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True North

Having worked for large corporate businesses for in excess of 10 years; when I say large I mean like in excess of 40 billion turnover a year, you get to see that generally there is something fundamental missing and it is the title of the blog, their 'True North'. In short, it’s that bit that says 'why are we here?' or 'why do we matter as a business?' or 'what are we doing to make the world a slightly better place?' In lieu of really answering these questions they end up with mission statements like 'to create shareholder value' or 'to be a fast growing, dynamic company' – (I hope you were as queasy reading those last two statements as...

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5 Simple Things We've Learnt About E-commerce

I've been on a quest to find out why people really shop online and not just the generic answers, I promise you won't read "because it's convenient" or "It's all about price" anywhere. I'm looking for really what it is, and what makes people tick when they are shopping online.   1. The world is no longer flat I know what you're thinking; this guy is sharp, but really that is the kind of change e-commerce has bought about, consumers are no longer bound by geography. They are free to discover products from all over the country and the world from the comfort of their lounges. People want choice and rich diverse product ranges to suit their individual tastes, we...

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5 Tips for Small Businesses That are Keeping Us Sane

As a new small business we can really relate to the many struggles of start-ups. Here’s some of challenges we’ve been facing over the last few months and our top 5 tips that have been keeping us going in the early days of entrepreneurism. Be Passionate for Change Believe in something and really go for it.  At Beaumont Square we want to drive the shop local revolution through a department store available to everyone. And staying passionate to that vision for change is crucial to our business model. When we find ourselves questioning why we’re doing this, it always comes back to ‘how can we make a change? Give great service? Be great value?’, rather than thinking ‘how can we make loads...

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Opportunity  Knocks

Some of the dust has settled, the roof hasn’t quite caved in and whilst the lunatics may just be running the asylum and there may be yet uncharted waters ahead, for now, all is well.That said; a lot has happened in the past few weeks... 52% of good old Blighty went and voted for Brexit. The British Prime Minister said he was stepping down in a few months. The British Prime Minister stepped down sooner. Britain has a new and arguably unwanted government. Cabinet resignations and appointments appear to be scripted by Ben Elton. American politics appears to be scripted by George Orwell. Global politics appears to be scripted by Stephen King. And yet despite all that, we at Beaumont...

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Work from Home

The team at Beaumont Square are beavering away in research mode looking out our favourite suppliers. Here’s a selection to make you feel at home. Ruth Holly Paper and Home Yorkshire-based designer Ruth Holly creates some truly beautiful work covering soft furnishings, stationary and visual art. She is a highly experienced designer and maker and entirely embodies the sprit of what we’re trying to achieve; something unique and extraordinary. http://www.ruthholly.co.uk   Shifaromas Shifaromas are a family business specialising in hand-made home fragrances made with 100% natural soy wax. Also Yorkshire-based, their values are all about taking time and care over their products, sourcing the highest quality products. http://www.shifaromas.com   Say It With Panache Say It With Panache is a stunning...

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