Which shops can open in lockdown and what are the rules?

Non-essential shops are currently closed as part of a national lockdown to combat coronavirus although they are currently allowed to open for click and collect, although from Saturday, Scotland will follow Northern Ireland in restricting this service to essential retailers. Which retailers are allowed to open? Any retailer selling "essential" goods and services may stay open to the public as...
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We take our security responsibilities to you and your business seriously

Our professional web design team not only has over 15 years of experience developing websites and digital marketing solutions for small businesses and multi-nationals we're also registered with various professional bodies and follow best practices when it comes to data security and safety. We don't just enter the safety of the data we hold about you, but also the data you hold about your...
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Google Suggests Permanent URLs for Black Friday & Cyber Monday Pages

Google shared the advice that website owners should be "using permanent URLs for Black Friday pages rather than creating new URLs for each annual sale" as part of it's set of best practices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages, along with five additional recommendations, which we've included below. Here’s more on the benefits of using recurring URLs, and a rundown of Google’s other advice...
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We’re here to help you & your business through lockdown

With the first day of this new national lockdown (5th November 2020) upon us, I wanted to let you know that, as during the previous lockdown, we will be here to help you and your business, club, or other organisation through these difficult times. If you haven’t already updated your website to provide information to your customers, members, or visitors then we can help you do this – either as...
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A quick refresher about O’Brien Media

We’re an award-winning website design company with offices in Swindon, Wiltshire, and Shoreditch, London. We provide a range of website and web application design and development solutions to businesses and organisations across the UK. Our professional web design team has over 15 years of experience developing websites and digital marketing solutions for small businesses and...
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Back to business – What does post-lockdown business look like?

It has been over two months since the government asked us all to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With restrictions beginning to ease, businesses up and down the country are trying to figure out how to start welcoming customers again while minimising risk to themselves or their patrons. According to the latest government statement, retailers who operate outdoors will now be...
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Why you need a separate business account as a sole trader or startup

For many new entrepreneurs, keeping things as simple as possible in the early days is key. Which is why using the same bank account for personal and business purposes is so common. While this reduces some friction in the early days, the time will come where you’ll need to separate them - especially as you acquire your first customers. In this article, we’ll explore why having a separate...
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Let customers know your special hours for May on Google My Business

When your business has an irregular schedule, like holidays or special events, you can enter special hours in advance to let customers know when you’re open via the special opening hours option on Google My Business (and Google Maps). If you haven't updated your hours, we recommend that you do. Google may call you to make sure they’re accurate. Visit Google My Business Help to learn more...
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Coronavirus Business Support Page on GOV.UK Website

GOV.UK have updated their website to include a section specifically aimed at supporting businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic: Find out what financial support you can get for your business Find out how you can claim your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Find out how to apply for a grant if you're self-employed All information relating to Business Support can now be...
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What Instagram’s new desktop DMs means for businesses

Receiving a healthy influx of direct messages on Instagram is a great indication that your audience is engaged with your brand and the content that you’re posting. But it can also be pretty stressful — especially if you’re managing everything from the Instagram mobile app (it’s just a little limiting to do everything from the app!). As such, the new feature should be *very* useful for...
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