5 useful small business websites we recommend

Especially for commercial van users: Parkingforvans.com

Parking forvans is a community website for commercial van users such as delivery men, couriers and workman doing fixed term jobs where their tools and material are transported in their vans. The market also covers the larger HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle), which ranges from large vans up to, but not including, articulated lorries.

The site is backed by Transport for London as part of their ‘Get London Moving’ strategy, and is free to use for drivers. It features a searchable map, a direct link to pay the congestion charge, information on how to appeal parking tickets and loading and unloading bays.

On the home page there is a useful directory-of-services link. This page of the website offers you the chance to source the best couriers, equipment for your van, best van insurance deal etc. Other categories include Navigation, Tyres, Telematics, Dealerships and Driver Training.


Top10Tips.co.uk provides relevant, reliable and reputable small business tips. The website is a community led website that draws together specialists in their field to write a single contribution on a specific subject to reach out to others in the small business community. Starting in August 2009 with the first two contributors, the website now boasts 24 specialists from the small business community, each giving a wealth of experience to support the website visitors in their business development process.

Business advice on a no win no fee basis at Nothingworks.co.uk

Via our LinkedIn group on Simply Business we came across marketing consultancy firm  Nothing-Works.co.uk. They specialize in business advice for (small) businesses in the UK. The organisation offers a unique guarantee: if they take you on, they’ll grow your business or you don’t have to pay them a penny. Even in recession times, that sounds very competitive! 

The company is fronted by Chris Boyce but actually brings together a collection of award-winning marketing agencies covering the entire spectrum of marketing and business development. Their first “no win, no fee” client, myfotowall.com, turns digital photographs into wallpaper and and is set to receive £200,000 of marketing services over a two year period.

End your Outlook inbox chaos with Xobni

Is your Outlook inbox a big mess? Do you find it hard to locate the e-mail of a client from a few months ago? Are you tied up in e-mail rules to organise your mail? My colleague tipped me off about Xobni. Xobni’s contact management products offer lightning fast email search and organization of your inbox, as well as an innovative and comprehensive address book for mobile devices. They do a free version that works instantly on the Outlook inbox. Why not try their mobile solution as well? 

Find tradesmen jobs online with Rated People

Rated People is the smarter way to grow your business and a very easy tool for finding quality work to boost your business. We’ve partnered with Rated People and have a great offer for Simply Business customers and readers: join before the 31st of July and you could win £1,500 worth of power tools!

With Rated People, you will not only find tradesmen jobs, your customers can also rate you. These ratings act like “word of mouth” and help you secure future tradesmen jobs, once potential customers read these reviews.

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