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Live in Sussex, Work in Sussex, Spend in Sussex: 5 Reasons to Choose a Local Business

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

As a customer looking for a product or service you’d be forgiven for assuming that pricing will automatically be higher at a small local business versus one that is large and corporately run, this is regularly a misconception and as a customer you could be missing out on supporting the positive aspects that many local businesses bring to your community. Read on for our top 5 reasons to choose a local Sussex business…

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  • Building a Community
    If you own a business, using other local businesses links you in a social and economic web by building lasting relationships within the community. Local businesses often contribute to local causes and support and sponsor local projects, this further builds a strong and prospering community network.
  • Keep Money in the Community
    Locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their profits back into the local economy than centrally owned corporate companies, improving and supporting the whole community and its growth.
  • Creating Jobs in the Community
    Locally owned businesses create and recruit more jobs locally as well as the freedom to offer apprenticeship schemes to support school leavers.
  • A Personal Service for the Local Consumer
    ­If you use local independent businesses you’re helping them to tailor their products and services to the needs and preferences of the community, this personalisation helps them to better serve you in a way that large corporate businesses are unable to.
  • Local Decision Making
    Helping local businesses prosper ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community, work in the community, support the community and will feel the impacts of the decisions made.
  • CSnotepad is an independent call answering virtual receptionist service started, based and run solely in Brighton & Hove.

    Calling All Sussex Business Owners. Use a Virtual Receptionist Service to Help Grow Your Business the Cost Effective Way

    Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

    If you’ve chosen to live and run your business from Sussex then you are fully aware of the lifestyle benefits it brings, but how can you grow your business with the challenge of escalating commercial rental costs?

    brighton pier and family

    There are a long list of lifestyle benefits that living and working in Sussex brings; firstly there’s the beautiful beaches and stunning South Downs that bring nature to your doorstep. There’s the amazing dining from award winning restaurants and small independent eateries, offering international and unusual cuisine that cater for every taste and budget. There’s an endless supply of leisure activities that fully embrace the coast and countryside that allow for a healthy and rewarding lifestyle away from work. We mustn’t overlook that Sussex is also the sunniest place in the UK (Daily Telegraph) which boasts copious health benefits.

    With all this and more it’s easy to see why so many people move to Sussex, but this popularity has seen a dramatic increase in property prices and rental prices in the area, with buyers and renters able to choose from beach houses, country cottages and contemporary apartment living. With its direct and fast links to London and Gatwick airport there’s no surprise that Sussex and the South East remains the most expensive place to buy property outside of London (Independent). Renting commercial space for your business is no exception and with these premium prices it becomes increasingly difficult to finance the growth of your business. Moving your start-up from your front room to a small office for example, or increasing the size of your office to accommodate more staff can be a huge financial leap.

    Solution – have you considered using a virtual receptionist service to help grow your business, eliminating the need to hire additional staff and take on additional rental costs? As your business grows a virtual receptionist service can grow with you, acting as an overflow for your calls or managing all of your calls to free up your time to focus on your business. It’s as if you have a team of employees without the need to find them, train them and provide office space for them.

    CSnotepad is a virtual receptionist company based in Brighton with local call agents waiting to take your calls. CSnotepad supports and works with 100s of local Sussex businesses, call today to see how they can help you and your business on 01273 741400.

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