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Business Breakfast: Harrogate marketing agency wins contract

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A Harrogate marketing agency has won a contract with a luxury car financial broker.

The Big Bamboo Agency, which is based at Windsor House, has been appointed by Apollo Capital to oversee its communications.

The company will be tasked with overseeing Apollo’s PR, social media strategy and implementation as well as brand, design and community positioning work.

Nicola Stamford, founding director of Big Bamboo, said:

“We are thrilled to have been appointed by Apollo Capital, which is a leading player in its field.

“The company’s story is an impressive one, led by a very passionate and inspirational CEO, managing director and wider team – all of whom we look forward to working with.”


Small businesses offered £10,000 grants

Small businesses in the Harrogate district are being urged to bid for up to £10,000 of funding.

The fund, administered by North Yorkshire Council through the North Yorkshire UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF), is focused on increasing business growth, productivity and resilience.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available.

Micro businesses, with less than 10 employees, and small firms with less than 50 employees can also access free support beyond the grant through the business advisory teams at the council and the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub.

Cllr Carl Les, council leader and chair of the shared prosperity fund board, said:

“We are delighted to open up this funding

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New Skillnet website launched to support workforce development

Chambers Ireland has launched a new website for its Skillnet Network which will provide information for businesses across specific regions about how to provide upskilling to their workforce.

As of Tuesday, the 15th of August, membership of the network is open to Chambers members and private enterprises based in Cork, Clare, Dublin, Limerick, Louth, Waterford, Wexford, Sligo, and Tipperary.

Each Chamber Skillnet is an enterprise-led training network for companies wanting to work collaboratively and respond locally to talent development needs within their business.

In partnership with Skilnet Ireland, Chambers Skillnet Networks aims to support regional development by helping local businesses to arrive at shared local solutions that are more accessible, affordable and effective at meeting their needs.

Each Network addresses both technical and non-technical skills needs across multiple sectors and supports member companies to develop and grow through the provision of relevant and flexible programmes for their talent.

“The interactive online map, developed by Chambers Skillnet Networks, does a fantastic job of showing those involved in making business decisions for their teams how they can avail of the supports accessible through their local Chambers Skillnet,” said Mark Jordan, Chief Strategy Officer at Skillnet Ireland.

“Our aim at Skillnet Ireland is to meet the needs of modern businesses that are facing challenges in digitalisation, climate, and innovation, and this focus on the regional development of these key factors, to businesses of all sizes, is a vital part of the work being done by the Chambers Skillnet Networks. 

“We look forward to continuing this strong partnership, focused on the talent within companies, that are at the heart of business communities across Ireland.”

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Cheltenham marketing agency wins big at regional enterprise awards

Cheltenham’s Content Chef celebrated its triumph alongside a selection of marketing businesses from the south west in October 2023 – winning the ‘Best Emerging Digital Marketing Agency’ award at the 2023 SME News’ Southern Enterprise Awards.

These awards acknowledge and celebrate
the most deserving and best performing small and medium enterprises that are
dedicated to serving their clients and customers across the UK.

Over the past two years, Content Chef has helped various local and global businesses, brands and
agencies build an online presence and make ‘more dough’ through authentic
storytelling — with its services ranging from copywriting, SEO optimisation, blog writing and social media management, to email marketing, paid social ads, PPC (pay-per-click), website design
and content marketing strategising.

The Content
Chef brand started in 2017 as a solo freelancing adventure — but as things
continued to grow through the pandemic, 
founder and director, Daryl Charman, decided to let the stabilisers off and transition into a limited company in
April 2021.

Being Cheltenham-based itself, the company has a real commitment to working with the Gloucestershire community and local businesses. The team has worked with Sef Steakhouse — one of the newest restaurants to join Cheltenham’s Quadrangle — since day one, helping it to grow into a thriving and popular business.

Alongside this, Content Chef has recently started working with the well-loved Filipino restaurant Pyesta, helping its messages to resonate with its target audience and get them taking action, as well as several other exciting start-ups. 

Charman said: ‘Our honest
and fun friendly approach has been the catalyst to our success. Despite the
challenges of the pandemic, our agency continues to grow.’

Daryl admitted that he’s worked in some toxic environments before launching Content Chef, where growth took precedence over the
people, but he’s not under the

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Saints Partner with UK-Based Digital Marketing Agency

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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints have partnered with UK-based digital marketing agency Eleven Sports Media to create advertising opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses.

Eleven’s partnership model was established in the English Premier League before migrating to Major League Soccer and now the NFL.

“We’ve seen the success that Eleven has had in professional sports leagues around the world and we’re very proud to develop our own program with them right here in New Orleans,” said Matt Webb, VP of corporate partnerships at the New Orleans Saints, in a press release. “Small businesses are the heartbeat of our community, and our region is known for turning those small businesses into national powerhouse brands.” 

“The Eleven model is all about providing the opportunity for small businesses to be associated and aligned with their local sports teams,” said Matt Cairns, founder and CEO of Eleven Sports Media. “It’s always particularly rewarding for Eleven when we can bring that value to communities that have suffered hardships over the years, and New Orleans is certainly in that bracket.”

Eleven Sports Media said it will deliver a small business program that would be too expensive and labor intensive for the team to manage on its own. Small businesses will have the opportunity to buy advertising at events and online.

“From the moment we spoke to the Saints, it was very clear that their team are passionate about delivering a program into their wider partnership structure that is completely focused on the small business community,” said Cairns. “We’re both very confident that we’ve put something in place that will deliver true value to small businesses in New Orleans.”

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