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The Calverley Business Network celebrated its 1st year anniversary at it October meeting with over 25 people attending, there was standing room only.
Founder of the network Zandra Moore said “We are proud of the success of our local business network which has grown above and beyond what we had expected”.
The success of the network has been attributed to its informal and relaxed atmosphere, the network is free to join and members can drop in at any of the monthly meetings held at The New Inn in Calverley on the first Tuesday of every month.
The Network Works
In celebration of the networks first anniversary we have decided to share some of the stories of how the network is working for its members.
“I have had 4 tasty evening meals at Deeva, 3 trips to Claytons Automotive to fix our cars, 2 six foot banners produced for our business from printing.com, 2 dodgy lawnmowers fixed by the Tool Doctor and one fab new bathroom being installed shortly by the Yorkshire Kitchen Company, the network really works” Helen West from RedVoice.
“We have had all our restaurants marketing literature produced by Printing.com and our employment contracts are being written by Red Elephant HR and we are delighted to be hosting the Calverley Business Network Christmas party at Deeva in December.” Zulfi Hussain from Deeva
“Whether its business cards from Printing.com, advice from Thornhill financial services or a catch up on the local news down at Calverley Fish Shop. The network is supporting both my business and personal needs, supporting the local economy over a glass of wine, that’s my kind of networking” Zandra Moore from Salescake
“ Running a business and generating new customers is never easy, with the amount of competition we have in the motor trade be it from Fast Fits or Main Dealers, gaining the opportunity to speak to a potential new customer is vital in the hard times we are facing today. As an independent garage CBN gives us just that, we are able put ourselves across as a real alternative to the multi nationals with massive marketing budgets, we can to speak to people local to our business on a one to one basis and generate a bond whilst building up a trust with people before they even visit our premises. Not only that we gain valued business contacts along the way from all walks of life, in turn generating business for each other. Word of mouth is by far the greatest marketing tool available, add that to the fun and informal way things are run by volunteers at no cost to CBN members and you have a great business mix, long may it continue!” James Clayton from Claytons MOT
Zandra Moore of Salescake said “it is great to do business with people in the same village, there are a large number of business people in Calverley so setting up a network to encourage more local business made sense”.
The Calverley Business Network, started in October 2009, is run voluntarily by the co- founders from RedVoice and Salescake. The network meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the New Inn on Carr Road in Calverley from 7.30pm onwards. With over 35 members it is a vibrant, informal business networking event, “It’s the only event I know where doing business is so enjoyable”, says founder Helen West from Redvoice.
There are lots of reasons why our members come along;
- Getting to know people in the local community
- Avoiding travel into the cities for networking
- Relaxed and social environment to do business
- A break from the isolation of working from home
- Meet like minded people, and share ideas
- Promote and launch a new businesses
- Supporting the local community and encouraging job creation
- Finding out about local business events
For the co-founders supporting the local economy and helping to build a sustainable community was a main driver. “If as businesses we can support each other to grown we will all benefit” said Zandra Moore.
The business network is open to any business professional self-employed or employed. To join us at the next event or if you have any questions please contact Zandra Moore on email@example.com the networking events are Free of charge.
The Calverley Business Network is delighted to be featured in the latest Local Focal for our area. Thank you to Mad Publications for the free one page advert, we have already had a string of enquires within 24 hours of it hitting doorsteps.
Copies of the local focal can be viewed online at http://www.madpublications.co.uk/LocalFocal.html
Our next meeting is on the 4th of May at 7.30pm in The New Inn, Calverley. If you would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Members are supporting each other with their own business events, this month we have a local restaurant opening, a business business booster event and a womens network all benefiting from being part of a local business network.
Welcome to new members:-
Tracey Barraclough – How to be Fabulous
Gill Wild – Yorkshire Kitchen Centre
Angela Riches – Here and Now Magazine
Dave Riches – Mad Publications
Up Coming Events
12th April – 7pm – Deeva Restaurant Opening – Network Meal
The invitation to the opening of one of our members new indian restaurant, Deeva, in Farsley is free to all Calverley Business Network members. Attached is the invitation and contact details. If you would like to join the Calverley Business Network table we will be sitting down at 7pm. If you can let Zulfi Hussain know that you will be joining us and we can make sure we have a table for us all. email@example.com
Tuesday 11th May – 4.30pm – Regus Business Booster Event – Leeds
Sam from Regus has a Free networking event open to all members, covering a variety of business issues with guests speakers covering an introduction to the local business community, Tax, HR, Accountancy, PR and Marketing. To register and for further information please go to http://www.regus.co.uk/eventleeds
Look out for our advert for the Calverley Business Network in the next Local Focal produced by the team from Here and Now.
Whilst the jury is out on whether we are now in an economic plateau, expecting an upturn or possibly facing a further downturn. Some facts remain as to where we are today. Competition is tough, your network really matters and cash is scarce.
So what better time than to barter goods and services. Last night at our first event in 2010 new members and existing members were thinking creatively to find ways they could support each other.
Gary Hepworth our new Painter and Decorater offered his services in exchange for help with sourcing tickets for a west end show from our local actress Victoria Pritchard.
Zulfi Hussain MBE offered his mentoring services to Ellen Osborn of Allerton Park in exchange for research consultancy for his charity Global Promise.
Finally in the true spirit of local networks Lee Gawthorpe from Click Computer Systems after giving many members the wisdom of his technical expertise especially in regard to laptops has offered to support our online Calverley Business Network by helping us to optimise our pages so we always appear in google when you type in Calverley Business. Good news for us all.
We are starting to promote our networking events for 2010 in the local areas, the fliers will be appearing on local notice boards over the next month, thanks to the Calverley Chip Shop, Mechanics Institute, Solo Hairdressers and The Barn at Calverley CE who have all agreed to put them up for us. A copy of the flier is below if you want to print it and promote the network. Word Document Flier
Image CBN flier 2010