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Time for change

It’s all change at Essential Business

In March 2022, Phil Ashford and Benna McCartney, directors of Enterprise Exchange were delighted to acquire the Essential Business series content, with Julie joining their team as publishing and content consultant.

Benna and Phil say: “We have used Essential Business materials for many years and when the opportunity arose to acquire the content, we jumped at the chance. We know first hand the value in these materials and our joint aim is to produce resources for business support professionals to help business owners gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.”

Julie says: We’ve worked with Phil and Benna for a long time now and we share the same approach and values when it comes to supporting people from all walks of life to start and run their own business. I am delighted to be joining their team and working with them on various upcoming projects, all aimed at helping ordinary people start and run their own enterprise.”

Together we’ll continue to make complicated business information easy to read and understand. We’ll continue to use our combined skills and experience to create high-quality learning and reference materials for small and micro business owners and the people who advise, teach and support them. If you are starting your own business, or if you help people who start and run businesses, then we want to provide you with resources that help make your job just that bit easier.

Find out more about Enterprise Exchange on their website and discover why we feel they are the perfect people to take Essential Business forward in the coming years.

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We’re celebrating!

Twenty years of business content

We can hardly believe it, but Essential Business materials have been helping business owners and their advisers for 20 years! Founded in 2002 by Julie Stanford, the aim was to create clear and straightforward information and content for busy business owners.

Julie says: “My business background is in designing books and workbooks and I wanted to bring that experience to creating better business content. The goal was simple really: clarify what’s involved in starting and running a business, ditch (or explain) any jargon, and make inviting and easy-to-follow learning materials that help people build essential business skills, step by step. Hence the name!”

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New year, new way of working!

After fifteen years of selling all our products from just the one website, we’ve realised that it might all be a bit complicated for our retail customers and professional clients! So, we’ve made the decision to split our current website into two new websites, aimed at two separate groups:

1 – for business owners and start ups

When you’re setting up and running a business, it can be difficult to know where to start, let alone how to keep going. The retail products and free resources on this site will guide you through the business maze, and help you to run your business in the best possible way. Our books, workbooks and online courses are clearly written by people who understand how it feels to run a business, and this video shows you just what makes our approach to business learning so very different. Take a look.

Essential Business Nudges – just one of the free products on our retail website.

2 – for professional organisations

As a business support organisation, advisor, mentor or enterprise educator, you face constant pressure to provide high-quality information and training for your clients or students, with the ongoing challenge of funding those services. When you win contracts, you have to be fast on your feet, providing the contracted services and materials at the right quality, often with little time to create them. We can adapt any Essential Business publication to suit your needs – from simply adding your logo to our materials to including information about your organisation and services. We can also create custom covers to your specification. Visit our new professional’s website to find out more.

We can adapt any of our publications to meet your needs.