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Suzie Parkus can boost your business with some help from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the like

    Facebook phobes take note. There is a new start-up which helps people and businesses to use social media websites.

    Whether it is Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, SRP Consultancy - established by Suzie Parkus - shows you how to grow your business online.

    Ms Parkus, 28, has been placed in the top 100 of the Barclays Trading Places awards in recognition of people who have beaten the odds to triumph in business.

    Ms Parkus was diagnosed with ME ten years ago but has not let the condition affect her drive to succeed. She tells People: "I haven't let it beat me.

    "The aim of the company is to bring communities together so they can have a stronger business. I think a lot of people don't understand social media or know how to use it properly, or maybe they have had a bad experience with it."

    Ms Parkus has a degree in communications studies from Leeds University. She has created video tutorials and a step-by-step guide for people wanting to set up social networking accounts.

    She says: "The possibilities are endless. I want to educate people about the myths and shed light on the new marketing era."

    The winner of the Barclays Trading Places competition will be announced on November 30 and receive £10,000 for their business. The runner-up will get £5,000.

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