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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!”