The most valuable, fun, and educational monthly business event around St Albans, organised for business owners, by business owners!
This event is a must attend for anyone in business, wanting to grow or expand and for those who or thinking about starting up in business.
It is an opportunity to meet, network and learn valuable tips to easily implement into your business, the atmosphere is one of laughter and learning.
Each month we have two speakers, one will be an expert in their field (Often national or international experts), our other speaker is a local business owner who has an area of specialist knowledge or experience. (Scroll down to see this month's speakers and topics).
We cover all topics which are useful and valuable for people who are growing their own businesses. If there's a topic you'd like us to cover, get in touch with the Success Matters team, let us know, we'll happily organise the exact topics people want to hear about.
90% of Start Up Businesses fail within three years! It is extremely difficult to build a successful, profitable business, this event is
designed to give business owners access to vital expertise and positive business community, so they can avoid the mistakes which cause most businesses to fail.
Our speakers are selected because they know their stuff (technical term) ;) All topics are focused on providing business owners with practical information that can be applied immediately to support your achieving success with your business.
You will be warmly welcomed and have the opportunity to learn successful business strategies bringing you closer to achieving your business goals.
Exceeding Expectations is the best way to deliver excellent customer service, it's also a highly effective marketing strategy- happy customers tell other people!
By adopting the mindset of exceeding your clients expectations it results in much better experiences for your clients, and you!
Tony Winyard will be sharing how exceeding expectations prompts higher quality reviews, more referrals, recommendations and re-bookings which also means spending less time and money on marketing and advertising.
Tony will be sharing examples of how to exceed your clients expectations, so you can start implementing this into your business straight away.
Tony worked internationally for 12 years as a popular club DJ.
On returning to the UK he began working as a wedding DJ but was out of touch and charged the market rate of £150 per gig.
Over the next 15 years his fee shot up to the point where he was charging 15 times what most DJs charged and became UK Wedding DJ of the Year.
Tony Winyard now helps people raise their prices and find customers that buy on value, not price by
exceeding their clients expectations.
He'll be sharing real life things that have worked in his business, and his clients, which you'll be able to adapt for your customers. So if you want to exceed customer expectations, make sure you book your ticket and join us!
Entering business awards can be brilliant marketing, especially for smaller businesses. But entering them isn't always straight forward, and entering them can be nerve wracking.
Debbie Gilbert will be sharing her experience and expertise on business awards to demystify the awards entry process, and judging of awards.
Debbie has won 6 business awards, supported numerous clients with their entries and runs her own awards programme.
Have you considered entering awards and felt that you didn't know where to start? Or thought you didn't have a chance of winning?
This talk will cover:
Debbie Gilbert has been in business for 22 years and runs a marketing and events agency.
She is the owner of Viva Business Support, Mums UnLtd, The 3 Counties Expo and The Best Business Women Awards. She also is the number one Amazon Best Selling Author of The Successful Mumpreneur.
If you would consider entering your business for any business awards, you should definitely book and listen intently to Debbie's talk. Debbie will be answering your direct questions on the evening too, and you'll get to network with her too.
Torrington Hall is a Grade 2 listed mansion house in the heart of St Albans City, a stone's through from the Cathedral makes it the ideal local.
The free onsite parking is an additional bonus, no other venue in central St Albans has better location with on site free parking.
It also boasts an unchanged layout from when it was initially built, with an impressive staircase and all the original features preserved and refurbished, it is an elegant venue.
Arrival from 6.00pm for informal networking & nibbles.
Starting at 7pm: Expert speakers deliver business workshops (That's the learning with Laughter bit).
Each workshop is filled with practical advice and insight; essential for business owners to succeed.
We give away prizes at each event!
Our most popular prize is a piece of fruit, signed by our speakers!
We do also have other different prizes of value that support businesses each month!
"Heartily recommended; join us for great conversation in a relaxed environment. There is no hard sell or difficult networking. I'm shy but I felt at ease, thanks to Claire, Chris and the others for their kind welcome." Jen Stirrup, Data Relish Ltd.
"I enjoyed the event and took some useful tips from it. I also really appreciated the positive, upbeat energy of the group. I plan to be there again next month."
"An awesome event aimed at supporting business owners"
"A genuine networking opportunity with good contacts and good learning opportunities"
"Good atmosphere, lots of opportunity to network, good presentations on range of business topics"
A snippet of May King Tsang's talk about measuring social media at our event.
Always an enjoyable event : ) "
"Thank you, it was a super evening. Informative and entertaining in equal amounts." Alison Murray, VA Today.
"Friendly event. Good balance of education and networking. Fun people."
"A useful and informative networking event for both start-up and existing businesses"
"The content is great and the energy in the room is amazing!"
The atmosphere is fun, the focus is on laughter AND learning. Providing a supportive, friendly environment for businesses to get to know each other and get connected with resource and
expertise they need to survive and thrive.
Prizes will be given for random reasons throughout the night!
There is plenty of time for networking, chatting and catching up with other business owners, before and after the speakers.
"Be clear about goals, Keep it simple, Be accountable"
"Adapt to your market-find the need"
"#TIL A neat trick for cleaning messy data to get it into a database"
"95% of start ups fail! Wow! That's terrifying!"
"You can't delegate accountability"
"Love the idea of keeping things simple AND that experts make things complicated!"
"Don't follow processes blindly, have staff take responsibility"
Businesses of all types and sizes join us for our monthly event because it's a great way to network, have a laugh with fellow business owners and learn useful tips from experts, helping us to achieve our business goals quicker and with less effort.
See the 360 photo below of some of those who attended at our March event.
Jo Hailey from Striking Places used her amazing 360 degree photo gadget from Google to create this image of a group of business owners at our April 2019 event!
Click on it and drag it around and you'll see everyone! It's pretty cool!
Are all great local businesses who provide awesome resources for other businesses. Here's a little bit about who they are and what they do:
Luma Visual- Videographer and Production of marketing videos, capturing your
business story to engage your customers.
Luke Wheldon is highly skilled, not only in capturing high quality video footage, but of expertly editing it to showcase your business in the best possible way! Luke captures the expertise of the speakers at each event.
Claire Lee is the Venue Queen! Her business
Venue Queen Ltd sources top class venues, free of charge!
She only recommends the best venues and helps her clients navigate contracts with venues, and guides them through the process of finding the perfect venue for their event.
Claire provides event management to support the monthly event for business owners.
Anna Shepard runs Momentum VA, a Virtual
Assistant service which does the things you don't have time for in your business.
She's super efficient and loves find effective ways of working, reducing the effort energy and time needed to get great results. She's so good she now offers efficiency consultations to business owners and managers.
If you think there's a better way of working, but don't know how, then perhaps Anna can help you.
Smiley Jo Hailey is a Google trusted photographer (that means she's really good!) who creates 360 degree "virtual tours" of your business.
The research shows that people who have experienced a virtual tour are a million* times more likely to actually come to your business in person. If you have a location based business, you really should find out more about what Jo can do for you.
*million might be a slight exaggeration to mask the fact that I can't remember the exact figure- but, it's a lot! Ask Jo the next time you see her!