Traditionally a double-sided piece of card measuring on average 3.5 x 2 inches, the humble business card has been used for decades to share basic contact information between business men and women. Why would a lifestyle magazine be interested in business cards? Because the business card of tomorrow is here.
Once reserved for high earners and high net-worth individuals, traditional business cards date back centuries. The format has relatively stayed the same over time but UK based V1CE has introduced a contactless business card that is going to set the trend for business cards going forward.
The business card for the future
Say goodbye to carrying multiple cards for a start. You probably will only need one V1CE business card but you will end up wanting more. The V1CE business cards work using integrated NFC technology, which enables the safe transmission of selected contact details & social profiles to any other smartphone without the need to install an app.
Picture any scenario where you may be meeting someone for the first time and want to share your details with them. Simply tab your card on their handset and within seconds, you have shared all the standard information that is on a traditional business card and more.
V1CE business cards are ideal for entrepreneurs, startup businesses, and socially active individuals. First impressions count and being able to share your contact details effortlessly into someone’s phone, eliminating the need of a potential client or partner having to physically store your card or worse, input your details manually is priceless.
business card becomes a social card
Many of our readers are entrepreneurs and understand the power of branding. The great thing about V1CE business cards is you have the ability to brand the card itself and the information each tap generates. Via an online portal, you can see all your scans and manage your profile.
If personalisation is your thing, V1CE Business Cards can be personalised across most of the range. There are essentially four different types of cards to choose from. The entry card is the V1CE One Card that starts at around £25.00. The next card in the range is the V1CE Transparent One Card and this is currently priced at around £35.00. The Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card is our favourite card in the range.
Being eco-friendly and with the big push to reduce our impact on the environment, we have ditched printed business cards and decided to go all hi-tech with the Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card.
What can you share with a V1CE business card?
Essentially, you can share all the standard contact details on a traditional business card and much more. From social media usernames and handles to professional networks like LinkedIn, the V1CE business card allows you to add, edit, and remove as much or as little information as you want to share.
How much does a V1CE business card cost?
The entry card is the V1CE One Card is currently price at £25.00. The next card in the range is the V1CE Transparent One Card and this is also priced at £25.00. The Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card is £39.99. There are more cards and accessories in the range which you can view at v1ce.co.uk. Save 10% on your order by using TREND10.
Local business launch “Brew for a Hero” campaign for NHS & key workers
Harpenden based Twist Teas have announced their “Brew for a Hero” campaign is back! Launched to support and boost morale for NHS staff and key workers, the Brew for a Hero” campaign gives people a chance to show their appreciation for all the heroes from all walks of life during the current pandemic. This could be anyone – local postal workers, refuse collectors and cleaners, emergency services and health care staff, teachers and chefs, community groups and volunteers.
You can participate in the “Brew for a Hero” by nominating a NHS or key workers hero you know. Nominate your hero and give them a chance to win one of Twist Teas Rainbow inspired tea caddies. If you know a key worker, that you would like to surprise with a personalised Rainbow Caddy of tea, simply email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a brief reason, as to why they deserve a little treat. Twist Teas will again be tasked with the difficult job of picking winners, to be announced on the 31st of January.
Twist Teas will also be making caddies available to purchase via their website with profits going to NHS Charities. More information about Twist Teas can be found in our interview with founders, mother and daughter duo Nicky Kavanaugh & Claire Ayers.
Watford businesses to decide on the future of Watford BID
Watford BID have launched a video highlighting the reasons why they believe they deserve a second 5-year term. Many residents in Watford are aware of Watford BID but not many understand exactly what they do and more importantly, how integral their work is to the success of Watford.
What is a BID and why are they so important?
Essentially, a BID (Business Improvement District) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a specific area in which a levy is charged on all business rate payers. This levy is used to develop projects and provide services which benefit businesses in the local area. This can include:
- Activities to increase visitors to the area
- Reducing overall business costs for levy members
- Marketing and promotion of the area such
- Lobbying councils/local government
- Working with local police to reduce anti-social behaviour
There is no limit on what projects or services that can be provided through a Business Improvement District. Some BIDS are more effective at certain tasks than others for a number of reasons but overall, the benefits BIDs offer to the various towns across Beds, Bucks & Herts is immeasurable.
Three reasons for Watford BID to get renewed
We have selected what we believe are the three main reasons why Watford BID should get renewed.
1. Watford BID offers a central point of contact
At a time when the Government don’t know if they are coming or going, having a central point for all information relating to Watford offers residents, visitors and business owners a much-needed level of clarity. Social distancing procedures and safety communication both need harmonisation to keep Watford Town safe.
Watford BID have been extremely informative on Social Media and in the district sharing key information such as this statement on the national lockdown from the Mayor of Watford.
Typically a Business Improvement District is within a local authority boundary but in April 2013 government introduced Cross Boundary Business Improvement Districts enabling Business Improvement Districts to operate across local authority boundaries.
2. Watford Restaurants & Bars will need support after the lockdowns end
Promoting Watford’s entertainment venues post-covid is going to need a lot of collaborative support post covid. Individual businesses taking to to social media to posts and update Facebook is not going to tempt the same numbers back to the district’s nightlife venues.
By having one organisation working alongside all the venues to promote Watford as an entertainment destination, visitors will hear one concise message that Watford is open for business.
3. Think of the benefits for residents and visitors
There have been calls for BIDs across The Three Counties to do more by some levy payers but in fairness, the amount of work involved in some of the projects is not to be underestimated such as launching The Watford Gift Card.
It is also important to understand that alongside promoting what’s on in Watford and things to do in Watford, the organisation is a key source for useful information for those living in and visiting Watford.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Regardless of lockdowns and coronavirus, people want food. Fans of Five Guys could be getting a late Christmas present with a new Five Guys in Stevenage. A recent job post on the Five Guys recruitment page for a General Manager in the Stevenage area has got locals excited about the possible arrival of the much loved American Chain.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Spotted by an eagled eyed member of ‘Stevenage Chit Chat‘, the advert for a General Manager drops a few clues at a possible opening of a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.1 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – The perfect scene
Nothing cements a clue in a mystery more than a location. The recruitment team have placed a X on the spot and that is 51°54’02.4″N 0°12’33.7″W. For all the normal people reading this, that is Unit 10 in Stevenage Leisure Park. This was home to Pizza Hut since late 2002 but this recent Google treasure map shows the unit is currently empty.
Clue No.2 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A job for an ‘accomplice’
Did we mention there is a second job advert for a ‘Assistant Manager? If one job advert was not enough proof, two should be enough to convince you that plans are afoot for a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.3 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A motive
What more motive do you need than hungry people in Stevenage in need of a good burger? A Five Guys in Stevenage is well overdue. It could even tempt Sir Lewis Hamilton back to Stevenage.