Choose a Lawyer, an Accountant, a Designer...
But how do you know if you have found the right professional for the job?


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CertainShops in the news

Real Business

June 2008

Do your homework

There has been considerable
talk about the impact of economic
worries on small businesses, and
things may well get tougher. No
one wants to be wasting money at
the best of times, and many of us will
be looking to reduce costs by finding
more competitive alternatives
to our current service providers.

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The Argus

8 April 2008

Check out your service providers

Mounting talk of the banking crisis, the credit crunch and the likelihood of a global recession puts many enterprises in an uncertain position......

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Business Edge

April 2008

UpStarts

This Month: Suzy Miller, CertainShops - professionals online...

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PLCexec - essential information for PLC executives

11.02.08

How do you know which companies to trust?

Few companies have the resources to handle all their processes in-house and even those that do often find some outsourcing is a more effective and flexible solution. Whether you need lawyers, IT services, designers or accountants, outside consultants can be essential. But how can you work out which companies deserve your trust?

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Mercury FM Radio

10 November 2007

News Extra

A mum from Sussex is hoping to help other parents learn how to use the internet so they can share experiences and knowledge with others so they don't feel isolated.

Suzy Miller from Forest Row is hoping to encourage people to find out about blogging which is a way of communicating with other people using their computer.
for more on this email suzy@certainshops.com or click on Blogging tips

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JUNO a natural approach to family life

Winter 2007

The Invasion of the Blogger Mums

The key thing about a blog is the comments made by your readers which turn a solitary posting into a discussion within a community.

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Money Market

October 2007

How do you check references when looking for a professional advisor?

Good references for a job candidate are pretty clear, some are glowing with praise while others are a little lacklustre and it's fairly easy to read between the lines, but what kind of references should you look for from a solicitor, marketing consultant, accountant or financial advisor?

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www.onrec.com

06 August 2007

Finding a recruitment company you can trust

The majority of professional recruitment services are proficient, honest and reliable however bad experiences are still worryingly common and many businesses have had their fingers burnt. When businesses employ a recruitment company there is a lot at stake and business-owners often feel rightly wary about parting with their money. So what can be done to find out whether you should trust a company?

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CertainShops Survey

August 2007

Survey Summary `choosing professional service providers'

View our PDF summary of our survey which shows clearly how vital word of mouth recommendations are when choosing a professional service provider. (nb. questions 8 and 11 left blank to protect privacy)


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The Independent

11 June 2007

Featured in The Independent's 'Really Useful Web Guide'

Voted as one of the 101 websites that will change your life. A free website providing you with direct access to a consortium of high calibre professionals who have been quality checked prior to being listed.

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Business Moneyfacts - the business finance bible

June 2007

SME help - Impartial Advice

Ambitious SMEs have to rely on a certain amount of outsourcing to provide the professional support and services they need to grow. But with so many professionals vying for your business, where can you get impartial advice on which to choose?

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Business550

June 2007

How do you know which companies to trust?

With so many companies offering their services, how do you decide which ones to trust?

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Smallbusiness.co.uk

June 2007

Picking Professionals

When you employ a professional, such as a solicitor, marketing consultant, accountant or financial advisor, there is a lot at stake and business-owners often feel wary about parting with their money. So how can you work out whether to trust a company to deliver on its promises?

SmallBusiness.co.uk and Jo Parker of online professional service provider directory Certain Shops offer some advice:

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The Venturer

June 2007

Opinion - Jo Parker

How do you know which companies you can trust?

Jo Paker is co-founder of CertainShops, a free online directory of professional service providers. Previously she worked in advertising and sales and planned regional media campaigns...

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The Times Online

29 May 2007

The Click

Have you been suddenly confronted with legal or financial problems and need someone far more qualified than yourself to deal with them? Saving you time and money, certainshops.com is a free service offering direct access to a consortium of carefully selected, high-quality professionals (it says) working in such areas as business support, law, property and public relations.

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Middy Business Times

23 November 2006

Mums team up for new online venture.

Jo's background in sales and self development combined with Suz's experience working in film make them a formidable duo determined not only to bring a fresh and creative approach to streamlining business practices but also to make them more transparent...

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Southern FM & Mercury FM

15 November 2006

Interview with Suzy Miller on CertainShops broadcast on half-hourly news slots between 6am and 1pm

East Grinstead Courier

9 November 2006

Entrepreneurs set up on-line business

Suzy Miller, 43, and Jo Parker, 44, hope to provide 24-hour access for small to medium enterprises to professional services all over the UK.

By vetting professionals before they are allowed to register on the site, the two women hope to provie a unique service, a stop above a normal business directory...

Miss Parker said they hope their business will suit th changing nature of the way people work and the changing way the traditional professions are working.

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The Argus

7 November 2006

The business partners describe the site as "an innovative online directory of professional services" which will change business practices for the better...

Another "unique selling point" is its exclusivity. Initially, each service shop will be limited to five service providers, increasing to a maximum of ten.

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