The rise of Informal Business Networking Groups

The rise of informal business networking groupsInformal business groups are an emeging marketing strategy in the UK which has been greatly assisted by the harnessing of social media. Throughout the UK there are hundreds of chambers of commerce and similar organisations, but these are often considered prohibitive by SMEs and those embarking on new ventures. Among the various cost involved in starting a new business the cost of an annual membership might well be low on the agenda. There is also often a presumption that these more formal systems might be have pre-existant trading infrastructure.

Informal business groups offer members the opportunity to meet, often for breakfast and a hot drink to network and exchange ideas, which assists in keeping trade and business within a local economy where possible. If you can buy a service locally from somebody whom you can deal with face to face this is often a much more appealing and cost effective solution. Why use an anonymous national corporation with the embedded additional cost, when you can buy the same or a better level of service from a business in your local area?

Selby Business Buddies is an example of this new form of business networking. They meet every couple of weeks over breakfast and a hot drink to chat informally amongst themselves. There is a minimal fee for each meeting which covers the cost of your breakfast and the meetings are arranged through the Facebook group This is a fledgling group but there are already testimonials on the group page proving that deals have been struck between local businesses who might otherwise have not been aware of each others existence.

Long may this continue.

If there's no such group in your locality, why not start one?

Vehicle Signage

Arc Sign are based in Selby and have over 18 years experience in all aspects of signage.Advertising your business or services can be a confusing and sometimes costly matter, but are you utilising the assets that you already have? Your vehicles, van fleets or sales cars, whatever they might be, use them to their full potential. Your vehicles are indirect contact with existing customers and more importantly potential new ones. They are without doubt your companies ultimate moving advert or billboard. 

The use of vehicle lettering and signage is an effective advertising campaign and an excellent low cost option when compared to more conventional advertising costs and mediums. For example standard billboards, printed media or direct mail, such as flyers and leaflets.

Some of the main benefits of vehicle graphics are:-

• Cost effective low cost advertising
• Take advantage of existing advertising space, existing vehicles
• A fantastic creative billboard on the move
• A modern and new medium that turns heads
• An immediate and noticeable response
• Fast and effective brand awareness

In our current financial climate we need to ensure we are all getting a fast and definite return on our advertising. Your vehicles are the way forward, in more ways than one.....

Arc Sign are based in Selby and have over 18 years experience in all aspects of signage. They specialise in vehicle lettering and graphics and have numerous business customers throughout the area. Some examples of their recent work can be found by clicking here Arc Sign are located at:-

Unit 3 The Mayfair Industrial Park,
Vivars Way Canal Road
North Yorkshire

Craig can be contacted on 01757 210060 or mobile - 07825 339712

Other services include signage for local authorities and banner signage for local events and functions. Full details are available here

The Buy Yorkshire Conference

The Buy Yorkshire ConferenceThe Buy Yorkshire Conference held on 13th & 14th May this year was once again hailed a success by the 5,000 delegates and 180 exhibitors attending the two-day event. With an unrivalled schedule of speakers and the opportunity to do business with some of the largest and most innovative companies in the North of England, the show has reported an economic impact of £8million.

As the North’s leading business-to-business Conference, which has an unrivalled balance of networking opportunities alongside the chance to listen to leading global entrepreneurs, it is without doubt the premier event in the annual business calendar.  
Now in its fourth year, the Conference once again brought together independent business people with larger multi-national organisations in a bid to encourage engagement and purchasing opportunities. Focusing on the need to work, play and think, the event was tailored to meet with the needs of the diverse audience and it certainly delivered.

To the delight of delegates, The Billion Pound Panel made a return visit to the stage for a third year. Hosted in a Question Time style format, the Panel shared the opinions and thoughts of entrepreneurs that have a collective wealth of more than £1bn.

A selection of speakers including elite athlete, Danielle Brown MBE; celebrity TV presenter, Janet Street-Porter; President of IBM’s Academy of Technology, Rashik Parmar and CEO of Ella’s Kitchen, Paul Lindley, also appeared at the show, to ensure that there was something for everyone.

In addition to the new faces and activities that featured at this year’s event, the Conference also welcomed back some familiar faces including Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity; Chairman of the LNT Group, Lawrence Tomlinson and Chief Executive of Straight plc, Jonathan Straight.

Event organiser and founder, Geoff Shepherd comments: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in bringing the Conference together and making it the absolute success that it was. A great deal of hard work, effort and time goes into pulling an event of this magnitude together and I simply couldn’t do it alone.”

He adds: “Feedback from speakers, delegates and exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive and we know that our new feature, Bar Mafia, was a big hit with attendees. We know that connections were made and business was done and that is what it’s all about. The Buy Yorkshire Conference meets and exceeds expectations every year and I’m very proud of the profile that it brings to our region, not least in terms of economic impact.”

He concludes: “We are about so much more than sticking some banner stands in a room. We focus constantly on the experience that our delegates, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors will all receive and this is what takes this event from being just good to great. Needless to say we are already making plans for 2015.”

The Yorkshire Mafia

The Scottish Referendum: The End of Britain? - Leeds University June 14th

The Scottish Referendum: The End of Britain?Join us for a day of lively debate and discussion about the Scottish Referendum. We aim to give you a flavour of the debate that is taking place in Scotland and an opportunity to think about its implications for Britain and this region in particular.

Speakers confirmed so far include:
Our guest speaker James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, who will discuss the potential impact of a ‘Yes’ vote for the UK.

Dr David Seawright and Dr Stuart McAnulla, who will reflect on the changing relationship between Scotland and England.

Susan Dalgety and Lindsey Fraser, who will consider how the referendum campaign has progressed so far.

Dr Dan Coffey and Dr Iain Clacher, who will debate the economic case for and against independence.

Full details here

Advantage Printer Consumables

Advantage Printer ConsumablesAt Advantage Printer Consumables we understand that print consumables can easily cut into your office budget. That's why we have an extensive range of re-manufactured and compatible cartridges available for a wide selection of printers from various manufacturers. Obviously if you'd prefer to use original manufacturers cartridges we also hold an extensive range in stock. Whichever option you prefer we offer free and rapid delivery throughout the UK from our UK based distribution centers. We specialise in both laser and ink-jet cartridges and have many years expertise in the field.

For our commercial and business customers we also re-manufacture a selected range of laser toner cartridges on-site. We supply various local authorities and schools nationwide, however you don't need to order in bulk to benefit from the considerable savings over original unit costs. For more information please call us on 01757 212747

Advantage Printer Consumables has recently been purchased by Easthill Computer Services, who are also based in Selby North Yorkshire. This combination of services has been greatly beneficial to both businesses.

Advantage Printer Consumables, 
Unit 5, Oakney Wood Avenue, Selby Business Park,
North Yorkshire

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