Event Dates

A list of all our forthcoming events.

  • May: Thursday 18th, Barton Grange Hotel

    Time - 10.30 am - 11.45 pm

    Presenter - Adam Warren, Tandem Systems and Mark Drage, Ambledene On Line

    Topic - Your Competitors Are Using The Cloud - Why Not You?

    The Cloud brings significant benefits to all businesses. Your competitors are using the Cloud to cut costs and generate efficiencies. Can you remain competitive using your current systems and processes?- What is the cloud?- Why you should be using it- Why it is safe- How to implement the change- Illustrating Cloud Accounting- Adding more value to clientsMark Drage (Ambledene Online) is a Xero expert and a specialist in Cloud Accounting.mark@ambledene.com03330 020146www.ambledene.comAdam Warren (Tandem Systems) provides IT support, system implementation and re-engineering plus specialist advice on IT security.adam.warren@tandemsystems.co.uk01204 860050www.tandemsystems.co.uk

  • June: Tuesday 13th, Stanley House

    Time - 10.30 am - 11.45 pm

    Presenter - Henry Strickland, Icon Business Solutons

    Topic - 3 Vital Steps to Business Growth

    Is your business one of those that is going to prosper as we go through Brexit?Is it well-positioned for growth, or are you worried about whether it will even survive?Businesses that do more than merely survive in difficult trading conditions can achieve real and sustainable profit growth â bucking the trend and providing exceptional returns. Growth is absolutely vital for business success. So, if:Your Business is or is likely to be affected by BrexitYour Prices are Under Pressure Orders are Harder and Harder to WinYou are Having to Work Much Harder Just to Stand Stillthen the â3 VITAL STEPS TO BUSINESS GROWTHâ Seminar is an absolute must for you to attend.Hosted by Henry Strickland of Icon Business Solutions, the seminar is full of ideas and strategies that you can start implementing successfully into your business the following day. So, to discover for yourself how to kick-start your business performance in 2017 and beyond be sure to book onto this seminar.Henry Strickland has been a successful management consultant for some 30 years and has helped many businesses, large and small, turn themselves around and position themselves for the future. He has a great track record in implementing successful and sustainable business growth strategies, designed and proven to increase profitability through improved sales, better marketing, efficient and effective operations and teams as well as improving the management of cash and costs.Please check out these links for an insight into how ICON Business Solutions help their clients achieve their business aspirations and personal goals.www.iconbusinesssolutions.com - websitewww.iconbusinesssolutions.com/download-our-book - âYour Business, Your Lifeâwww.iconbusinesssolutions.com/video-testimonials - to whet your appetite!

  • July: Thursday 6th, Stanley House

    Time - 10.00 am for a 10.30 start

    Presenter - Wayne Avanson, The Action House

    Topic - How to create video for your business,(Relax, itâs easy!)

    If you have never done it before, it can be daunting to know how to start or where to go if you have an idea that you want to produce videos to promote your business.But relax, it is easy. You can even do it yourself without much outlay or experience.In this workshop I will show you how to work with a professional company to keep things simple, keep prices down, get your specific business messages out into the wider world, and directed at the right people.I will also show you how you can get set up for yourself using a camera you may already have, or a smart phone and a cheap clip on microphone, a pad and pencil a window and a chair. And how with these things you can STILL get great results that look and sound professional, that allow you the freedom to produce quick VLOGs, testimonial videos, and so on.I can help with the scripting of your message, some tips and tricks for what to include and what to leave out, the kind of language you should be using, how long your piece should be, and your approach to being in front of the camera.I can also show you how to build from that to slightly more ambitious pieces, by practising simple techniques, perhaps using better more dedicated gear, adding some lights, finding what works for you and making the most of it.You will get the impetus to get started by understanding what the benefits are for your business, how to fine tune your messages well as technical stuff like how long a piece should be.I will show you how to do simple editing on your laptop, or even your phone! Then the quickest way to upload to YouTube to get your message out there more or less immediately.Following a few simple routines gets the technical stuff sorted, and considering a few sensible artistic choices will make sure you can get up and running with the least amount of hassle and the most amount of good, clean, professional looking videos. Those videos can be working for you 24/7 and as you increase your online digital footprint, you can take on more ambitious pieces when youâre ready to really take advantage of the power of online video for your business.Wayne AvansonThe Action Housewww.theactionhouse.comwayne.avanson@zen.co.uk

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  • November: Thursday 16th, Barton Grange Hotel

    Time - 10.30 - 11.45

    Presenter - Liz Hardwick, DigiEnable

    Topic - SEO – Generating New Business, Even When the Office is Shut

    Did you know that almost three quarters of us now start our search for a new product or service online?This is why many businesses are switching onto the benefits of good SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and it’s ability to make sure that it’s your business being seen ahead of your competitors.But do you know enough to ensure that your website is at a standard that will make a difference to your business?Would you know the right questions to ask to make sure you’re getting value from an SEO provider? Is your website ranking well enough to make sure you are getting a share of the 3.5 billion Google searches that are taking place on a daily basis?This seminar is aimed at helping you answer the above questions, and giving you enough knowledge to understand what it takes to reach the elusive first page of Google.We will dispel some of the myths surrounding SEO and share tips which are working for our clients and generating those all-important leads. You will leave with a checklist to take back to your business and apply immediately, ensuring that you’re in the best possible position to become top of the list for customers looking for services like yours.Liz Hardwick is a Partner in DigiEnable, a training provider who works with businesses, charities and councils to develop their online marketing. Liz also manages a team who deliver SEO services to a range of clients ranging from business consultants to window manufacturers and everything in between. DigiEnable were ranked 29th in the UK’s Top 100 Digital Leaders in 2014.To find out more about Liz click here or visit https://www.digienable.co.uk/Who-is-Liz-Hardwick. To learn more about the services offered by DigiEnable, or to simply book time for a coffee and a chat, call DigiEnable on 0843 886 8470 or email info@DigiEnable.co.uk

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  • January: Thursday 18th, Stanley House

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Come and join us at

OUR NEXT EVENT

Thursday 18th May

Barton Grange Hotel

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