Whether it’s an aspect of business you’re struggling with or a skill you want to hone, our member workshops have you covered.
The Buckinghamshire Business First membership is full of knowledgeable souls with wisdom to impart. One avenue for this wisdom is the member to member workshops that have proven so popular with hosts and guests alike.
Why not learn something new, hone your skills and meet other business owners? Take a look at the upcoming workshops and learn more about how you can host your own.
Discover the many benefits of Quality Standards to your Business – Mathew Moslehi, IMSM Ltd
This workshop will help you to decide if adopting an ISO 9001 standard is right for your business by guiding you through the benefits and processes involved.
Some of the benefits include reducing your costs, identifying time saving processes, driving up the quality of your service to customers, and ensuring you are ready to tender for public sector contracts.
Details: Friday 8th September, Saunderton, 9:00am - FREE
5 ways to increase your business profits – Helen Pethybridge, ActionCoach
This event is aimed at all business owners who want to learn how they can make bigger profits with their business. The techniques you will learn work equally well whether your business is large or small, in services, manufacturing, retail, hospitality – or any other sector!
By attending this workshop you’ll learn all about the 5 ways to increase profit, the tools you can use to measure how well you're doing, and how your beliefs about marketing could be hurting you.
Details: Thursday 14th September, Saunderton, 9:00am - FREE
What’s new with General Data Protection Regulation? - Jonathan Lane, SR Consulting
A new legal framework to govern data protection, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is going to be introduced. This will affect all businesses. This event will provide members with an insight into the scale of change, how it will affect them, and some practical steps they might want to consider.
Members will gain an understanding of the nature of the new data protection regulation, insight into the key issues they will need to address to ensure compliance and practical advice on how best to respond to the challenge posed by the new regulation.
Details: Wednesday 4th October, Saunderton, 9:00am - FREE
De-mystifying Personal Financial Planning – Mandy Rodgers, Mandy Rodgers Wealth Management
Why not take a couple of hours out of your busy business life to work on your own personal financial planning? Make sure you capture the benefit of all your hard work by creating a plan to give yourself lifestyle choices later on. This workshop will help you to understand how to maximise return on any surplus income, diversify your investments within a tax efficient structure and plan for the future you deserve.
The workshop will bring to life personal financial planning opportunities – providing tips, ideas and opportunities to protect what you’ve got, explain how to benefit from generous tax reliefs and generally make your money work harder for you.
Details: Tuesday 10th October, Saunderton, 9:00am - FREE
Are you ready for General Data Protection Regulation? – Phil Stratton, SecureDesk Limited
GDPR is the new EU General Data Protection Regulation and is the most significant shake-up in data privacy and data security regulation in 20 years. It will supersede the current "Data Protection Act" across the whole of Europe from May 25th 2018.
Every organisation in the UK will need to change the way that they operate to be compliant with this new GDPR legislation and will have to do so by May 25th 2018. To do nothing, will risk fines from the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) of up to 20 million Euros or 4% of your last year’s global revenue (whichever is higher), and the potential of your business reputation being left in tatters.
This workshop will cover what GDPR is, how it will affect your business, and what you need to do to get your business ready.
Details: Tuesday 14th November, Chesham, 9:30am - FREE
Run your own member to member workshops
If you would like to impart your wisdom to local businesses and potentially pick up more clients, then host your own member to member workshops.
Partner members of Buckinghamshire Business First can host up to four workshops per year. Becoming a Partner member requires an investment of £500, which could be recouped at the first workshop, as Helen Pethybridge of ActionCOACH found when she hosted her own member to member workshop.
“The chance to speak directly to a group of people that you already know have an interest in what you offer and want to know more is a chance not to pass up," says Helen. “Hosting my first workshop led to me to building a strong reputation for creating a highly interactive learning experience for local business owners. It’s fair to say that hosting these workshops is now a key part of my marketing strategy.”
Helen found new business as a result of hosting her workshop, and says: "Taking on this one client gave me a quick return on my investment in Buckinghamshire Business First."
Buckinghamshire Business First will take care of the bookings for the event, and will provide a room for up to 10 people, a flipchart and projector, and tea and coffee for delegates free of charge. Your workshop will also be promoted via the Buckinghamshire Business First events newsletter and on social media channels.
To speak to somebody about investing in Buckinghamshire Business First, call 01494 927130 or email BusinessSupport@bbf.uk.com.