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Each Event

  • Seminar/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 Bristol Business Network events

Your Investment - 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. 2019 events £32 and £39

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  • Visitors can come and experience 2 consecutive events with no obligation to join - BRISTOL events only
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25 September 2019 - The Cowshed

Seminar Host - Inge Dowden

Bristol's business growth and happiness expert.

How to manage stress


Research from small business platform Xero of 500 small business owners found that 

  • More than eight in 10 (83 per cent) have experienced stress in the past six months
  • Almost half (49 per cent) saying they have been more stressed than normal and 17 per cent admitting they are ‘highly stressed’. 
  • One in 10 admitted the stresses of running a business resulted in a negative impact on their mental health; causing sleepless nights (41 per cent), drinking more alcohol (21 per cent) and arguments at home (13 per cent).

SMB owners said the main causes of business stress are: managing staff (42 per cent), admin (35 per cent), feeling personally responsible for the success of the company (31 per cent) and filing taxes (19 per cent). One in ten (11 per cent) felt vulnerable to economic conditions and one in four (26 per cent) admitted feeling stressed by compliance.

As business owners, we are constantly faced with a lot of pressure, and this can lead to us feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

In this workshop, business coach Inge Dowden will look at the difference between pressure and stress, explain why stress is so bad for us and give you 11 ways to reduce your stress levels in your business and personal life.



Then THE Networking Lunch…..

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm……
  • 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people
  • 1.40pm – The 10 minutes 
  • Event finishes at 2pm – feel free to continue to network with the others in the room. It is a great time to make those appointments or even use the venue facilities to continue your conversations.

Venue details

The Cowshed Bristol - parking available in Clifton Down Shopping Centre - up to 4 hours is £5.00  Alternatives here 


Speaker: Judith West - WPA

30 October 2019 - The Bristol Hotel

WPA

Health insurance can be confusing, it should be simple and transparent.

From funding cancer drugs not readily available on the NHS, the first benefit of its kind, to being recognised by the World Health Organisation as leading in the development of new policies that reduce costs for our members.  WPA are pioneers and this session will give you informed and expert advice on health insurance and whether it is for you and your business

Then THE Networking Lunch…..

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm……
  • 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people
  • 1.40pm – The 10 minutes 
  • Event finishes at 2pm – feel free to continue to network with the others in the room. It is a great time to make those appointments or even use the venue facilities to continue your conversations.


The Bristol Hotel - parking available in adjacent NCP at 50% discount for those attending - up to 4 hours is £9.38 at discounted rate.  Alternatives here


Speaker: GWS Media

27 November 2019 - The Cowshed

Hosted by Mark Leveridge - Professional Strolling Magician

“Stop Wasting Money At Trade Shows And Exhibitions”. 


Many businesses attend exhibitions and invest much time, energy and money in organising their display and literature. However, perhaps surprisingly, there are other aspects of the actual event which are sometimes overlooked, such as what are the specific aims of attending, how will an impact be made, what will help to attract customers and more. 

Drawing on his many years of experience using his magic at trade events to help companies achieve their goals, Mark goes through a check list of good and bad practice that he has observed at exhibitions, offers a number of important questions that companies should perhaps ask before they attend, analyses why so many exhibitors come away from events feeling disappointed, and suggests ways to increase the likelihood of being successful. 

Mark will also perform one or two examples of the magic that he has used to help companies in the past.


Then THE Networking Lunch…..

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm……
  • 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people
  • 1.40pm – The 10 minutes 
  • Event finishes at 2pm – feel free to continue to network with the others in the room. It is a great time to make those appointments or even use the venue facilities to continue your conversations.

The Cowshed Bristol - parking available in Clifton Down Shopping Centre - up to 4 hours is £5.00  Alternatives here 


Speaker: Inge Dowden - Bristol's business growth and happiness expert.

18 December 2019 - Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel

Resilience - what it is and how you can use it to your advantage

Session Overview: This  90 minute session explores what Resilience is, what research tells us about how best to invest in it and the practical steps we can take to build resilience in our own lives. There will be a particular focus on:

  • meaning 
  • character strengths
  • positive emotion 

Session Outcomes:  Participants will leave with some take away actions and 'experiments' to carry out, to build on and action their learning in day to day life.

Bio: Director of Light Box Leadership, Fellow of the Wellcome Trust and a pioneer in public mental health promotion, Lucy Duggan coaches and trains companies in the UK and internationally on a variety of leadership subjects, her specialism being resilience.  Lucy Duggan - Light Box Leadership on LinkedIn.

"Resilient business people are able to cope with challenging situations, to spring back and often succeed against what might seem to be insurmountable odds. Resilient leaders make resilient organisations."

Then THE Networking Lunch…..

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm……
  • 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people
  • 1.40pm – The 10 minutes - Raffle supporting the Jessie May Trust
  • Event finishes at 2pm – feel free to continue to network with the others in the room. It is a great time to make those appointments or even use the venue facilities to continue your conversations.


Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel - Parking available, discounted (by 25%) in the Queen Charlotte Street NCP Car Park - up to 4 hours is £9.38 at discounted rate..  Alternatives here


Speaker: The Jessie May Trust