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January 05, 2010

Business Link Online Guides – B2B Centre Seal of Approval?

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We have always pointed people at the advice pages on the Business Link website - they are very good. It's just that now we have a little more reason to highlight the content...because we have helped to develop it.

You will find that many of the ebusiness related pages (such as the search engine optimisation section) have the B2B Centre logo at the bottom.   We have been supporting Business Link as content reviewers and developers for some time now so we are naturally delighted that our name is now becoming so widely recognised. 


Gareth Edwards

emarketing Specialist, the National B2B Centre

September 07, 2009

Twitter Hash Tag for the eBusiness Conference 2009

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We have set up a Twitter Hash Tag so that you can remain up to date on news about the eBusiness Conference on September 17th.

The Tag is #ebiz09 - to use it then enter the tag in the search field on your Twitter home page (it is on the right hand side of the screen).  This should result in a list of eBusiness Conference Tweets appearing in the main part of the screen. 

You will see an option to  "Save This Search". Click the link and the tag will appear under the heading "saved searches" on the right hand side of the screen.

We will be using Twitter to talk about what's happening at the Conference: before, during and after.

Follow us at

Gareth Edwards

August 05, 2009

Learning Age Solutions – Rapid eLearning Course

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National B2B Centre client Learning Age Solutions has launched an innovative Rapid eLearning Development Course to teach trainers, L&D professionals and IT specialists how to make best use of the tools to create effective content in-house.

Rob Hubbard of Learning Age is now looking for a number of trailblazers to be first through the course.  Visit the Ministry of Instructional Design website for me details.

July 22, 2009

E–Business Conference 2009: Finding and Keeping Profitable Customers

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"E-Business Conference 2009: Finding and Keeping Profitable Customers" is the National B2B Centre's 2nd annual conference looking at how technology can positively impact SME business activity.

As the title suggests this year's conference is focused on winning business both from new customers AND existing clients.  We'll be exploring the use of the web, Social Media, eMail and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) to help this process as well as thinking about what sales processes and techniques will work best for small businesses.

We have some great speakers lined up including Susan Hallam, Dr Dave Chaffey and Richard White.  There will also be some very interesting case studies from B2B Centre clients and some expert sessions from the B2B Centre team.

Last year was extremely popular and we are expecting even more interest this time around - so book now!

Martin King-Turner

The National B2B Centre

July 01, 2009

Web Workshop – Tuesday 29th

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Mark Bonnett and James Pennington ran yesterdays workshop.  We had 6 companies who attended, we to decided put in an unexpected date to deal with the overflowing response.

The following delegates attended:

Angela Dakin - Inspired Managers Ltd

Ed Hart - Your Financial Business Support Ltd

Jon Jan - Waylander Apparel Ltd

Marie-Claire O'Brien - Synergy Virtual Office Ltd

Steven Timerlake - Hidden Eden Ltd

Dutch Van Spall - Big Help Management

Usha Sidu

We received a great response from the feedback, delegates rated the presentation content as being excellent, the the NB2BC staff where also rated as excellent for having great knowledge and expertise in all topics covered.

The most useful and popular topics covered where; social networking, Google Analytics, SEO, Keywords and delegates also found the opportunity to raise questions along the way very helpful.

June 19, 2009

B2B Web Workshop – 18th June

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Gareth Edwards, eMarketing specialist and Steve Orriss, lead e-business consultant led yesterdays Web Workshop.

Delegates enjoyed the first session, website reviewing.  In turn each delegate if they wish to agrees to put there website on our interactive screen for all to see.  Delegates provide feedback on the general look and feel of the site and our consultants provide an indepth review of the content, keywords, how well it's ranked and things to consider.  This benefits the owner as it provides constructive feedback from a usability point of view from both parties and also provides an seo perspective.

One of the hot topics in the world of Web 2.0 and the B2B Centre's workshops is using social media sites.   Social media sites allow your business to be more visable to search engines and web users.  In our workshop we provide information and talk about the potentail opportunities out there to start collaborating, some of the benefits include sharing ideas/ knowledge about your expertise, posting questions, making new contacts, finding new customers. 

Our consultants provide an overview of the most common sites used by businesses and provides information into which sites would be most effective for your business.

The following delegates attended:

Tina Blake - Tell Me More

David Bradley - BradBAS Management Services

David Bryan - Opace Technology Solutions

Angela Cassidy - Step40

Brian Cobb - Bidford Tool Hire

Andrew Goodwin - Daredevil Creative

Lizzie Faulks - Pink Marketing Services Ltd

Amit Jobanputra - Computaccount

Clive Lane - The Quality Graphics Co Ltd

Jo Roden - JRS Marketing

Gerard Ryan - Wearing The Hat Ltd

Joel Spencer - Sweet Harmonies

Julie Young - Moda Jewellery

And because we have an over whelming response to these workshops we've put an extra date in the diary this month and invited people from our waiting list to attend on the 30th June.

May 11, 2009

B2B Web Workshop – 7th May

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The B2B ran an invitation only workshop last Thursday to help address SMEs e-marketing needs, some of the topics our guys talked about were; why website planning and content are so important, how tracking your website users proves very beneficial and can help in optimising your site and what range of free available tools are out there in helping to optimising, getting noticed and tracking your website.

The favourite topics of the day included Google Analytics, Pay-Per-Click (Google Adwords), Search Engine Optimisation and Social Networking such as blogging, LinkedIn sites.

Attendees included:

Sarah Bagley - Freelance Training Ltd

Renee Clarke - AMBA Therapies

Peter Dunford -

Rai Fisher - Artisans In The Hills

Ben Hays - Coaster CO UK Ltd

Peter Martin -

Simon Mercer - Signo

Jag Pabla - Prime Health UK Ltd

Julia Pitkin - Artisans In The Hills

Ian Robinson - Trifid Ltd

Andrew Yair - Aspire Style Ltd

Sam Yair  - Aspire Style Ltd

Our Workshops are proving very popular, our next two dates for May and June are already fully booked, we do still have some places left in July, October and November.  If you are a small business based within the West Midlands, join in the fun at

April 27, 2009

B2B Centre Articles List

The B2B Centre and its partners have written loads of articles on a variety of eBusiness topics over the years.

Thought it would be worth providing a list of just some the best ones so you can enjoy them the second time around.  Click on the links and the articles will appear in a new browser window.  Some of them will be in PDF format.

E-Commerce is more profitable  e-commerce Bytestart  2007 
Search Engine Optimisation - Keeping up with the US  e-marketing Mark Bonnett  2007 
Law change affecting your website and email  e-marketing Liz Rowe  2007 
Using ZenCart to build your online shop  e-commerce James Pennington  2007 
eTrade or not to eTrade that is the Question  e-commerce Gareth Edwards  2007 
How to write good website content  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2007 
Social networking - MySpace or waste of space?  e-collaboration Gareth Edwards  2007 
New online service for SMEs to access governement services  SME News Bytestart  2007 
Using the Internet to Grow Your Business  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2007 
What is mobile marketing and how can you use it?  Mobile and Wireless Rayhan  2007 
How To Use Mobile Marketing  Mobile and Wireless Rayhan  2007 
Who are your online customers and what do they want?  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2007 
How can you get a better understanding of your online competitive environment  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2007 
FAQs - Websites and Search Engines  e-marketing James Pennington  2007 
Websites are for life, not just for Christmas  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2007 
Small businesses urged to go mobile  Mobile and Wireless Rayhan   2007 
Searching through Google's Services  e-marketing Mark Bonnett  2007 
SEO on Zero Budget  e-marketing Mark Bonnett  2007 
Google Analytics - Getting started  e-marketing Liz Rowe  2007 
Director's Comment on E-Business in 2007  e-business Martin King-Turner  2007 
Phishing, Pharming and other traps for the unwary  Law Kate Legg - Higgs&Sons Ltd  2007 
Who owns your website?  Law Kate Legg - Higgs&Sons Ltd  2008 
Discover what works on your website  e-marketing Mark Bonnett  2008 
6 Steps for writing a headline  e-marketing Steph Williams  2008 
Measuring your web copy  e-marketing Steph Williams  2008 
Competing with the big boys online  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2008 
Three Fundamental Rules for writing Web Copy  e-marketing Steph Williams  2008 
What is the Most Important Element of your Website  e-marketing Steph Williams  2008 
Happy Birthday Mobile!  Mobile and Wireless Rayhan  2008 
Rachel Elnaugh talks web with local businesses  e-marketing Liz Rowe  2008 
Are your web images putting you at risk?  e-marketing Peter Butterworth  2008 
Online PR: Raise your profile on the web  e-marketing R Sahota  2008 
What is Web 2.0 and how can your business benefit?  e-collaboration Steph Williams  2008 
How to do usability testing  e-marketing Steph Williams  2008 
Are visitors lost on your website?  e-marketing Steph Williams  2008 
E-Business 2008 - Creating a Future Advantage  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2008 
How can SMEs create a future advantage?  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2008 
The Chaffey Colum - Oct 08  e-marketing Dave Chaffey  2008 
Website Accessibility - One Size Doesn't Fit All  e-marketing Design4Usability  2008 
The Chaffey Column - Nov 08  e-marketing Dave Chaffey  2008 
The Chaffey Column - Dec 08  e-marketing Dave Chaffey  2008 
More Measurements is Marvellous  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2008 
The Chaffey Column - Jan 09  e-marketing Dave Chaffey  2009 
No Lagging with the Bragging  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2009 
Plug your Business into Online PR Sites  e-marketing Steph Williams   2009 
The Chaffey Column - Feb 09  e-marketing Dave Chaffey  2009 
Blogging - Free and Easy  e-marketing Mark Bonnett  2009 
Why should SMEs be using CRM?  Open Source Steve Orriss  2008 
Can you Thrive in Today's Economy?  Managing Projects Rayhan  2009 
How do I Register with Online Directories?  e-marketing Gareth Edwards 
eMarketing - What should you be reading?  e-marketing Gareth Edwards 
How to use YouTube to get your business noticed!  e-marketing Steph Williams  2008 
Project Prioritisation  Managing Projects Rayhan  2009 
e-Marketing - Don't forget your back office  e-marketing Gareth Edwards  2007 


April 24, 2009

Latest B2B Web Workshop – 23rd April

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This weeks workshop ran by Steve and Mark created discussion on website usability where delegates commented on each others website and provided constructive feedback on the ones who dared to have on their site critiqued.  There was a good mix of interaction and everyone shared ideas and useful business tips from each other.

The most popular topics of the day included: Social media, web planning, SEO, web content and web hosting.

The following B2B members attended:

Annie Astill - Palmer Hargreaves Wallis Tomlinson

Adam Doswell - Duomo

Clair Hobbs - Excaliburs 4 Europe Ltd

Kal Horsfall - Kal's Return Jewellery

Laurence Jones - Kids Naturally Photography

Lizzie Perring - Unlock the Music

Menna Rees-Steer - Liquid Public Relations Ltd

Ioannis Soilemetzidis - PanEthnic Ltd

Wendy Smith - Cards4u2make

Our next Web Workshop is on Thursday 21st May which is already fully booked.  We do still have some places left for June, July, October and November.  Visit our events page to book a place!

March 31, 2009

National Back2Back Centre?

We have had a change of name (apparently) at the West Midlands IT Solutions Showcase! (We are still here as this blog is written).

Plenty of interest from visitors to the event and a good chance to meet colleagues from other support organisations and some new contacts from the supplier community.

The bizarre thing is that, according to the event announcer, we have had a change of name. We are now the National Back2Back Centre. What we would be interested to find out is what or who we are back to back with - hopefully only with the needs of our members.


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