See great local Forest of Dean Businesses below

  • A R Website Design, based in The Forest of Dean offers bespoke, simplistic and easy-to-use websites. With over 4 years experience, contact us today for help with your website, SEO & Social Media. Website Design packages start from just £850.00.

    07564 920055

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  • Lansdown Insurance Brokers have been established in Cheltenham for over 50 years and our locally based staff have built up a reputation for excellent customer service. We can take the worry away with our expertise to make sure you have the right insurance cover whatever the type of business.

    0345 8734943

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  • A 5* home from home day & holiday dog boarding service licensed under Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 standards in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Pet sitting, dog walking and wedding services available. Fully insured and police checked. Providing a professional & reliable service.

    01594 563707
    07582 784417

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  • Based in the picturesque Forest of Dean, JB Leasing offer industry leading service as well as competitive pricing on both business and personal contract hire vehicles. Whether you‘re looking for a Peugeot or a Porsche, get in touch for a friendly, no obligation chat today.

    01594 369088

  • Crossroads is a charity supporting unpaid carers, people living with a disability or in social isolation. We aim to improve health and wellbeing of service users and promote their independence, empowering them to remain living safely at home.

    01594 823414

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  • Honey Bee Collection and Removal Services
    Professional and Ethical Bee Collection or Removal at Its Best.
    24/7. Call Now! on 07840 874567 or 07483 242141.
    Best Advice and Survey for all Bee Problems.

    07895 677123

  • Peachy Impressions design and create both luxury handmade and cost effective e-mailable/printable wedding and party invitations. All of our work is printed in-house using professional printers, high quality materials and assembled and finished by hand.

    07870 681752

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GDPR & Cyber Security – there is no substitute for showing the real you. - 05/04/2018

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Recently I attended a seminar on GDPR and Cyber Security. It was a real eye opener as to how people work behind the scenes to steal your identity and that these days, we should be looking & thinking about identity theft more so than perhaps just our bank details being stolen. Whilst it made me think about what information I personally give out about myself (sometimes without even thinking) and how in some instances I might be more complacent than I should be, at the same time it pointed out to me how my last blog was really relevant. If you didn’t read it, you can HERE. It talks about how businesses can use the web to look “all singing and dancing” but the reality can be very different so to mix embracing technology with a pinch of “old skool” and going out to meet people.

Realising how easy it is to steal identities and pose as fake people shows that there will never be a substitute for getting out and showing you are who you say you are. The internet has allowed us to talk to many people in a much more time effective and resourceful way but it is abused by many and therefore is not as trustworthy. I‘ve been stopped numerous times whilst out and asked “are you Jo/Forest Traders? I‘ve seen your profile picture and I recognise you.” Whilst it‘s half scary and half cool to know that people know me (would rather they didn’t when my hair is quickly scraped back and I’m in old clothes to just pop for a pint of milk!), it also shows that I am who I say I am, I am Jo Davies-Raynor and I run Forest Traders.

We all have limited time to be out and about, after all, we all have work to do but bear in mind people will appreciate seeing you are real. They might have heard lots of nice things about you but seeing it for themselves will really cement the start of that working relationship. Their suspicions are going to be raised more and more now GDPR and cyber security are discussed and people will feel more empowered towards their safety. Think back to when we all found out about how not to click on SPAM links as it can download a virus………….we were all oblivious to this until it was hounded into our ears day and night. Now we know to check the “details” from the sender, to delete and now have automatic SPAM filters built in we can use. GDPR and Cyber Security will only heighten peoples awareness that things are not always what they seem so remember to get out there too and be you – after all, you are your business!


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