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[July 02, 2014]


(Bristol Evening Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BE precise, test everything and beware of grumpy journalists - those were some of the nuggets of advice Bristol businesses took from a digital event.

Around 100 people gathered at the Arnolofini for Digital Buffet, organised by search engine optimisation and social media marketing agency Noisy Little Monkey.

Speakers included Craig Pugsley of Microsoft Mix Radio, who told the audience how they could cheaply test apps and websites with a small number of users, a chair, laptop and about Pounds 100 worth of kit.

The Post's own assistant editor Gavin Thompson gave tips on getting your story in the news, online and in print, reminding people to keep it relevant and quick when dealing with busy and sometimes grumpy journalists.

And Jon Payne, technical director of Aardman-based Noisy Little Monkey, explained how using exactly the same wording to describe your business helped Google to recognise it over imposters.

After the event, Jon said: "We up Noisy Little Monkey to help people make their online marketing better. Digital Buffet gives the opportunity to find expert speakers who can give actionable tips and tricks to a room full people who work in marketing they can make their online marketing better.

"There are events in London and Brighton along these lines nothing that's particularly for Bristol - which has an amazing heritage in advertising and burgeoning creative tech industry. Bristol was clearly crying out this sort of event - it was a sell and the room was buzzing.

"We were fortunate enough to a range of Bristol-based speakers, some of whom talk all over world to give brilliant talks at this, the first Digital Buffet." " He added the event would not beone-off. "I'm really looking forward to next one - I've already got a couple of world class speakers teed up," said Jon.

DELEGATES from businesses around Bristol enjoyed an informative talk on pensions, tax and financial planning at a seminar organised by the Gregg Latchams Business Club.

Andrew Brown, the head of the Queen Square-based law firm's GL Chartered Financial Planners office, spoke to the room full of business owners at the monthly breakfast event held at the M shed on the city's Harbourside. In an entertaining and easy-to-understand talk, Mr Brown discussed the changes to pension fund legislation announced in the Budget in March and how these changes will impact the annuity markets, businesses and their employees, as well as looking forward to what announcements businesses can expect next April. The next Gregg Latchams Business Club event takes place on Tuesday September 30 and is themed on the legal implications for family-run businesses. For more information or to book your place email Kayleigh Groves at

AS part of its mission to raise the profile of successful entrepreneurs in Bristol, the Bristol branch of the Institute of Directors hosted an interactive event with TasteTech, a leading SME run by award-winning entrepreneur Janis Sinton at At-Bristol.

IoD members and guests heard from representatives of TasteTech's Research and Development team led by Danny Kite and were introduced to the world of controlled release food flavourings and ingredients with practical sensory sessions.

TasteTech specialises in the bakery and confectionery industries supplying some of the world's most recognised brands and most recently created the flavourings for the first ever multi-sensory firework display that was a huge success during London's New Year's Eve celebrations.

Business diary Bristol SetSquared Innovation Showcase: Networking and pitching competition for Bristol SetSquared businesses at the Engine Shed, Wednesday, July from 6pm.

Mazars Summer Drinks Party: Held at the Merchants' Hall, Thursday, July 3, 6-8.30pm.

Metcalfes Solicitor summer party: Early evening get together for clients and friends with champagne, canapes and at 46 Queen Square, from 5.30pm on Thursday, July 3.

Ready for business workshop: Introductory workshops for anyone who is exploring the concept of self-employment starting a business at Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RA, 10am-4pm, Tuesday, July 8. Contact readyforbusiness

Keeping social media honest conference: Event run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) South West at Bristol Aquarium, from 3.30pm-8pm July 8 focusing on keeping social media activity honest, legal and effective. More details at http://

Solar Seminar: Renewable experts from Michelmores solicitors and Francis Clark accountants teame up with Panel supplier SunGift Solar explain the business case for solar installation, including a Feed- in-Tariff update, funding, tax implications, property law and planning. At the M shed from 5.30pm on Wednesday, July 9. Inquiries by email to sarah.laughton@michelmores.RICS South West Commercial Property Question Time: Join the leading body for land property and construction professionals in a lively summit style debate chaired by Johnny Dunford, RICS global commercial property director, to discuss how the profession can seize opportunities and help address major challenges facing the sector. From 2pm-5pm, July 10 at Bristol Zoo.

Compliance Within the Staffing Industry: Outsource UK's Thought Leadership Series starts with a free breakfast event featuring two employment experts considering how impending changes to employment law will affect compliance within organisations. Held at Hotel Du Vin on Tuesday July 15 from 8.45am.

To register, email

Boost! your business: Boost! a new series of events that aims to provide owner-managers of growing local businesses with fresh, practical know-how that will help them to get the most out of their business. The first one takes place at the Unilit Club, Bristol from 5:30-7:30pm on July 15 and will look at how to access funds for growth. Register to attend for free at boost- Email your business events to Events are sometimes cancelled without us being notified so please check with organisers before travelling.

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