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Top 5 Gluten-Free Bloggers

I’m Sarah, a Politics student and a coeliac blogger. I got diagnosed with coeliac disease around February last year and since then I have been gloriously gluten free!

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder. Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye, triggers an immune reaction in people suffering with coeliac disease. When I was diagnosed I became incredibly interested in coeliac food, particularly baking and healthy meals. As a foodie, this seemed like an incredible opportunity to experiment with new ingredients that I would never have thought of and an opportunity to eat healthier!

Fresh bear garlic on wooden table

In order get some inspiration about how to go about baking with out the key ingredient – flour – I went to the world of blogging. It turns out that there were hundreds of blogs about gluten free cooking! The community was buzzing, and I wanted to cook everything, eat everything and go to every single restaurant that was written about (very over excited, but I love my food!). I noticed that although the food looked delicious, the recipes were more often than not laden with sugar, fat and carbs. Now, I am the first to admit that I could never make my meals look as beautiful, delicate and artistic s the photos you see on Pintrest or Instagram, but I did know I could make them a lot healthier!

My aim, once I graduate university, is to pursue a career in PR. I had already done some online communication and website design, so I thought it was only logical to try blogging for myself. I have started by using blogger…free and simple… a good place to start! Before I started blogging I knew what I had to do first – find an area that hadn’t been completely covered my a thousand bloggers already!

So, I present to you: The Ginger Coeliac (I’m a red head…hence the name!). A gluten-free blog about healthy eating and occasionally mentioning a few cheeky treats (including breakfast at Buckingham Palace!). Since doing work experience here at Prohibition PR I have developed skills in blogging, online communication and learned a huge amount about online community management. I am applying these skills to my blog to hopefully improve it and grow it into a key player in the online community, helping those just diagnosed, giving out ideas and showing that being a coeliac is not all doom and gloom!

I have read many coeliac blogs for inspiration, and some are absolutely amazing. The tips, reviews and information helped me no end with ideas when I was first diagnosed. The community isn’t just about discussing an interest, but a way of life: what restaurants you can eat in, what food you can eat, if there are supplements you can take and how to clean up gluten properly to stop you from getting ill. Although it sounds like a bit of a negative community, that is far from the truth. The bloggers help those who need the disease explained to them, but always in a positive light. We create recipes, food replacements (such as gluten free cupcakes) and tell people where we have been that serves the most delicious gluten free food.

After all of my research, here are my top 5 gluten free bloggers:

  1. https://positivelycoeliac.wordpress.com/This is my all time favorite, fantastic writer and always a positive outlook on life!
  2. https://thehappycoeliac.com/ – The most informative blog I have found and uses social media more than any other coeliac blog I have seen, great Facebook updates, competitions and tweets!
  3. https://www.wheatsurrender.co.uk/ – Pretty local to me, living just down the road in York and visiting Leeds often, and the blog makes me laugh! So many puns!
  4. https://glutenfreegirl.com/ – This blog always puts a smile on my face. With the best ideas and a love story intertwined too. What more could you ask for?
  5. https://www.celiactravel.com/ –   Before being diagnosed I went inter railing and ate purely bread and pasta as I was living off €2 a day. So I automatically thought I wouldn’t be able to do this anymore. I thought traveling would become impossible, but this blog has shown me all the tips and tricks I could possibly want!

These blogs helped me so much when I was in need of some inspiration, ides and advice. I love reading all the articles and seeing how these people have turned something so life changing into something positive. It is truly inspiring.

Yorkshire entrepreneurs wave the starting flag to launch new ‘one-stop’ communications brand

A team of Yorkshire entrepreneurs, which formerly acted as agents for BT in the region, have taken their passion for the internet, communications and print to the next level by launching a new Yorkshire-centric telecommunications, IT and document management brand.

Yoozoom4Business has been created to help the region’s local businesses maximise the benefits of their telecommunications, IT, print and copy facilities. The brainchild of former motorsport champion Alex Deighton and Al Athraby, the brand is focused on helping SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region grow through cost effective and scalable business solutions. The team has more than 25 years’ experience in the sector. York entrepreneur Alex Deighton, a former Formula First Champion (left), and Al Althraby from Hull get under starters orders as they launch YooZoom4Business a new ‘one-stop’ communications brand

Alex Deighton, operations director for Yoozoom4Business, commented: We believe that Yoozoom4Business really brings something new to the Yorkshire and UK business community, combining scalable telecoms, IT, print and copy solutions with a credible news and advice portal on our website.

“We have taken our time to develop this brand to ensure it can maximise clients’ business performance as effectively as possible. Having access to our services gives our customers’ convenience, speedy fulfilment, support and economies of scale that would normally only be enjoyed by blue chip organisations.”

YooZoom4Business incorporates core business operating infrastructure areas including telecoms, mobile, IT, print and copy. Its dedicated support team can create bespoke communications solutions for businesses whatever the size.

Al Athraby, managing director added: “We believe businesses require high performance, simple and robust solutions to give them the competitive edge in today’s challenging environment. We have aggressively priced our portfolio, which allows our customers to capitalise on the best proposition for their business at a very cost effective price.”

“Businesses no longer need to host their own telephony equipment as they can now manage it with our Virtual PBX, which limits the upfront investment required and can be far more cost effective for a small business or multi-sited organisation. We offer an integrated solution that works with their existing platform so they don’t have to invest in a new system. Our Virtual PBX offering incorporates the latest technology and offers our customers HD Voice – and that’s a first in the Virtual PBX space. With HD voice the customer experiences unrivalled call clarity making the quality of the call unsurpassed in clarity. This makes an excellent environment for companies to work in. A crystal clear conference call in HD removes any frustration related to poor sound quality potentially experienced with current voice standards today. As a result people are happy spend more time remotely collaborating, therefore reducing or removing traditional running costs and increasing productivity.”

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About YooZoom4Business

Yoozoom4Business is a highly experienced and well respected telecoms company.

The management team was part of IP One Limited in 2002, running a tied agency for one of the country’s leading telecoms companies and managed thousands of businesses across the Yorkshire region as agent for that telecoms company. In 2006 the team formed IP Three Limited through amalgamation and further expansion.

Yoozoom4business is now an independent telecommunications, IT, print and copier company. https://www.yoozoom.co.uk/

About Alex Deighton

Alex Deighton was born in York in 1972, attending St. Peters School, before embarking on his boyhood dream of being a Formula One driver. After attending the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School at Donington Park and a year racing there he had secured two wins and a lap record.

In 1994 Alex won the National Formula First Championship title with a team mate who was recently uncovered as BBC Top Gear’s STIG, Ben Collins. He also earned a place in the prestigious McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year – previous winners being David Coulthard & Jenson Button.

Following his retirement from professional racing in 1999, he set up ITS (Independent Telecom Services), building up a client base billing more than £500,000. He subsequently sold the business when he joined as a director into IP One in 2002. This subsequently rebranded as Yoozoom4Business.

About Al Athraby

Al Athraby was born and raised in Hull educated at Hymers College. He began his career in advertising before pursuing a career in telecoms in 1998 for Cable and Wireless in Business Development. In 2002 he set up a new tied telecommunications agency selling one of the UK’s leading brands and managing thousands of business accounts across the Yorkshire region in 2002 and grew through expansion to head a team of 60 staff along with Alex Deighton and a strong recognised management team under IP Three Ltd. IP Three Ltd rebranded under Yoozoom4business to become an independent telecoms, IT, copier and print company in June 2010.

Prohibition PR a PR Company based in Leeds and York

Prohibition PR is a specialist PR agency which advises businesses of all sizes on how to use public relations and social media effectively. As a Yorkshire based business we cover the ever-changing public relations, marketing and digital sectors. Our objective is to help companies, of any size, communicate more effectively both online and offline.

As a business we help our clients engage online properly raising their profiles and in-turn improving their overall business performance. Although we are thoroughly focused on online communications, we hold the strong belief that the strategic discipline of public relations should be engrained in all of our team. We firmly believe that a company which has a team of experienced public relations practitioners is always best placed to advise and engage with these new and evolving communities.

Our team is made up of leading specialists in their relevant fields. We have industry specialists in web design, web development, business development, search engine optimisation, digital marketing and online word of mouth.

Our managing director, Chris Norton, is an award-winning public relations practitioner, with more than ten years’ experience in the PR industry having worked both in-house and in a number of consultancies. He is listed in the UK’s top 15 PR bloggers and his blog posts and articles on social media have appeared in a variety of marketing titles such as PR Week and Revolution. You can check out his blog Norton’s Notes here: www.chrisnorton.biz.

Prior to working as Head of Campaign Strategy at his previous employer, Chris worked at one of country’s largest national consultancies where he was responsible for planning, directing and delivering a variety of public relations programmes for clients including the Institute of Directors, Land Rover, Learning & Skills Council, Lloyds TSB autolease, Camelot, Bradford Council, Leeds Chamber of Commerce, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Home Office, Mitchell’s & Butlers and several projects for BT. He was also seconded to work in Learndirect Business’ marketing team to help set-up an in house role.

Most recently he has directed a large social marketing project for the NHS and been heavily involved in traditional PR and social media campaigns for a variety of clients. Some of the latest campaigns he has been involved with include projects for Sony Ericsson, Phillips, SOTO, Fronter, NHS, 4X Currency Corporation, 186K Ltd and energywatch. In January 2009, his team won the CIPR’s Grand Prix award for Outstanding Small Consultancy of the Year.