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Each Event

  • Seminars/business workshops before THE networking lunch - Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)
  • Informal networking with drinks from 11.45am
  • Sit down for 2 course, served and structured networking lunch, every table is hosted, with drinks and coffee, from 12.30pm
  • Lunch speaker
  • Event finishes at 2pm
  • Getting the most from Business Network SW events

Cost of Events

Covering seminar, coffee, 2 course lunch with drinks (wine available) and coffee, numerous senior decision makers, event programme with delegate list and post event follow up details.  For 2016 Members £30 inc VAT and visitors £37 inc VAT.

The prices for the 2017 events are £31.00 for members and £38 for visitors.  

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  • Visitors can come and experience 2 consecutive events with no obligation to join - this is for BRISTOL events only
  • To attend future events membership is required. 
  • From £250 + VAT/year in Bristol
  • Membership can be paid monthly by Direct Debit using Gocardless.com
  • No joining Fee

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For Exeter events - Please contact Helen Bennett - Business Network Exeter - For your invitation

Diary of Bristol events below Click on the date to get more details

14 December 2016 - Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, Bristol

Seminar Host - Ken Abbott - Into the Image

Speaker: Bristol Business Network Charity

26 January 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

Being hosted by Jonathan O'Shea

The Timeless Principles of Exceptional Businesses 

Jonathan's presentation will be covering a few of those timeless principles that, hopefully will get people thinking differently about their business and how they run them. 

This should enable people to leave the meeting with some fresh ideas about how they run their businesses.

I will have some copies of the book TAB produced book to mark its 25th anniversary entitled The Timeless Principles of Exceptional Businesses available for everybody that attends as well as a special "test drive offer" - more details to follow......

Jonathan brings together business owners from noncompeting sectors in a group setting – similar to a board of directors. Those business owners help each other to identify opportunities and solve the challenges that we each face in our own companies - it could be said TAB provides 7 Non Executive Directors for less than the price of one! 

 



The Alternative Board (Bristol North)

A highly experienced and successful senior executive, with over 30 years in business, Jonathan is The Alternative Board's Bristol North region facilitator.

A North Wiltshire resident, he knows the region, its people and challenges extremely well and brings his passion and expertise for business in the South West to the key areas of Bristol city centre, Almondsbury, Chipping Sodbury, Kingswood, Stoke Gifford and Yate.

Jonathan started his career as an accountant in public practice before moving into the not for profit sector, first as Finance Director and then Chief Executive, overseeing mutli-million pound organisations employing up to 200 people.

These demanding roles provided vital community services in financially strapped environments. They required skilled financial acumen and leadership to ensure value for money outputs which didn't compromise on the quality of services provided. By getting to the heart of business issues, Jonathan was able to deliver real step changes that increased the effectiveness and enhanced the reputation of his organisations - locally and nationally.

Jonathan has a proven track record in identifying solutions that ensure businesses can operate more efficiently and effectively. He also has particular expertise in retail, property management, property development, investments and fund management.

Nobody knows your business better than you but Jonathan's experience and insights can support you as you take it to the next level. Working with you, he can help your business thrive today and face the test of time.



Bristolnorth.thealternativeboard.co.uk



Speaker: TBC

22 February 2017 - The Bristol Hotel

Lansdown Place Wealth Management and Bradley and Sadler

Lansdown Place specialise in providing high quality personal advice on many aspects of wealth management, advising clients of widely differing financial resources and of all ages. Additionally, we assist businesses in the increasingly complex area of corporate financial planning, providing guidance on pensions, protection for directors, key employees or shareholders, tax reliefs and aspects of exit strategy planning.


Bradley and Sadler

A chance meeting between Suzy Bradley and Sue Sadler saw the start of this new partnership and a discovery of mutual core values. We share absolute commitment to customer experience, professionalism and have enthusiasm for the job, which has helped us both cement firm relationships with our clients. This, coupled with a good sense of humour and a love for life make for a dynamic partnership that we believe serves our clients exceptionally well.




Speaker: Inge Dowden -

22 March 2017 - Old Down Manor

Inge Dowden  

The Business Growth and Happiness Expert. It's my mission in life to make sure that everyone is happy and successful at work. Whether you're a business owner or an employee, I believe that everyone deserves happiness and success.

 The common theme is wanting to help people be happy at work. I love what I do and am happy every day! Wouldn't you want that too?

In fact, I have always been very happy in my work, and when I wasn't I would make a change and leave. I couldn't understand why so many people would choose to stay in a job that made them unhappy until I realised that they often feel like they have no other options. People feel stuck or have no confidence in themselves, and that keeps them in unhappy situations. Career coaching can help them discover their options and make them happier and more successful. I typically work with people who are in their mid 30s to late 40s, are fed up with their job and want to change. Often they don't know what they want and I help them find out what their true passion is. Then we work together to put in place a plan of action to make it all happen. Sometimes that is to set up their own business, and sometimes that is to change their career completely. And very occasionally it is to help someone realise that their current job isn't as bad as they thought. The end result however is always that people feel better than they did before, and that makes me happy too.

In October 2015 I published my first book to help with all of this: The Happy Worker -  How to Find a Job you Love and Love the Job you Have. It's packed full of tips and techniques to help people realise what they want and find their dream job.

I'm also very passionate about business. I love talking to lots of different business owners and see them flourish with my support and encouragement. Seeing my parents run their business and only ever working in small businesses myself means that I particularly like small businesses coaching. I understand what it's like to have big plans and small budgets. I love being creative when the going gets tough and come up with ideas that don't cost the earth but are still very effective. All this focus on happiness doesn't mean we don't also look at the bottom line, and that's when the magic happens: when you make sure you and your staff love what you do, then you'll invariably end up making more money too.




Speaker: Peter Prater - Managing Director - QTAC Payroll Software and Outsourcing

27 April 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

Seminar being hosted by Matt Richardson - Recognition Express


Matt Richardson has been a dedicated member of Business Network SW for over 17 years, attending his first lunch in 1997 on the SS Great Britain.

With Kall Kwik Printing, Matt was a member attending monthly lunches for 11 years attending nearly 90 lunches in that time!

In 2010 Matt rejoined us as the successful managing director of Recognition Express.

Recognition Express Bristol North has many years of experience in the promotional products trade, and supplies pens, mugs, key rings, signage, clothing, promotional items, executive gifts, name badges to clients throughout the region.

Recognition Express will come up with ideas that will make your company remembered way after the business card has been given. They will suggest products that will inspire and amuse if needs be. Recognition Express really knows what works.

Across Europe their products have been instrumental in maximising the impact of many household names. So, whether you are a large international corporation or a small, local charity, you'll benefit from a supplier that can help increase your exposure, with an individually tailored solution.

  • Local personal service free advice, samples and design ideas
  • No minimum order quantity many products supplied in short runs from one upwards
  • Fast Turnaround orders ready in as little as 48 hours on selected lines
  • One-stop supplier offer a complete service for all branded items
  • Cost range from pence to pounds

Matt has also kept us entertained at lunches with his musical presentations over the years!




Speaker: Ali Walsh - The Local Bakehouse

24 May 2017 - The Bristol Hotel

Seminar Host - Ali Walsh - The Local Bakehouse 

Combining cake with mindfulness, rather like the cupcake art team building.  

It'll involve light debate, understanding the importance of taking time to do fun, physical tasks and eating cake, of course.

Your seminar host..

My name is Ali Walsh and I began The Local Bakehouse after I got coeliac disease twenty years ago, at a time when freefrom food was practically unheard of. It certainly wasn’t easy to find much to eat that was decent. The loaves of bread were the worst! I’d always baked so I started adapting recipes. Years later I began the business because there was a real need for delicious fresh gluten-free cake.

Last year the business was nominated in the Best Food & Drink Business category at the Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards. If you watch the video you’ll know we’ve come a long way since then, changing our name to The Local Bakehouse (to enable us to have gluten-free Bakehouses in other areas of the UK) and also opening up The Bakehouse for wedding cake tastings and cake decorating classes. Who knows what excitement will happen this year? We’ve already been nominated for the national Freefrom Food Awards!









Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

21 June 2017 - Old Down Manor

Claire Robinson -  Managing Director - Extra Help Ltd

A seminar about franchising


Claire Robinson originally started her business with a friend, in 2010. Both had a passion for helping people and identified a gap in the market for providing domestic help to the elderly. Although Extra Help started by working exclusively with elderly and vulnerable clients, it soon expanded and now also provides domestic and home-help services to working professionals, new parents and just about anyone who needs a helping hand.

Claire began her career as a nursery nurse, working within the education sector and for Inner London Social Services. Since 1997 Claire has been involved with the inception and running of several businesses; firstly managing a construction business with her husband and, after our divorce, setting up her own publishing company, which produced and distributed A5 sized, community magazines to 42,000 homes across Milton Keynes. At the same time, Claire created a business networking organisation, with branches in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, gaining further, valuable business experience.

Claire constantly looks for new challenges and Extra Help came at just the right time. Having made the decision to change her life and move to the South West; the publishing business was already up for sale and everything fell into place at the right time.

As this was a totally new market for Claire, she decided to start from scratch and open her own branch of Extra Help in my new, local area. Determined to be hands-on and learn from the bottom up, especially as Claire would be training others. This area has since grown to incorporate Plymouth and is now run by a very efficient manager, leaving Claire free to concentrate on the franchise side of the business.

There is enormous satisfaction from bringing new franchisees on board and helping them to grow their own businesses. Claire's ultimate goal is to open Extra Help franchises across the country, thereby providing domestic services to everyone who needs them, wherever they may be.

Claire also recently qualified as a life and business coach, gaining a grade 5 ILM Diploma and is also an NLP master practitioner.

Claire says "Life hasnt always been easy, like many of us Ive had my challenges and disappointments but ultimately Ive learned from these and moved forward.  I believe my passion lies in enabling others to be successful. People say I am a positive person, with endless amounts of drive and enthusiasm.




Speaker: TBC

27 July 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

TBC

Speaker: Ian Smith - Winning Tenders - a taster for his seminar on 23rd August

23 August 2017 - The Bristol Hotel

Growing your business with effective proposals and tenders

Ian Smith - Winning Tenders

Brief Synopsis  

Pitching for bigger value contracts in the public or private sector means getting involved with formal tendering. Significant challenges and opportunities lie ahead when your business goes down this route. There are significant risks too. In the world of competitive tenders, competition is often fierce and the rules are strict. Knowing how to be persuasive and state your USPs clearly, while staying within the rules is an art you need to master.

About the Presenter 

Ian is a highly experienced and successful senior executive with excellent writing skills and 30 years’ experience operating across all aspects of public transport, outsourced managed services, proposal writing, bid management and tender evaluation.  Effective bid writing has been fundamental to his achievements.

Content 

Growing your business with effective proposals and tenders

Every contract you tender for entails effort - and plenty of it! If you can’t secure an acceptable win rate the profit you earn won’t be worth the work you have to put in. In the process of helping dozens of businesses improve their tender success rates over many years we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be successful. We’re sharing some of that knowledge through a series of brief video tutorials on our website and this seminar. Amongst other things, this will help you decide whether or not to bid, how to make the process less painful, and how to make your proposal stand out from the competition.

Why you should come

You will get some insights into how you could expand your business through the tender process and formal proposals.  A sound bid process is a vital component of your sales effort.

What you will take from it

An understanding of the need to create real interest and even excitement about your proposal; and the fact that bid preparation and writing are skills in their own right that have to be blended with your subject matter knowledge if you want to be successful.


Speaker: TBC

28 September 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

TBC

Speaker: Mark Leveridge - Professional Strolling Magician

25 October 2017 - The Bristol Hotel

TBC

Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

23 November 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

TBC

Speaker: TBC

14 December 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

TBC

Speaker: Raffle to support the Business Network SW charities