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Grow your brand giveaway: Win an outdoor board or new business cards

Want the chance to win an outside advertising board or set of business cards? One of the simplest marketing tactics to help keep your business in the minds of potential customers is to promote your business offline using a combination of outdoor boards (if appropriate) or handing out business cards when you meet new people….

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How to invoice quickly and on-the-go

Preparing and sending invoices is one of the most important parts of being self-employed. This is how you are paid for your work and you want to make sure your invoices say everything they need to and can be prepared and dispatched efficiently. At Crunch, we know compiling invoices can be a confusing task if…

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growing your brand

Trade News

Grow your brand giveaway: Win an outdoor board or new business cards

Want the chance to win an outside advertising board or set of business cards? One of the simplest marketing tactics to help keep your business in the minds of potential customers is to promote your business offline using a combination of outdoor boards (if appropriate) or handing out business cards when you meet new people....

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Trade News

How to invoice quickly and on-the-go

Preparing and sending invoices is one of the most important parts of being self-employed. This is how you are paid for your work and you want to make sure your invoices say everything they need to and can be prepared and dispatched efficiently. At Crunch, we know compiling invoices can be a confusing task if...

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Security/Alarms

The importance of construction site security

Construction site security is an essential measure. A secure site is a vital component of health and safety regulation, delivering a seamless service and protecting a project from costly damage or losses. Crimes occur all too often on construction sites. A site that falls victim to theft or vandalism leads to increased costs, delayed projects...

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Written contract for building work

Trade News

The importance of having a written contract

A written contract is essential for completing trade business transactions and for building positive working relationships. What is a contract? A written contract is a signed agreement between two parties, say, a builder and a client, which shows a visual form of the working relationship. A contract is a legally-binding document that holds parties to...

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Chimney & FireplaceHeating Engineer

HETAS Certificate: What you need to know

The Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme, or HETAS, is a national organisation set up to ensure consumer safety when it comes to the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible use of biomass and other solid fuels. It’s the only specialist organisation that approves biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services in England and...

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Building a gutter repair business

Trade News

Start your own business: The Gutter Busters story to success

It may feel challenging to start a business. But more of us than ever before are deciding to take a giant leap of faith and start our own trade-based businesses. Many business owners are now doing what they love while reaping the many rewards that come with being your own boss. These include a sense...

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Trade News

Showcasing your best work: Using photos to create a positive brand image

They say that a photo says a thousand words, right? This is certainly the case when it comes to connecting and engaging with your target market as a trader. A vital part of boosting your brand image, photos play a huge role in raising awareness of your work. They demonstrate the quality and performance of...

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RoofingTrade News

Scaffolding Health and Safety Regulations – Staying safe

Scaffolding is an essential part of many building jobs, but it can also present a risk. Scaffolding safety is paramount when it comes to working at height. Read on to find out more about scaffolding health and safety regulations. Scaffolding Health and Safety Regulations An excellent working knowledge of scaffolding health and safety rules is...

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skip faq

Trade News

FAQ for skip hire in the commercial sector

Whether you’re working on a construction site, kitchen or bathroom refurbishment, a full house clearance or any other trade that involves disposing of materials, skip hire is one of the most common methods used to get rid of large volumes of waste. It’s arguably the easiest way so why choose anything else? There are several...

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pay per click

Trade News

Understanding keyword intent and keyword research

One of the most significant areas of crossover between SEO and PPC and one that helps you with both strategies is the keyword research area. It’s arguably the most fundamental principle of both disciplines and crucial to success. Getting it wrong could mean you see no results whatsoever, and waste valuable time and money on...

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search engine optimisation

Trade News

Performing an SEO audit: Part 4

So far in this series, we’ve covered; metadata and heading tags, content optimisation and auditing website speed. In this article, we’re going to talk about something known as an ‘entity’; this is essentially your brand. How you are mentioned and linked to on other websites, and what you can do to improve your entity. Your...

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Trade News

Why we should encourage our daughters to embark on a career in construction

Over recent decades, the lines between stereotypical male and female roles have started to blur. As a result, we have seen more women entering roles within construction and trades, empowering the next generation to aspire to roles within these trades. That said, hands-on trades, including construction, are still male-dominant industries. Yet there is change happening....

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