LinkedIn are removing Stories from their platform

LinkedIn Stories were only introduced last year, but they are already being removed. It did not have the impact that the team at LinkedIn expected. (It follows Twitter also removing the short-lived ‘Fleets’ from their platform too!) This blog post will explain why LinkedIn are removing stories and making this change. What are LinkedIn Stories? LinkedIn Stories were introduced last year. They...
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O’Brien Media Moves into New Offices in North Swindon

As part of O'Brien Media's expansion plans, delayed somewhat due to the Covid Pandemic, we have taken on a lease for a new office based at the Pembroke Centre, on Cheney Manor Industrial Estate in North Swindon. Head of Design and Development, Chris Grant, summed up the reasons for opening our first office since O'Brien Media was founded 15 years ago this year. He commented, "We wanted somewhere...
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NHS Test and Trace in the workplace: for employees

Yesterday, we published a blog post on how NHS Test and Trace affects employers. This blog post will talk about NHS Track and Trace from the point of employees and what they should do if they test positive, as well as the support that is available. What should you do? To limit household mixing, you should continue to work from home if you can. If it is not possible, then you are able to travel...
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NHS Test and Trace in the workplace: for employers

After a rough year of lockdowns, restrictions are finally starting to be lifted. This means that more people will be making the return to work. To ensure that we all remain safe, NHS Test and Trace (which we are probably used to by now!) will remain in use, even in the workplace. This blog post will talk you through how this will affect employers specifically. Precautions that can be taken before...
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‘Recovery Loan Scheme’ launches today!

The government’s new ‘Recovery Loan Scheme’ to support businesses launches today (6th April). This is a new scheme that ensures that businesses can continue to access any loans and types of finance after existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. Businesses of any size can use the scheme. Finance of up to £10 million per business Can be used for any legitimate business purpose, including growth...
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New ‘Coronavirus Restart Grant’ announced

As we start to have some restrictions lifted and with businesses starting to reopen, things are finally starting to look up! The government has announced the 'Coronavirus Restart Grant' to help support businesses through these times so that they can grow and recover from the effects of the pandemic. This blog post will give you an overview of these new measures. What is it? This scheme supports...
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Budget 2021: what it means for your business

On Wednesday 3rd March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his new annual budget. This blog post will summarise the key points and new changes to schemes in relation to businesses. Recovery Loan Scheme This is a new scheme that ensures that businesses can continue to access any loans and types of finance after existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. Businesses of any size can use the scheme. Finance...
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[Position Filled] We’re recruiting for a part-time New Business Specialist (working from home in the Swindon area)

Are you a sales whizz? Worked in customer service, retail, or hospitality and have a good grasp of web technologies? We're recruiting for a part-time New Business Specialist to help introduce more businesses to O'Brien Media! The New Business Specialist will focus on outbound sales and relationship building with new cold and warm prospects that have shown some interest in our service offering....
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The route out of Lockdown: reopening of businesses and venues

Like all of us here at O’Brien Media, you have probably been following all the news regarding the latest lockdown. On Wednesday 24th February, the government published their official guidance detailing the steps in which the UK will progress from this lockdown. This blog post will summarise each of the steps and the key points that each involves in regard to the reopening of businesses and...
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WordPress now powers over 40% of the world’s websites

The world's most popular CMS continues to grow and new data from W3Techs has revealed that 40 percent of the web or two out of every five websites now use WordPress. While there are plenty of WordPress alternatives including Shopify and Squarespace, WordPress is still in a league of its own. This is because, in addition to the sites powered by WordPress, an ecosystem has been built up around...
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