Welcome to Akorn Financial Advice. Founder Angelo Kornecki is going to tell you his story…

Hi all. We’ve been going 5 years & provide full service financial advice. Including investment advice, pensions, retirement planning, mortgages, protection advice, Inheritance tax & succession planning.

We listen & build trusted long-term relationships to help you make the right financial decisions, whilst sticking to our three key principles of providing clear, professional and affordable advice.

Angelo is also a qualified and experienced financial services university lecturer. Taking these skills Angelo formed a financial service training organisation (Akorn Education), which delivers financial education to other financial services businesses and professionals in a classroom environment.

We’ve worked with Angelo for several years, helping to support his business growth with affordable print & scan technology. Initially when first starting out Angelo utilized our small organisation print service, which kept his costs in check and was perfect for a small office environment.

As the business grew its team and customers, Angelo’s needs have changed. Now requiring a more robust, higher quality, feature rich printing & scanning solution.

We’ve moved Angelo onto our free photocopier service, where we provide, install & maintain the equipment for free, paying only for the pages they print at an affordable guaranteed fixed rate.

Angelo’s is a founding member of our #treevolution Plant a Tree campaign. We’ve committed to plant 1,000’s of trees on our customers behalf, to help reverse de-forestation & climate change.

For each new customer Angelo or 1 of our other members takes on, a tree will be planted for that customer and a certificate provided showing where it was planted.

Our next planting is scheduled for the 29th February where Angelo and our other members will be planting 200 more trees, bringing our running total to 300 planted trees.

So, if you’re in need of some financial advice or training and you’d like to work with an organisation who puts the environment first, please give Angelo a call.

Gooday. Today I’m with James Porter. Director of Zeus Personnel. James is going to explain a little about the organisation…

Hi everyone. My good friend Lewis Henry Robinson & I set up Zeus Personnel nearly 18 months ago.

Lewis has loads of experience in manufacturing & engineering recruitment and I’m strong in construction recruitment. It made sense to combine our experience & form Zeus Personnel.

We operate 3 divisions:

  • Temporary
  • Permanent
  • Temporary to Permanent

Our core value is to look after both the client & candidate. Making sure, as we expand into other industry sectors, this core value remains.

James asked MY Total Office Solutions to help with their print technology when they first started out. They needed a robust print solution with fast & reliable scanning, but it had to be affordable.

The print technology also had to have options to print & copy up to A3, offer duplex printing & copying, able to print full colour documents & have fast scanning to file and email functionality.

As a start-up, James & Lewis struggled to get finance & couldn’t afford to spend £1,000’s. So, we’ve provided Zeus Personnel with our free refurbished photocopier solution.

All Zeus pay is a fixed & affordable fee for what they print & scanning is free. Everything else is included. Including cartridges, consumables & support. Providing certainty & peace of mind.

Zeus Personnel are a great company to work with.

Good day everyone. We’re here today at Crosby HR in Wigan…

As you can see. We’ve got the Crosby HR team behind me. They provide HR solutions to small organisations right up to large national organisations with 5oo or more employees.

Crosby HR provide solutions to fit everyone’s requirements. From small 1 off support requirements charged by the hour or in a fixed fee. Right up to monthly subscriptions where they act as you’re partner to offer help & advice whenever you have an HR issue.

They even have a number of clients who have outsourced their complete HR department to Crosby HR. The Crosby team take control of any HR related activities & a nominated team member becomes the acting HR manager or HR director for their client.

Vicky (owner of Crosby HR) came to us a little while back & asked if we’d help them with a ‘fit for purpose’ printing scanning & copying solution. The printing solution they had initially cost them £1,500 & is no longer ‘fit for purpose’. As it keeps breaking down.

The Crosby team needed certainty of a working solution that will support them as they grow. but we’re reluctant to spend £1,000’s again on printing technology.

Our technical manager (Paul Bolton) carried out a free assessment. And after discussing things further with Vicky. We provided the Crosby team with a free refurbished photocopier.

Vicky pays an affordable monthly fee, which coveres everything, including cartridges, replacement parts & maintenance. It’s simlair to how Crosby HR support some of their own customers. 1 fixed monthly fee covers everything.

Crosby HR is a great business with the highest level of integrity & customer service. No matter the size of your organisation. If you’re in need of a HR partner. Look no further than Crosby HR. Go to their website at https://crosbyhr.co.uk/ to contact the team or email Vicky directly at vicky@crosbyhr.co.uk.

Hello, today I’m at HLS Supplies in Thornton Cleveleys…

And I’m with Managing Director James Evans. James would you like to introduce yourself?

‘Hi everyone, I’m James Evans, Director of HLS Supplies. We manufacture & supply industrial cleaning chemicals & provide janitorial products that are designed to help the automotive, catering, cleaning, facilities, hospitality, education & renewable sectors.’

We got involved with James about 2 year ago, when he was looking for a better & more cost-effective solution for printing out full colour labels for their chemical products.

As well as being good quality, the labels need to be water & chemical proof too.

Initially, James & his team were printing these on a home rated printer. But it was very slow & costing them a small fortune in replacement cartridges.

The right technology solution was about £3,000 to buy new & as a small business, James just couldn’t afford it.

So, after an initial assessment we provided James with 1 of our refurbished photocopiers. Which we install & maintain for free. And all James pays, is a small charge for each page printed.

HLS Supplies have the right solution for their business & gained certainty of their total printing costs. As, the new solution is saving £2,000 a year against the price of replacement cartridges. And has saved them £3,000 in new equipment costs. Whilst streamlining their cash flow.

Now don’t forget. HLS Supplies manufacture their own range of fantastic industrial cleaning chemicals. Which presents an opportunity for organisations in industries such as automotive, catering, cleaning & renewables to save money too.

Delivery is available UK wide & to order please go to https://hlssupplies.co.uk.

Alternately. If you’re ever in the Fylde coast area, why not drop into their wholesale store in Thornton Cleveleys. Where James & his team will advise the best products for your organisation.

Here we are today at the home of networking. Shout Network

Shout Network have been operating for 10 years, which is quite a while when it comes to networking groups. So, they are very well established & have loads of experience.

Over the last 2 years they have grown massively and operate 23 networking groups throughout the North West & 3 business expo’s in Lancashire, Greater Manchester & Merseyside.

We’ve been members of Shout Network for a few years & think it’s fantastic. We’ve made some great relationships (both business & personal). And it’s brought quite a lot of extra business too.

We also know of Shout members who’ve gained many hundreds of thousands in revenues through the relationships they have built. Making it a valuable network for any type of organisation.

Shout members range from the self-employed, micro & small organisations, right up the scale to medium & large organisations too.

And I would suggest. If you’re looking to grow your organisation this year? To get in contact with the Shout Network. And you can do this by going to their website at https://shoutnetwork.co.uk

As they’ve grown so much so quickly printing has become a real issue for them. Both in functionality & in escalating costs. Shout Network asked us to carry out a free assessment & suggest a solution.

Based on our findings, our solution provides Shout Network with a lease free & rent-free refurbished photocopier. All Shout pay is a small cost for each page printed (which includes all replacement cartridges & any repairs too).

Whilst gaining many new functions, the best thing is, Shout Network are saving £300 a month when getting ready for their business expo’s. Which, over the course of a year is a huge amount of cash.

The relationship has been great for us & great for Shout too. We’ve been members for 3 or 4 years & I’d really suggest you being members too. Simply go to their website at https://shoutnetwork.co.uk

Today we’re at The Cake Nest in High Peak…

The Cake Nest make cakes to be posted through letterboxes. It’s a fantastic idea & a fantastic business too.

Steve & Abi (owners) often made cakes at home with the children. And 1 day, whilst sat round their kitchen table eating cake. They had a eureka moment & came up with the idea of making cakes that can be posted through a letterbox.

Every day the cakes are made fresh to fulfill the days postal orders. This makes sure they are in tip top tasting condition when they’re posted through your letterbox.

The Cake Nest receive orders directly through their website, through social media & via email from business customers.

The public tend to order cakes for valentines, birthdays, Christmas and sometimes just to say thank you or I’m thinking about you.

Businesses order cakes as a surprise for an employee’s birthday, for an office party or even to send out to customers as a thank you or as part of a marketing campaign.

We became friends with The Cake Nest a few years ago. Steve & Abi weren’t happy with their printing solution. And needed something more substantial, with extra features which allowed their team to personalise and print their own unique labels.

After a free assessment, we provided 1 our refurbished photocopier technology solutions. It gave them the extra functions they needed (plus a few more too). But critically there is no cost of entry. All Steve & Abi pay is a small (guaranteed) fixed price for each page. They are saving over 60% against the cost of outsourcing their label printing, which to them, is a huge amount.

The Cake Nest is a great business. Personally, I’ve used them a couple of times for family birthdays. The service, packaging & quality of their cakes was fantastic on each occasion.

What I would suggest, is to find them online at https://www.cakenest.co.uk and have a look what they do. Then put a smile on a friend’s or family members face by ordering them a letterbox cake.