Why do local business networks work?
Many of our members network in the cities around our region, travelling to speaker events, dinners, etc and staying late into the evening. With work creeping increasingly into to personal and family time, finding a balanace between work and and home can be a challenge.
Networking is not something that comes naturally to everyone and anything that can connect you meaningfully to another person really helps in starting that initial conversation.
Local business networks help people to find connections closer to home where they can build relationships beyond business which are more sustainable.
This week our members were not just talking business but starting to make the personal connections where people were buying and selling houses, sharing stories of previous employers, volunteering for local community projects and discussing new business ideas.
The Calverley Business Network is much more than a place where people come to network but a place where people re-connect with the local community and grow business together.
The network is growing fast with new members joining every week. We would like to welcome Lucy Brook from Spice Gas and Richard and Judy Raistrick.
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.
Calverley has a suprising number of sole traders or consultants working from home. This solitary business life has its advantages, you are your own boss, choose your own hours and freedom to do the work you enjoy. Downsides are no work collegues to chew the fat with, enjoy a pint after work with or celebrate your successes with and in the festive season a party for one is not the done thing.
So the Calverley Business Network decided it would be nice for all our members to enjoy a christmas party together and two weeks before christmas we had a fantastic meal at a restaurant in Horsforth. Braving the snow we would like to welcome the following members who joined us for the first time at our Christmas Do.
Sarah Greenlees – Genesis Learning
Heather Robertson – Heather Wedding Flowers
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
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Calverley firm looks to expand
By Chris Holland » Telegraph and Argus
A £15 million funding package will support long-term growth plans at Zenith Provecta, the UK’s leading independent leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing business.
The Calverley-based company has secured the deal through Royal Bank of Scotland and will be used to support growth.
Zenith, established in 1989, bought Provecta Car Plan in 2008, creating the largest independent leasing company in the UK with 26,000 vehicles under management to mainly blue chip customers.
The company has a £116 million turnover and employs 148 people.
Zenith has continued to win new clients and has played a leading role in the development of transparent pricing, fleet outsourcing, ECO (employee car ownership) schemes and environmentally-aware fleet policies.
Mark Phillips, chief financial officer of Zenith Provecta, said: “The company’s performance remains very strong despite the wider economic difficulties currently being experienced.
“This additional support from RBS provides firm foundations allowing us to continue to grow in line with our objectives.
“We are delighted that RBS has shown its full support to us by backing our plans for significant increased demand over the coming months.”
Andy Killingback, of RBS in Leeds, said: “Zenith continues to outperform the market which is a great achievement in a challenging environment.
“The new financial package means that it can implement its plans from a sound and secure platform.”
Calverley man is Chief Executive of the Year
Fleet management company boss Andrew Cope has been named North East private equity-backed chief executive of the year by the British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
Mr Cope heads Calverley-based Zenith Provecta, which became the UK’s largest independent fleet management company after the acquisition last year of Provecta Car Plan, the UK’s leading employee car ownership specialist.
Zenith Provecta, founded in 1989, provides fleet funding and management services for company and employee-owned vehicles and now manages a fleet of more than 26,000 vehicles. Andrew was nominated by Barclays Private Equity Limited and judged on his performance in 2008.
Our first event on the 17th of November was a great success with business from all parts of the community represented. The New Inn have kindly offered to provide their venue for all our forth coming events FREE and we will be promoting our 2010 events throughout the community on notice boards over the coming month. If you would like to join us please contact email@example.com