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Is selling online a must now?

Reading some of the headlines of late, it seems those retailers with a lower cost offering; TK Maxx and Argos for example and those with a strong online presence (Argos again!) have seen a real boost in their sales during the pandemic. This begs the question – is being able to sell online an absolute […]

A chat with Jane Scotchbrook at The Oxford Artisan Distillery…

At the top of Trip Advisor’s list of ‘Things to Do in Oxfordshire’, The Oxford Artisan Distillery, or TOAD as it’s affectionately known is a totally unique gin, vodka and rye spirit gold-mine. (Exclusive… The first true TOAD whisky is being launched this December)! Hilary met Jane Scotchbrook (sales and events) of TOAD, at the […]

6 ways to give your restaurant a boost

 ‘He who is too busy doing good, finds no time to be good.’ Rabindranath Tagore Following this year’s blow to the hospitality sector and night-time industry, the team at UK Business Buddy would like to invite you to think a little bit differently about how to give your restaurant or café a boost… These 6 […]

£1,000 to end your card payment contract – This is Christmas!

Since 2020 has been the toughest year on record for the hospitality sector, UK Business Buddy want to do our best to help you get through the festive period. As an early Christmas promotion of our card payment solutions and complementary card payment terminals, until December 31st 2020 we are offering independent hospitality venues and […]

All the retailers, who’re independent, put your hands up…

UK Business Buddy have been members of Independent Oxford, the one-stop guide to Oxford’s indie businesses, for over two years now. Their vision is to create real social change by showing the value of buying local. ‘We’re really passionate about encouraging people to invest in their local economy and community, and I think more than […]

Our community business…

As a quick overview of UK Business Buddy, our favourite saying is, ‘we’re here to save independent businesses money, not to line our own pockets with those savings, but so the business owner themselves can!’ To go slightly deeper, UK Business Buddy helps independent businesses save money in two main areas: Card payment solutions Business […]

Where to go for Covid-19 advice in the hospitality sector: Test and Trace law, financial support, business strategy and more

It’s been over six months since the start of lockdown, but we’ve been living and dealing with Covid-19 for a while longer and undoubtedly will be for some time to come. We wanted to make sure you had a central place to find guidance on the law, advice on getting you through the festive period […]

Choosing card payment machines: What’s the difference between a card terminal and a card reader?

When you start out in retail or hospitality, one of the first things to research is your customer card payment machines. Most business owners would start with the bank for advice and sourcing the hardware and merchant services, meaning you may not be offered as wide a choice as you could by other means. There […]

Devastating, On Our Knees, Punishment, Halving Takings, Speed Drinking… Comments in the news on the 10pm hospitality curfew

From yesterday (24th September), pubs, bars and restaurants in England have been given a 10pm curfew and since the announcement the headlines have been filled with comments like these. The BBC reported, ‘Closing pubs early may not seem like a big step but the hospitality industry is warning it will have a devastating impact on […]

Garages set to be inundated with MOT’s following lockdown extension expiry date

The MOT extension is ending and garages are about to get busier. Now's the time to make sure your payment costs are as low as they can be!