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James Brown scoops bronze at Paralympics

11 September, 2012

James Brown - Smartline Customer

Smartline would like to congratulate our client, James Brown, who is visually impaired, and his sighted pilot Damien Shaw from Mullingar who together clocked a time of 31:13.00 to secure their place on the podium. 

The 47 year-old is competing in his fifth Paralympic Games having represented Great Britain previously at both summer and winter Paralympic Games in athletics, cross-country skiing and the biathlon. This is his third medal but the first for 28 years when in his first Paralympic Games in 1984 he won gold on the track (800m and 1500m).

Brown combines his sport with running a social enterprise and a software company but admits: “The cycling is a different ball game altogether. The passing of time and the elevation of Paralympic sport over all those years but I’ve never worked in an environment like this where we have proper professional coaching and sports science and medical back up.

James Brown is Performance and Technology Manager of Active Impact and founder of Smart Outcomes (both websites designed by Smartline).


Town is open for business, says MP

11 September, 2012

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Politicians and business leaders helped to promote Tewkesbury at a champagne reception.

Around 120 people gathered for town MP Laurence Robertson's latest bid to spread the word that Tewkesbury is more than holding its own.

Keen to dispel any lingering rumours that it is struggling after the 2007 floods, he invited civic leaders and national politicians to the event at the House of Commons' Terrace Marquee.

A key speech was given by Sainsbury's representative Jamie Baker about why the retail giant had chosen Tewkesbury as a site for a hoped-for new store.

Mr Robertson said: "It was about promoting the area. The message is that, although we were flooded five years ago, we're fine now so come to Tewkesbury."

Sue Lambert, chairman of the Tewkesbury branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "It was a really good opportunity to promote Tewkesbury further."


The Networking Hub at Basepoint

25 July, 2012

You're invited...

to The Networking Hub at Basepoint

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Basepoint invite you to join us for lunch and networking at our Business Centre in Tewkesbury - an exciting opportunity to promote your business and meet new contacts. This is a joint event between Basepoint  Evesham and Basepoint Tewkesbury.

Tuesday the 31st July (12:00 - 14:30)

Compelling guest speakers...

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Abid Naser - Smartline

Are you making the most of your website and do you want to know how to attract more customers? Learn about harnessing the power of the web from Internet Marketing Expert, Abid Naser. Abid has over 20 years of experience in Web Design & Development and runs his family based business Smartline International, from offices at Basepoint Tewkesbury.

Arif Khalfe - DF Legal

Has your company got money tied up? Do you have to closely manage your cash flow due to debtor days? Arif Khalfe, Head of Litigation at DF Legal will provide an introduction to Money Management Matters to increase the success of your business.

What's happening....

12:00 Registration and Networking

12:30 Welcome - Ian Fenney and Claire Vagges

12:40 Abid Naser - Smartline

12:50 Arif Khlafe - DF Legal

13:00 Jon Harris - Quiver Management

13:10 Light Refreshment & Networking

14:00 Business Card Prize Draw

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Jon Harris - Quiver Management

Quiver Management is a company that specialises in business coaching and training professionals to be great coaches and mentors. Jon will be moving to Basepoint Evesham in August due to expansion.

Jon will be giving an introduction to Quiver's services and how we can support local business. As part of the services he will be offering initial FREE COACHING consultations at Basepoint Centres.

Please pre-book to avoid disappointment by calling Alistair or Claire on 01684 854444 or emailing tewkesbury@basepoint.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to the Basepoint Business Centre,
Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8SD
Please note that parking is limited.

Click here for directions

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Smart Move For Web Design Team

01 April, 2012

 
 

Running Your Own Business is Rewarding

29 February, 2012

 
This is the message Abid shared with ‘A’ level students when he and members of the local Federation of Small Businesses branch visited Tewkesbury School recently.   
 
Abid is the vice-chair of the FSB and he frequently volunteers his time to inspire the next generation of budding entrepreneurs into business. The FSB team was invited by the Head of the Sixth Form to discuss the advantages of running a business with the students who were also encouraged to identify the potential pitfalls of self-employment.
 
“It was a most successful morning” commented Abid “I believe it’s important to show young people that there is an alternative route for them after completing their education and training and with the right support running your own business can be a rewarding option”.
 
 
 
 

The Team Go Green

23 February, 2012

 
After attending an energy efficiency business event run by Tewkesbury Borough Council, the Smartline team will be going green by identifying ways to make energy savings and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
 
Abid found the event a real eye opener and by following a few simple steps he anticipates it will make a real saving for his company. Staff will now be switching off unnecessary lighting and office equipment and turning off their PCs before leaving the office. The team hopes to carry out a more in-depth survey in the next few months and draw up a green action plan.
 
Smartline already operate a paperless office - only printing when absolutely necessary, and recycle printer ink cartridges to help reduce waste going to landfill.
 
 

Gloucestershire Echo, Thursday, February 23, 2012

Abid pitches in the Dragons Den

21 February, 2012


Smartline Managing Director and Vice Chairman for the FSB Tewkesbury branch, Abid Naser might not be a multi-millionaire just yet, but he found himself in the 'Dragon's Den' last week. For those of you who are not familiar with the popular TV series, budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own cash in a new business venture.
 
This time it was the turn of Tewkesbury School pupils to pitch to local business professionals. Abid was only too pleased to help out and support the next generation of young entrepreneurs. Headteacher, Gary Watson commented "our students gained a great deal from the day and really valued the experience".

 
 
 



Business as usual at Sudeley Castle

16 November, 2011

 
 
                                        
 
Members of the Smartline team were recently invited by Tewkesbury Borough Council to organise the town's autumn B2B business and networking event. The successful event held in the beautiful setting of Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe attracted around 160 delegates and 70 exhibitors. The event was opened by the Borough Mayor and lead member for economic development, Dave Waters, and was followed by a morning of seminars and a networking business luncheon attended by over 80 local business professionals.
 
The Smartline stand manned by Abid, Mo and Mandi attracted a crowd of startup businesses who were all eager to find out more about Smartline's website packages. (did you want to provide a link through to your basic brochure website package here). The team is now looking forward to helping a handful of new businesses on their way to success and have also been commissioned to redesigning several existing web sites to improve their search engine rankings and increase traffic
Abid commented "This was our third Tewkesbury B2B event and it was a real success. We have had so much positive feedback that it was worth all the hard work".

 
 
 
 
 



Runaway success at the Racecourse

30 August, 2011

 
Over one hundred delegates gathered at Cheltenham Racecourse in February to join international business growth expert, Richard Denny for an exclusive business seminar entitled Win New Business.
 
Richard was accompanied by his wife, Dorothy Denny both of whom share an excellent track record in the business world. Richard's bestselling books and training materials were up for grabs, with Richard offering to personalise and sign them on the night. Selling to Win is recognised worldwide as one of the best books ever written on selling.

We would like to thank everyone who purchased Charity Grand Prize Draw tickets which raised £165 for local cancer charity, Tenovus. Prizes on offer included exclusive race tickets for two, kindly donated by our generous hosts. Special thanks to Clare and Fiona who joined us for the evening from Tenovus.

We wish to thank our event sponsors Tiger Fish, Officeworx, FSB and Furry Feet TV for their support and generous sponsorship, and we are also grateful to racecourse staff who were fabulous hosts.
 
The event brought together a diverse range of businesses owners, who by the end of an educational and highly thought provoking evening, were all eager to try out Richard's advice in their own business setting to reap the rewards of being more customer focused.
 
It was certainly worth all the hard work and planning which was started many weeks in advance by the B2B Events Team at Smartline culminating in a very successful and enjoyable evening.
 
 



Smart outcome for Smartline

14 August, 2011


The Smartline team was delighted to be invited by local business professional, James Brown, to attend a business seminar held in Gloucester last month to promote Smart Outcomes.
 
Attended by charities and local authority representatives, the event proved an instant success promoting the benefits and features of this innovative software. Smart Outcomes was designed and developed by James who has many years' experience in database development and performance management.

The Smartline team has supported and guided James throughout the project to produce a feature rich website to showcase Smart Outcomes' innovative approach and flexible options.

We wish James every success as he launches this new performance measurement tool.
 
 
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A well matched business partnership

14 August, 2011


Gloucestershire business partners, Gavin Casey and Andrew Farley have recently launched a brand new online dating service, PairTree. The duo approached Smartline renown for their innovative web development to find the right solution for their business.
 
The Smartline team worked closely with PairTree from the early concept stage right through to the final delivery of a bespoke website. The site boasts numerous advanced features such as the integration with Compatibility Quotient and provides a state of the art web based solution.

The online dating duo were so impressed with Smartline's professional approach and creative skills, they are happy to do a bit of 'match making' for them by recommending Smartline to prospective business partners.
 
 
 
 

Win New Business Seminar

04 February, 2011

 
Win New Business Seminar at the Cheltenham Racecourse

Our in house B2B Events Team is hard at work promoting an important Business Seminar. Entitled “Win New Business” this event will bring together over 200 local businesses to Cheltenham Racecourse on 17 February. Richard Denny, the foremost business growth specialist in his field, will fast track delegates through key topics in two lively 90 minute presentations.

So if you want an opportunity to make valuable business contacts and be inspired to reach your business goals in 2011, please do join us. More information at www.b2bcheltenham.co.uk


J9 Business Group meet at the Roses Theatre

14 December, 2010

 


The show must go on …

In December Abid found himself centre stage at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.

With no time for a dress rehearsal, Abid (pictured second from the right) was whisked away back stage to join members of the J9 Business Group. Attendees at the management team meeting were treated to the hospitality of theatre staff, and were made to feel stars of the show.

This year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington, has proved very popular. Reassuringly, Abid has confirmed that his business will be staying firmly put in Tewkesbury rather than following in the footsteps of Mr Whittington and his cat - moving to London to seek their fortune!

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Smartline @ the B2B Tewkesbury Event

29 November, 2010

 


Smartline team work

Members of the Smartline team have been hard at work again, and have pulled off two successful B2B networking events in Tewkesbury aimed at promoting local businesses.

Smartline were chosen by Tewkesbury Borough Council as their preferred partner to organise and manage two B2B Networking events in the Borough this year.

Tewkesbury Park Hotel was the setting for the first successful event back in April, and following positive feedback from local businesses, a second event was organised at Hatherley Manor Hotel in November.

The most recent event attracted (number) individuals and (number) exhibitors and sponsors securing the future for a third event due to take place early next year at Winchcombe. Watch this space for details.

The team are pictured above exhibiting at Hatherley Manor.

 
 


Hatherley Manor line up

B2B Tewkesbury came to Hatherley Manor on 18 November 2010.

Smartline Directors Abid (right) and Mo (left) are pictured above with hosts and guest speakers.

From the left: Richard Denny, business growth specialist and adviser,David Owen, CEO Gloucestershire First,Councillor Phil Taylor, lead member for Economic Development and Chief Executive, Mike Dawson

 

Smartline is pleased to be associated with B2B

16 November, 2010

 
Not only chosen to design and host the B2B website by Tewkesbury Borough Council, Tewkesbury based Smartline International Ltd has been involved in the organisation and promotion of the forthcoming B2B event at Hatherley Manor on 18th November.
 
This is not the first time the Smartline team have been at the forefront of arranging such an event, having been responsible for the organisation of the B2B event at Tewkesbury Park Hotel back in April of this year.
 
The friendly Smartline team will also be exhibiting at Hatherley Manor, and you are invited to pop by the stand for a chat.
 
With many years of experience in web design and development and with a proven track record of delivering high quality sites, the team will be able to guide you through the maze of website design and hosting.
 
Whether you are looking to revamp an existing site or build a tailor made site, Smart line will be on hand throughout the day to offer advice and guidance.
 

Football Tournament @ Cheltenham Town FC

16 May, 2010

We have competed against 19 other teams from various businesses in the area in a Six Aside Challenge last Sunday 16th May 2010.  We have reached the quarter final and unfortunately lost in penalties.  The winners were Trelleborg United from Tewkesbury.
 
Mo, our Marketing Director worked hard towards the event and managed the team to try their best..  thanks Mo...

It was a nice family day out and for sure we will do better next year and win it.
 
 
 
 
 

Smartline @Tewkesbury B2B Event

22 April, 2010

We have had such a hectic time this month getting ready for the Tewkesbury B2B Networking Event at Tewkesbury Park Hotel our feet have not touched the ground! 

It’s an event being organised by Tewkesbury Borough Council to bring local business people together, and is being hosted at Tewkesbury Park Hotel on 21 April 2010. 

We have been involved right from the start from designing and hosting the B2B website, organising the keynote speakers and specialist business advisers who will be on hand all day to offer free professional advice and guidance. This event brings together over 140 delegates, over 20 exhibitors and sponsors all under one roof. You can rely on us to take care of every last detail to guarantee a successful and enjoyable event. 

The day ran from 9.30 to 3:00 pm. 

Watch this space for more news about the event and photos.  www.B2BTewkesbury.co.uk
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Abid Naser - Business Star 2009

20 March, 2010

Abid has been involved with the Tewkesbury Branch of the FSB for a number of years now.   He knows how important it is to support small local businesses, and how difficult it can be setting up a new business in the current economic climate. 

In appreciation of Abid’s hard work and for all the time he has put in supporting the work of the local FSB branch, he has been awarded the prestigious FSB Business Star Award 2009

Abid was very surprised to receive the award which was presented to him by Sue Lambert, FSB Branch Chair and Bruce Keen, the branch Regional Representative.   
 
'It was a surprise to me but appreciated that highly.  Fellow committee members of our local FSB branch have put a great effort to assist small businesses in our area and all are dedicated to help when possible.  I do thank them for this award and for the great team effort'.
 
Abid Naser
 
 

Business Networking Event - Queens Hotel

24 February, 2010


Another successful business networking event held by face2face, this time at the Queens Hotel in Cheltenham. Over 50 people attended this event, so it was a great opportunity for us to showcase our latest portfolio of projects.
 
Visit the face2face website to see photographs of past events and what people have to say about it, there you'll also be able to see the next upcoming events: www.face2facenetworking.co.uk
 
 
 

Curry Friday @ Smartline

29 September, 2009

We thought Friday afternoon’s needed a helping hand, what with all the doom & gloom about in the media causing negative vibes, so we invited some of our old clients to come and meet some of our new ones for some nice food and a bit of social networking. Z & H Cuisine whom are a new client of Smartline provided the wonderful authentic Indian food which was loved by all, so big thanks to them. Over 30 people attended and the feedback was excellent, so as a result we are planning to do it again, so watch this space...

Special thanks to Rich for the photography on the day.

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Rugby For Heroes featured in the sun

23 September, 2009

 

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Smartline was selected to design and develop the new ‘Rugby For Heroes’ website, which has featured nationally in papers such as the sun, Gloucestershire echo, news of the world and more.

To see these articles, simply click on the following links:

Interested to buy a copy of the calendar? www.rugbyforheroes.org.uk


Tewkesbury on BBC 2 (Documentary)

24 June, 2009


Mary Portas takes on her biggest challenge to date: saving not just a single shop but the entire town centre of Tewkesbury, which is fighting the recession with true Blitz spirit.

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Abid Naser our Managing Director and Chairman of Tewkesbury FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is part of the delegation that featured in this documentary.

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Broadcast on:     BBC Two, 9:00pm Tuesday 23rd June 2009
Duration:            60 minutes
Available until:   8:59pm Wednesday 15th July 2009
Categories:         News, Factual, Money

If you missed it then you can see it again on BBC iPlayer: click here


New website launch (Tewkesbury Dentist)

04 June, 2009


We're pleased to announce yet another launch of a new website for a local dental practice here in Tewkesbury. Feel free to visit the website, all comments are welcome.

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Website address: www.tewkesburydentist.co.uk

Breakfast Launch

13 May, 2009

We have successfully launched our first face2face breakfast in the region. The event was held on Wednesday 13th May and it was a great success. Over 30 businesses attended, and as a result we endeavor to hold the breakfast event at least once a month.

The venue ‘Sherdons Golf Centre’ delivered an excellent service all round, so it’s likely that we will use their facilities again.

To view pictures of this event please follow the link below Gallery.

New website launch (Luli Babywear)

20 April, 2009


We're pleased to announce the launch of www.lulibabywear.co.uk.

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This is what the Director of Luli had to say upon successfully completing the design and development of their website.

"From my first contact with Smartline, they have been professional, enthusiastic and efficient in all aspects of the services they have provided. As someone starting out on a new venture, the advice and encouragement I have received from the team has been invaluable." - Lucy

New owners take on Face2Face

09 January, 2009


abidn1.jpgLocal business entrepreneurs Abid Naser Managing Director of Smartline International Ltd and Mike Prissick Director of Mike Prissick Mortgage Brokers are the proud new owners of face2face. Bringing with them a wealth of business knowledge, dynamic attitudes to networking and an enthusiasm to build and develop face2face into the New Year and beyond. Face2Face will continue to offer the platform for local businesses to meet like-minded people in relaxed, social surroundings to network whilst enjoying a glass of wine and a three course dinner.

For more information about Face2Face networking visit www.face2facenetworking.co.uk


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