Why businesses need to be using hashtags on Instagram

Hashtags have been around for a while – 12 years to be exact! – but surprisingly we still see some businesses that don’t utilise this completely free tool to its full potential. 

This could be due to many reasons, such as not wanting to use too many for fear of messy captions or coming across as too ‘salesy’ or, simply not knowing the wealth of benefits that could come from using them. 

So, to set the record straight, we thought we would put together a list of a few of the ways using this little sign ‘#’ could change your Instagram game forever!

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The Power of No

Over the last few years I've noticed a new phenomenon... people making excuses on Facebook walls and in message groups about why they can't attend events. The host and everyone else who's invited gets to see these. I think it's not only bad etiquette but a little unthoughtful and unkind to do this, whether it's a business or pleasure event.

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Food premises kitchen design part one

Food premises and kitchen design is key to food safety and the smooth running of any food business.

The design of any area used to prepare food must be done with food safety and health & safety in mind.

Often premises evolve or are converted from other uses. An understanding of health & safety and food safety will help to ensure that the final design flows well and in a smooth line from goods in to despatch of the finished food.

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My Story and Why I Do What I Do

September 19th is a very memorable date for me. It’s a date that changed the course of my life… twice.

The first time was in 1989 and the second time in 2011.

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Food Fraud – Operation Opson

The term  “Food fraud” is used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or foodpackaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain. (Definition from here).

 Operation OPSON is a Europol INTERPOL joint operation targeting fake and substandard food and beverages. 

Food fraud is a criminal activity. The figures for Opson VIII  are staggering.

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What To Do When People Ask Favours

Are you constantly getting asked to do things for people?

Rather than accepting or rejecting the mission immediately, my tip would be to take a little time to think it over. If they are after an immediate answer, tell them you will get back to them in 5 minutes. Then run through these three things:

1) Do I have TIME for it?

2) Do I feel OK about doing it?

3) Will it be EASY for me to carry out?

Time. OK. Easy. As an acronym they make the word TOE!

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Ch Ch Changes….

So, we are heading towards the autumn again (currently refusing to accept this change and seeing it as late summer instead!).  The rain this year means the trees haven’t started their big change yet, but I know it will be on its way.  Why have I seemed quieter over the summer?  The truth is that I too have been planning big changes.

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Sustainability – Putting People and Planet Before Profit

I read and see more instances of posts and news articles on sustainability but just how many of us take action ourselves into how we operate, to limit our impact?

Sustainability isn’t simply about using a contract waste company to take away business waste, or cutting down on paper use. It’s far more complex than that.

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Why Bitching Is Bad For You!

Bitching Bitching Bitching... But Why Do People Do It?

In my opinion there are two main reasons:

1. Jealousy

2.  They have boring lives with nothing better do to than gossip about others.

Surely the saying still stands 'if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all'. In my eyes people who bitch are quite frankly sad individuals. Everyone is different in this world and everyone is going through different situations in their lives, some good, some bad, some struggles, some happy times... so is anyone to even judge anyone else?!

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