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  • 40 Years of Business Support

    • by @inc
    • 06-06-2024

      SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES FOR 40 YEARS     As our country continues to face political upheaval, our priority at MENTA remains to provide the crucial lifeline of support and advice for our new, emerging and existing micro businesses as we have done for the last 40 years.   Our mission is to support our local communities to thrive. Over the past four decades we have successfully navigated unprecedented change in our regional and global economies, as well as the business support landscape which underpins their success. Elections bring further uncertainty. But as the consistent first choice provider of business support – on the ground, locally – for 40 years, we will continue to focus on supporting our communities, building skills, enterprise and employability – delivering business growth, enhancing skills and diversity in local communities, generating growth and increasing success. As a not-for-profit organisation, we offer fully-funded subsidised services to new, emerging and existing microbusinesses across the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk, understanding that the success of our region is inextricably linked to the success of the new and existing micro businesses that make up 87% of both county’s economies. With the right support ecosystem in place, including access to funding, mentorship, and market opportunities, startups and micro-businesses have the potential to catalyse economic growth, foster innovation, and shape the future of our communities. If you are looking at accessing business advice and support or accessing grant funding across Suffolk and Norfolk, contact MENTA, the region’s most recommended business training organisation.   DIGITAL SPRINGBOARD DELIVERS BUSINESS GROWTH   More than 200 businesses have already been supported by MENTA's Digital Springboard Programme funded by East Suffolk Council.   With its recent extension there is still opportunity for more businesses in East Suffolk to utilise this fantastic training and support.   "The help we have received through the Digital Springboard and MENTA has been invaluable - it has helped us grow online and expand our business"   Find out how Bison Electrical Services benefited here  

  • Hampers of Haughley Wins Small Business Sunday Award

    • by @inc
    • 11-03-2024

      Hampers of Haughley Wins Small Business Sunday Award Owner of Hampers of Haughley and WoMENTA regular, Stacey Lascelles, has been handed the Small Business Sunday award by former Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

 Stacey is an advocate of supporting small and local businesses saying, “It keeps food miles low, benefits the local economy and – of course – Suffolk has some incredible producers.” 

“We work closely with our suppliers to source the finest food and drink for our gift hampers. I hope Theo enjoys his." Having met Stacey on the WoMENTA programme, it is wonderful to see such a great achievement by a business built right here in Suffolk. On this International Women’s Day, Stacey is an inspiration for women in business everywhere. 

 Congratulations, Stacey! We can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • The Rise of Co-Working in Bury St. Edmunds

    • by @inc
    • 25-01-2024

      Embracing Collaboration: The Rise of Co-Working in Bury St. Edmunds Bury St. Edmunds, a town steeped in history, is now witnessing a modern trend that is reshaping the way professionals work—the rise of co-working spaces. As the demand for flexible work environments grows, @inc and similar spaces have emerged, providing a haven for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers. Let's explore how co-working is transforming the professional landscape in this charming Suffolk town. 1. The Allure of @incNestled in the heart of Bury St. Edmunds, @inc is at the forefront of the co-working movement. The space offers more than just desks and meeting rooms; it fosters a vibrant community where collaboration is not just encouraged but celebrated. With its modern amenities and historic surroundings, @inc strikes a balance between the traditional and the contemporary. 2. A Diverse Community of ProfessionalsOne of the hallmarks of co-working spaces is the diverse community they attract. Walk into @inc, and you'll find a spectrum of professionals—from tech-savvy entrepreneurs launching startups, to seasoned freelancers working on creative projects. The exchange of ideas and skills within this dynamic community is palpable, creating an environment conducive to innovation. 3. Flexibility for the Modern ProfessionalCo-working spaces provide the flexibility that modern professionals crave. Whether you're a solopreneur seeking a quiet space to focus or a team in need of a collaborative hub, @inc has you covered. The flexible membership options cater to various needs, making it an attractive choice for those looking to escape the monotony of traditional office life. 4. Networking Opportunities AboundBeyond providing a workspace @inc hosts regular networking events, workshops, and seminars. These gatherings facilitate connections and collaborations, fostering a sense of community among members. From business partnerships to lasting friendships, the networking opportunities within the co-working space extend far beyond its physical walls. 5. The Bury St. Edmunds AdvantageWhile co-working is a global phenomenon, the experience in Bury St. Edmunds has a unique flavour. The town's rich history and cultural offerings add an extra layer to the co-working experience. Professionals can step out for a stroll through the Abbey Gardens or draw inspiration from the medieval architecture that surrounds them. 6. Embracing the Future of Work in Bury St. EdmundsAs @inc continues to thrive, it symbolizes the evolving nature of work in Bury St. Edmunds. The co-working movement is not just about shared office spaces; it's about building a collaborative ecosystem that propels individuals and businesses forward. In Bury St. Edmunds, co-working is more than a trend—it's a lifestyle that encourages professionals to break free from the conventional and embrace a new way of working. As the town evolves, so does its professional landscape, and co-working spaces like @inc Bury are at the forefront, providing a beacon for those seeking a dynamic and supportive work environment. Embrace the collaborative spirit, and join the movement in Bury St. Edmunds.Alex Till, CEO

  • WoMENTA and NatWest Join Forces to Empower Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs in Suffolk and Norfolk

    • by @inc
    • 23-08-2023

      WoMENTA and NatWest Join Forces to Empower Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs in Suffolk and Norfolk [Suffolk, Norfolk] — MENTA Business Support, in collaboration with NatWest, is thrilled to announce the launch of a new WoMENTA programme cohort for 2023/24, aimed at supporting and empowering aspiring entrepreneurs across Suffolk and Norfolk. The WoMENTA programme returns in September, and will provide comprehensive business support, including online workshops, 1:1 coaching, and networking events, to women looking to embark on their entrepreneurial journey. The programme of support for women in business will be officially launched at a special event on 12th September, hosted at the prestigious Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk. More than 100 aspiring businesswomen will have the opportunity to engage with established female business leaders and benefit from insights shared by a panel of business owners, most of whom participated in the programme last year. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs in today's business landscape and pass on their top-tips for success. John Neild, COO of MENTA Business Support, expressed his excitement about the new cohort, stating, "At MENTA, we are passionate about fostering a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Suffolk and Norfolk. The WoMENTA programme is a great example of our commitment to providing aspiring female entrepreneurs with the essential tools and knowledge they need to succeed in their ventures. We are delighted to partner with NatWest once more. Their support has been instrumental in making this initiative a reality." Debbie Lewis, Regional EcoSystem Manager for NatWest, East Midlands & East of England, said: "I'm extremely proud that we are working with MENTA Business Support to help it deliver its WoMENTA programme for 2023/2024.   "Our own research has already illustrated the value and potential female-led business can offer. This partnership demonstrates NatWest's commitment to bolstering women in businesses, offering valuable opportunities for guidance and growth. We look forward to working closely with MENTA and the entrepreneurs taking part, assisting them as they continue their business journey and making their concepts thrive.   "NatWest and MENTA'S shared dedication to foster diversity and enterprise will undoubtedly create a stronger, richer and more vibrant business landscape for Suffolk and Norfolk.”  The WoMENTA programme will cover a wide range of topics crucial for business success, such as business planning, marketing strategies, financial management, and overcoming common entrepreneurial challenges. Participants will have access to experienced business advisors, providing personalised guidance and mentorship to ensure they are equipped to thrive in their respective industries. An inspiring highlight of the launch event will be a keynote speech from Gina Long MBE. Gina is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, free-lance journalist, mentor to many charities, individuals and a global charity campaigner. Her success story will serve as an example of the potential that lies within each aspiring entrepreneur, inspiring them to realise their dreams and make a lasting impact. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or have recently started running your own business and you’d like some help and support, WoMENTA welcomes you to join this empowering program. The journey to success begins with taking the leap, and with WoMENTA's guidance and NatWest's support, aspiring female entrepreneurs in Suffolk and Norfolk will be well-equipped to make their mark on the business world. To learn more about the WoMENTA Programme and register for the launch event, visit https://www.menta.org.uk/womenta For more information about how NatWest is supporting entrepreneurs and its Entrepreneur Accelerator Hub click here. With immense gratitude, we thank Milsoms Kesgrave Hall for their generous support, making the WoMENTA launch possible, here at East Suffolk's premier events and hospitality venue. About MENTA Business Support:MENTA is a renowned organization dedicated to providing expert business support and advice to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk. With a wide range of resources and services, MENTA empowers business owners to achieve their goals and contribute to the economic growth of the region. About NatWest NatWest serves customers in England and Wales, supporting them with their personal, private, and business banking needs. NatWest helps customers at all stages in their lives, from opening student accounts, to buying their first home, setting up a business, and saving for retirement. Alongside a wide range of banking services, NatWest offers businesses specialist sector knowledge in areas such as sustainable energy, commercial property, and technology, as well as access to specialist entrepreneurial support. About Gina Long MBEGina Long MBE is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, free-lance journalist, mentor to many charities, individuals and a global charity campaigner. She was awarded an MBE for services to the charity sector in December 2015. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk in October 2018. She is an Ambassador and Patron of Ipswich & Suffolk Business Club, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, West Suffolk College and Sarcoma UK. Among her many charitable achievements, she has raised over £7 million. Gina founded one of the first Global Online Auctions, the ‘Ultimate Charity Auction’ which has raised more than £1.8 million since its inception in 2011. Eight years ago, she started her own charitable foundation trust, ‘GeeWizz’, which was a very special, small charity. It closed in March 2023, after great deliberation, in wanting to ‘semi-retire’…… whilst she proudly continues her charity campaigning, voluntary fundraising, mentoring, patron and ambassadorship roles. GeeWizz will forever be incredibly special, it leaves a wonderful legacy having supported so many children and young adults and their families, across Suffolk, who are learning disabled or neurodivergent, have a life-limiting illness or cancer, as well as supporting Sarcoma Cancer research and many capital projects; with financial transparency at the heart of everything the foundation does. In 2020, Gina created and organised the Ed Sheeran ‘Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction’, working closely with John and Imogen Sheeran. A total of £506,000 was raised to fund legacy projects – the redevelopment of a much-need playground at the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy in Ipswich, which will be completed this summer 2022 and funding the introduction of a specialist nursing team – including learning disability and palliative care nurses and physiotherapists – at the Zest service, run by St Elizabeth Hospice. Prizes were donated by global superstars from the world of music, sport, art, festival events, hospitality, and many organisations.  Away from fundraising, she is a successful serial entrepreneur, regularly writes columns and articles, interviewing and championing successful businesses, individuals, celebrities, and entrepreneurs as well as highlighting national and regional charity fundraising achievements and events. She is passionate about Britain’s ‘Food Security’, along with helping nurture and educate children and young adults, helping them see first-hand where food is grown on British Farms….  She is a ‘farmer’s wife’, mother to Sam, Ali and five step-children, their great ‘blended family’, living on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds with her husband Andrew.

  • The Benefits of Co-Working at @Inc.Suffolk, Felixstowe

    • by @inc
    • 11-08-2023

      Embrace Productivity and Community: The Benefits of Co-Working at @Inc.Suffolk, Felixstowe In today's fast-paced and interconnected business world, the traditional 9-to-5 office setup is evolving. Enter co-working spaces, the innovative solution that offers freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creatives the perfect blend of productivity, community, and flexibility. One such gem is @Inc.Suffolk, nestled at 87 Hamilton Road in Felixstowe, a haven for those seeking a dynamic workspace that goes beyond the ordinary.Design-Centric Workspace Fosters Creativity@Inc.Suffolk understands that the environment you work in can greatly impact your creativity and productivity. Stepping into this co-working space, you'll immediately notice the design-focused approach that sets the stage for inspiration. The interiors are thoughtfully crafted to enhance your working experience, creating an atmosphere where ideas flow freely and collaborations are born.A Thriving Community of Like-Minded IndividualsOne of the most captivating aspects of co-working spaces is the sense of community they cultivate. @Inc.Suffolk is no exception. Here, you'll be surrounded by a vibrant community of freelancers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who share your passion for innovation. This collaborative ecosystem presents endless opportunities to network, exchange ideas, and even forge partnerships that can propel your business to new heights.Versatile Spaces for Every NeedWhether you're gearing up for a brainstorming session, need a quiet corner for focused work, or require a dedicated meeting room, @Inc.Suffolk has it all. Breakout meeting spaces, private Zoom rooms, and collaborative workspaces make it effortless to tailor your work environment to your needs. The availability of these versatile spaces ensures that you're equipped to handle whatever your workday throws at you.Unlocking Opportunities with Networking EventsBeyond the daily grind, @Inc.Suffolk recognizes the importance of unwinding and expanding your professional horizons. Regular after-work networking drink events provide the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow co-workers in a relaxed setting. These events foster organic connections that can lead to unexpected partnerships, collaborations, or simply meaningful friendships.Flexible Access for a Balanced Lifestyle@Inc.Suffolk understands that work doesn't always fit neatly within the confines of a 9-to-5 schedule. Members enjoy the perk of 24-hour access, 7 days a week, allowing you to structure your workday around your most productive hours. This flexibility enables a healthy work-life balance, empowering you to maximize your efficiency while still tending to personal commitments.Guiding Newcomers to Co-Working SuccessFor those new to the co-working scene, here are some valuable tips to make the most of your @Inc.Suffolk experience:Dive into the Community: Don't hesitate to introduce yourself and strike up conversations. The co-working community is built on connections.Explore the Spaces: Familiarize yourself with the various work areas. Match your tasks to the right environment to optimize your output.Embrace Flexibility: Experiment with different work hours to identify your most productive periods. Flexibility is a cornerstone of co-working.Attend Events: Join the networking events to meet fellow co-workers. You never know where a casual conversation might lead.Stay Hydrated: With the tempting aroma of great coffee wafting through @Inc.Suffolk, remember to stay hydrated and enjoy the perks.In a world where work is increasingly intertwined with technology and collaboration, co-working spaces like @Inc.Suffolk offer a refreshing and effective approach. The blend of aesthetic workspace, networking opportunities, and flexible schedules sets the stage for a new era of productivity and community. So, why not step into a world where your ideas can flourish, and your work-life balance is truly in your hands?

  • Embrace Hassle-Free Networking for Your Micro Business with MENTA

    • by @inc
    • 08-08-2023

      Embrace Hassle-Free Networking for Your Micro Business with MENTA Suffolk networking events return this September In the fast-paced world of micro business ownership, networking has often been viewed as a necessary evil—a chore that diverts precious time and energy from core operations. The anxiety-inducing prospect of navigating a maze of unfamiliar faces and engaging in forced interactions has cast a shadow over this essential tool for success. But fear not, for there's a revolutionary solution on the horizon that is rewriting the rules of networking for micro business owners. Introducing MENTA, the game-changing approach that is turning networking stereotypes on their head and offering a friendly, authentic, and fuss-free alternative.Cracking the Networking Conundrum: A Shift in PerspectiveFor micro business owners, networking can feel like an uphill battle, stealing attention away from what truly matters—running the business. The prevalent stigma, rooted in misconceptions of artificial connections and transactional exchanges, has led many to see networking as an unavoidable burden.Unveiling the Power of Professional NetworksResearch, however, paints an entirely different picture—one that underscores the indispensable benefits of professional networking. Cultivating a robust network can unlock doors to novel opportunities, enrich business acumen, spur innovation, expedite career progression, and elevate one's industry stature. Relationships forged through networking can also elevate work quality and job satisfaction.Enter MENTA Networking: The Paradigm ShiftIn strides MENTA networking—a paradigm shift that stands in stark contrast to conventional notions of networking. MENTA, could mean Meaningful Engagement, Networking, Training, and Action, presents a warm, stress-free, and authentic avenue for micro business owners to flourish and thrive.Meaningful Engagement: Going Beyond Superficial ConnectionsMENTA networking champions meaningful conversations that transcend surface-level introductions and rapid-fire business card exchanges. This approach delves into deeper, more impactful discussions that revolve around shared challenges, aspirations, and values.Networking Sans Fuss: Where Authenticity Reigns SupremeBid farewell to formalities and forced interactions. MENTA events create a laid-back atmosphere where micro business owners can be their genuine selves, fostering connections without the looming pressure to make a lasting impression.Training for Growth: Knowledge as the CornerstoneMENTA's commitment to growth doesn't halt at networking—it extends to comprehensive training sessions designed to sharpen business skills. These sessions empower entrepreneurs with practical knowledge and tools that directly contribute to business expansion.Action-Oriented Approach: Transforming Ideas into RealityMENTA networking isn't confined to mere dialogue—it's about taking concrete action. Collaborations, partnerships, and joint ventures are not only endorsed but actively encouraged, transforming conversations into tangible, fruitful outcomes.Embrace the MENTA Way: A Roadmap to SuccessSo, how can micro business owners integrate the MENTA approach into their networking strategy?Scan for Local Events: Stay attuned to upcoming MENTA networking events in your vicinity, providing an inviting platform to connect with fellow business owners.Be Your Authentic Self: Genuineness is the foundation. Approach conversations with a heartfelt intent to connect, share experiences, and absorb insights.Nurture Relationships: Shift the focus from networking as a means to an end, and instead prioritize cultivating relationships that can bolster your business journey.Participate in Training: Capitalize on the educational opportunities provided by MENTA. Enhancing your skill set can translate to improved decision-making and amplified confidence.Take the Initiative: Don't hesitate to propose collaborations or innovative initiatives. MENTA encourages proactive engagement, which can forge valuable alliances.Micro business owners need not dread networking any longer. MENTA networking ushers in a refreshing and convivial approach, devoid of unnecessary complexities and stress—a perfect match for those who've grown weary of traditional networking norms. By embracing the MENTA ethos, you unlock a realm of prospects, connections, and advancement opportunities, all while remaining true to your values and business ethos. So, why not give it a shot? Your next invaluable connection might be just around the corner.MENTA networking is supported by Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants and is FREE to attend, Find events and book here.

  • Atkins Dellow Victoria Rhodes MNDA run 60 miles in August

    • by @inc
    • 26-07-2023

      Atkins Dellow Victoria Rhodes support run for Motor Neurone Disease Association Atkins Dellow Graphic Designer, Victoria Rhodes is running 60 miles in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association Atkins Dellow Solicitors, a well-recognised firm of solicitors in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk announced that their Graphic Designer, Victoria Rhodes will be taking part in this year’s 60 Mile a Month Challenge in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. She was inspired by ex- professional rugby player, Rob Burrow, who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease as a result of a bad head collision while playing rugby after reading Kevin Sinfield’s autobiography – The Extra Mile. Motor Neurone Disease affects around 5,000 adults across the UK and is a condition where the nerves known as Motor Neurones, found in your brain and spine which tell your muscles what to do, don’t work. Victoria will be running 2 miles every day in August to reach a total of 60 miles in a month and hopes to raise lots of money for the noble cause. As a law firm, Atkins Dellow are in full support of her commitment to the challenge and fundraising campaign. On the topic of why Victoria has chosen to take part in this year’s 60 Miles a Month Challenge in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Victoria said: “Back in May, when I saw Kevin Sinfield carry Rob Burrow over the Leeds Marathon finish line for MNDA, I was completely moved by the strong friendship and determination.” “I followed Kevin Sinfield’s incredible journey and fundraising after reading his autobiography, and thought why can’t I do something to help. I have always enjoyed running and 60 miles in one month felt like the perfect challenge.” For more information about Victoria’s journey or to support her cause, click the link HERE

  • Discover MENTA Business Support: Your Gateway to Serviced Business Space in Suffolk

    • by @inc
    • 24-07-2023

      Discover MENTA Business Support: Your Gateway to Serviced Business Space in Suffolk Are you a micro-business owner who has outgrown the confines of a home office? Are you seeking a professional workspace that won't break the bank? Look no further than MENTA Business Support, a leading provider of serviced business space tailored to your needs. With property manager Suzanne Banks at the helm, MENTA is committed to supporting the thriving micro-business communities in Suffolk.The MENTA Advantage: Affordable Business Space with Added BenefitsMENTA offers fully-serviced business units from three strategic hubs nestled in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, Brandon, and Haverhill. When you choose MENTA's business space, you gain access to a host of benefits:Professional Business Address: Impress your clients and partners with a prestigious business address that enhances your company's image.Flexible Terms: Enjoy the ease of in/out terms, ensuring you have the flexibility to adapt to your business's evolving needs.Purpose-Built Business Hub: MENTA's spaces are thoughtfully designed to cater specifically to the needs of entrepreneurs, fostering productivity and collaboration.Join a Thriving Community of EntrepreneursBy opting for MENTA Business Space, you become part of a growing community of like-minded entrepreneurs and businesses. The Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, and Brandon business hubs act as vibrant ecosystems where ideas flourish, partnerships blossom, and successes are celebrated.Prime Locations in SuffolkMENTA Business Space currently has availability in the following locations:Bury St Edmunds Vision Centre: Embrace the strategic advantage of being situated in Bury St Edmunds, a bustling town with excellent connectivity and access to a diverse customer base.Brandon Business Centre: Set up shop in Brandon, a town surrounded by natural beauty and offering a supportive business environment.Haverhill Business Centre: Nestled in Haverhill, this hub provides an excellent gateway to expanding your business in a well-connected and thriving market.Secure Your Ideal Business SpaceGiven the high demand for MENTA Business Space, units can fill up quickly. To stay ahead and receive timely property alerts, join our waiting list today. Our property team is always available to discuss how our spaces align with your unique business plans and requirements.Contact MENTA Business Support:Email: space@menta.org.ukPhone: 0800 085 5090Take your micro-business to the next level with MENTA Business Support's serviced business space. Embrace the advantages of a professional workspace, join a supportive community, and position your business for success in the vibrant Suffolk region. Start your journey today with MENTA!Discover business spaces with MENTA here https://www.menta.org.uk/business-unitsSuffolk Business spaces We offer a range of fully serviced business and meeting spaces in Haverhill, Brandon, Felixstowe and Bury St Edmunds. Our business hubs offer extra business support, easy in/out terms as well as parking and office support services. The hubs we operate offer you a highly affordable space alternative. The business units from MENTA offer office and storage options as well as meeting and coworking options. www.menta.org.uk

  • Join the team in Felixstowe as Inc grows!

    • by @inc
    • 13-07-2023

      Join the team in Felixstowe as Inc grows!   The team @Inc are looking for a new team member. As Community Co-Ordinator, you'll engage with self-employed entrepreneurs, capture and communicate their information to the MENTA team.You'll brainstorm ideas, promote the space, organize events, and manage reservations through our app-based system. You'll oversee the hub's atmosphere, equipment, meeting rooms, and kitchen. Report property maintenance issues promptly.Flexibility required for out-of-hours events. You'll enhance user experiences, assist team members, and be the friendly face and voice of the hub. Strong people skills, communication, problem-solving, and multitasking abilities required. Collaborate within the team and support our members.   Closing Date July 31   Email suzanne@menta.org.uk to express interest and to obtain further details.  

  • Social Media is Essential for Start-ups

    • by @inc
    • 11-07-2023

      Social Media is Essential for Start-ups Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, and its significance extends to start-up businesses as well. MENTA Business Support, with its start-up training, workshops, advice, and follow-up support, can greatly benefit entrepreneurs in leveraging social media platforms. Here are the key reasons why social media is essential for start-ups: Increased brand visibility: Social media platforms offer a vast audience base, allowing start-ups to reach a wider range of potential customers. By establishing a strong presence on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, start-ups can increase their brand visibility and awareness. Cost-effective marketing: Compared to traditional marketing methods, social media marketing is relatively inexpensive. Start-ups can create and share content, engage with their audience, and run targeted advertising campaigns at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing channels. Enhanced customer engagement: Social media enables direct and immediate interaction with customers. Start-ups can engage with their target audience through comments, messages, and polls, fostering a sense of community and loyalty. This engagement helps build brand trust and allows businesses to gather valuable feedback. Competitive advantage: Many start-ups compete with established businesses, and social media levels the playing field. By utilising social media effectively, start-ups can showcase their unique offerings, differentiate themselves from competitors, and carve out a distinct identity in the market. Data-driven insights: Social media platforms provide valuable analytics and insights into audience demographics, engagement rates, and content performance. Start-ups can leverage these insights to refine their marketing strategies, target specific customer segments, and optimise their content for better results. Networking opportunities: Social media connects entrepreneurs with industry influencers, potential partners, and mentors. Start-ups can build relationships, collaborate, and learn from experienced professionals through online communities and networking platforms.  See MENTA networking events Events For New & Established Business Owners - MENTA We run free business events throughout Norfolk and Suffolk for business owners. Visit our website to find our next event near you. www.menta.org.uk   Scalability and growth: Social media allows start-ups to scale their business by attracting new customers, expanding their reach, and driving sales. With the right strategies and consistent efforts, start-ups can use social media as a catalyst for rapid growth. Social media plays a crucial role in the success of start-up businesses. MENTA Business Support's comprehensive start-up training, workshops, advice, and follow-up support can equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills needed to leverage social media effectively, ultimately boosting their chances of success in the competitive business landscape. See MENTA Start-up support options HERE. Business Start-up Training - MENTA are delivering free self employment and new business training in Suffolk and Norfolk Start a new business idea with MENTA across Norfolk and Suffolk, our 5* support helps hundreds of people each year. Are you looking to earn more money by having a new extra job or maybe you want to start a new business and become your own boss? We can help with either plan you have by giving you free support, training, business plans and start-up new business loans or grants. We deliver this service in Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Felixstowe, and Cromer. Wherever you are in Norfolk or Suffolk, enjoy the highest rated and most comprehensive new business and self-employment support service. This is fully funded and free to you.   www.menta.org.uk  

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