Guide to Business Direction Submissions
Upcoming themes and deadlines
From food and drink, manufacturing, awards and more, each edition of Business Direction has a new theme to help you raise your business profile in the two counties.
March/April 2020 Edition
Theme: The Rising Cost of Business
Articles could cover: Red tape and regulations, energy costs, business taxes, the cost of business rates, cyber crime, access to finance.
Copy deadline: 29 January 2020
May/June 2020 Edition
Theme: The Future Workforce is a Skilled One
Articles could cover: Attracting and retaining appropriately skilled workers in your business, the lack of work ready young people for the future workforce, managing health and wellbeing in the workplace, managing the impact of changes to their employee demographic associated with an ‘ageing workforce’, taking on apprentices, access to overseas labour, the apprenticeship policy.
Copy deadline: 25 March 2020
July/August 2020 Edition
Theme: International Trading for Global Success
Articles could cover: Access to funding from the EU and alternative funding post Brexit, the costs and process of importing, expanding export in current markets, exporting to a new market, accessing strategic International Trade advice, guidance and training, starting to export.
Copy deadline: 27 May 2020
September/October 2020 Edition
Theme: Sustainability in the Spotlight
Articles could cover: Reducing your carbon footprint, identifying more sustainable materials such as packaging, re-using waste products, the difficulties associated with the shift to a low carbon economy.
Copy deadline: 24 July 2020
November/December 2020 Edition
Theme: Technology and Innovation for Business Growth
Articles could cover: Implementing new technologies, implementing innovation, implementing digitalisation, implementing automation, links to research institutions.
Copy deadline: 30 September 2020
January/February 2021 Edition
Theme: Infrastructure – The Foundations for Success
Articles could cover: Access to broadband, mobile network coverage for calls and data, business premises availability, transport links via the road network, rail networks.
Copy deadline: TBC
Guidelines for submitting articles (magazine)
Articles for the Business News, Charity News or Skills pages must be a maximum of 150 words. Articles for the Movers & Shakers pages should be no more than 80 words. Please ensure your submission is in a Word Document format.
Articles for Business News should reflect something newsworthy and should NOT be an advert for the business. Examples may include receiving an award, celebrating an anniversary, forming a new partnership or any other success story.
Images must be high resolution and should be a minimum of 1MB (and 300 dpi). They must be relevant to the article, and you do have the option of including a caption which you can insert into your written article.
All articles must have a headline and can include your website address at the end of the article.
Submissions must be clear to read and be written in the third person.
The theme of each edition runs through the Big Interview and the Cover Feature(s). Businesses are welcome to use the theme, but do not have to do this for regular articles.
Guidelines for submitting articles (online)
Stories submitted online will automatically be considered for the Business Direction magazine and/or outgoing newsletters, and shared on social media.
There is no word limit for stories and press releases submitted online, however if your article is picked up for the magazine please be aware it may be edited to 150-words for clarity.
Images must be high resolution and should be large enough for web (72 dpi). Please ensure your image is saved with the same title as your story to ensure the correct photograph is chosen when edited by a member of the Chamber team.
Stories submitted online will be approved within 48 hours by someone from the Chamber of Commerce providing they follow the guidelines.
Whilst we cannot guarantee inclusion in the printed Business Direction magazine, all online submissions will be included if the guidelines are followed.
There is no deadline for online submissions, however if you are looking for your article to also appear in the printed publication, we encourage you to refer to the deadlines above.
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