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100 new jobs created with launch of Business support company

100 new jobs created with launch of Business support company 

Up to 100 new jobs are to be created in Glasgow with the planned expansion of Negotiate Now, a deals website, and the launch of a new business support arm of the company, Business Growth Now.

The jobs, most of which are telesales positions, will be based at the company’s headquarters in the east end of the city. Posts will also be created for up to 40 business development, IT and social media consultants.

Recruitment for the positions will start next week. Stephen Lyall, managing director of both companies, said he hoped, where possible, to fill the positions with people who are currently unemployed.

Negotiate Now was launched last year by Lyall, a serial entrepreneur, as an online forum for businesses, trades and contractors to offer discounted deals to customers in their local area. More than 1000 businesses have already signed up to the site and 100,000 VIP Discount Cards are to be distributed to customers over the next six weeks

The card qualifies customers for discounts of up to 50% on products and services across 300 different business groups at any time. While businesses of any size are free to join the site, it is primarily focussed on helping small-to-medium sized local businesses.

Following the success of Negotiate Now in Glasgow, it is to be rolled out to other cities in the UK in 2012. Last month the company announced a three year sponsorship deal with John Higgins, the World Snooker champion.

Business Growth Now provides an incubation service for start-up companies as well as guidance and expertise on sales, marketing and social media strategy for established small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which are seeking to expand. It also runs weekly business networking events in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The company aims to work in partnership with public sector bodies which offer seed funding and incubation support to the SME sector. It helps to rate the performance of businesses in different areas of their operation, highlighting opportunities for improvement and providing an action plan that will form a long-term strategy for growth.

Working alongside Lyall in Business Growth Now are Alan Mackie and Chris Billington Hughes, both experienced business development coaches, Emer O’Leary, a social media strategist, and Barry Porter Robinson, an IT specialist.

Lyall, who has launched and sold two multi-million pound businesses in the past decade, said the aim is for both Negotiate Now and Business Growth Now to work in collaboration to provide a comprehensive business development and marketing service for their clients.

“We are delighted to be able to announce the creation of 100 new jobs and I am keen, where possible, to recruit from the ranks of the unemployed,” he said.

“We are willing to provide training, with help from public sector partners, where possible to give a chance to those who have not been lucky enough to find work in the past, or who have been out of work for some time.”

Lyall added: “The biggest problem for people starting businesses is lack of experience and expertise. I hope Business Growth Now can help many of them will help to overcome that hurdle.”

“While it will help businesses plan for growth, Negotiate Now will work alongside it offering a platform for retail businesses to reach customers in their area and to offer them outstanding deals.”


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