In The Spotlight: Daisy Street Play

Carlie Green, 30, owns Daisy Street Play in Spennymoore, which is a unique play area for children aged 0-7. Daisy Street was created whilst Carlie was pregnant with her daughter, she said that, “my partner and I had started to think about it as there was definitely a lack of … Read More

In The Spotlight: The Play Place

Kelly Cressey, 43 , opened The Play Place two years ago after becoming redundant from working as Cabin Crew, “I’d just came back from maternity leave and was told I was going to be made redundant within the next two and a half years. Every aspect of cabin crew revolves … Read More

In The Spotlight: Hall Hill Farm

Hall Hill Farm have been operating since 1925 and are a family run business. The award winning, 700 acre farm is fun for all the family. Based in Lanchester, Durham, there are a multitude of activities to partake in and many animals to see. Although the farm temporarily closed in … Read More

In The Spotlight: The Sweet Petite

The Sweet Petite is owned by Laura Graham, 32. The Sweet Petite are a unique bakery set in a stylishly vintage Rice Beaufort horse trailer. Laura established her business in 2014 after deciding to create her own five tier wedding cake just days before her wedding day, “soon after our … Read More

In The Spotlight: Mog On The Tyne

Located in Newcastle, Pudding Chare, Mog On The Tyne is a cat cafe that serves coffee and cakes surrounded by their resident cats that have all been rescued and now live in the cafe full time. The cafe was opened in August 2015 by Katie Jane Glazier, however Katie has now passed on … Read More

In The Spotlight: The Play Cafe Sunderland

Situated on Station Road, Sunderland, The Play Cafe Sunderland is owned by Élodie Yeung, who took over the business in September 2019. Elodie said that, “I have always wanted to open a cafe, my original vision was a French cafe which is why i’m including more French options in my menu.” Elodie is a … Read More

In The Spotlight: Cloud 9 Hair and Beauty

Cloud 9 Hair and Beauty was opened in 2003 by Debra Adamson, 49, who has now been hair dressing for 30 years. Thankfully, due to recent updates in government guidelines, hair salons are able to reopen as of July 4th. Debra told us that on reopening day she is going … Read More

How Small Businesses can Access Strategic Purchasing

The modern business world expects small businesses to be able to compete with success on the same stage as large multi-national corporations. This can put great strain on small businesses to ensure they are as efficient as possible to capitalise on the lower running costs and flexibility associated with small … Read More

4 Ways of Increasing Company Profits

One of the constants in business is the drive to increase company profits, although many other aspects are increasingly important in the modern business environment, increasing bottom line or profit underlies every decision made by large organisations or small companies alike. During the early part of my career a manager … Read More

Are SME’s missing out on hidden cost savings?

The modern business environment can appear very cut throat with every other company out to steal your secrets. There is a valid need to guard any information or element which sets a business apart from its rivals, however this process can make it very easy to become isolated and think … Read More