The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has offered FSB Connect networking since 2017 to all its members – and to non-members too.
It offers a chance to meet and talk to like-minded individuals and attract new business leads and opportunities.
#FSBConnect networking re-launched in July at a new venue, the beautiful Dovecliff Hall Hotel between the villages of Stretton and Rolleston on the outskirts of Burton-on-Trent.
There is no charge to attend these new #FSBConnect meetings in Burton, but pre-booking is essential.
Host Elaine Pritchard, a founder member of Burton Small Business and long-time FSB member, said: “We were delighted that the first meeting was fully-booked and we had to start a waiting list. I would urge any local businesses who want to join us to book early for future meetings to ensure they get a place.”
There is no meeting in August, but the next #FSBConnect meeting is on Thursday, September 19. Places can be booked here on Eventbrite.
Arrival is from 9.30am and there is informal networking for around an hour. In September there will be a short talk by award-winning bid writer Rachel Hayward of Ask the Chameleon (pictured left).
Karen Woolley of the FSB will also say a few words highlighting an aspect of FSB membership before more informal networking rounds off the event, which closes at 11.30am.
#FSBConnect meetings in Burton will continue on the third Thursday of October and November.
Elaine said: “For now, in response to feedback, we have placed the emphasis on the opportunity for people to spend time meeting new connections and talking freely over teas and coffees. We don’t go round the room and ask people to say 30 or 60 seconds about their business. That happens at a lot of networking meetings already, so we’re trying a different approach. But PLEASE bring lots of business cards and any flyers you have for your business and circulate them at the tables. Look out for me and Karen and let us know who you are looking to meet and we will help introduce you to the people that might help your business ambitions.”