4 tips for business start ups in 2018

Starting a business isn’t easy, and never has been. It’s particularly difficult in the current climate, however, and that means that start-ups need to try harder than ever. These tips are essential for getting through the year – and seeing success at the end of it.

1. Less is more

When it comes to hiring, it’s really important not to run before you can walk. In the past, businesses might have hired a full staff before even launching. Now, you might find you can start off with a smaller team and build as you go. This keeps overheads down and gives you more of a chance to turn a profit in your first year. Millennial workers in particular are happy to wear more than one hat at their job, so you might find a head of marketing who is also happy to pitch in with web design or create all of your content themselves. When you are ready to expand the business, that’s when you hire more people.

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2. Location is key

With more and more businesses launching solely in the online sphere, many start-up owners think there’s no value to be had from setting up office in any particular location. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Setting up in an area which is close to other businesses is really important. Those links could be potential contacts, new customers, and referral generators. Working together with other businesses is huge, and being in the right location can help you to make that happen.

3. Market before you start

The hugely competitive world of online marketing now demands that you build an audience before you launch. Start small, with social media profiles set up and a website landing page to capture email addresses. In the weeks before launch, start a content campaign and ask for more email sign-ups. On the day of launch, blitz social media and send out emails to all those captures. This will help you launch with a bang. The process is the same for new product launches later on.

4. Don’t be isolated

Just like our tip for working with other businesses earlier, you should also be interacting with all kinds of people. Don’t isolate your brand – turn it into a conversation. Interact with your followers, personalise your communications with your customers, and work with social influencers to spread your message. All of this will help your customer base to grow, and will increase brand loyalty so that they shop with you again in future. Be part of the world, not an entity advertising outwards to it. If you can get involved in community events and projects, do it. You will see a big benefit.

All of these tips will help to strengthen your brand and give you a better chance of surviving 2018. As a start-up, simply getting through a year is an amazing achievement – but if you follow them, you will be on course for a great success story.

Mech Electrics tenant case study

This week, we’re looking at another of our successful tenants here at Adelphi Mill. Mech Electrics have been in business since 2007 and are going strong at our facility. Here’s everything you need to know about this business.

Who they are

Mech Electrics aren’t an electrics company themselves, but rather a recruitment agency for the industry. They are specialists in finding the right candidates for the right opportunities, helping both businesses and individuals to find the right fit. With more than 10 years of experience, they have expanded to work across the whole of the UK and are experts at understanding the movements of the industry.

What they do

Rather than simply operating as an online agency, Mech Electrics are all about being proactive in the recruitment industry. They network daily and make sure to go to sites and offices to meet with the people who matter. They have direct contact with employees and hiring managers, which means that they also talk to individuals who may come recommended and are looking to move on from their roles.

Rather than simply sending a CV to a job opportunity that fits, they prefer to talk directly to the candidate and ensure their eligibility. This also helps them to more accurately present the candidate to the hiring manager and ensure that they have a much better chance of getting the job.

With experience dating back to the recession, they have gained supreme knowledge of who has moved where over the years, why, and what they are doing now. They know who has worked with whom, and who might be a better fit with someone else. They are also experts at keeping details private and confidential even when seeking out potential candidates for more exclusive roles.

Who needs them

Whether you are an employee in the electrics industry who may be looking for a new role, or a company with roles to fill, you will want to talk to Mech Electrics. They are happy dealing with and balancing both sides of the equation at all levels of seniority.

You will find Mech Electrics at Adelphi Mill in Bollington. You can call, email, or use their website to sign up for job updates, as well as adding your business recruitment needs. If you are staying in the industry long-term, you can also follow their job email newsletter for the latest updates.

Workshop Space To Let In Macclesfield

If you are looking for workshop space in Macclesfield, there’s only one place you should be considering. Adelphi Mill has the space and facilities you need at the best possible price in the area. Here’s why you don’t need to look anywhere else.

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Spaces available

We have a range of spaces available, covering a variety of sizes and shapes as well as the type of unit. We have plenty of office spaces available should you require room for a desk or meeting area alongside your workshop. We also have industrial spaces to let which you can use for your workshop space, allowing you to keep both your workshop and your business office within the same facility.

Our spaces have been fully refurbished to ensure that the historic exterior of the mill is matched with state of the art office facilities on the inside. Located in Macclesfield, our mill is also well placed to provide access to a number of local business communities – including Manchester city centre – making it ideal for any kind of business.

Facilities on offer

There are a number of facilities that you will be able to access as a tenant at Adelphi Mill. They include the following:

  • Free car parking spaces for your staff and customers
  • Access to office and workshop spaces 24 hours a day, with keypad entry after 6pm
  • On-site security as well as CCTV recording, with night vision during the hours of darkness
  • Luxury passenger lift and large goods lift to allow transport to your floor
  • On-site refuse and Royal Mail collection and delivery
  • A café/restaurant open weekdays for refreshments and catering
  • Discounted membership rates for on-site gym
  • Disabled toilets on the first floor, as well as ladies and gents toilets on each floor
  • Washing up areas for communal use
  • Access to the many other business tenants, often with preferred rates for neighbours

Great character at low prices

Where else can you let a workshop space inside an award-winning Grade II former cotton mill? The property, which sits along the Macclesfield Canal, has undergone a huge refurbishment and still retains the glory of its prime years. Having been a pillar of business in the local community, it now continues that legacy as the home to many local businesses which operate from inside the mill itself.

Converted into office and workshop spaces, the building offers plenty of potential, and is certainly an impressive sight for visitors. We also ensure low prices for all of our spaces so that you have the opportunity to let with us in a superior building. You won’t get this anywhere else – not unless you want to pay much, much more.

If you are looking to upgrade your current workshop space, or open a new workshop for the first time, then Adelphi Mill is the place to do it. Great character, low prices, top-rate facilities, and a fantastic location: there is nothing more that you could want from your next workshop. Book a viewing today.

Tenant case study: Lissom & Muster 

While we often say that we have a wide range of tenants at Adelphi Mill, sometimes it can still be surprising to see just how diverse they are. Lissom + Muster are the tenants we are featuring today, and they are a really interesting company who are sure to appeal to a lot of customers.

Who they are

There are four strands to the Lissom + Muster company. They have a design studio where they create clothing; their offices, where they market and handle the business side of sales; their warehouse, where they stock all of their designed clothing as well as items from other brands; and their showroom, where they display items for sale. The great news is that all four of these strands are inside Adelphi Mill, where they moved after deciding to amalgamate their services into a larger space.

They are both a design house and a curated shop selling items from other brands, all handpicked to mesh well with their design aesthetic. They focus on a contemporary style and like to ensure that everything they sell has the highest level of craftsmanship.

They like to use modernist principles when designing clothes, which means that each item is intended to be useful to as many types of people as possible as well as having a timeless style. They also believe strongly in quality materials and construction.

What they sell

They do make their own clothing, but they also stock some other labels as well. They have a wide range of choices on offer depending on when you visit, but some of the iconic labels that they usually have in stock include Mourne Textiles, John Smedley, Sunspel, Drake’s, and Alfred Sargent.

They also sell newer brands such as Cherchbi, Smyth & Gibson, and Alice Made This.

Their own label is made in the UK and Europe, after being designed in-house. They use well-established factories and workrooms to ensure high quality production.

How to buy

If you are interested in shopping Lissom + Muster, you can easily find them online at their website as well as visiting them in person. They like to take visitors by appointment, so make sure that you book ahead before you come down and see them. They will be able to discuss fittings and sales with you and even custom garments.

There are a wealth of great brands in Adelphi Mill. This is just one of the impressive examples that we love to share with you!

Tenant case study: Home To Sew

As well as selling products, many of our tenants offer great services that can help you in all kinds of ways. Home to Sew is unique in that it offers customers the chance to improve their skills in a very specific area: making soft furnishings to a professional standard. Here’s everything you need to know about this Adelphi Mill business.

Who they are

Home to Sew is run by Sarah, who previously had her own soft furnishings business with a focus on her own handmade items. She would measure, design, make, and fit the items. She started to run classes on curtain and blind making on the side, and these became so popular that she decided to refocus her business on teaching others how to make their own items.

Sarah has 10 years of experience in the soft furnishings business and knows how to make bespoke items for any home. She also has great contacts with suppliers and knows everything about working in the soft furnishings industry.

What they do

Sarah teaches a number of courses which allow you to explore new skills in the soft furnishings sector. These will help you to make your own bespoke products, saving money because you won’t have to buy them from a shop – and also giving you a great sense of pride in your home.

Courses are taught in very small groups so that everyone can get a lot of individual support, and the environment is relaxed so you can take in as much information as possible. After the course ends, you will also receive two weeks of follow-up support to make sure that you don’t forget or lose any of the skills that you have gained.

You can also opt for one-to-one tuition if you need specialised help, or if you feel that you require a guiding hand in particular.

The courses include roman blind making, curtain making, learning to use a sewing machine, making cushions, and starting your own business in the soft furnishings sector.

How to buy

Make sure that you book into a course in advance – Sarah does not run courses every single day and places are limited, so you will want to get in quick. You can do this via her website or call her up to discuss your requirements.

Making your own soft furnishings is a valuable skill. At Adelphi Mill you can learn all you need to get started on your own, with experience that will set you up for great things.

iDebtPlan – Tenants Case Study

Many of our tenants here at Adelphi Mill have diverse and interesting backgrounds, as well as representing a wide range of industries. iDebtPlan are the latest of our tenants that we are pleased to feature, with an offering that is certainly a great addition to our facility.

Who are they?

iDebtPlan is set up to be an impartial site helping people deal with their debts. Rather than being owned by a bank or a moneylender, who have a vested interest in your debts, they give advice from an outsider’s perspective and do not have any ties to the organisations that you owe.

They are an introductory agency who will connect you with a debt management team to ensure that you can regain control of your finances. While it may all sound like jargon, it’s easiest to think of them like this: they ask you what your debts are, look for the best way to deal with them, and then hand you over to someone who can help you do so professionally.

What do they do?

They help to give you advice and then can lead you in taking the next necessary steps as well. This may mean taking up an Individual Voluntary Arrangement, known as an IVA, or a Debt Management Plan – DMP. If you want to go ahead with either of these, the advisors will help you to manage your debt for a small fee.

This can be hugely beneficial, particularly if the plan they come up with helps you to save more money in interest and fees than it costs to set up! The plans are run by their debt management partners, who will take over your case when you are ready to go ahead.

The advice that you get in the first place is free, so there is no reason not to get in touch and see what they could do for you if you are struggling with debts.

Of course, as with any financial undertaking, everything is done at your own risk so it is advised to read everything over carefully and make sure that you understand the proposed plans.

So, there we have it – certainly an interesting tenant, and very different to most of the other businesses which are based within Adelphi Mill! If you want to get in touch with them, you can easily do so via their website.

 

Remembrance parade & Christmas lights switch on

Bollington Remembrance Parade

This year, there’s a chance to remember those who gave their lives for our country at the Bollington Remembrance Day Parade. It will be taking place on the 12th November, coinciding with events all around the UK.

The Memorial Service starts at 10.55am, and all are welcome to join. The Bollington Brass Band will be leading the parade from the Bollington Recreation Ground to the Memorial Gardens.

Adlington Road will be closed throughout the day to allow the parade to pass by. After the service, it will return along the same route, pausing for a salute first at the Civic Hall. There will also be rolling roadblocks in place along Palmerston Street while the parade passes through.

Remembrance Day Concert

The Bollington Brass Band will be busy again later in the day, when they play a concert starting from 7pm.

The Bollington Old Methodist Church will also play host to the Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir, and Neil & Ben. Tickets are available in advance or on the door.

Christmas celebrations

With Christmas now just around the corner, it’s also time for celebrations to begin. The town Christmas lights will be switched on in a ceremony at Bollington Town Hall on the 26th November 2017.

The festivities will take place from 16:30 to 19:00 and offer plenty of opportunities for family fun. Father Christmas himself will be in attendance to hear the Christmas wishes of any children who come to meet him. Stalls, bouncy castles, and children’s rides will offer a family fun area outside of the hall.

The road will be closed to traffic as everyone enjoys the celebrations, which will include a licensed bar serving mulled wine for adults to sample. There are gifts and live entertainment to be laid on for everyone, so it promises to be a great night for the whole family.

If you’re looking to promote your business in the run up to Christmas why not look at purchasing roller banners and stand up banners produced by one of our tenants Rollerbannerscheap.co.uk

Fully Refurbished Offices at Canalside Location

When looking for a new home for your business, location and quality are of the utmost importance. That’s why you will want to know about the fully refurbished offices we have available at Adelphi Mill, in our canalside location in Bollington.

Huge refurbishment

The refurbishment of the Grade II listed Adelphi Mill has taken away nothing of the historic character of the exterior, which forms an impressive façade as you approach. With full facilities including a free car park, visitors and employees alike will enjoy entering the building and making their way to your business.

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Several million pounds were spent on bringing the interior of the building up to scratch for a modern office environment, ensuring that you will have access to all of the mod cons that you expect. Security services including CCTV monitoring mean that your office will always be safe – and you can get access to it at any time of day or night.

Should you require a snack or two, we have an on-site café for you and any visitors to enjoy. There’s even a gym on site as well as full toilet services and a luxury passenger lift. While we may be located inside an historic mill, there’s nothing old-fashioned about our premises.

Offices available

There are plenty of new office spaces available, whether you are looking for a single desk room or a larger warehouse space. These offices have great character and also provide a great level of comfort, with fixtures and fittings that give you everything you need in your office.

Looking out of your windows, you may take a look at the Macclesfield Canal. This canal was once a source of transportation for the mills, who had to ship their cotton far and wide as well as taking deliveries of their raw materials. It is still popular amongst those who enjoy rowing and sailing narrow boats, and provides a picturesque setting for your business base.

Once you get to know your fellow tenants, you may even find a few new business opportunities in the works. There’s a huge benefit to being amongst other offices in an area that is highly frequented by visitors and is attended by many employees and business owners daily.

With plenty of potential for business opportunities, a great location, and modern office spaces available, it’s clear why you should choose a canalside space for your next office.

Bollington walking festival

Bollington is once again hosting a Walking Festival which will allow both visitors and locals the chance to admire the scenery of the area.

The Festival is an annual event which allows people of all ages and energy levels to enjoy a walk in the fresh air of the countryside.

Walking Festival for 2017

The dates for the festival run from the 23rd September to 1st October 2017, with an opening ceremony on the first day. This will be taking place at the Town Hall at 9.45am, right ahead of the 8.5 mile Mayor’s Boundary Walk. This is a great chance to get stuck in and will be one of the popular choices for locals.

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There are also a number of other walks on offer. The longest of them is the 20-mile long “Out to the Edge”, which will give walkers a real challenge. There is also a 12 mile walk along ridges and valleys, a 3 hour Nordic Walking event in which participants will use walking poles, and a 4 mile Ramble Up The Ridge.

There’s a Lunchtime Café Crawl starting at Brassingtons, though this is now sold out – though get in touch with the organisers if you wish to be on the reserve list.

There are a full list of 46 walks available, so there is bound to be something on a date, time, and difficulty level that suits you. Many of them are selling out quickly, so if you want to take part you may wish to act sooner rather than later.

A great opportunity

Not only is the Walking Festival a chance to enjoy lots of guided walks around the heritage, wildlife, and fabulous scenery of Cheshire, but it’s also a chance to support local businesses. Walkers will be able to visit the town and go to some of the pubs and accommodation options along the way to sample their hospitality.

If you wish to support the festival organisers, you can pick up White Nancy Walking Badges for £1 each during the walks, so be sure to talk to your guide if this sounds good to you.

All of the information about the festival, the organisers, and where the walks will go can be found on the official Walking Festival website. This is a great place to keep up to date with information, not just for this year but also for future events.

Bollington BikeFest September

Bollington BikeFest is returning for the sixth year in a row, and will be setting off from Adelphi Mill once again.

This charity bike ride will bring around 300 riders to race across three different routes, cycling to raise money for some fantastic causes.

Riding for charity

The main beneficiary of the event is the East Cheshire Hospice. There are a number of other good causes which will also benefit from the proceeds, which will be raised from entry fees.

Setting off from Adelphi Mill on the 3rd September 2017, the cyclist will enjoy friendly competition, a chance to ride with a large group of others, and the knowledge that they are benefitting those in need.

The ride has been organised in association with British Cycling, Macclesfield and District Lions Club, Bollington Town Council, and Girl Guiding UK Cheshire Border. It is sponsored by The Cooperative, ITG Group, RollerBannersCheap.co.uk, and The Bollington Brewing Co.

How to enter

There are three different routes to consider if you want to take part in the ride. These are the Grimshaw Grueller, The Bolly Bash, and Twenty is Plenty.

The entry fee is £20 if you want to take part in the Grueller or the Bash, while Twenty is Plenty is available at a reduced price of £20. There was an early bird discount for previous registrants but the fee is now up to full price.

Registration for the Bash starts at 7.30am on the day, while registration for Twenty starts at 9am, so you will need to get yourself into position before it is time to set off.

If you need any extra information or you want to register, you can head to the official BikeFest website. You can also book your place by post if this is easier for you.