See the Buckinghamshire Business Festival events schedule!

There’s a great range of events, many of which are free to attend. And remember: you can host your own as part of the festival. Take a look!

The Buckinghamshire Business Festival is a celebration of business in the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain. It has been designed to bring the Buckinghamshire business community together and will create a whole host of promotional, networking and learning opportunities for local people and businesses.

Buckinghamshire Business First is running the festival and will be hosting plenty of our own events, but this will be a collaborative effort and we encourage local businesses and organisations to host their own events under the Buckinghamshire Business Festival banner. Each event will play its part in the success of the festival, which will boost knowledge and skills, encourage new business collaborations, share learning opportunities, highlight innovation, and give people fresh ideas to grow their business.

Buckinghamshire Business Festival events schedule

The Buckinghamshire Business Expo, Aylesbury, March 8th, 9am-4pm: The Buckinghamshire Business Expo will be full of exhibitors looking to connect and collaborate with other local businesses and promote their products and services to hundreds of visitors. Alongside the Expo there will be a half-day conference with expert speakers, followed in the afternoon by a series of workshops on topics like leadership, digital marketing, tax, and cyber security. These events offer an abundance of learning opportunities for you and your team.

PLEASE NOTE: Exhibition spaces are now fully booked, but you can attend as a visitor to access the Expo, conference and workshops taking place across the whole day at The Gateway. It’s just £15 for the whole day, which is a fantastic ‘things-learned-per-pound’ ratio!

Find out more about the Expo and book your ticket here >

Routes Into Construction, High Wycombe, March 5th, 6pm-8pm: Are you an employer in the construction industry with a job or training opportunity and are interested in meeting keen and motivated candidates? Routes into Construction will bring together businesses from the sector (representing traditional trades, civil engineering and more) and people looking to start or progress their career, whether it be through a full/part-time job, apprenticeship or traineeship, as a freelancer, or those looking to get some work experience.

Book your place here >

Buckinghamshire Brexit Summit, Buckingham, March 6th, 10am-1pm: As March 29th draws ever closer, and the possibility of a no deal Brexit grows, businesses will want to gather as much information as possible to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU and to identify and benefit from any opportunities that arise.

Speakers include representatives from the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses and Buckinghamshire County Council.

Book your place here >

Wycombe Property Social, High Wycombe, March 6th, 1pm-2:30pm: Hosted by Blaser Mills Law, this is an opportunity to meet with property professionals in Buckinghamshire, hear from some of the leaders in this field, and learn about the upcoming 'Bucks Prop Fest 2019' being launched at this event.

Book your place here >

Making Tax Digital, High Wycombe, March 6th, 8am-10am: The way financial data is both recorded and reported is soon to be modernised, but is your business prepared for the upcoming changes being imposed by HMRC? Join Tax Manager Steve Evenden and Digital Solutions Project Leader Oliver Mangham for a seminar on how an increasingly digital world is already affecting all businesses and what you can do to ensure you are prepared to take advantage of the change.

Book your place here >

Business Information Session Drop-in, High Wycombe, March 6th, 11am-1pm: Drop in to High Wycombe Library between 11am-1pm to find the information you need to start a business, trade legally, research companies, find an office/premises, explore a new career, and discover your market.

This is a 1-2-1 drop-in session. No booking required. Find more information here >

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Winter Series with Jamie Bolding, Buckingham, March 6th, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Come along for insights from Jamie Bolding, the founder and CEO of Jungle Creations, a media, marketing and commerce business for the social age. The company’s in house creative agency produces campaigns for clients including Baileys, Greenpeace, Sky and Virgin, and for two years running Jungle Creations has generated the most Facebook video views for brands of any other UK publisher.

Book your place here >

Routes Into Creative Industries, Pinewood Studios, March 7th, 6pm-8pm: Are you an employer in the creative industries with a job or training opportunity and interested in meeting keen and motivated candidates? Routes into Creative Industries will bring together businesses from the sector (representing industries such as TV, Film, Gaming and more) and people looking to start or progress their career, whether it be through a full/part-time job, apprenticeship or traineeship, as a freelancer, or those looking to get some work experience.

Book your place here >

Money drop-in clinic, Aylesbury, March 7th, 10am-2pm: Get your finances in order with one-to-one help from experts at Hillier Hopkins LLP, Wills & Trusts and JLM Mortgage Services. Covering subjects including tax help, property guidance, saving advice, pension provision, mortgage matters, and op tips for starting a business.

Drop in any time on Thursday 7th March between 10am and 2pm for friendly advice. Located at Chancery House, Regus in Aylesbury.

Book your place here >

Bucks Thames Valley LEP Annual General Meeting, Aylesbury, March 8th, 8:30am-9:15am: Join the BTVLEP team for a networking breakfast as part of their AGM. Learn more about the priorities for the Buckinghamshire Local Industrial Strategy, how BTVLEP-secured investment is helping support economic growth across Buckinghamshire, and how your business can work more closely with BTVLEP and its Skills, Growth Hub, Funding and Enterprise Zone teams. With keynote speaker Alan Cox, Chief Operating Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Book your place here > (This event takes place right before the Business Expo at the same venue)

Why management development matters for small businesses, Aylesbury, March 8th, 2pm-3:30pm: People and businesses are changing constantly, so make sure your management skills are up-to-date. This session is suitable for anyone running an SME and is delivered by Freddie Guilmard, an experienced business leader, organisation coach, engagement guru and business simplifier with over 20 years of experience.

You will understand the difference professional leadership and management has on an SME and learn some key tips on how to successfully grow an SME, including from Ashridge Group, the 2018 Buckinghamshire Company of the Year.

Book your place here > (This event runs alongside the Business Expo at the same venue)

MTD for VAT - Making Tax Digestible, Aylesbury, March 8th, 2pm-3pm: Making Tax Digital - select the right options now for the health of your business to ensure the new rules are easier to swallow. HMRC are determined to see the end of the annual tax return in 2020 by transforming the entire tax system. This workshop is aimed at all VAT-registered businesses, whether you already use accounting software or not. This interactive session will ensure that participants understand what the new VAT reporting rules are and whether any of the exemptions might be applicable.

Book your place here > (This event runs alongside the Business Expo at the same venue)

How to ensure your business premises boost your productivity, Aylesbury, March 8th, 2pm-3pm: If you are looking to move or to acquire new premises, this is the perfect workshop for you to give you up-to-date guidance. This  will include a review of business premises in general and how important they are to productivity and staff retention. Topics covered will include exiting your current premises if you have been given notice; negotiating a lease renewal; acquiring new premises; and pitfalls and traps.

Book your place here > (This event runs alongside the Business Expo at the same venue)

Routes Into Work, Aylesbury, March 8th, 4pm-6pm: Are you an employer in any sector with a job or training opportunity and are interested in meeting keen and motivated candidates? Routes into Work will bring together businesses from a range of sectors and people looking to start or progress their career, whether it be through a full/part-time job, apprenticeship or traineeship, as a freelancer, or those looking to get some work experience.

Book your place here > (This event takes place right after the Business Expo at the same venue)

Cyber Fraud: the art of the online hustle, Aylesbury, March 8th, 2pm-4pm: Cyber fraud is evolving into a more sophisticated game, especially scams targeted at businesses. Why? Businesses can be perceived as easier targets because more decision-makers are involved, company information is readily available online, internal approval process may not be clear and budgets are bigger.

Come and hear from the following experts with advice to share with businesses:

  • Jon Jackson, Senior Lecturer at Bucks New University and an expert in web technologies
  • Mark Gosland, CyberProtect Officer at Thames Valley Police

Book your place here > (This event runs alongside the Business Expo at the same venue)

Leading Teams Through Change: Public and private sector learning together, High Wycombe, March 12th, 4:30pm-7:30pm:  The challenges of implementing and managing change are huge and these challenges crossover between the public and private sector, so join leaders from the worlds of sport, business and medicine as they discuss their experiences of managing successful teams through change, whether by adopting new technologies or working practices; implementing processes and innovations; or a change in the team or location.

Join representatives from Thames Valley Police, Thomas International and Buckinghamshire Business First, as well as Gareth Ainsworth, manager of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. Guests will also receive free tickets to the evening match at Adams Park (the event venue) between Wycombe Wanderers and Accrington Stanley.

Book your place here >

How to ‘Brexit-proof’ your business, Amersham, March 12th, 9am-12noon: Do you feel unnerved by the potential impact of Brexit? Unsure what to plan for? Many owners feel the same and have become ‘frozen’ - with nothing in place to prep for March 29th. This is the worst thing you can do! Join other local business owners at this workshop hosted by ActionCOACH to learn:

  • How to make your business more resilient
  • The Four Ms of growing your profits in any economic situation
  • Ways you can improve your profitability - ‘cash is king’ in uncertain times!
  • Tips to retaining and building a strong team

Book your place here >

The positive benefits of CSR to your business, High Wycombe, March 12th, 9am-11am: Start improving the reputation of your business right now! This workshop aims to explore how organisations can see an impressive return on their CSR investment. It will show you how to develop and communicate your CSR activity and demonstrate responsible and ethical best practice to all audiences. Normally £120, but free for Buckinghamshire Business First members.

Book your place here >

Small Business Curry Club, Marlow, March 12th, 7pm-9:30pm: A fun, informal monthly gathering for local business owners to chat, exchange contact details and get to know each other over a delicious meal.

Book your place here >

How to build and grow your contacts, High Wycombe, March 13th, 9am-11am: This workshop will take you through all of the stages of building valuable business connections - from pre-networking to building the relationship through LinkedIn.

You will get a clear idea of why you must plan to network, what you need to do when you arrive, what the best tactics are whilst at the event, how best to follow up, why taking the relationship onto LinkedIn helps, how to grow the relationship on LinkedIn, and getting to the point where you can arrange a pitch meeting. Delivered by Tony Silver of Solid Silver Solutions.

Book your place here >

Personal planning for business owners, High Wycombe, March 13th, 9am-10am: Blaser Mills Law, Tilney and Menzies request the pleasure of your company at this guide to personal planning for business owners. Topics will include corporate structures, tax planning, succession planning and wills and trusts. There will be an opportunity to speak with the presenters 1:1 and network before and after the session over a light breakfast.

Book your place here >

Workplace wellbeing, Aston Clinton, March 13th, 3pm-4:30pm or 4:45pm-6:15pm: This event will help you improve the working environment and productivity of your organisation through healthier and happier employees! Participants will gain a broad understanding of mental health issues and how you can support employees in the workplace. You will gain insight into the Live Well Stay Well service and understand how to professionally refer an employee to services.

This event is split into two sessions, with the same content in each. Session 1 runs from 3pm-4:30pm and Session 2 from 4:45pm-6:15pm. Hosted by Buckinghamshire County Council Public Health in partnership with Parkwood Healthcare, providers of Live Well Stay Well, and Buckinghamshire Mind.

Book your place here >

Business Information Session Drop-in, Aylesbury, March 13th, 11am-1pm: Drop in to Aylesbury Library between 11am-1pm to find the information you need to start a business, trade legally, research companies, find an office/premises, explore a new career, and discover your market.

This is a 1-2-1 drop-in session. No booking required. Find more information here >

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Winter Series with Nathan Epsom, Buckingham, March 13th, 6:30pm-8:30pm: More information to follow.

Book your place here >

Business Leaders’ Dinner, Marlow, March 14th, 7pm-11pm: The second week of the festival will see another in the successful series of Business Leaders’ Dinners. These evenings of fine dining and high level networking are immensely popular and have led to many great new business relationships. The dinner will take place at Danesfield House.

Book your place here >

Emergency First Aid at Work course, High Wycombe, March 14th, 9am-4pm: This Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work course is ideal for individuals and small or low risk workplaces, or for those who want to empower themselves with the core basics of first aid. This course covers a range of first aid incidents that equip the learner with essential knowledge and skills in providing immediate first aid, managing first aid equipment and facilities, and calling an ambulance when necessary. Delivered by FM Training, a local first aid training provider which is looking to help individuals and organisations who wish to fulfil staff first aid training requirements.

Book your place here >

Online Fraud and Cybercrime, High Wycombe, March 14th, 4pm-6pm: The growth in e-commerce and online banking has given rise to an unprecedented increase in cybercrime and online fraud. At this afternoon session, Dan Martin, Head of Criminal Defence at Blaser Mills Law and Dan Maund, Police Cyber Security Advisor, South East Regional OCU, will provide practical steps to protect your business from online harm. There will be an opportunity to speak with the presenters 1:1 and network following the session over some drinks.

Book your place here >

Chiltern Chamber Chesham Breakfast Club, Chesham, March 14th, 7am-9am: The Chiltern Chamber of Commerce's successful format is structured and businesslike, yet informal and inclusive. Members and non-members welcome. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards!

Book your place here >

Open Day - Making Tax Digital for VAT, Aylesbury, March 14th, 12noon-8pm: APS Accountancy are hosting a free open day to provide more information about how Making Tax Digital affects you and your business. They will suggest solutions to one of the biggest changes to the VAT system in recent years.

Drop in anytime between 12noon-8pm. The address is 4 Cromwell Court, New Street, Aylesbury.

Find out more information here >

Be Your Own Boss 2-day intensive course, Aylesbury, March 11th, 10am-4pm: The Be Your Own Boss service from Buckinghamshire Business First helps people to start their own business. This particular course will help people learn digital skills, the basics of accountancy, how to produce a business plan, and marketing and sales skills.

If you know someone who is starting a business, please do forward them on this link and let them know about the Be Your Own Boss service: https://bbf.uk.com/event/be-your-own-boss-2-day-course-march-2019

Focus on Digital Marketing, Aylesbury, March 8th, 1pm-5pm: Spend an afternoon talking all things digital strategy with James Pybus - a digital marketing consultant, trainer and author with over 20 years of experience in the industry and extensive first-hand knowledge of what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to increasing a business’s online visibility with their specific customers.

This event is sold out, but you can join the waiting list here > (This event runs alongside the Business Expo at the same venue)

Creating and maximising your content, High Wycombe, March 11th, 9am-10:30am:  Join PR expert Elaine Begley and former Bucks Herald Editor Steve Cohen to discuss how to create engaging content and make it work harder for you! Is your content engaging? What makes a media story? Could your social media posts be a media story? Learn how to create better and more impactful engagement with audiences.

This event is sold out, but you can join the waiting list here >

More events are being added all the time, so keep checking online and on our social media channels.

Host your own event as part of the festival

The Buckinghamshire Business Festival is designed in such a way that local businesses will feel empowered to run their own events to showcase their knowledge and skills. You have just read about some of the local businesses who are running their own events, so why not join them and benefit from all of the exposure that they are getting right now!

To list your events and become an official partner of the Buckinghamshire Business Festival, register to become a Stakeholder, Partner or Ambassador of Buckinghamshire Business First.

Then create your own event for between March 4th-15th. We will promote this event for you, but it’s also important that you spread the word about the event yourself so that all of your contacts know about it!

Get in touch for more information on hosting your own event as part of the festival: 01494 927130 / events@bbf.uk.com.

Support the festival on social media!

We are encouraging people to use the hashtag #BucksBusinessFest on social media to help promote the festival in the build-up and during the festival itself.

More information is available online: https://bbf.uk.com/events/buckinghamshire-business-festival

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