Four Reasons to Move Your Office Out of the City

Head north from the Colony HQ along the A538 Altrincham Road and within 10 minutes you come to the M56 motorway. From there, it’s one junction to Manchester Airport, the biggest air travel hub in the UK outside London. Carry on along the motorway, and veer off at Wythenshawe down the Princess Road, and you can be in the centre of Manchester in 20 minutes.

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Cheshire’s Golden Triangle

Four Reasons to Base Your Business in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle

Location, location, location. It was a phrase made popular by a long-running TV property show, a concise summary of what estate agents tell us really matters when you are buying a home. But if location is everything when it comes to choosing where to live, it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked when selecting business premises, either.

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How Many Guests Should You Invite to Your Wedding?

One of the trickiest parts of planning weddings is deciding who to invite – or, perhaps more accurately, who not to invite. Many couples agonise over how to trim down an overly-long guest list to fit with their budget and/or the capacity of their chosen venue, with worries over hurting people’s feelings leading to unwanted stress, sleepless nights and even arguments.

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Wedding Fayres

Should I Bother With Wedding Fayres? Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Them

Wedding fayres seem to attract quite a Marmite reaction. Some couples swear by them and strongly recommend that all their friends who subsequently get married go to as many as they can. Others recoil at the very thought, viewing the prospect of an entire event dedicated to wedding planning as far too much to cope with in one go.

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Wedding Transport

Top Five Wedding Transport Ideas That Will Make Your Guests Jealous!

You can look at your wedding day as the occasion on which you will declare your undying love for your partner, and all the rest is mere window dressing. Or, you can take the view that this is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and you are going to make sure every little detail reflects a dream come true.

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Wedding Photography

Capturing the Memories: Tips for Getting the Best from Wedding Photography

For all the hard work and planning you put into organising your wedding, when it comes to the day itself, blink and it will be over before you know it. It’s a day of high emotion, intense excitement, a blur of faces, a whirl of activity, a crescendo of all your hopes and dreams. And then it’s gone.  That’s why wedding photography is so important!

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Virtual Office Space

Do I Need a Virtual Office Space or a Co-Working Space?

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘running a business from your bedroom’. It used to be used to describe what young entrepreneurs did when they were just getting started, before their balance sheet was healthy enough to rent proper office space in proper business premises.

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Eco-Friendly Wedding

How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Your wedding should be a day to remember forever without leaving a permanent mark on the environment. From confetti to wedding cars, a few tweaks could help you to have a greener wedding, with less plastic and a more natural feel.

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Virtual Office Address

What to Look For in a Virtual Office Address

As more entrepreneurs move to the cloud, and work from a variety of locations, the traditional office is becoming a thing of the past. There are times when you’ll need a base of some sort, but apart from receiving post, it’s unlikely that you’ll have to commit your micro-business to having a physical office if you’d rather not foot the bill.

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Picking Your Bridesmaids

Picking Your Bridesmaids: Who, Why and How to Ask

Your wedding day should, by rights, be all about you and your significant other. But the truth of the matter is, it is a celebration that includes many more people than just the happy couple. When it comes to planning, their feelings and preferences inevitably have to be taken into consideration, too.

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Digital Wedding Planners

Digital Wedding Planners: Are They Any Good?

In this day and age, there is an app for everything – even planning your wedding. Just as real life wedding planners who act as consultants and help with all the arrangements find themselves increasingly in demand, so the market for wedding planning websites and mobile apps is booming too.

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Wedding Insurance

Wedding Insurance: What Is It, And Do I Need It?

For years now we’ve all been used to stories about the cost of living rising, the economy being stagnant and households everywhere having to watch the pennies carefully as income growth stalls. But one thing that people are definitely not afraid to splash out on is a quality wedding.

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Wedding Planner

Five Signs You Would Benefit From A Wedding Planner

There is no doubt about it, planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. When you are talking about creating the most memorable day of your life, spending thousands of pounds on a celebration that could involve hundreds of people, it is easy to see why people find the prospect daunting.

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Wedding Checklist

Planning the Big Day: What You Need to Do and When

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life. From the moment the question is popped and the answer is positive, thoughts of that magical special day add a new purpose to a relationship, bonding the happy couple even closer together.

But it can also be quite daunting. Venue, catering, dress, rings, wedding party, vows, transportation, invites, entertainment, decor – the list of things to organise just goes on and on.

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Christmas Weddings

Christmas Weddings: Why They’re a Hidden Gem

As the festive season gets into full swing, you probably have a series of social engagements booked in – works parties, family get-together, Christmas lunch and New Year celebrations. There is also the outside chance you may have been invited to a wedding over the holiday season.

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Classes at The Colony

Classes At The Colony


Feel the burn and get fit in style at The Colony HQ.

With a hot new fitness programme running Monday – Friday choose between focusing your body and mind before work with a Yoga session or working up a sweat and destressing from the day with an intense MetaFit Class.

Available to Members & Non Members

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Wedding Cakes or Cheesecakes: Which is Better?

It has to be said, the traditional wedding fruit cake is a little bit Marmite – some people absolutely love it, others cannot stand the stuff and have no interest in taking home a piece whenever they go to a wedding.

If you and your betrothed fall into the latter category, you will probably be thinking about an alternative for your wedding cake – regardless of custom, who wants a cake that they don’t like at their own wedding?

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Perfect Birthday Party

Planning the Perfect Birthday Party

Remember birthday parties? If you have young children they are no doubt a staple part of your weekend social life. But what about your own? When was the last time you had one?

As we reach adulthood, the once-annual ritual of party hats, pass the parcel and cake is something we tend to leave behind, to be revisited perhaps once every five or 10 years for those big milestone birthdays. Even then, we tend not to bother with the pass the parcel and hats anymore.

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Outdoor Wedding

How to Pull Off the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

Deciding on the venue is arguably the biggest decision you will have to make when planning your wedding. Most couples have a clear vision in mind of what they want from their dream location and invest considerable time seeing out the right amounts of romance, heritage or contemporary style to suit their tastes.

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Hot Desking

Why Businesses Are Encouraging Hot Desking

Conventional models of workplace organisation for office-based businesses are steadily being challenged. As the idea that, with a laptop, a smartphone and an internet connection, you can theoretically work from anywhere continues to take hold, more businesses are adopting increasingly flexible working practices, encouraging home and remote working and operating with a geographically dispersed workforce.

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Wedding Breakfast

Why Couples Are Bucking the Trend of a Formal Wedding Breakfast

A wedding breakfast is the age-old tradition of the bride and groom treating their guests to a slap up meal as part of their nuptial celebrations. Despite the name, which seems peculiar to British usage, a wedding breakfast doesn’t have to be, well, breakfast – you can have your meal any time you like, and it is most commonly part of an afternoon or evening reception.

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Alternative Wedding Venues

The Top 3 Alternative Wedding Venues in Cheshire

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life. But it is also hard work. It can feel like you spend every single weekend in nothing but churches, stately homes and fancy hotels trying to find the ideal venue. While beautiful in their own way, you may be thinking that for yourbig day, you want to do something a little different.

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Wedding Venue

What Your Wedding Venue Says About You

These days, the number of wedding venues out there are seemingly endless; from traditional stately homes and hotels, to the possibility of getting wed in theatres, art galleries and more. Have you ever wondered what a wedding venue says about the couple themselves?

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Wedding To Do List

12 Month Wedding Countdown To Do List

So the proposal has happened – it was a great big resounding ‘yes’, you’ve announced your engagement to friends and family, and you have even set a provisional date.

Now is when the hard work starts!

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Winter Wedding

The Pros and Cons of a Winter Wedding

We all the the stereotype of the dream wedding day – clear blue skies, bright sunshine, guests sipping champagne on a lush green lawn while the bride and groom pose for photographs against the backdrop of gardens in full bloom. Or something along those lines, anyway.

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Why More Entrepreneurs are Scrapping Offices

Of all the changes that have affected modern businesses recently, remote working is perhaps the most profound. Empowered by faster connection speeds and cloud technology, employees are free to choose the best location to work – even if it’s on the other side of the world.

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Virtual Office

Save Money and Hassle With a Virtual Office

For hundreds of thousands of people, work is synonymous with heading to the office everyday. But more and more businesses are swapping office space for a much cheaper, simpler alternative – the virtual office.

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Wedding Seating Plan

How to Create the Perfect Wedding Seating Plan

If you’re having a meal at your wedding, you need a seating plan to go with it. Many couples are daunted by the prospect of seating guests, but it really isn’t tricky once you know how.

Avoid the stress of seating incompatible people together with our tried and tested tips.

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