Seminar Information

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  • Birmingham
  • September: Thursday 3rd, Virtual Networking Event, 9.45am - 12.00 noon

    Time - Registration 9.45am for a prompt 10.00am start

    Presenter - Kristian Downer from DowSocial

    Topic - The Core Principles Of LinkedIn

    About Our Virtual Networking Event:

    Our Virtual Networking Event will be hosted using Zoom. All attendees
    will receive a link after payment has been made via your booking
    confirmation to access
    the event on the day. The event will begin at 9.45am for a 10.00am start
    with an optional 30 minute business seminar (see details below). After
    the seminar and everyone has arrived there, will be an introduction by
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    Network Birmingham host, Simon Coy, before everyone will go to
    their separate virtual "Tables" for introductions and a round table
    conversation. As always the
    "Tables" will be planned in advance. This will be followed by
    our 10 minute speaker and finally a series of
    pre-arranged member offers / announcements before we close the
    meeting at 12 noon.  You won't need to rush away as the room will remain
    open for networking.


    Seminar Synopsis:

    Looking to create opportunities using LinkedIn?  Then it is important to understand the core principles that will allow you to build your reputation, relationships, and returns. This seminar will look at how you and/or your business should approach LinkedIn, and how it differentiates from other social media platforms you may be more familiar with.


    Seminar Content:

    This seminar will look at the following aspects of LinkedIn.


    Profile - A practical review and revision of your profile. Ensuring at the end of the session you have a solid base to build the rest of your LinkedIn activity upon.


    Content - We will explain what content gets visibility on LinkedIn and how to create consistent results



    • What, when and how often to post

    • How to use hashtags

    • What to do with your company page


    Connection Building & Outreach - Focusing on building a targeted connection base with purpose and engaging with them using content engagement messaging in a natural and value driven way.  The focus is on building relationships rather than spammy direct outreach. This part of the training where appropriate can review of whether you need to use any of Linkedin's paid features such as Premium and Sales Navigator. As well as training on how to get the most from them.


    Converting Connections - Aligning your LinkedIn activity with your sales processes to create the call to action that moves connections through the sales funnel and into clients.


    About Our Seminar Presenter:

    Kristian Downer is Managing Director of DowSocial and a member of The Business Network in both Birmingham and Peterborough.  With six years' experience consulting with companies large and small across the UK and beyond, Kristian knows the difference between what works and what is hot air in your social media.

  • October: Thursday 8th, Virtual Networking Event, 9.45am - 12.00 noon

    Time - Registration 9.45am for a prompt 10.00am start

    Presenter - To Be Confirmed

    Topic - Seminar Details To Be Confirmed Shortly...

    About Our Virtual Networking Event:

    Our Virtual Networking Event will be hosted using Zoom. All attendees
    will receive a link after payment has been made via your booking
    confirmation to access
    the event on the day. The event will begin at 9.45am for a 10.00am start
    with an optional 30 minute business seminar (see details below). After
    the seminar and everyone has arrived there, will be an introduction by
    Business
    Network Birmingham host, Simon Coy, before everyone will go to
    their separate virtual "Tables" for introductions and a round table
    conversation. As always the
    "Tables" will be planned in advance. This will be followed by
    our 10 minute speaker and finally a series of
    pre-arranged member offers / announcements before we close the
    meeting at 12 noon.  You won't need to rush away as the room will remain
    open for networking.

  • November: Thursday 5th, Novotel Birmingham Centre, 12.00 noon - 2.00pm

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  • January: Thursday 21st, Novotel Birmingham Centre, 12.00 noon - 2.00pm

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  • Central and East Lancashire
  • August: Thursday 20th, Online Event 1100 - 1245 - Open to Visitors

    Time - 1110 - 1130

    Presenter - Liz Hardwick, DigiEnable

    Topic - Staying Productive When Working From Home, Remotely and Multiple Places

    Staying Productive


    When working remotely, from home, or in an unusual office setup, you can regularly have your focus diverted by both external and internal distractions. 


    If you are distracted when working on a task, it takes around 16 minutes to refocus on what you were doing.

    In this live online seminar we will also cover some top tips and actions you can implement straight away.


    In this seminar you will learn:


    • What physical and digital work environments are distracting you
    • How to reduce distractions in your workspace
    • Top workflows and apps to help you keep productive

    Liz Hardwick


    DigiEnable


    liz@digienable.co.uk


    www.DigiEnable.co.uk



  • September: Thursday 17th, Online Event 1100 - 1245 - Open to Visitors

    Time - 1110 - 1130

    Presenter - Louisa Scanlan, Collaborate Business Solutions

    Topic - Flex and Stretch - How Agile Is Your Business?

    Flex and stretch ? how agile is your business?



    If we have learnt one thing from lockdown, it is that we have all had to adjust and change our businesses. Whether it be working from home, changing priorities to support clients or simply adapting working practices, we have all done something different. But what if we can use this style rapid change and implementation permanently in our businesses?


    Agile is a concept more commonly linked with software development but it can be used across a variety of situations and Louisa Scanlan from Collaborate will bring some of these to life for you during this seminar. Prepare to start the process of thinking differently about implementing change and being a lot more flexible in the future.

    Louisa Scanlan

    Collaborate Business Solutions

    louisa.scanlan@collaboratebusinesssolutions.co.uk

    www.collaboratebusinesssolutions.co.uk

  • October: Thursday 15th, Online Event 1100 - 1245 - Open to Visitors

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  • December: Thursday 10th, Stanley House 1130 - 1430

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  • January: Thursday 14th, Stanley House 1130 - 1415

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  • February: Thursday 11th, Stanley House 1130 - 1415

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  • April: Thursday 15th, Stanley House 1130 - 1415

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  • May: Friday 14th, Weekly Drop In 21 May 2020

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  • June: Thursday 17th, Stanley House 1130 - 1430

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  • November: Thursday 18th, Stanley House

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  • December: Thursday 9th, Stanley House 1130 - 1415

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  • Chester
  • September: Thursday 10th, Online Meeting

    Time - 10.15am online login for a 10.30am start

    Presenter - John Loney of Knights PLC

    Topic - Planning changes and COVID - When your home is no longer just your home

    Planning changes and COVID.


    Following the immediate acceptance and adaptation to home working for millions as a viable alternative to the daily commute and working in the office, along with the relaxation and planning changes to planning laws, there will be a seismic change in how our properties-both residential and commercial are being used.


    As a result of Covid-19 we are likely to see a wholesale switch and reassessment of planning changes for housing, building use, and an adaptation to how we use the space in our homes.


    The planning changes will be covered in detail at future seminars, so what will this one look at? 



    Planning changes - Housing and office space - a switch in demand and supply?


    We know as a country we are woefully short of good quality housing stock, and yet commercial buildings and offices, have popped up and continue to be developed - to what end post COVID?


    With many companies making massive adjustments to the places of work, with hot desking (in bubbles) and remote working planned until at least July 2021 from the likes of Google and Twitter, what will work in the year 2021 look like? What will working from home mean for employees? What will it mean for housing and office space? How will planning changes transition and transform our localities?


    Planning changes and new laws plus a shift in tenant demand means that being a property owner has never been more challenging and exciting.


    Planning Changes - Opportunities or a disaster waiting to happen?


    With every challenge comes opportunity and this seminar will look at covering all aspects for property owners, residential and commercial-how to deal with struggling Tenants/unhelpful Landlords, planning changes and the new laws and what that means for working from home.


    So whatever your place on the property ladder - residential or commercial, there will be great learnings and advice for you in the seminar.


    Planning Changes and what it means - Seminar presenter.


    The impact of COVID and the resulting company lead and planning changes lead will be seismic. John Loney, Commercial Partner at Knights PLC will hold an open and insightful seminar sharing his view for the future, tips and watch outs, and has happily said he will answer specific questions about the impact of planning changes and situations if shared in advance of the seminar. This interactive approach will ensure we deliver maximum learning and value for seminar attendees. Whatever your planning changes question - be it landlord, tenant, property owner, residential or commercial question - John is here to help!

  • October: Thursday 8th, TBC

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  • Exeter
  • August: Thursday 27th, Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

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  • September: Wednesday 30th, Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

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  • October: Wednesday 21st, Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

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  • November: Wednesday 4th, Sandy Park 12 Noon - 2.00 pm

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  • London Central
  • August: Thursday 27th, Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

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  • November: Thursday 12th, TBC 12 Noon - 2.00 pm

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  • Manchester
  • August: Thursday 27th, Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

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  • November: Thursday 19th, TBC 12 Noon - 2.00 pm

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  • Peterborough
  • August: Thursday 20th, Virtual Networking Event, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

    Time - Arrive 1.15pm For A 1.30pm Seminar

    Presenter - Dave Emery from Virtechs

    Topic - Delivering Interactive Meetings In A Virtual World

    About Our Virtual Networking Event:

    Our Virtual Networking Event will be hosted using Zoom. All attendees
    will receive a link after payment has been made via your booking
    confirmation to access
    the event on the day. The event will begin at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start
    with an optional 30 minute business seminar (see details below). After
    the seminar and everyone has arrived there, will be an introduction by
    Business
    Network Peterborough host, Simon Coy, before everyone will go to
    their separate virtual "Tables" for introductions and a round table
    conversation. As always the
    "Tables" will be planned in advance. This will be followed by
    our 10 minute speaker and finally a series of
    pre-arranged member offers / announcements before we close the
    meeting at 12 noon.  You won't need to rush away as the room will remain
    open for networking.


    Seminar Synopsis:

    If you hold meetings with your clients, are involved with training or public speaking, how can you carry on your business in a world where you can no longer be in the same room as your audience?  This superb seminar will show you some of the amazing technology & tools that are available to help you not only speak to your audience online, but to interact with them and keep them fully engaged.  Learn how to engage your colleagues or - if you are a speaker or trainer - your on-line audience in an online world.


    About The Presenter:

    Dave Emery of Virtechs Ltd is an active member of The Business Network in Birmingham and presented this excellent seminar at the last Birmingham event.  He is an architectural technologist with more than 40 years' experience. He has provided specialist advice and consultancy services to a range of clients, including some of the biggest construction companies in the U.K. He has delivered presentations, training and workshops to more than 1,500 businesses.



  • September: Thursday 24th, Orton Hall Hotel & Spa, 12 noon - 2.00pm

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  • South Herts
  • September: Wednesday 9th, Online

    Time - 11:00am

    Presenter - Penny Sophocleous - Corporate Alchemy

    Topic - 7 Simple Steps to Sustain Well-being

    SEMINAR CONTENT


    We have all been affected by the corona virus crisis - even if some elements have been positive. Our mental, emotional and physical health has come under pressure and for us to be at our best we need sustainable strategies, tools and practises that will keep us feeling well, buoyant and energised.


    In this session Penny will provide 7 Key Activities, comprising of practises and tools that can be used to embed a high level of well-being. Most of them are simple, easy to do and accomplished within 10 minutes. Some of them are mind-set changes that can take a minute to activate and re-energize. They can all be incorporated into our lives easily. None require expensive equipment, or passionate dedication.


    Well-being is our natural state, so the session will focus on how to stop unbalanced thinking patterns and introduce activities that return us to the state of peace, happiness and joy. They can be used tactically to counter-balance stressful experiences or, by practising them together and regularly, they build long-term resilience and sustainable levels of calm and well-being.


    ABOUT PENNY


    Penny Sophocleous is the founder and Managing Director of Corporate Alchemy, a coaching and training organisation that works with business owners and leaders enhancing their business and professional development and increasing team and enterprise flow.


    Her clients benefit from her extensive experience in executive coaching, business development, psychology and neuroscience.


    She helps business owners become super-confident by breaking their self-imposed blocks and achieving more than they thought they could, building their personal well-being, work-life balance and connection to their deeper purpose in life.

  • October: Wednesday 14th, Online

    Time - 11.00am

    Presenter - Fiona Mocatta - Copy & Content

    Topic - HOW TO BE YOUR OWN COPYWRITER (and make more money)

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    • Starting from the end
    • Triggering action in your target market and
    • 10 things you can do to write better, right now

    ABOUT THE PRESENTER

    Fiona is a copywriter and content writer. 


    Armed with a useless Politics degree from Bristol University, Fiona spent a couple of years working for marketing agencies.  In 1998 she started a six-month contract at Comic Relief.  Five years later she left to set up her own copywriting business.


    Since 2003 Fiona's worked for household names, SMEs and owner-run businesses.  She works directly with clients and collaborates with other creative freelancers and agencies on larger projects.  


    Fiona loves creating new tones of voice and key messages which appeal to her clients' target markets.  She spends most of her days writing websites, SEO websites, landing pages, blogs, articles, emails and other online and print marketing material.  

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  • South Humberside
  • September: Wednesday 9th, Online via Microsoft Teams - 12:30 until 14:00

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  • South Manchester
  • September: Thursday 10th, Cottons Hotel

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  • October: Thursday 1st, The Pinewood Hotel

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Next Events

Birmingham Business Network

Thursday 3rd September

Virtual Networking Event, 9.45am - 12.00 noon

Chester Business Network

Thursday 10th September

Online Meeting

Exeter Business Network

Thursday 27th August

Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

London Central Business Network

Thursday 27th August

Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

Manchester Business Network

Thursday 27th August

Virtual Event - 11.50 Sign In - 12.00 Start

Peterborough Business Network

Thursday 20th August

Virtual Networking Event, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Central and East Lancashire Business Network

Thursday 20th August

Online Event 1100 - 1245 - Open to Visitors

South Herts Business Network

Wednesday 9th September

Online

South Manchester Business Network

Thursday 10th September

Cottons Hotel

South Humberside Business Network

Wednesday 9th September

Online via Microsoft Teams - 12:30 until 14:00