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Five Reasons and Ways to Support your Local Businesses this Christmas

Buy Something Unique We all know how easy it is to shop online or to head to the nearest department store. But the likelihood of finding something special is small. By digging a little deeper, and heading to your local shops, independents, etc you could find an absolute gem – and potentially you’ll also be […]

New Years Resolutions for Small Businesses

How many times have you been asked what your ‘New Years Resolutions’ are over the years?! But when have you been asked the same question with regards to your business? Now is the perfect time to take stock and set goals for the year ahead – setting some realistic goals can significantly impact success. Find […]

10 Top Tech Tools to keep Busy Businesses Productive in 2020

There’s nothing quite like the start of New Year to get things energised in your business. Everything from motivating the staff in annual reviews to assessing strategy and setting goals for the months to come. Well if you want to find ways of making things run smoothly in the next year then we have top […]

Local Directory Guide to Choosing Adverts and not Leaflets

The question of whether to do a loose leaflet door-drop or place adverts in our magazines is quite simple. A loose leaflet door-drop will produce a one off instant hit on the day they are delivered.  But this can be quite costly as there is the cost of the leaflet drop itself as well as […]

How to Generate an Ad Campaign that Actually Works

As you can imagine, after 13 years of running The Local Directory magazines, we have a huge wealth of experience when it comes to advising on your adverts. Here are some tips that we suggest you consider before you place your ad with us – or with any other publication. Appearance Have an engaging header/strap […]

8 Tips for Better Small Business Networking

Face-to-face business networking with other local business owners is an important part of being successful. Not only can it help you grow your customer base and referrals, but it can also provide numerous opportunities for development, learning and growth. Here are our tips to improve your business networking approach and how to make the most […]

Why consistent local advertising is the only way to market your business

In a world that is often just digital, it’s easy to assume that our money should be funnelled online only when it comes to advertising. But by only focussing online we miss out on all of those customers that may only pop online once a day, or want to stay local with a business they […]

Data Protection / GDPR – Does it matter to small businesses?

The short answer is “yes”, it absolutely matters. Not just because the Information Commissioner’s Office has the power to issue enforcement notices and penalties, but because it’s what we as individuals ourselves would expect of the companies that we entrust with our information. One big reason that it’s important is because criminals can take advantage […]

How The Local Directory has grown from 3,000 copies to over 110,000 copies every month!

Nisha founded and launched The Local Directory in 2006.  The print run for the first ever edition was 3,000 and was delivered only to residents of Amersham on the Hill. Thirteen years later and we have grown considerably, now distributing 13 editions of the magazine over large areas of Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire. These days our […]

Thirteen may be unlucky for some – but not for the Local Directory!

It’s been thirteen years since our local-loving guide first sprung to life! And to celebrate, we are launching our thirteenth publication!  Don’t worry – every one of our magazines is still lavishing in all things local and readily exploring the latest and greatest businesses, opportunities, events and people that the area has to offer – […]

The Local Directory Guide to Business Networking in Buckinghamshire

Face-to-face business networking with other local entrepreneurs is an important part of being a successful small business owner. Not only can business networking help you grow your customer base and generate referrals, but it can also provide numerous opportunities for learning, development, and growth. If you’re working for yourself, it can sometimes be isolating and […]

Where to watch The Rugby World Cup in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire

The ninth Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Tokyo – the first time it has been held outside the traditional elite nations. Will New Zealand, the favourites, make it three world cups in a row? Could England pick up their second trophy? Will Ireland or Wales become the second northern hemisphere team to pick up the coveted Webb […]

Eight Healthy Back to School Packed Lunch Ideas

As the children get into the full swing of being back to school after the summer indulgences, you’ll be planning out your weekly shop to ensure you cupboard is equipped to deal with all of those packed lunches once again. So we thought we would give you a little inspiration to think creatively to get […]

August Bank Holiday in Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire

The Bank Holiday is almost upon us! If you’d like some ideas for things to do in our beautiful counties, then we’ve got a list just for you!  These events are tailored to suit a range of budgets from free days out to tickets to visit some of the more expensive theme parks and attractions. […]

Seven surprising reasons to use a Local Business

In recent years you cannot avoid having heard the phrase ‘buy local’. But what does it really mean and why should it apply to you? It means that buying at a local business, rather than a large chain, brand or online business is better for the economy of your own community. Research shows that £10 […]

Why does your Local Business need Marketing?

There is only ONE reason: if people can’t see you then they’ll pick your competitor! Without customers, your business would not survive. To attract and retain customers, your business needs to understand the value of marketing. People are unlikely to simply walk into your business and buy something from you if they don’t know who […]

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