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Ethical business tips; how to run a business that gives back

 

To round up our Small Business Good Samaritans series, we’ve collected some of the best tips on making your ethical business work. Here are the best: Work with other businesses “Many busy small businesses find it easy to fall into the trap of working solo, constricted by their own parameters,” …

Everybody has a story to tell – Roy Moëd of LifeBook

 

Entrepreneur Roy Moëd set up LifeBook, a bespoke autobiography service, in 2010 with the mission of helping older people enjoy their lives and ‘age successfully’. He was inspired by his elderly father, Jules, who was blind, in a care home and felt he had nothing left to live for. Determined …

Music that helps the world go round – John Merriman of Crown Lane Studios

 

Crown Lane Studio is a studio unlike any other; it’s community-based, provides a whole range of music and arts events, is especially supportive of new musical talent, and focuses on mental health. Owner John Merriman’s work with adults with mental health issues won him Merton Civic Awards in the 2013 …

Growing a community – the nourishing business of Seed Pantry

 

In these busy urban times, it can be easy to forget about where your food comes from. That’s where Seed Pantry comes into the picture. Established in 2009, it provides everything you need to get your own gardening adventure off the ground, no matter where you are living. From starting …

Is internet downtime crippling your small business?

 

If your internet goes down, taking email, VoIP phone systems, mobile card payment machines, cloud hosted services and many more essential systems with it, your small business can be severely disrupted and likely suffer loss of income. The Small Business Heroes HQ is no stranger to this issue which is …

Helping Chernobyl get back on its feet; the ethical fashion of Funi

 

We’ve featured Funi before; their brilliant hats are customisable and super-cool. It’s already eco-friendly and immensely supportive to young people into snowsports –  but now there’s an extra dimension to its work. It’s partnered up with The Belarus Fund to help victims of the Chernobyl disaster, who are not supported …

Making a difference with every step: Rob and Paul of Gandys

 

Paul and Rob Forkan. Photo: Rex There are few stories more heart-wrenching and inspiring than that of Rob and Paul, founders of Gandys flip flops. As children, they travelled the world on the holiday of a lifetime. However, they tragically lost their parents in the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami, and …

How small businesses can give back; SME Good Samaritans series

 

There are some small businesses that go the extra mile to use their influence, success and profits to help others. Whether supporting an individual, a charity, or an entire town, these small business Good Samaritans are a hugely positive part of our communities. We wanted to give them a big …