HOW to use access1st to gain a competitive advantage

The whole aim of Access1st is to provide business owners with a range of quality providers to help them overcome challenges and boost rtheir business while saving money. It sounds simple, but we do get asked how our offering helps to actually achieve that. So here we offer four ways that business owners can harness Access1st to give themselves a competitive advantage.

1. Raising your visibility with prospects

The way buyers consume information has changed rapidly in recent years, so finding ways to catch their attention - and hold it - is a prerequisite of growing your bottom line. A well-designed website, strong social media presence and eye-catching brand assets are all increasingly important vehicles for raising your visibility with prospects and building a sustainable funnel of new business leads.

How we can help: We have providers who can help you achieve all of the above. Webfirm is our web development and digital marketing partner; while thirdegreeº offers a free brand audit and discounted graphic design services. Both companies are offering Access1st users excellent deals and opportunities to enhance their online presence, tell compelling stories, prove value and stay in line of sight.

2. Helping you overcome challenges

The vast majority of small business owners face the usual array of challenges regarding balancing the books and providing great service to their clients. You have many hats to wear, and there are always going to be times when you confront issues beyond your experience or expertise. That's where Access1st can be a huge help, and provide great peace of mind.

How we can help: We offer associations and members free ad hoc legal advice through Sparke Helmore Lawyers; a free HR audit and additional discounted services are available through our HR and business consultancy partner Businessary; while Arthur J. Gallagher can provide a free insurance health check to make sure businesses have the right level of cover for the unique risks they face - potentially keeping you afloat in the event of a claim.

3. Helping your dollars go further

Regardless of size, business owners share some common needs in order to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. Office supplies, energy costs, business attire, even roadside assistance are all standard requirements - and can have a significant impact on a business's bottom line. That's why saving on essentials is always a bonus!

How we can help: Our provider network has all these bases covered, with special deals galore available on a range of business essentials. Officeworks has set up an exclusive pricing plan for Access1st members; energy broker Make it Cheaper offers a free, quick and easy bill comparison service to ensure business owners find the most competitive pricing plan; renowned tailor TM Lewin is offering discounts on its range of men's and ladies' business wear; and 365 Roadside Assistance is offering great savings on its standard and premium packages.

Our partnership with ethical gift box company Gladys Mack also offers a cut-price option to show a client or prospect you care - just somethign else that could help you stand out from the crowd.

 4. Looking after health and wellbeing

Business owners need to remember to look after number one! Through Bupa, we offer an Access1st specific health plan at discounted rates; you can also make your office 'Heart Safe' - and potentially life-saving - through a state-of-the-art defibrillator from GoldMed Engineering. Looking ahead, we're also looking to confirm a first aid training partner imminently, as well as special rates on gym membership. All through Access1st.

So there we have it: 4 ways that harnessing the Access1st provider network can help give you the edge. And if you have any bright ideas for products and services that would benefit business owners across Australia, please get in touch. We're happy to consider ideas as we look to expand our network.



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