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Meet the businesses on the bus: Gough Quarters

Thursday, November 26 at 07:51Bus Tour | Inspiration | Small Business | Small Business Saturday | Small Business Saturday 2015

The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour is now under way! The tour is supported by TalkTalk Business and we are delighted to feature the logos of fifty TalkTalk Business customers on the #SmallBizSatUK bus!

Hear from Aaron Gough of Gough Quarters, a Bristol-based business featured on the bus...

What is your small business?
A property management and lettings agency

Where did you get idea to start your business? 
Having worked for a property management company for five years, my knowledge of the market meant I could start on my own and provide a high level of customer service.

What's the best thing about working for a small business?
The flexibility to provide a tailor made service of what is required rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

What makes your business unique?
We keep as much as possible ‘in house’ – as little as possible outsourcing to third parties. From reference checks to inventory’s everything is carried out by us meaning that we know our properties inside out.

Meet the Businesses on the Bus: Unflatpack

Friday, November 20 at 12:13Bus Tour | Inspiration | Small Business Saturday 2015


What is your small business?
Unflatpack takes away all the hassle from self assembly furniture by sending a friendly trained furniture assembler to do the job quickly and professionally. What began as business to consumer service in London has grown into a national business with a rapidly developing commercial arm building the in-store display furniture for some of the UK's leading furniture and undertaking office fit out and large commercial furniture installations.

Where did you get idea to start your business?
After moving to London in  2004 and doing some property development in which I installed a few Ikea kitchens, friends of my junior doctor wife asked if I could help them install other flatpack furniture. I quickly realised that there wasn't a service sector for something that was a widely felt pain and set about creating one.

What's the best thing about working for a small business?
The freedom to wear as many hats as you choose.

What makes your business unique?
The Unflatpack management team combines a blend of expertise and passion for the work we do with a solid understanding of marketing and how the business fits into the wider commercial landscape. We are also committed to using technology at every staged of the business to improve the service we give our customers and help us punch above our weight




Meet the Businesses on the Bus: Recipe

Friday, November 20 at 12:08Bus Tour | Inspiration | Small Business | Small Business Saturday | Small Business Saturday 2015


What is your small business? 
We are an independent advertising agency called Recipe.

Where did you get idea to start your business? 
In 2004 we saw a gap in the market to produce cost effective TV commercials for smaller brands. For the first time they could advertise on cheaper niche tv channels due to the introduction of Freeview and the expanding Sky platform but couldn't get cheap adverts made.

When did the business begin? 
Three of us started the agency in 2004 from one of our founders bedroom and we've been growing organically ever since. We now have two offices in the West End and employ 35 people.

What's the best thing about working for a small business?
We're able to adapt to ever changing market conditions faster than the competition which gives us the edge. The advertising landscape is constantly changing with the frequent introduction of disruptive technologies and we need to constantly evolve to keep ahead of the trend.

What makes your business unique? 
We're the only agency I know that started with three founders who had no experience in the advertising industry. This has meant we've developed a less bureaucratic and more efficient way of working which our clients love and can't be found at other companies.

Meet the businesses on the bus: Riverside Dental

Tuesday, November 17 at 09:48Bus Tour | Inspiration | Small Business Saturday | Small Business Saturday 2015

The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour is now under way! The tour is supported by TalkTalk Business and we are delighted to feature the logos of fifty TalkTalk Business customers on the #SmallBizSatUK bus!

Hear from Bim Sawhney of Riverside Dental, one of the businesses featured on the bus...

What is your small business?
Riverside Dental is a state of the art, modern, award winning dental practice in Norwich city centre.

Where did you get idea to start your business? 
I always wanted to have my own business and did not to work for other people long term. As a dentist, my ambition was to always set up my own practice!

When did the business begin?
11-11-11! 4 years ago!

What's the best thing about working for a small business?
Being responsible for the day to day running and seeing how the business flourishes over the years. There is no better feeling as a business owner walking in every morning to see the fantastic team we have assembled and interacting with our loyal patient base.

What makes your business special?
The team, patients, premises, location and our work ethic. These are the reasons we have achieved what we have done and won the awards we have. To find out more see our website www.riversidedental.co.uk and follow us on Twitter


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