About See-Inside

See-Inside photographer John Carratt has been working with Google since 2012 to deliver Google Street View to companies and organisations across the UK.  More and more national businesses are commissioning See-Inside to film virtual tours of their locations throughout Britain - but fortunately John still has time to look after his home location the New Forest too!

It’s easy and quick to implement your See-Inside virtual tour, and you can start seeing results immediately.

"Conventional images only" option

If for whatever reason a virtual tour is not appropriate for your business we can also provide a very competitively priced set of conventional photographs.

In either case, please contact the Lymington.com team email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01590 612902

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Featured Business Page

Featured Business Page

Bespoke, editable one page website hosted on trusted local online advertising channel Lymington.com 

Lymington.com is a trusted and relevant website, with captivating content added regularly. It ranks highly in search engines for keywords relevant to all businesses, categories and industries present in the Lymington and New Forest area.

For businesses which have a website

A Featured Business Page (FBP) provides businesses with a website with valuable additional online presence

This is an excellent method of improving individual business search engine optimisation.

  • links directly to your website, providing a trusted backlink
  • includes compelling content about your business, providing an additional source of trusted copy, keywords, images and additional backlinks to specific pages on your website
  • the copy in the business description can be tailored to the local New Forest area, highlighting relevant propositions that often is not possible on a national or bookings-led website
  • enables valuable links to your social media accounts
  • can provide backlinks to videos on your YouTube channel
  • provides an opportunity for online reviews that can be managed by the LDC team

For businesses without a website

A Featured Business Page provides businesses without a website with their own one-page ‘website’

This is a highly cost-effective means of owning a web-presence if your business doesn't have its own website, has an outdated or non-responsive website, or is part of a chain which limits local information on the main website.

  • provides you with a website URL that you can use across your digital platform and to which you can divert your own domain name if desired
  • includes compelling content about your business, providing a source of trusted copy, keywords and images
  • enables valuable links to your social media accounts
  • can provide backlinks to videos on your YouTube channel
  • provides an opportunity for online reviews that can be managed by the LDC team 

Featured Business Page  -  bespoke editable webpage in the Lymington.com business directory
Directory front page Lymington.com

Your Featured Business Page will display in as many categories you wish which are relevant, in the Lymington.com directory of local businesses and organisations. 

Once you have set it up, you will be able to log in and update it yourself at any time.

The short description and meta data will help to display your page for relevant searches, not only within the Lymington.com website itself but also from Google search.

The long description can be as long as you like including a succinct and compelling summary of your business: what it offers, to whom and why it’s so good - including multiple links to various pages on your own website if you wish together with customer testimonials and where relevant our third party endorsement too.  It can also include images to illustrate the text.

The key thing is to make your headline messages as compelling as possible to your target markets.

The page can include an image gallery and links to your own website and social media along with as relevant location map, videos, even a 360 degree virtual tour embedded into the page. 

Google likes our Directory a lot (link to stats and dems) and simply having a webpage on Lymington.com has value in itself. Google also regularly features our news items and events in Google Alerts and Google Search.

We can tailor your webpage to showcase the exact elements of your business that you would like to promote to the local market. In other words, we can help 'tell your story' and explain exactly why people should come to you!

Business Web Page on Lymington.com New Park Manor example

Featured Business Page - Summary

  • Page displays across as many categories in our business directory as are relevant to your business
  • Your own log in to edit and update it at any time
  • Header background image (1260x500 pixels - this displays across the full width of your page)
  • Your logo (300x300 pixels)
  • Your selection of your images to bring your page to life - up to 15 Gallery images (800x600 pixels), plus further images to illustrate the text if required
  • Your contact details, social media links and a Google map
  • Up to 4 YouTube links can be included
  • YouTube and 360 degree Virtual Tour can also be embedded in the long description field with the “embed code”
  • Hosting of your individual Business Webpage on Lymington.com is included for one year or a month at a time according to the package you choose.

How to set up your Featured Business Page

Go to https://www.lymington.com/business/add-business and follow the instructions to register, log in and add business, then select Featured Business Page. 

 

 

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