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This week’s SME of the Week goes to wholesalers and butchers, The Ginger Pig. I am lucky enough to live walking distance from their SW4 Abbeville Road store, and have to say that visiting is a delight! Having opened in September 2013, Clapham was the butchers first foray into south west London.

 

This shop has two huge counters; one filled with meat, poultry and sausages and the other a selection of cured and cooked produce, as well as a growing selection of spices, chutneys, jellies and dry goods. Abbeville Road is home to many other brilliant food businesses, a warm hub of independent restaurants, cafes and delis. Make sure to have a little scroll right here.

 

This weeks winner for SME of the week, is firewood producers The Belmont Estate.

 

Perhaps its the cold weather, but the sight of these beautifully cut logs got us all merry inside. The website is just too beautiful to be viewing sat in a London office right now and is making us very thankful it is now the weekend!

 

The establishment is a well-known firewood supplier in Bristol. They boast of a large following of customers praising their high quality, as well as appreciating the quality of our seasoned firewood, and personal, friendly, flexible delivery service. Subject to certain minima, the company provide free delivery within a five-mile radius of the estate (please see map) with a small delivery charge of £2.50 per additional mile outside that area.

 

The Belmont Estate ensure you are available to receive your quality seasoned firewood by giving you a window of time or they can stack and leave the firewood in a convenient place. They also offer collection of firewood directly from the estate by prior arrangement.

 

On top of the firewood, the estate is known for its Big Green Egg BBQ, meat selections, charcoal and animals.

 

Well done guys! Keep up the fantastic work.

 

Ania

 

 

It was a pleasure to make our way down to the beautiful city of Glasgow, Scotland, for the Accounting Live 2017 event. The conference and exhibition was aimed at accountants and finance professionals looking to keep on top of their game. With HMRC looking to make tax digital (MTD) , there was a lot to talk about indeed. If you are in need for some tips, talk to one of the experts at Sage for making tax digital for small business.

 

There was a fantastic talk from Alan Laing of Sage on ‘The State of Small Business: Putting UK Entrepreneurs on the Map’ – which of course, biasedly we were very impressed by. #Helpingsmallbusiness and all that! keeping in line with Scotlands government led programme , “A Nation with Ambition”, Alan addressed the entrepreneurs of Glasgow and beyond, in a very motivational speech that left every business owner or dreamer with a fire in their heart.

 

 

We also managed to listen to Steve Pipe, founder of Accountants changing the world. An initiative for proactive accountants who want to make a positive difference to the economy, environment & society as whole. Steve is a chartered Accountant, and  is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading strategic advisers to the accountancy profession. His idea’s on giving back to the community really inspired many an accountant at the event.

 

 

Last but not least, we managed to listed to Association of International Accountants , Tim Pinkney talk on money laundering. The talk gave us three harrowing real life case studies on examples of money laundering where the accountant was unaware but left affected. For more information, check out their website and become a member here; http://www.aiaworldwide.com/members

 

 

Till next year Glasgow, it was a pleasure.

 

Ania Kubow

 

 

Its every ones favourite time again! And no I’m not talking about Christmas, I am talking about Nimbla’s #SMEOfTheWeek! This week we have picked Durham based wholesalers and retailers, Elf for Christmas.

An Elf for Christmas started when mum of two, Sarah, was looking for a magical family tradition that could grow with her children over the years.

Searching for something with creativity, imagination, magic, style, a quality design & suitable for girls & boys of all ages, Sarah couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for. So, decided to set about making it herself.

Many cups of coffee, (bars of chocolate), drawings, ideas & sleepless nights later “Elf for Christmas” was born. Their award-winning Elves are totally unique to the Durham toy makers and they have been carefully & lovingly designed to get every detail just right.

 

Congratulations Sarah, we absolutely love the brand! With Christmas just round the corner, stock up your stores with these adorable little elves.

 

This weeks #SMEOfTheWeek is the biodegradable and organic cotton Company from Cambridge, BeeBee Wraps.

BeeBee Wraps came to life because of the real need for a sustainable alternative to plastic.

Kath Austin started the wonderfully sustainable company from her kitchen. Unhappy with the amount of single-use plastic that is being consumed, she decided to do something about it. After speaking to a good friend, she discovered that people have used beeswax coated cotton to preserve food for centuries. She felt intrigued to rediscover this old-fashioned art and unearth its potential for the world we live in now. After months of experimenting on different formulas in her kitchen,  BeeBee Wraps was born.

Stay tuned for next weeks #SMEOfTheWeek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its been an overwhelming week with #BuyBritishDay this Thursday 12th of October, so choosing our Small Business Of the week has been tough! However, this weeks winner is Curds and Croust from Redruth, Cornwall.

The mouth-watering website showcases three Cornish-born cheeses; Brie, Camambert and truffle Brie. The team behind Curds and Croust say they use only the very best Cornish milk, sourced within 30 miles of their dairy. We love the fact that the team know exactly where it comes from and how to look after it. Real professionals from inception to end product.

For those of you non-Cornwallians wondering what ‘Croust’ means, it’s a simple tasty snack mid morning or mid afternoon often with, you’ve guessed it, the best baked bread and the finest Cornish cheese.

 

If this post is making you as hungry as we are writing it, Curds and Croust have stockists dotted all over the UK. Have a gander here of where you can get yours: buy cheese

 

Stay tuned for next weeks #SMEOfTheWeek

 

 

 

Hailed as the Coachella of the Accounting world, Xerocon 2017 did not disappoint! The London Xero Conference was held at the Excel centre in Royal Victora Dock, E16 and the full Nimbla team was there to join the fun. it was fantastic to see so many of our fellow start-ups present, with the likes of invoicing specialists Chaser, Fluidly and many many more. The sold-out event kicked off with Day 1 on Wednesday the 4th of October with all the tea, cakes and ice cream you could imagine.

 

Our favourite talk was by OBE,  author and independent advisor, Richard Susskind. Richard discussed the future of the Accounting Profession. Will we see technology bringing in a more efficient version of what we have today? He argued that in an internet society, we’ll neither need nor want accountants, lawyers or many other professionals, to work as they did in the twentieth century. We couldn’t agree more and are thrilled to be part of making a safer and more transparent platform for credit cover.

 

No Xercon would be complete without a massive blow out party. Wednesday’s evening event saw just that, with start-ups, Xero-tians (Xero-ers?) and Accountants dancing the night away.

 

Check out some of our favourite photos, courtesy of Xero below. (More can be seen by going to the link to the left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toymaker MURO, was brought to life by a small family team consisting of two brothers, Tim and Jeremy Bond, towards the end of 2013. Watch the video of their story, and how Muro is embracing the rise of Insurtech to grow their business.
 

Ania Kubow of Nimbla says: ‘We are super proud to be making an app that is making such a positive social impact. Thanks Jeremy Bond + MURO” 

 

Are you a #Nimbla user? Get in touch with Ania to tell your story, and to make a safer place for small to medium size business.

 

With nearly 3,000 people form over 700 companies around the world, it was amazing to see our CEO Flemming Bengtsen talk shop at the fast growing #Insurtech community, Instech.

 

Discussing Data and the micro insurance model we have adopted, Bengtsen was joined by the likes of Cytora, Insurercore,  Instanda, RISQ and many more.

 

Watch the full video of Nimbla’s mission statement above.

 

What next?

 

Coming up on 26th June at the Steelyard will be some of the leading London Market insurance and brokers talking about what they are getting up to with their Insurtech companies. It’s likely to be a good one. At the time of writing there are still a handful of places left http://bit.ly/InstechJune

 

For further information about the InsTech London community, including our latest sponsorship opportunities please contact Matthew@Instech.London. 

 

Written by Ania Kubow

 

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