Business Success Matters Monthly Event

A business event run by business owners, for business owners

Torrington Hall Christmas Dinner & Party for Business Owners !

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Dinner & Party Tickets Includes:

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  • A drink on arrival (prosecco or soft drink)
  • Canapes 
  • Make your own chocolate lollies!  (You can bring them home with you, or eat them for dessert!) 
  • Professional Headshot taken as you arrive (A web friendly version for your own use, you can request additional photos and formats for a small fee). 
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  • Beautiful to die for food, prepared by Sainlo Events Dining, see below for photos of their food from the #StAlbansDinnerClub at Torrington Hall! 



Top Class After Dinner Speakers

Tiffany Kemp, founder of Devant Ltd, Contract Specialists and Author of Dealmakers


The first after Dinner talk is by Tiffany Kemp, specialist in business contracts and negotiating, she's the author of Deal Makers.  A book we highly recommend ALL business owners read!   If you haven't studied contract law, it's important for you to be aware of what makes a useful and effective business contract.   


Tiffany will be talking to us about business resilience, and how to integrate this into our business strategies, and even our contracts! 


One of the things we'll be celebrating at the Christmas Dinner is surviving another year in business, and that certainly takes resilience.  We're positive after listening to Tiffany's Resilience keynote you'll be even more able to face whatever challenge business and life may through at you in the new year and beyond!

Jeremy Nicholas, #AfterDinnerJem

the 11th most famous BBC Jeremy


Hilarious stories from his disastrous broadcasting careerJeremy Nicholas will be sharing the highlights from his recent successful Edinburgh show. 


Jeremy will be sharing about the people he worked with who are now household names, and how he's only the 11th most famous BBC Jeremy.


 #AfterDinnerJem, shares his hilarious experiences being a BBC broadcaster.  He's an award winning broadcaster, and the best after dinner speaker you'll experience!

Party Only Ticket Includes:

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 Party Starts 8pm


  • Drink on arrival (Prosecco or soft drink)
  • Party Canapes 
  • After Dinner talk by Jeremy Nicholas- the 12th most famous BBC presenter!  He'll be doing the best bits from his successful Edinburgh show- "Stories from my disastrous broadcasting career!"  Jeremy is a brilliant speaker and always has me in stitches! 
Group Christmas Party for Small Businesses in St Albans Hertfordshire


You can come along alone, with anyone who works with you in your business, people in your business network, your suppliers, or you might even want to invite some of your customers! 

The Success Matters Christmas Party is open to all!  Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, our focus will be on celebrating surviving the year in business! 
If you don't have enough people in your business to celebrate with, do it with us! 



We'll also be getting together with St Albans Business Buzz - the monthly drop in networking group which meets in The BeechHouse St Albans, and you can book your ticket for the Buzz Christmas Lunch on Thurs 20th Dec to join us. 



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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 Businesses Fail, don't become a statistic!

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. 

Where is the Business Success Matters event?

Torrington Hall, Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire

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. 

Free parking, entrance to car park is on Belmont Hill

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Arrival from 6.00pm for informal networking.


Starting at 7pm: Expert speakers deliver business workshops.  


Each workshop is filled with practical advice and insight; essential for business owners to succeed.



What time does the event start?

Do you have any questions for our experts?

Please do tell us what you want to know, so that our speakers can cover the content most applicable to your business, so you get max value!

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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! 



What people say about attending Business Success Matters Events:

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"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"


One of our previous speakers:

May King Tsang

A snippet of May King Tsang's talk about measuring social media at our event earlier in 2018. 

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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!"


Book Your Tickets Here:

Book Your Tickets While You Can, When They're Gone, They're Gone!

What Can You Expect?

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.  


Some Tips people have picked up at Business Success Matters events:


"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"


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Who goes to Business Success Matters Events?

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 March event!  


Click on it and drag it around and you'll see everyone!  It's pretty cool!  


Captured in the 360 degree photograph:


Jo Hailey Striking Places 

Chris Pike, Hey Burt Social Media Management

Wendy Molefi Youri, Vital Wellness Clinic

Claire Boyles, Success Matters 

Paul Percival, ITSB24 Ltd

Sue Cohen, Sue Cohen Ltd

Jo Bayne, Sweet Charity 
Don Hales, Awards International Ltd

Gemma Reynolds, Desklodge Hemel

Aarti Parmar, AP Brand & Communications

Viviana Costcotin, True Desire Coaching 

Lewis Bryan, Stand Up Comedy Nights

Debbie Gilbert, Viva Business Networking & Mums Unltd

Kathy Soulsby, Personally Virtual

Charles Bennett, The Next Ten

Annabel Kaye, Koffee Klatch

Joanna Nowak

Grace Ngwira Royal Bank of Scotland, Hemel Hempstead


Do you know someone who runs their own business who would benefit from support & expertise?

Please share the event with them:

Our Sponsors and Supporters

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:


Hey Burt Social Media- Chris Pike is not only handsome, but he knows a thing or two about getting results with social media.  

He is the host of #SuccessHour on twitter and you'll see him at the back of the room live tweeting the nuggets of wisdom our speakers share during our event. 

If you need help with social media for your business, you should definitely have a chat with Chris! 

Indy Print in St Albans provide low cost printing, delivered to you locally.   


Indy Print's focus is on finding you the best price at the highest quality.  With many year's experience in the printing trade, Sarah Hareven has a network of printers which specialise in different areas.   Because she's not tied to one printer, she can get you the best price, no matter what you need printing for your business! 


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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. 




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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.


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Striking Places Photography 
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! 


Stand Up Comedy Nights - Founder Lewis Bryan is a professional stand up comedian.  He also organises comedy nights and comedians at venues and corporate events locally and around the UK.


Stand Up Comedy Nights runs regular comedy courses in St Albans it's a great way to have fun and develop your comedy skills.  It's a super fun thing to do, during the course participants write a comedy set and learn how to deliver it in front of a live audience, which they do in the graduation show, alongside professional comedians!  

The course builds confidence not just to perform comedy, but also in every day conversations. The ability to make people laugh is great for customer service and building positive business relationships.

Lewis provides our sound and technical support at the event, helping us set up the venue, thank you Lewis!

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We are so proud of the Christmas Party we have planned this year!  With massive thanks to our sponsors, we have been able to bring together high quality, at an amazing price!

Sainlo Events are cooking Michelin standard Traditional Christmas dinner (and vegetarian option) so we will be well fed with quality nosh! 

When you arrive Kirsty Stickland from The Choccie Drop will guide you how to make your own chocolate lollipops, she'll take them away to set whilst we're having our dinner.  If you can resist eating them you can bring them home as Christmas presents, or just eat them for desert! 


Jo Hailey from Striking Places will be taking your photo as you arrive looking amazing!  (You can request your headshots to be done too, but these are not included in the ticket) 



We have 2 fantastic speakers lined up too, Tiffany Kemp (President of The Professional Speaking Association), highly experienced in legal contracts, negotiation and is a successful entrepreneur, starting her own business.   Tiffany will be sharing  her keynote on Commercial Resilience. 


To round off the formal dinner section, Jeremy Nicholas will be sharing stories from his disastrous broadcasting career.   I'm not being horrible, that's the name of his successful Edinburgh show, and we'll get to hear some of the best bits!   


Michelin Quality Dinner & Party ticket  £48 
(arrive from 6pm)

Party only ticket £18 

(arrive from 8pm)