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Heard about this year’s ‘North Dorset’s Business Day’?

November 7th, 2018

The North Dorset Business Day for 2018 is due to take place on Friday 16th November at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.

Simon Hoare MP, who has been the Member of Parliament for North Dorset since May 2015, will be giving an opening speech and time allowing, will also be talking to businesses and participants of the day.

There are also two workshops available for participants to attend, during the morning “Making Tax Digital” and “Finance and Grants”.  If you would like to attend the event or a particular workshop, either as exhibitor for the day or simply to attend, please book your ticket/s via the link below.

The Business Day has been very well attended by local businesses over previous years and there are only 35 “Exhibitor Tickets” available.  If you wish to have a stand to promote your business please book your ticket early.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/north-dorset-business-day-2018-tickets-50774041525

If you have not attended the event previously, why not follow the link below to view last year’s event.

https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/business-consumers-licences/economic-development/economic-development-north-dorset-west-dorset-weymouth-portland.aspx

Is a mentor really just a ‘friend in business’?

October 16th, 2018

I’ve just heard all about ‘Dormen’ – DORset Business MENtoring and thought it might be worth sharing.

It’s an advice service meant for owners of business at all stages of development from fledgling through growth to planning exit strategy whether retirement or sale, from sole traders to companies employing up to 250 people.

Dormen help business owners who find themselves challenged in some way (whether that being in establishing a foothold in the market, working through staffing issues, financial planning or even just finding their business is stagnating).

A mentor is a ‘business friend’ who looks out for you as the business owner and can often highlight potential issues before they happen, and help the owner be prepared for unforeseen eventualities.

The lady I spoke to said that she often says to men that it is a bit like having a co-pilot in a rally. If the car is an analogy for the owner’s business,  they can focus on driving and getting the best out of it while their mentor co-pilot is supporting them with the journey plan, highlighting things they need to know about as well as alternative routes,  ensuring they are set up for the journey, prepared for bumps in the road, and past that winning post first!

Of course every business owner has their own measure of success and it is the mentor who listens and seeks to understand this in order to be effective for their client.

Due to funding, a whole year of mentoring costs only £200 (and for fledgling businesses this can be paid in part-payments to make the service more accessible). This is for as much time as a client needs, though the average is a 1- 1 ½ hour 1:1 session per month or per 6 weeks, or as much or as little as mentor and client agree as they go along.

They have an evening event in Blandford coming up which you might be interested in attending in order to find out more.

Taste of Mentoring Flyers 2018

www.dormen.org.uk

Everyone’s got time for lunch surely?

September 26th, 2018

In today’s busy world one question I always ask is… do you have time for lunch? Personally, I never miss an opportunity to eat!

With many people self employed and working hard either solely, or with only a small team, sometimes taking a break can be hard. But we try to coerce people out of their offices at least once a quarter for one of our networking lunches.

Today many joined us for a sunny break from the office and tucked into a harvest ploughman’s feast with a drop of cider to wash it down. What a way to spend an couple of hours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Does good business space help you to motivate and grow your business?

July 5th, 2018

Bartercard South West UK, a division of the World’s Largest Trade Exchange, think so.  They relocated to The Wincombe Centre last month.

“Over the past 3 years, from a small office in Salisbury, we have grown steadily from just 25 clients to 380 and that rate of growth demanded a larger office in a location with easy access to the West, so Shaftesbury is ideal for us“ said Director Deborah Merx. “We are looking forward to working with even more South West based businesses, from Bournemouth to Penzance and as far north as Bristol. Bartering is rapidly becoming an essential business tool for businesses looking for a competitive edge in increasingly difficult trading conditions”

Deborah Merx (brokerage director) signing the new office licence with Wendy Ibbotson our Centre Manager.

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Operating in 11 countries, it offers its 55,000 members guaranteed new business and a barter-trading system to exchange goods and services within a global community.

If like me, you have no idea what that could mean for my business, why not head over to www.bartercard.co.uk to find out!

 

And a very warm welcome to The Wincombe Centre Deborah and Geoff!

Is there an etiquette associated with the humble networking lunch?

June 25th, 2018

Once a quarter, The Wincombe Centre plays host to a networking lunch provided for all of our licensed businesses.  The rules for our lunches are simple!

As hosts….preparation is key!

Ensure that there’s enough of the yummy stuff for everyone!

      

 

 

 

 

Sit back and look forward to welcoming everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

As guests arrive….make sure they all relax and enjoy all the food and sunshine!

 

 

 

 

 

That’s our Wincombe Summer Picnic event in a nutshell.  Like-minded lovely folk, enjoying a break from the office with sunshine and sarnis!

Looking for a bit of redirection and remotivation?

June 7th, 2018

A change in location can sometimes revitalize your working day.

Working from home is the cheapest and most flexible way for a start up business to flourish, but at some point it can become a stumbling block to progression.  There’s often a compromise. Moving to a small office away from the home environment is going to add to the costs of running your business, so it’s got to have worth.  What worth would you put onto being able to come into the office whenever you like, but being able to leave for some cherished uninterupted hours with the family?  How much value would you put on to being able to work in a thriving, encouraging environment with other like minded business folk?

Our EASY IN EASY OUT office licence agreements give you great flexibility.  With simple four weekly inclusive fees, easy broadband and VOIP packages, access to a fabulous little meeting room, and a clean and smart centre environment with an eclectic range of small businesses, will hopefully provide you with a viable and valued option to suit your needs.

And we’ve got some fantastic space available NOW!

     

 

 

 

 

Unit 30 £54.65 + VAT per week

Unit 28 £70.70 + VAT per week

Unit 38 £76.20 + VAT per week

Unit 22 £129.40 + VAT per week

There’s never been a better time to consider an office at The Wincombe Centre with the choice on offer at the moment.

The Meeting room is a fabulous space for up to 8/10 people.  It’s available at only £12 + VAT per hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reception is open between 9am and 2pm daily.  Why not pop down to see Anne and Wendy for more information and a look at our fabulous facilities.  Alternatively email wendy@thewincombecentre.co.uk or call 01747 850404

 

Flying drones … all in a day’s work!

May 11th, 2018

As another weekend approaches, we’re reflecting on our last superbly sunny one and the activity seen at the Centre.

Anthony Walker and team from Thermosurvey brought their monster drone up to the site to survey our solar panels. We got some amazing shots of The Centre from high up above.

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It’s an incredible piece of kit! The drone is huge and but flies so smoothly.

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It’s loaded with two cameras – one for photos and one for the thermal imagining. With this, and some pretty high tech software, they can view our solar panels and identify any hot spots or problems that may need further investigation.

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Fascinating to watch!

Not a bad way to spend your working hours!

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Keeping the wheels of business turning is SNOW joke!

March 19th, 2018

Winter always brings a touch of fun up on the hill. Shaftesbury is one of the highest points in Dorset, so if there’s going to be any snow….you can guarantee we’ll get a gentle dusting of the white stuff for sure!

But nothing stops the wheels of business turning here at The Wincombe Centre.  Paths were cleared (Thank you Anne and Jerry) and cars began to arrive – some having had a mini adventure of their own in attempting to get to Shaftesbury.

   

And then the real work began!

 

Just one of the benefits of being a Chamber member perhaps?

March 19th, 2018

SHAFTESBURY & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MARCH NETWORKING LUNCH

THIS THURSDAY 22ND, 12:30 – 14:00 at THE GROSVENOR ARMS

(Available to all Members & Friends of the Chamber)

Our next networking event will be a lunch this Thursday 22nd March and we’d love you to join us. Basset’s Estate Agents have recently expanded and opened their latest office in Shaftesbury. They are a small independent company who are very involved with local business networking and the local communities at their other locations. We are therefore pleased to welcome Director Matt Boatwright who will be giving us the opportunity to ‘Ask an estate agent’. If you have any burning questions about buying, selling or letting Matt will be happy to share some top tips and words of wisdom.

Our networking meetings are friendly events with opportunities to introduce yourself without the need to stand on ceremony. We aim to provide an informal opportunity for local business people to spend time together for mutual support. Feel free to bring along any business cards or literature and you are welcome to attend two meetings without joining The Chamber.

Meeting details:
Date: Thursday 22nd March
Time: 12.30-2.00pm
Venue: The Grosvenor Hotel, High Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8JA
Cost: £12, payable on the day

Booking is essential for catering: Please email networking@shaftesburychamber.co.uk by Tuesday 20th March or call our networking coordinator, Dr Karen Janes, on 07941 031427 to book your place and let us know, at the time of booking, if you have any dietary requirements.

Forthcoming meetings
-Thursday April 26th – Breakfast at Turnbull’s Café, £7 (Speaker to be confirmed)
-Thursday May 24th – Lunch – venue tbc – With Keri Jones, from Great Destinations.

Future dates for your diary. Please let us know if you would like the opportunity to speak at one of our meetings.
-Thursday June 21st – Breakfast
-Thursday July 19th – Lunch
-Thursday September 20th – Breakfast
-Thursday October 18th – Lunch
-Thursday November 29th – Breakfast

Breakfasts are 7.45-9.00am and cost £7 and lunches are 12.30-2.00pm and cost £12 unless otherwise stated. Booking is essential but payments are made directly to the venues on the day. Thank you!

Finding a home for your business start up – exciting or daunting?

February 19th, 2018

Whilst there are many freedoms that come with working for yourself, there are additional costs to think about too. One of the biggest decisions you’ll face is where you’re going to base your business.

Virtual office – a great starting point

If you’re just setting up and building your business from home, a virtual office is a good place to start. It combines the cost savings of working from home with the professionalism associated with having an established office. Whilst you work from home, you can use your virtual office location to make the most of any professional meeting room space offered and meet up with clients and suppliers, even collecting your business post while you are up there.
Virtual offices can help to make your start-up business appear bigger than it is – you have a business mailing address and a reception team onsite, but you still work from your own house to keep costs low.

Our Virtual Office package is available for only £30 + VAT per month.

Serviced office – a step up without too much commitment

Once you begin to expand and take on your own workforce, a good next step is to move into a serviced office. You get all the benefits of an office address, without the long-term commitment and investment of leasing or buying your own office. Serviced offices also offer a great deal of flexibility – if your business takes off quickly, you can increase your office size easily. Similarly, if you need to downsize, you can reduce the amount of space you rent so you’re not paying for workplace facilities you’re not using. And because most utilities are included in your rent, your monthly outgoings are predictable, which helps cash flow forecasting.  Serviced offices are also a great place to network and meet like-minded business people. Business centres are a hive of activity with a wide variety of different companies on site. You might find you can learn a lot from them and even pick up a few new clients. The Wincombe Centre hosts regular networking lunches which, as well as being a welcome escape from the office, can help you meet and connect with other businesses.

Our serviced offices are offered on EASY IN EASY OUT Licences and start from as little as £40 + VAT per week. We can provide access to a shared fibre speed Broadband service from only £25.00 + VAT per month.

CALL 01747 850404 for the latest availability and to discuss your business needs.