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QS Network News – Ocean MINI discuss the benefits of their Business Partnership programme

Quickstore Network News member Ocean MINI talk to us about their Business Partnership Programme.

There’s nothing in HMRC guidelines that says a company car can’t be a hoot to drive. Which is good, because a MINI makes brilliant sense for your business. For one thing, MINI achieves exceptional residual values, so running a MINI for your business is cheaper than you might think.


By ordering your cars through Ocean MINI Business Partnership, you will benefit from compelling contract hire rates across the entire range of MINI models, all provided by Ocean Group.

Understanding which cars make sense for your business, and why, is a challenging task. That’s why Ocean Group has a dedicated Local Business Development Manager John Robinson to guide you through all aspects of fleet management.

Being part of the Ocean MINI Business Partnership also means you will be one of the first in the know about new models. You will receive invitations to attend our exclusive BMW Group Corporate Sales events and model launch previews at your preferred Centre.

As part of our Long Term Flexible Rental Solution we are able to provide our customers with a MINI or other vehicle as a pre-contract car, so you can keep your employees on the move.

To find out more or to arrange a test drive please contact John on 01752 407444 or visit

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QS Network News – Rame Marketing talks generating and converting new leads

rame marketingAndrew Walker from Rame Marketing has spoken to Quickstore about how he can help you generate and convert all-important leads into fee-paying customers and clients.

He said: “Increasing revenue and improving profitability are key goals for any business and today that can be a major chore. Technology has changed the way your audience shop and buy and offers up ever more marketing channels and challenges.

Is your business prepared for this? Do you have the knowledge, skills and resource in-house to compete in today’s marketplace?

Your marketing needs to change, but it’s hard to keep on top of things. This is where I come in. I help SME business owners, business managers and fellow marketers to improve their marketing planning, marketing processes and marketing performance to increase lead generation and conversion rates and drive growth.

My new range of service options will amplify the impact of your marketing activities and projects and help generate a steady flow of leads through your sales funnel, nurturing and qualifying those leads to become “sales ready”, improving the chances of conversion and maximising the return on your efforts.

You have 3 options to choose from:

Option 1: I’ll manage your marketing and lead generation activities and deliver to your requirements

Option 2: I’ll coach and mentor you and your team to do MORE for yourself

Option 3: I’ll train you and your team to do it ALL for yourself

With a wealth of experience in both traditional and digital marketing, I offer practical advice, guidance and hands on support to enable your business to grow by turning more leads into fee paying customers.”

To get in touch with Andrew to discuss the options available to you call him on 01803 413481 or email 

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QS Network News – Lets To Sell comments on business owners in the changing lettings industry

sw lets to sellLyn Milligan, owners of Lets To Sell, has commented on the changing face of the lettings industry and how it might affect businesses.

She said “Being part of the lettings industry at present could be deemed as exciting, certainly challenging and for some rather daunting.

There have been several changes for landlords in recent times and there are quite likely to be changes for agents – the lettings industry is for sure a market where you need to be on your toes and ready for whatever may be thrown at you.

For some, this new period is likely to be a change too far, for those who have seen years of hard work and have built up great businesses but now may be losing faith in the future of the industry.”

Lyn urges business owners to remember that their businesses have worth, maybe more than they realise. For a no obligation chat about how to release the cash in your business by selling, contact Lyn on 0330 043 4351.

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QS Network News – Martin Luck Group’s 2017 furniture collection released

mlg_interiors_photo.pngOffice supplies provider Martin Luck Group have just published their most comprehensive and fully-stocked furniture catalogue since they began. The vibrant and innovative products contained within have been designed and chosen to help you create the most productive, efficient and positive working environment.

Martin Luck Group provides a complete design and consultation service from planning out the space you have available and 3D rendering the proposal. Interiors Manager Alan Wallers has been looking after the requirements of many businesses in the South West for the past 15 years. He said “We can project manage the installation of not just the office furniture but partitioning, lighting, audio visual equipment, digital signage, flooring and ceiling requirements.

We have two office furniture showrooms in Plymouth and Helston. This provides a facility for visitors to view the latest in office interiors – from seating, desk and storage options.”

Specialists are on hand in each Martin Luck Group show room to assist with your planning service as well as show you a variety of office layouts and furniture. If you’d like more details on the services offered by Martin Luck Group then contact Ann Snell on 07764 145 672.

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QS Network News – Horizon Hypnotherapy & Counselling expand their services thanks to new team member

horizon hypnotherapy plymouthHorizon Hypnotherapy and Counselling based in Plymouth are pleased to announce their expansion to offer new services thanks to a brand new team member. Natasha has joined Horizon to bring with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in life and executive coaching.

Natasha will be offering her life and executive coaching skills to help people get from where they are to where they want to be. Whether that’s by supporting them in developing a new skill set in communication or conflict management for example, or by helping them to become and stay motivated to achieve their goals.

Horizon Hypnotherapy and Counselling now offer a comprehensive range of services including counselling, hypnotherapy, CBT, and life coaching. With evening and weekend appointments available, why not contact the team for a free initial consultation? 

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QS Network News – Devon and Cornwall Food Action thanks sponsors, donators and volunteers

devon_and_corwall_food_action_logox1Local food charity Devon and Cornwall Food Action uses surplus, short-date or end-of-line food stocks from producers, manufacturers and retailers to distribute food to charities that feed disadvantaged people in our communities. By using food that may go to waste otherwise DCFA is supporting people unable to feed themselves or their families as well as helping local businesses to minimise waste and reduce landfill tax.

DCFA would like to thanks sponsors, donators and volunteers for their recent generosity leading up to Christmas.

In early September we faced a crisis as some of our funding bids had failed, but by the end of November we will have raised over £18,000 to keep the Plymouth Food Hub and the charity itself going well in to 2017.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors – the Allen Lane Foundation, the Masonic Charitable Trust, Fareshare, Devon and Cornwall Housing, the Truro Dioceses, the Rotary Club of Plymouth and local supplier Paramount 21 for their faith in us. It will help to keep surplus food supplies moving to up to 3000 vulnerable individuals in Plymouth. We are also pleased to be supporting new food initiatives in Saltash and Torpoint, bringing the ideal of rescuing food from the tip home to the Tamar Valley. This is a huge ‘thank you’ from everyone at DCFA and a call for any retailers who’d like to channel their surplus food stocks through us. It’s great for the community, for Corporate Social Responsibility targets and for the planet.”

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QS Network News – China Fleet Country Club invests in leisure, dining & accommodation refit

cf_logo_monoChina Fleet Country Club is undergoing a £1.5m refurbishment, with dining areas, accommodation, the pool area and leisure centre all receiving changes.

In early 2014 China Fleet spent £450,000 on their new Aqua Spa with Managing Director Dean Bennett saying: “Customers have more power now because of things like TripAdvisor. Their expectations are so high and we have to exceed those expectations wherever possible.”

With 4,500 members to impress and others visiting to use the golf, leisure and dining facilities China Fleet has no plans to slow down refurbishment works with £750,000 set aside to upgrade the accommodation on offer at the Country Club. The apartments will be modernised, with new amenities added, as the reception areas for both the leisure and accommodation areas will receive £60,000 of renovations.

Following a £10,000 investment and new 3-course menu in the Upper Deck Bistro, The Lounge Bar has seen a £20,000 refit as another £8,000 has been earmarked for a bar in collaboration with world-famous St. Austell Brewery.

With much more to be spent on both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes facilities, including the new website, find out what else China Fleet Country Club is planning on.

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QS Network News – New ownership for Martin Luck Group secures future growth

mlgFollowing the recent retirement of their Chairman, Plymouth and Helston based business supplies specialists, Martin Luck Group, have become part of Complete Office Solutions (COS) Group. Both sites will remain as regional sales and distribution centres, which is very much a part of COS’s five year expansion strategy. 

Richard Coulson, COS’s CEO, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the acquisition. Martin Luck Group fits perfectly into our nationwide model, with the Helston and Plymouth sites being of strategic value in our plans.”

He concluded “We intend to expand both organically and through further acquisition across the UK. We are supremely focused on establishing a nationwide network of hubs, maintaining local stock holding, providing local employment, and increasing our buying power to guarantee our competitiveness”.

Clearly taking pride in his success in building a team of specialists providing a single trusted source for a broad range of business services and products including furniture, print, stationery, and workwear, Martin Luck Group’s Managing Director, Tim Yorke-Dunne reported yet another record year for growth. He said, “Becoming part of Complete Office Solutions comes at a fantastic time for us. This will secure our continued growth and allow us to further evolve our product and service offering to our clients. We began diversifying into branded clothing, janitorial and catering supplies almost 4 years ago, and this has resulted in delivering significant cost savings to our clients, whilst ensuring profitable growth for us. I’m sure that the next era in our 34 years of trading will allow us to further expand our local workforce in the coming months and years”.

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Help the homeless this month with Socktober

socktoberIn an international effort to equip the homeless population with clean, dry socks this winter, we’re asking our customers and partners for help. A simple pair of warm men’s socks can make all the difference to somebody sleeping rough this winter.

We’re asking our friends, family, customers and associates to donate clean, new socks to their local Quickstore centre in a bid to get involved with something really positive. Make someone’s life that little bit warmer.

PATH Torbay, a collective of volunteers who fundraise, collect and distribute clothing, food and essentials to the homeless, will be distributing the socks collected this Socktober. If you can get involved by donating, spreading the word or even offering your time to PATH Torbay, we can make a difference this winter.

Find #Socktober on Facebook or call 07763398238 for more information. You can also find some more information by contacting one of our centres.

QS Network News – Good Samaritan accountants ‘among world’s most inspiring’

The World’s Most Inspiring AccountantsAn entrepreneur who thought his number was up when life-threatening cancer and a tastelessly-timed boardroom coup put his company in serious jeopardy has helped a Plymouth accountancy firm win global recognition as a Good Samaritan.

The unnamed businessmen turned to Steven Carey of accountants Numbers UK when the cancer diagnosis left him reeling amid fears that his company would crash, leaving his widow in debt and his 15 employees on the scrapheap.

“A key employee left the business under a cloud just as the news of the cancer diagnosis was sinking in, then the man the owner appointed to succeed him as managing director tried to stage a coup behind his back,” recalls Mr Carey.

“It was an utterly desperate situation because the businessman couldn’t afford the cancer treatment he needed to stay alive, the business he’d spent his life building up was leaderless and sinking, and he couldn’t trust anyone to put it back on an even keel.”

The rescue plan that Mr Carey and his colleagues put together to save the company and give the stricken owner peace of mind has won the practice a coveted place in a new book, The World’s Most Inspiring Accountants.

“It’s a real honour for us to be included in it,” says Mr Carey. “We thought we were just doing what any decent accountant would do, but the author and publishers felt the support and guidance we gave the businessman was truly exceptional.”

That would appear to be an understatement, as the book details how Mr Carey and his team shrugged off the risk that they might not be paid and instead put their efforts into identifying an interim successor who was given a stake in the business.

They devised systems that let the owner keep his finger on the pulse throughout his cancer treatment, without having to be present, they reassured him that his treatment could be paid for, and they brought in a new business model that motivated the entire team to believe in its future.

“The man’s stress levels were sky-high at first and he was making poor decisions,” says Mr Carey. “In providing a knowledgeable sounding-board, we helped him vent his frustrations and bring clarity to his thinking.

“As a result, he now sees the future as much less stressful, and is comforted that a suitable management team is being created to succeed him, so he’s able to concentrate on getting well.”

Numbers UK’s intervention has saved 15 local jobs, and the employees are being offered a chance to own shares in the company, securing their financial future and helping them to create wealth for their families.

“We’re especially proud that we were able to help this client and his family through their darkest hour,”
adds Mr Carey, whose accountancy practice is at Parkway Court, Marsh Mills.

The World’s Most Inspiring Accountants is written by chartered accountant Steve Pipe, author of The FT Guide to Business Networking, who decided to include only 57 practices from 10 countries after 18 months of research.

“It’s a richly deserved accolade because they really are making a profound difference to their clients, the community and the wider world,” he says.

“Numbers UK are helping to raise the bar for accountants across the world by inspiring an entire profession and showing it how to make more of a difference by serving clients better than ever before.

“The world would be a much better place if more accountants were like them.”

The World’s Most Inspiring Accountants, by Steve Pipe, Susan Clegg and Shake Lukas (published by Added Value Solutions in hardback, £45) is available from Amazon.


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Third Space Group invite you to attend The Red House open-house to learn about ‘co-working’ office spaces

Third Space Group has provided us with the following article about the growth of office space within self storage facilities. Take advantage of the FREE pop-up co-working experience at The Red House to see if office space within a self storage facility could work for you. See the below article for more information.

third-space-groupThe Self Storage Association UK Annual Survey 2016 revealed a massive growth in office space within self storage facilities (29% in 2014 and 49% in 2015). Data on 435 facilities was collected during January and February 2016 (a total of circa 37.6 million sq ft of storage space).
Flexible office space, also known as serviced office, has been a resilient business over the years and now a new trend is emerging known as “co working” which may change the perception that this is a short term office solution to one that could become a permanent decision for a business. Co working promises a cross selling and collaborative environment for businesses and not private offices with unknown neighbours.
A pop up co working experience is taking place at RIBA 2016 award winning building The Red House (aka Plymouth School of Creative Arts) between 25 July – 26 August. The first day on Monday 25 July is free so there are no barriers to finding out how co working works. Revenue over the 5 week period is going to a good cause and being shared with the school and Devon/Cornwall business are encouraged to try it out, possibly as a corporate retreat for a hard working team within your business. This opportunity would also be ideal for any business relocating office and requiring short term office and self storage. Register to attend.

QS Network News – Continuum shares advice for small business owners planning their retirement

continuum-finance-servicesFor small business owners retirement may feel like you’re leaving behind or closing down a project that you spent years building up. You might even see early retirement as defeat, especially if you have built your business from scratch. Whilst some business owners can’t afford to retire or some don’t want to, eventually the business will need to be handed on, leading to many financial questions. Who will own and run it when you go? And will it pay you an income or a lump sum on your departure?
Finance experts at Continuum have prepared the following advice for small business owners nearing retirement age:
“As a business owner, you know the importance of financial planning to ensure the business runs smoothly. It’s still just as important when you are planning to give up running it.

Financial planning is essential

A detailed business exit strategy should be one of your first considerations when planning for retirement. The small business you spend your life building up is possibly your largest asset. If you want it to fund your retirement – and if you want to actually stop working – you’ll either have to liquidate your investment, or find someone who can run it, while you retain ownership. This last is tempting, as it could provide an income as well as letting you retain ownership, but you need to ask yourself if you will be happy watching the manager you bring in make the decisions. You may want to stay involved, which can soon lead to you discovering you have not retired at all.
To prepare to sell your small business one day, it needs to be able to operate without you. It’s never too early to start thinking about how to accomplish that goal and about how to find the best buyer for your small business. Who besides you could run it? Who besides you might want to own it and might be willing to pay good money to do so? Are you interested in selling to a partner, a competitor, a relative, an employee? Do you want to retain a partial stake in your business or be done with it entirely?

Size matters

A lot depends on the nature and size of your business. If the business is heavily dependent on your skills, and you personally, it is likely to be hard to sell, for the simple reason without you there is actually very little to buy.
On the other hand, if your business is large, with premises, a team of good staff and an excellent reputation, selling could simply be a matter of choosing the best offer.

What about a pension?

If you can sell your business for a large enough sum, there is no reason why you can’t live on the proceeds in luxury. However, for most small business owners, a personal pension is vital. It will be provide a retirement income, whether or not you sell the business. Plus, it has substantial tax advantages while you are paying in to it. It will help you keep more of the money you make away from the taxman – although there are now severe limits (now £1 million) on how much you can put into your personal pension pot.
Of course, unlike your employees (who will have the luxury of an auto-enrolment pension that you are required to arrange and contribute towards) it is your responsibility to set up your pension plan.

Getting help

If you run your own business, you have an independent nature, and expect to take charge of your future. However, you will understand the importance of proper professional advice in those areas removed from your own expertise.
You will probably benefit from help in a number of areas. Help with planning how you will pass on your business will take commercial expertise. There will be numerous tax implications which you will need to consider, where a tax expert will be able to help – and of course, if you want a pension that can provide for your retirement, talking to a pensions expert is a must.”
Fortunately you can find all of the advice, support and guidance you need with your financial planning by contacting the experts at Continuum.

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