Networking and advice for small businesses


Start Date: 31 Mar 2017

Start Time: 8:00 AM

End Time: 1:00 PM

Duration: 5 hours

Capacity: 80

Venue: Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN › View map

Member price: Free

Non-member price: £10.00

This event will provide small business owners and managers with expert insights into a wide range of issues that they face in running a successful business, at one of the South West’s top venues. As well as the programme of speakers there will be ample opportunity to network with like – minded people over coffee and a delicious buffet lunch provided by Tee Time Catering.


08:00 Networking with refreshments
09:00 Welcome: John Baker from the Chartered Management Institute 
09:20 Jolyon Stonehouse – Accountancy tips for small businesses
09:40 James Richards – driving for work; your responsibilities as employer and employee
10:00 Steve de Bruin – Business continuity; planning for the unexpected
10:20 John Baker – Successful networking
10:40 Refreshments and networking
11:00 Elaine Hutchinson – health & safety for small businesses
11:20 Karen Gill – Human Resource management for small businesses
11:40 Vanessa Ugatti – Charging what you’re worth; how to price what you’re selling
12:00 Martyn Sloman – Top tips for selling
12:20 Lunch; provided by Tee Time Catering
13:00 Close.


John Baker – Chartered Management Institute
John has a broad range of strategic, business and analytical skills, and has a track record of delivering successful projects for clients. John runs his own consultancy practice in Somerset, Silver Moor Consulting, specialising in helping clients understand and manage human error. John is a Fellow of both the Institute of Consulting (FIC) and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (FIOEE). John is a member of the South West Board of the Chartered Management Institute, working with a team of management professionals to plan, organise and run a vibrant programme of events to help create better led and better managed organisations across the south west. John will be talking about why networking is so important for small business owners and managers and some top tips for improving how you network.

Elaine Hutchinson -Safe Systems Consultancy
Elaine will be taking  a light-hearted look at Health and Safety, with some top tips for keeping yourself and your company safe and compliant.  Key pointers for company owners and directors, plus the opportunity to book a free business H&S review.  Whether you are a new or established business, this talk will help simplify complicated H&S nightmares and give you some ideas and advice to save time and money.

James Richards – Approach Driver Training
Employers have a unique responsibility when it comes to their staff driving as any part of their working day.
There are considerable misconceptions in respect of driver training, most are based on the myth that only drivers who drive as part of their job description actually need training. If your immediate response to the topic is any of the below, then you need to listen to James’ presentation!
'They only use their own car and not very often ... '
‘They only drive to meetings and sometimes pops to the bank... '
‘He doesn't have a company vehicle - he uses his own car ...'

Vanessa Ugatti - The True Worth Expert
Would you like to make more money, have more time and more freedom? If so, this is a MUST for you.
Vanessa Ugatti, transformational coach, inspirational speaker and author of Amazon Best Seller, True Worth empowers accountants, lawyers & consultants to make more money, have more time and more freedom by charging what they’re really worth and getting it. 
Using her own unique formula she dramatically shifts their thinking via coaching, speaking & training resulting in incredibly fast changes which directly impact revenue and the bottom line.

Martyn Sloman – Gold Dust Training
Martyn will help you understand why sales efforts sometimes fail and will give you some great advice to help you and your team to sell effectively to the right people!

Additional Information

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