A monthly business event to support business owners in starting or growing their businesses. An opportunity to meet, network and learn valuable tips to easily implement into your business. World-class industry experts share their knowledge and experience on key business topics.
90% of Start Up Businesses fail in the first three years, this event is designed specifically to give business owners access to the knowledge needed to avoid the mistakes which cause business owners to fail.
Arrival from 6.30pm 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.
Charles Bennett of The Next Ten worldwide business consultancy has many decades of experience in helping businesses improve the experience their customers receive.
He also has great experience, even as a small business of securing big contracts with American companies, he's going to share with us some juicy tips that will empower even the tiniest of business secure massive contracts.
Chris Pike, Social Media consultant from Hey Burt will be sharing with us some awesome tips about how to use social media to enter a new market, such as America!
Social media is a brilliant tool which easily helps us connect with people, no matter where they are on the planet!
Chris will be his usual handsome and intelligent self!
Mindy Gibbins-Klein flies in from the states on the 3rd of July! Just in time to deliver her excellent speech all about how to be a thought leader to create impact in America!
powerful concepts are transferable, no matter what country you'd like to establish your thought leadership in.
Mindy will be our #SuccessHour expert the week before, answering live questions on thought leadership.
She is the author of The Thoughtful Leader, available on Amazon and all good book stores.
Our master of ceremonies is our favourite American speaker, Julie Holmes!
Julie is more often found delivering keynotes at Marketing and Sales conferences, but on this 4th of July she'll be helping us celebrate America with her warm and welcoming personality.
"I was the best 'worst salesperson' ever. I hated asking for the sale. So I avoided this dreaded task by making sure I knew what the prospect needed better than they did and I articulated the value so clearly they couldn't resist."
Julie Holmes has a masters in communication, and she is a master at communicating powerful marketing concepts helping businesses reduce costs and increase sales.
Julie has done a lot more than read a few books on sales and marketing.
She started her corporate life in the 1990s as a software consultant - implementing ERP systems like JD Edwards, Oracle and Lawson at SMB and enterprise companies in the US and Europe.
Over the last 20 years she has built a track record in the B2B technology industry where she's been a quota-carrying sales rep, product manager and a Director of Marketing working at host of companies including Oracle and a tech startup.
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 will be plenty of time for networking, chatting and catching up with other business owners, before and after the speakers.
"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."
"Always an enjoyable event : ) "
"Thank you, it was a super evening. Informative and entertaining in equal amounts." Alison Murray, VA Today.
"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"
Speakers finish at 9pm, informal networking until the lovely Desklodge team
gently kick us out around 10pm!
You can even have one to one networking inside a GIANT Box Brownie (one of the first mass available cameras)! This funky feature at Desklodge is a hat tip to the history and heritage that Kodak have in Hemel Hempstead.
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
Gemma Reynolds, Desklodge Hemel
Aarti Parmar, AP Brand & Communications
Viviana Costcotin, True Desire Coaching
Lewis Bryan, Stand Up Comedy Nights
Kathy Soulsby, Personally Virtual
Charles Bennett, The Next Ten
Annabel Kaye, Koffee Klatch
Grace Ngwira Royal Bank of Scotland, Hemel Hempstead.
Our venue is the funky Coworking and Hotdesking venue Desklodge
Desklodge is part of the Near Desk network of coworking & meeting venues around the country, providing top class business environments for businesses to grow.
61 Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7DZ
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:
Desklodge provide the awesome, funky venue. It's a great place to come and work using their hot-desking facility or to book a meeting room.
Macpro Design & Print Ltd
The lovely Gail Carmen is great at understanding your printing needs and she makes sure Macpro can deliver on them.
You can rely on her advice to get you the best printing for your business.
Macpro are a family run business in St Albans. Mum, Dad, brother and daughter all work together to create quality printed materials for hundreds of local and national businesses.
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.