Plusnet's That'll Do Stars
SET UP SHOP IN LOCKDOWN - OVER 800,000 BUSINESSES LAUNCHED DURING THE PANDEMIC CHAMPIONED BY PLUSNET
Today, communications provider Plusnet champions the lockdown heroes who are part of the record numbers of new businesses that bravely launched during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Over 800,000* new businesses have been set up during the pandemic - a year on year rise of 40% - with the majority selling goods from home.
Plusnet is urging these businesses who have started up during lockdown, to apply for a That’ll Do Star. Plusnet wants to say thanks for demonstrating grit and determination to carry out the best service for their communities and the economy during the toughest year in generations.
And to help businesses through the challenges of keeping a small business on track, Plusnet is launching a new guide with expert advice, covering everything from using social media to avoiding burnout and hacks to get them through year two.
It comes as new research** reveals a new breed of business, with over half (52%) now relying on connectivity to run their business and almost half (48%) said the majority of their customers now discover their business online.
By embracing technology and social media, over half (51%) of small businesses have been able to improve their range of products and four out of 10 (40%) said it had allowed them to upgrade their customer experience.
Because of the shift to tech, and more businesses going mobile, one in 10 SMEs said having reliable broadband and tech support was more important than having a good logo – or even selling their business for a profit (5%). Furthermore, two out of five (40%) said they value reliability most out of their business broadband – with the smallest businesses appreciating it the most.
Small business leaders said they are now using apps like Facebook (43%) Instagram (30%), LinkedIn (25%), Twitter (24%) and bidding sites such as eBay (17%) and Facebook Marketplace (16%) over traditional forms of marketing and communication with customers such as billboards (6%).
Social media marketing was also considered the number one thing small business leaders wished they had known more about when they started (23%), which is why Plusnet’s new business guide will share tips on how to rocket fuel your business by becoming a social media expert.
The research also showed UK businesses feel huge optimism for the future with 84% saying they expect to grow in the next 12 months.
Plusnet is urging new businesses to apply for a That’ll Do Star from today and download the new business guide at plus.net/thatlldostars. Any business successfully launched since March 2020 and who meets the criteria will qualify to win a That’ll Do Star. The star will serve as recognition from Plusnet that companies will be able to wear like a badge of honour. Of all businesses that enter, ten will be chosen to feature in Plusnet’s ongoing campaign to champion small businesses.
Plusnet is also offering unlimited superfast business fibre broadband from £22.00 per month for 24 months.
How to get your business a That’ll Do Star:
- Check you meet the criteria for the application:
- Launched no earlier than March 2020
- Have no more than 20 employees
- Be able to showcase have you have exceeded expectations since launch
- Be happy to feature in press
- Head to plus.net/thatlldostars and fill out the application
- Receive your That’ll Do Star 2021 badge
Apply for a That’ll Do Star and download the business guide at plus.net/thatlldostars. Plusnet supports small businesses by offering unlimited superfast business fibre broadband from £22 per month for a 24-month contract.
We’re taking our hat off to the incredible businesses launched over the last year, who have been able to adapt to using technology more than ever before.
“Being from Yorkshire, we know all about courage, grit and determination and that’s why we’re recognising the many thousands of businesses that took the plunge in lockdown by rewarding them with a unique That’ll Do Star.
“And because we want to help businesses as much as we can over the coming months and years, we have created a guide with tips on how to keep your business on track, specifically designed for our lockdown heroes. We’d love for businesses to apply so we can shine a light on the incredible work they have been doing and help them beat their goals for year two and beyond.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plusnet was born in 1997 with a simple plan – to think and act differently from other communications providers and save consumers and businesses money. That's not changed since the day we launched; 23 years later we're still providing great value phone, broadband and mobile services nationwide, from our HQ in Yorkshire.
We pride ourselves on keeping things simple, giving great value broadband and offering the best customer service out there. And we’ve got a stack of awards to prove it as we were recently awarded ‘Best Broadband Provider’, ‘Best Value Provider’, ‘Best Customer Care’ at the Broadband Genie Awards 2019. We've also won ‘Best Value Pay Monthly’ at Uswitch’s Broadband and Mobile Awards 2020 and ‘Best Provider Customer Service’ for a staggering seven years in a row in. It’s an award voted for by the public, which makes us feel extra proud.
For more information visit: http://www.plus.net.
*Figures from Companies House:
**Research of more than 500 SME business leaders carried out by Opinium in May 2021.