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looking for a local networking event to join this week?

July 17th, 2017

July’s Networking Lunch is this
Thursday July 20th, at
The Grosvenor Arms, 12:30 – 2pm, £12

A reminder that this month’s Networking Lunch will be held for the first time at The Grosvenor Arms this coming Thursday.  Coming to a networking event, be it breakfast or lunch, is NOT about having to sell to others or having lots of people try to sell to you and even if you are not a Chamber member, you are welcome to come along to two meetings before deciding if you’d like to join.

Shaftesbury Chamber is now into the second half of its new sixth month programme of networking events to help local businesses get to know one another and support each other’s businesses. Becoming a member of the Chamber is only £40 per annum to gain access to all of the networking events held throughout the year. Amongst other benefits, membership also gives you the opportunity to apply to do a ten-minute presentation at one of the meetings on an aspect of your business that could be of interest to other local businesses. Think of networking as an opportunity to share with others why you love doing what you do.

All meetings take place on a Thursday, coinciding with market day and we alternate breakfasts and lunches.

Each meeting includes:

  • Opportunities for informal networking
  • Time to briefly introduce yourself and your business to everyone
  • A ten minute presentation of interest to businesses
  • Announcement slot for local events (for which you can submit items), relevant Chamber notices and testimonials to thank other members for referring business
  • A delicious breakfast or lunch at one of the Chamber’s catering establishments
  • The opportunity to distribute your business cards or other literature
To book your place at our next meeting please email networking@shaftesburychamber.co.uk by Tuesday 18th July or call Karen on 07941 031427.  Don’t forget to let us know any dietary requirements.

Future meetings
Breakfasts are from 7.45 to 9.00am and lunches are from 12.30 to 2.00pm unless otherwise stated. If you would like your venue to be considered for hosting a Chamber networking event or you would like the opportunity to speak at one of the events please get in touch.  We’re taking a break during August, so the next networking event after this week will be:

  • 28th September – Breakfast: £7 at Turnbulls

Speaker to be confirmed

Best way to unwind after a working week?

June 26th, 2017

What a day we had on Saturday!  The Wincombe Centre management team – better known as Wendy and Anne, along with Sara from Unit 15 (The Floor Screeding Company) and her daughter, took part in Salisbury Hospice’s first Charity 5K Bubble Rush.

We arrived and threw ourselves into a Zumba warm up (spot the mad people!)

Then it was off to the start.

We had to run around Hudson Field twice, going through giant inflatable vats filled with coloured foam.

Clearly we all had a lot of fun.  And between us we managed to raise almost £450.00!

Fancy joining us next year?

Business image is everything?

May 15th, 2017

Do first impressions count?

We think so, so we’ve embarked on a programme of redecoration to the outside of the centre. The old green boarding is on its way out, to be replaced by shiny new silver cladding.  We’re sprucing up the paintwork too.

It’s important to feel proud of your working environment, and being clean, smart and professional is good for the clients too!

Open for business as usual throughout.  Watch this space to see our transformation.

                 

Looking for a local Networking opportunity?

April 26th, 2017

Why not book yourself a place on this month’s Chamber of Commerce networking meeting on Thursday 27th April, from 7.45-9 am at the Royal Chase Hotel when we will join up with local business Astara Training for a collaborative breakfast.

Everyone attending will have the opportunity to say who they are and what they do. Don’t forget to bring your business cards and any flyers or marketing material to display on a table at the event.

The breakfast will be followed by a workshop on Ecommerce- How to start selling online with Richard & Tim Howes of Kontrolit.

Richard and Tim will be breaking down the dos and don’ts of Ecommerce and advising on how to start selling online. Learn the best ways to take payments, advertise and feature your products and services online.

The workshop will run from 9.30am to 11.30am.  There will be a Question and Answer session afterwards for those that would like additional support.

You are able to attend both events or just one or the other (attending the breakfast doesn’t mean you have to attend the workshop, and vice versa!)

The costs are as follows:

Full English: Usually £15.00, but £10.00 for Shaftesbury Chamber Members

Ecommerce Workshop: £15.00

Breakfast & Workshop – £25.00

Please book directly with Astara for this event by clicking on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/astara-b2b-thursday-27th-april-2017-tickets-32495087682

OR you can bring cash on the day to pay for your attendance, we would just ask that you email us back to let us know that you’d like to attend:

networking@shaftesburychamber.co.uk

Could you benefit from networking breakfasts and/or useful taster workshops?

March 7th, 2017

 

Small Business

 

Events taking place at The Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury.

  • March 9th – Time Management  with Clive Ozzard, Lumine Development.
  • March 16th – LinkedIn for Business with Laura Brown & Pete Andrews, Introtweet.
  • March 23rd – Management Skills with Clive OzzardLumine Development.
  • March 30th – Facebook for Business with Laura Brown & Pete Andrews, Introtweet
  • April 6th – Using Mail Chimp for Email Campaigns Richard Howes, Kontrolit

Easter break – April 13th & April 20th

  • April 27th – Ecommerce with Richard Howes, Kontrolit
  • May 4th – Adwords with Richard Howes, Kontrolit
  • May 11th – GDPR  & Data Compliance with Mark Gracey, Flavourfy Digital
  • May 18th – Twitter for Business with Laura Brown & Pete Andrews, Introtweet
  • May 25th – Salesmanship with Amanda Riley-Pickthall, Boardroom Enterprises

Before each workshop, there will be a networking breakfast from 7.45am to 9.00am – £15

These will then lead onto;

Taster workshops
9.30am to 11.30am – £15

After which there will be the opportunity for;

Master classes – More intense session following the workshop and opportunity for 1 to 1 attention
12.00am to 1.00pm – £10

Delegates can attend breakfast and workshop for discounted price;
Breakfast & Taster workshop – £25

NEWS on our fundraising efforts this month….

March 2nd, 2017

In case you don’t already know, we have a bit of a project going on at The Wincombe centre this
year. We’re raising money in order to put a defibrillator on the outside of the building
for the use (in the case of an emergency) by anyone on the business park. Our
nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is located at the town hall in the
centre of Shaftesbury, so we thought it would be a great benefit to have one nearer.

We will be donating all of our charity tuck shop to the project, and are asking local
businesses on the park if they’d like to contribute. Total amount needed now looks
to be between £1500 – £2000 once we add the cabinet and electricity supply.

Great news… our total pledged so far is ……

£1070.00

Our thanks go to Salt of the Earth Trading Company (unit 5), Wincombe Kitchens & Bathrooms,
Wessex Investment Management (unit 6), Stalbridge Linen, Compton Smith, E C Electricals, Ace Energy
and Ben Johnson who have generously contributed to that incredible target so far.

If you are interested in helping us to fund this worthwhile project, please either get in touch regarding a
donation, or pop down to make good use of our Tuck Shop.

Could a new office benefit your business?

February 28th, 2017

You might be working from home and need more space, or perhaps you even need to downsize and make your business more efficient and profitable?  The Wincombe Centre is a thriving hub for small businesses in Shaftesbury, with a meeting room onsite and large free car park, there are lots of reasons why moving to the centre could prove to be a great idea.

We don’t often have space, so grab the chance to come and take a look at these two lovely offices – available now!

Unit 11 on the ground floor is 273 sq ft:

      

Unit 33 is on the first floor of Block 3 and is 155 sq ft:

      

Call reception on 01747 850404 now to pop up and take a look at these offices and the rest of the facilities, or email wendy@thewincombecentre.co.uk for more information.

Having a senior moment with your computer?

February 3rd, 2017
Clive from Senior Computer Moments is running some basic training courses here at The Wincombe Centre and at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.
The courses that they are running are now all listed on their website but include these based at
our meeting room:
22nd Feb  10.30 – 12.30 Microsoft Office – WORD
                 1.30 – 3.30 Apple Mac basics
1st March 10.30 – 12.30 Microsoft Office – EXCEL
                 1.30 – 3.30 Apple Mac basics
8th March 10.30 – 12.30 Managing Customer information – CRM systems
                1.30 – 3.30 Email & Generating a Mailshot or Newsletter.
If you go to their home page  http://www.scmoments.uk you will see a column on the left with the individual courses listed.
(The Word and Excel course outlines are just that, so we can tailor the content to specific requirements.)
Courses are £30 each per person.  Although there are discounts for booking two courses(£50), or three courses (£65)

Raising money by eating chocolate!

February 2nd, 2017

The Wincombe Centre Tuck Shop has been in action this last few months raising money for local charities.

This month we got to present DORSET & SOMERSET AIR AMBULANCE with a cheque for £77.00

It costs over £2000 every time the helicopter leaves the ground, so even though our cheque is tiny, every penny counts and they were very happy to receive it.  Thank you to Douglas Wiggins for coming down on their behalf to collect it. Well done to everyone who contributed.

Our next project is somewhat larger, as we are raising money in order to install a Defibrillator at the centre, for the use by the entire Wincombe Business Park. As well as the tuck shop and coffee available at reception, we’re asking local businesses at the park to donate.  We’ve already raised £220.00 so things are getting exciting!

 

who wouldn’t want to join a networking lunch in a pub?!

October 21st, 2016

October’s Networking Lunch Is At a New Venue – Angola ’76!

Shaftesbury Chamber is now into the second half of its programme of networking events to help local businesses get to know one another and support each other’s businesses.

This is NOT about having to sell to others or having lots of people try to sell to you and even if you are not a Chamber member you are welcome to come along to two meetings before deciding if you’d like to join.

Becoming a member of the Chamber is only £40 per annum to gain access to all of the networking events held throughout the year.

Amongst other benefits, membership also gives you the opportunity to apply to do a ten-minute presentation at one of the meetings on an aspect of your business that could be of interest to other local businesses.

Think of networking as an opportunity to share something about why you love doing what you do.

All meetings take place on a Thursday, coinciding with market day and we alternate breakfasts and lunches.

Each meeting includes:

  • Opportunities for informal networking
  • Time to briefly introduce yourself and your business to everyone else in the room
  • A ten minute presentation of interest to businesses, usually by a Chamber member, although we may occasionally invite outside speakers that we believe to be of interest.
  • Announcement slot for local events (for which you can submit items), relevant Chamber notices and testimonials to thank other members for referring business
  • A delicious breakfast or lunch at one of the Chamber’s catering establishments
  • The opportunity to distribute your business cards or other literature

To book your place at our next meeting please email networking@shaftesburychamber.co.uk by Monday 24th October or call Karen on 07941 031427 and don’t forget to let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

  • 27th October – Lunch – £12 for lunch and a drink at our new venue, Angola ’76  (Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury)

Rose Duly from Andrews and Palmer will be talking about ‘Making Tax Digital’.

Future meetings

Breakfasts are from 7.45 to 9.00am and lunches are from 12.30 to 2.00pm unless otherwise stated. If you would like your venue to be considered for hosting a Chamber networking event or you would like the opportunity to speak at one of the events please get in touch.

  • 24th November – Breakfast

Liz Darcy Jones from Darcy Jones and Associates. Topic to be confirmed.

  • 26th January – Lunch

Jenny Legg from Farnfields Solicitors will be asking us: “Is your business ‘under the bus’ proof?”