I have recently been chatting to some Broadwater businesses who have stated they would like to launch a business networking club.
My marketing agency has been established since 2003 and we are now in our eleventh year of trading. We could not have survived without business networking. As I am the councillor for Broadwater I have offered my help in launching and managing a business networking club along with Michael Pisko, The Window Showroom and Russell Knight Design.
There are many good, established networking clubs including BNI, Chamber of Commerce and First Friday etc and we want to make sure we don’t simply duplicate what has already been done already. Therefore, tell us what you want out of your Broadwater Business Networking Club by completing a short survey. All answers will be treated in confidence and we will only contact you again if you ‘opt in.
Thank you for your time and hope to see you at our first event.
Higgidy Pies at Shoreham, MP Minister for Business
Last Thursday, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Michael Fallon MP, Tim Loughton MP and I visited Shoreham for a discussion and Q&A session with local businesses at Sussex pie-maker Higgidy. Higgidy, which makes pies and quiches for retailers including Sainsbury’s and Waitrose at their Dolphin Road kitchen, and their MD James Footitt, kindly offered to host the event, which was an informal occasion designed to facilitate a genuine discussion. Over 30 local businesses came along and grilled the Minister over an hour on issues such as why has the retirement age been abolished and why should businesses have to fund individual pensions. Some of the issues raised will be sent to the Chancellor ahead of this spring’s Budget.
The Minister was invited so that he could meet small businesses at firsthand and Michael was keen to hear some of the challenges they are facing and discuss what the Government can do to help. Businesses such as Paula Rosa Manhattan, ETI and Snugglebundl who will soon be appearing on Dragons Den. Thank you Higgidy for hosting this event – the pies and sausage rolls were delicious!